The CIA slit cats open and install spy wires in their ears, antennas along their spines, and batteries in their stomach, according to information shared by Wikileaks.
According to a CIA report titled “Views On Trained Cats [Redacted] For [Redacted] Use“, the agency stuffs cats full of electronic spying equipment – an achievement the CIA document claims is a “remarkable scientific achievement.“
The idea is that the cats – which are surgically altered to accommodate transmitting and control devices – can listen to secret conversations while slinking down alleys, crouching under porches, and innocently lounging on sofas.
But early experiments did not go smoothly. The effort to create spy cats to surveil Russians during the Cold War required an ugly reality – the death of domestic kitties.
Victor Marchetti, a former special assistant to the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, described the CIA’s first attempt at creating a spy cat:
“A lot of money was spent. They slit the cat open, put batteries in him, wired him up. The tail was used as an antenna. They made a monstrosity. They tested him and tested him. They found he would walk off the job when he got hungry, so they put another wire in to override that.
“They took it out to a park and pointed it at a park bench and said, ‘Listen to those two guys…’ They put him out of the van, and a taxi comes and runs him over. There they were, sitting in the van with all those dials, and the cat was dead!”
What is Vault 7?
WikiLeaks tweeted the information as part of their Vault 7 CIA season. Vault 7 is a collection of leaked classified documents on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Code-named “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.
Many people believe Vault 7 is the most significant intelligence leak since Edward Snowden leaked top-secret NSA documents in 2013 proving that the intelligence agency was spying on its own citizens.
The confirmation that the CIA created spy cats during the Cold War raises disturbing questions. As anyone with a cursory knowledge of CIA history knows, if they began doing this back then, and lauded it as a success, then they are doing it with bells on now.
It’s not just your devices spying for the CIA.
Top Obama official Steven Koonin has become the latest Democrat to roll over and stab his former comrades in the back, telling the Wall Street Journal that Obama’s administration manipulated ‘climate change’ data to trick the public into accepting Democrat policies.
“What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong,” said Koonin, former Undersecretary of the Department of Energy, referring to the Obama administration’s manipulations and lies.
According to Koonin’s explosive confession, departments responsible for environmental science either “misrepresented data” or “completely fabricated results” to justify the destructive policies of the Obama administration.
Scientists at NASA and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) colluded with press officers to create deceitful press releases that propped up the former president’s agenda.
The Obama administration lived by Joseph Goebbels’ mantra: People will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it often enough people will start to accept it as truth.
Sadly, many people around the world accepted the lies of the corrupt Obama administration. As a result, the economy stagnated, and elites such as Al Gore and Hillary Clinton made a killing.
NOAA was manipulating data
Koonin isn’t the only Obama-era Democrat official squealing on his former colleagues and blowing the whistle on the morally bankrupt Obama administration.
Retired principle climate scientist Dr. John Bates testified before a House Committee in February claiming that the NOAA was manipulating data.
Dr. Bates claimed that “the Karl study” was politically motivated, unscientific, and unsupported by data. “The Karl study” was a report designed to make excuses for the slowing of global temperature growth.
The Obama administration peddled lies and pseudoscience to “prove” that climate change is a real and dangerous phenomenon to justify their policies of increased regulation and size of government.
Corrupt scientists, motivated by politics and dirty money, completely abandoned the scientific method to support their Democratic paymasters. An entire industry, including the mercenary mainstream media, has been created around the easily debunked lie that the earth is getting warmer.
In 2007 Al Gore predicted that the polar ice caps would have completely melted away by 2013, but instead, since that time, they have grown larger.
Climate scientists were forced to change the name of their theory from Global Warming to Climate Change, because the enough people woke up to the fact that data did not support the big lie that the earth was warming.
Now it is becoming clear that climate change is also not supported by evidence.
Professional climate alarmists like Al Gore may have made millions peddling their pseudoscience and propaganda to the gullible masses, but their claims are simply not supported by any real science.
North Korea is nearing the “point of no return” as the reclusive regime prepares for a possible sixth nuclear test, Chinese media reports.
“The game of chicken between Washington and Pyongyang has come to a breaking point,” the Global Times, a nationalist Chinese newspaper managed by the state-run People’s Daily, writes. “If North Korea carries out a sixth nuclear test as expected, it is more likely than ever that the situation will cross the point of no return.”
“All stakeholders will bear the consequences, with Pyongyang sure to suffer the greatest losses,” the outlet warns.
(This first appeared on The Daily Caller Foundation’s website here.)
The Global Times, while sometimes used to test reactions to potential foreign policies, does not necessarily represent the views of the state, but the warnings appear consistent with Beijing’s recent actions. Chinese media has issued several warnings to Pyongyang lately in an attempt to prevent a nuclear test and a crisis on the Korean peninsula.
“The North Korea nuclear issue is like a puzzle filled with bombs,” the paper explains, “Once the U.S. [launches] surgical strikes against North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities, the Pyongyang regime will be forced to make a life-or-death decision.”
The Global Times argues there is no future for the North Korean regime if it continues on its present course.
China is caught between a rock and a hard place, between Washington and Pyongyang. “Washington hopes that Beijing can contain Pyongyang from conducting its nuclear activities, as if such an effort is as easy as saying abracadabra,” Chinese media accurately notes. “North Korea, on the other hand, hopes China will pile more pressure on the US and South Korea to stop their threats of war. Beijing cannot possibly satisfy both sides.”
President Donald Trump has said that he is eager to see China rein in North Korea, but he has also stated that the U.S. will take matters into its own hands if China does not come through.
“If you see [Kim Jong Un] attack a military base, if you see some sort of intercontinental ballistic missile, then obviously we’re going” to respond with force, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday on NBC’s “Today Show.”
Replying to questions of how the U.S. might respond if North Korea tested a nuclear weapon or an ICBM, Haley said, “I think then the president steps in and decides what’s going to happen.”
The Trump administration has been working with allies and partners, including China, to rein in North Korea. At the same time, the U.S. has been moving strategic assets — nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers — into the region. The administration has repeatedly stated that while it hopes to resolve this issue peacefully, all options are on the table.
North Korea’s weapons program is advancing at an accelerated pace.
The North has tested two new ballistic missiles — the KN-15 mid-range missile and the KN-17 anti-ship ballistic missile — this year. North Korea has also tested high-thrust rocket engines for a potential ICBM, which Pyongyang claimed it was close to testing in January. Additionally, regular activity around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site has the observers concerned that the North may soon conduct a sixth nuclear weapons test.
Defense experts estimate that the North is capable of producing a nuclear bomb every six or seven weeks, reports the New York Times. Experimenting with higher explosive yields, improved warheads, and missiles with greater ranges, the North is steadily raising the threat to its neighbors and, eventually, the U.S.
“The most immediate challenge is the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Kim Jong Un’s regime has thrown its full weight behind its quest for nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. And unfortunately, the regime is making real progress,” GOP Arizona Sen. John McCain explained Tuesday at a hearing on U.S. policy and strategy in the Asia Pacific. “A North Korean missile with a nuclear payload capable of striking an American city is no longer a distant hypothetical, but an imminent danger—one that poses a real and rising risk of conflict.” The situation on the peninsula is rapidly escalating.
Trump calls North Korea a “real threat to the world” and an “urgent security challenge.” The administration is determined to resolve the crisis on the peninsula, one way or another, and a sixth nuclear test might push the president to call for a solution through the use of military force. It is unclear if the either side will, as the Global Times puts it, “roll the dice in this crazy gamble.”
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Senate Bill 193, written by Republican Senator Jabo Waggoner, would give Briarwood Presbyterian Church the ability to employ “one or more persons to act as police officers to protect the safety and integrity of the church and its ministries.”
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Briarwood Presbyterian Church is a 4,000-member congregation based in Birmingham, Alabama. The so-called “mega-church” was named one of Church Report’s “50 Most Influential churches in America” in 2006.
The church spans two campuses and has its own K-12 school. It is the because of this school that church administrators claim they need the police force, citing incidents of school shootings such as Sandy Hook.
“After the shooting at Sandy Hook and in the wake of similar assaults at churches and schools, Briarwood recognized the need to provide qualified first responders to coordinate with local law enforcement,” church administrator Matt Moore said in a statement reported by NBC News.
Interestingly, according to law enforcement who spoke with NBC News, the unique location of the church complex makes it such that it is already under the protection of sheriffs from both Jefferson County and Shelby County.
According to the wording of the pending legislation, every police officer would have to be certified by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission. Once certified, however, the church would have exclusive jurisdiction over the police force.
Section 1 c) reads:
“The authority of any police officer appointed and employed pursuant to this section shall be restricted to the campuses and properties of Briarwood Presbyterian Church.”
It is this portion of the bill that has raised concerns for opponents.
“It’s just a significant concern for me that a church could be a completely self-contained unit in regards to law enforcement, making determinations on grounds about what’s investigated, what’s not investigated,” said Rep. Chris England, according to an article on AL.com.
Randall Marshall, executive director of the Alabama branch of the ACLU, spoke out against the bill in an interview with The Atlantic.
“Our analysis is that this bill, if enacted and signed by the governor, would clearly violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment in vesting what is really a quintessentially government power—the police power—in the hands of a religious entity with essentially no oversight after that,” Marshall said.
If passed, the police force would make history in the U.S., putting the Alabama church on par with the Vatican’s Swiss Guard. Yet both the church and Senator Waggoner argue the legislation is not that different from Code 16-22-1, a part of Alabama legislation that allows private campuses to have their own police force.
This is the second time the bill is being considered. The Alabama legislature first passed the bill in 2015, but that version failed to garner the signature of Governor Robert Bentley.
If the legislation passes, Marshall says there will “no doubt” be a legal challenge to be had.
“What’s not to go wrong?” Marshall said in an interview with AL.com. “You’re taking the power of the state, in one of the core governmental functions, and investing it in a religious organization, and allowing a church to decide what laws to enforce, what not to enforce, and how to use force.”
The combat laser for the AC-130J gunship is “rapidly moving” from the concept to the practice according to General Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command. Webb recently visited MIT Lincoln Labs to view its advancements, and saw Naval Sea Systems Command Dahlgren’s latest efforts to network all of the various components within the aircraft.
A proof of concept for a high-energy laser on a gunship will help pave the path for AFSOC to pursue directed energy weapons on other aircraft.
Over the next year, the command plans to make major strides in the development of the technology, Webb said.
It will first conduct vibration tests, he said. In the fiscal year 2014 office of the director of operational test and evaluation annual report, J. Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon’s top weapons tester at the time, found that the AC-130J was having issues integrating its precision strike package because the gunship was generating more vibration than previous aircraft. That created the risk of fratricide, Gilmore noted. While the issue was resolved years ago, Webb said he would keep a close eye on any such reoccurrence with the laser integration.
The next step will be to construct a special window — which will be placed where the gunship’s 30mm gun port currently resides — from which the laser beam will shoot.
Once those tests have been completed, the command plans to fly the laser on the gunship, he said.
Webb added that while the technology is being designed for an offensive capability, it could also be used for defensive missions. Defensive capabilities would “absolutely” be an added capability for the command.
In the fiscal year 2017 DOD budget request, the Defense Department asked for $674.3 million for directed energy weapons. Over the next five years it will allocate $3.4 billion across the board.
The Pentagon is currently in the process of developing a directed energy weapon roadmap.
AC130J will have its 105mm gun, 30 mm gun and a combat laser
Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other robots have become increasingly affordable, capable, and available to both the U.S. military and adversaries alike. Enabling UAVs and similar assets to perform useful tasks under human supervision—that is, carrying out swarm tactics in concert with human teammates—holds tremendous promise to extend the advantages U.S. warfighters have in field operations. A persistent challenge in achieving this capability, however, has been scalability: enabling one operator to oversee multiple robotic platforms and have them perform highly autonomous behaviors without direct teleoperation.
To help make effective swarm tactics a reality, DARPA created the Service Academies Swarm Challenge, a collaboration between the Agency and the three U.S. military Service academies—the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. An experiment at its heart, the research effort is designed to encourage students to develop innovative offensive and defensive tactics for swarms of small UAVs. Today the effort started its three-day Live-Fly Competition at Camp Roberts, a California Army National Guard post north of Paso Robles, Calif., which is hosting more than 40 Cadets and Midshipmen to demonstrate the highly autonomous swarm tactics they have developed since work started in September.
“In less than eight months, you have shown yourselves to be dedicated and talented participants in a complex and timely research effort,” Timothy Chung, the DARPA program manager leading the Swarm Challenge, told the teams. “DARPA is proud to have you—our future warfighters and Service leaders—participating in this endeavor to explore offensive and defensive swarm tactics. Now is your chance to show each other, DARPA, and our invited Defense Department guests your precedent-setting work toward an important goal: helping future U.S. forces maintain superiority in tomorrow’s technological and mission environments.”
Ranging in size from 11 to 21 students, the teams bring cross-disciplinary expertise in diverse technical and nontechnical fields, from computer science, robotics, and systems engineering to military strategy and operations. The students also bring fresh insights that DARPA and the U.S. military can learn from—and potentially expand upon—to enhance the tactical effectiveness of swarm systems.
DARPA provided all the hardware, much of the software, and a lot of know-how to get the teams started. The Agency also developed new support infrastructure to enable the teams to practice and compete in a virtual environment in preparation for this week. DARPA initially provided some example swarm tactics and the teams have since designed a number of their own to debut at the Live-Fly Competition.
The Service Academies Swarm Challenge is testing cutting-edge swarm tactics through a time-honored game that is all about tactics: Capture the Flag. Two teams at a time play inside the Battle Cube, a cubic airspace 500 meters on a side, 78 meters above the ground. Each team has been given 20 fixed-wing UAVs and 20 quad-rotor UAVs and, under the rules of play, can field a mixed fleet of up to 25 UAVs for each of two 30-minute battle rounds. Each team protects its “flag” (a large, inflatable ground target) while trying to score the most points before time runs out.
Teams seek to score the most points in the following ways:
Air-to-air “tags” by using a simulated (virtual) weapon to hit a sensor on an opponent’s UAV in flight
Air-to-ground “tags” by physically landing a UAV on the opponent’s “flag” located on the ground
Accomplishments in swarm logistics by launching as many UAVs as quickly as possible and keeping them aloft as long as possible
DARPA’s interest in developing breakthrough swarm capabilities for national security extends beyond the Swarm Challenge to a number of current programs exploring autonomy, communications, and other technologies, including:
Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE)
Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA)
OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET)
The Navy would have to spend $102 billion annually build, operate and maintain a 355-ship fleet over the next 30 years, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office issued on Monday.
This would be more than one-third greater than the amount appropriated for fiscal year 2016 for today’s 275-ship fleet. In total it would be about $3 trillion for a 355 ship US Navy instead of the $2 trillion for a 275 ship US Navy.
It would be 13 percent more than the $90 billion needed to build and operate the current 308-ship buildup plan.
Source: Congressional Budget Office
If you double shipbuilding budgets compared to historic levels, the 355 ship Navy would not be reached until 2032, at least 12 years after the end of Trump’s current term of office. That’s the estimate offered today by the Congressional Budget Office. At a more sustainable but still expensive pace, CBO calculates, you don’t reach 355 ships until 2047, thirty years from now, when today’s five-year-olds will be old enough to run for president.