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Video of missile (?) hitting Pentagon on 9/11

American Airlines (AA) Flight 77 was a scheduled AA domestic transcontinental passenger flight from Washington Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia, to Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California.

We are told that on September 11, 2001, AA Flight 77 was hijacked by five men affiliated with al-Qaeda, as part of the September 11 attacks. They deliberately crashed the plane, flying at 530 mph, into the western side of the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, near Washington, D.C., killing all 64 people on board, including the five hijackers and six crew, as well as 125 people in the building. (Wikipedia)

That’s the official story.

Below is a GIF generated from a video that reportedly was “leaked” in 2011, ten years after 9/11.

missile hit Pentagon on 9-11

The GIF and the video show what appears to be a missile, not a plane, traveling low to the ground, hitting the side of the Pentagon building.

American Airline Boeing 757 is a mid-size, narrow-body twin-engine jet airliner manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Its dimensions are:

  • Wing span: 124 ft 10 in
  • Length: 155 ft 3 in
  • Height: 44 ft 6 in

The video below, uploaded to YouTube by The Reformist Club on Sept. 2, 2011, shows the hole made by the alleged Boeing 757, which appears too small to have been made by a jet liner.

It is asserted that what struck the Pentagon was a Cruise type missile, either a Tomahawk or Russian/Soviet Granit, according to former officer of the Soviet nuclear intelligence Dimitri Khalezov.

Veterans Today describes Dimitri Khalezov as:

former Soviet citizen, a former commissioned officer of the so-called ‘military unit 46179’, otherwise known as ‘the Special Control Service’ of the 12th Chief Directorate of the Defense Ministry of the USSR. The Special Control Service, also known as the Soviet atomic (later ‘nuclear’) intelligence was a secret military unit responsible for detecting of nuclear explosions (including underground nuclear tests) of various adversaries of the former USSR as well as responsible for controlling of observance of various international treaties related to nuclear testing and to peaceful nuclear explosions. After September the 11th Khalezov undertook some extensive 9/11 research and proved that the Twin Towers of World Trade Center as well as its building 7 were demolished by three underground thermo-nuclear explosions – which earned the very name ‘ground zero’ to the demolition site. Moreover, he testifies that he knew about the in-built so-called ’emergency nuclear demolitions scheme’ of the Twin Towers as long ago as back in the ‘80s – while being a serviceman in the Soviet Special Control Service.

After 9/11, Khalezov undertook extensive research on the collapse of the three World Trade Center Towers. He claims that his research demonstrates that the three towers were demolished by three underground thermo-nuclear explosions.
He also claims that he had known about the nuclear demolitions scheme for the Twin Towers in the 1980s, while a serviceman in the Soviet Special Control Service.

Does it look to you that the Pentagon was struck by a missile, not a Boeing 757?

H/t FOTM’s maziel and Secrets of the Fed


First time in history, Chinese military trains in continental U.S.

Chinese military at Joint Base Lewis-McChord2

Adam Ashton reports for The (Tacoma) News Tribune, Nov. 20, 2015, that “an unusual military exchange” took place this past week when 80 soldiers from China’s People’s Liberation Army were brought to a military base in the continental U.S. for the first time — the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). (There had been at least one instance of the Chinese military training in Hawaii.)

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is a U.S. military installation home to the I Corps and 62nd Airlift Wing located 9.1 miles south-southwest of Tacoma, Washington. Lewis is the U.S. Army Fort Lewis; McChord is the U.S. McChord Air Force Base. The two were merged on Feb. 1, 2010.

The military exchange is the latest in an 11-year sequence of formal exchanges between the U.S. and Chinese armies focused on preparing for natural disasters.

Chinese military at Joint Base Lewis-McChord3

Leaders from both countries view disaster preparation as an area where they can cooperate and build trust, possibly reducing the likelihood of an armed conflict in East Asia.

“Any time you continue to have partnership, you continue to communicate, you continue to train together, that’s what contributes to de-escalation,” said Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander of JBLM’s I Corps.

Maj. Gen. Zhang Jian, the highest-ranking Chinese officer participating in the exchange, said, “This exercise will help the two sides … so we can jointly maintain peace and stability.”

This week’s exchange asked senior-ranking soldiers from both countries to play out how they might respond to a serious earthquake on a fictional Pacific island. Ground-level soldiers participated in exercises where they demonstrated search-and-rescue techniques. In the past, the U.S. and China have responded separately to extreme natural disasters, such as the earthquake in Nepal earlier this year.

Maj. Gen. Edward Dorman, commander of the Army’s Hawaii-based 8th Theater Sustainment Command, said that with practice, “the U.S. and the (People’s Republic of China) can enhance collaboration so we can bring a more timely response in a humanitarian disaster.”

Chinese military at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Out in the field, ground-level soldiers from both countries appeared to enjoy themselves. They showed off tools they use to extract people from damaged buildings and shared methods of treating the injured.

“We should get one of these,” a search-and-rescue airman from the Washington Air National Guard proclaimed as he watched a Chinese soldier wield a saw that made cutting rebar look easy.

JBLM’s Spc. William Soyster, 24, said the exchange left him feeling hopeful: “With all the craziness in the world, it’s nice to be working with the Chinese army. It’s a reminder that we’re all in this together. We’re all human.”

The News Tribune did not quote any Chinese soldier in the exchange expressing similar feelings. In fact, as you can see in a video about the exchange, from which I took the above 3 screen shots, the faces of the Chinese military at JBLM all look grim, if not dour.


Navy vet’s death blamed on contaminated VA medical scopes

Wonder if anyone at this VA facility received a bonus for their “talent“?


The following will come as no surprise given the scandals accumulated by the VA under the Obama administration. See examples of the mishandling of our veterans’ health care here, here, here and here.

The mistreatment of our veterans is also occurring in Seattle. In early October I reported on how dozens of West Coast military veterans incorrectly received letters indicating they’d lose unemployment benefits after an overworked Department of Veterans Affairs office in Seattle lost track of records the veterans had submitted.

In May of this year, the Seattle VA hospital stranded a veteran outside the emergency room. Donald Siefken drove up to the Seattle VA with a broken foot and all he asked for was a little help getting inside. Instead, a hospital employee who answered Siefken’s cellphone call told him to call 911 himself, then hung up on him, Siefken said.

Chief Petty Officer William Piersawl/Photo Courtesy Samantha Armenta

Chief Petty Officer William Piersawl/Photo Courtesy Samantha Armenta

Now comes news of how the VA Puget Sound Health Care System may have contributed to the death of veteran William Piersawl. This may have been attributed to the a deadly infection he obtained with ties to dirty medical scopes and to scope-washing machines ordered recalled last week by U.S. regulators because of increased risk to patients.

That’s according to an amended lawsuit awaiting approval Monday in U.S. District Court in Western Washington, which raises new questions about ongoing problems with so-called “superbug” outbreaks in Seattle and across the nation.

William Piersawl, 60, was a 25-year Navy veteran and died in February 2013 of Gram-negative pneumonia, an infection resistant to most available antibiotics. Secondary causes included sepsis and lung cancer, his death certificate showed. His widow, Carolyn Piersawl filed a complaint earlier this year claiming that the VA Puget Sound Health Care System contributed to his death by failing to properly sterilize bronchoscopes, medical devices used to examine the lungs.

During his treatment from 2009 to 2012, Piersawl received at least two exams with bronchoscopes that had not been disinfected according to manufacturers’ instructions, leaving them “dirty after supposed sterilization,” potentially contaminated with bacteria that could have led to the infection that caused his death, according to the complaint. His widow said, “He didn’t deserve this”. The couple were married for 34 years and have three children and two grandchildren.

There was a whistleblower at the Puget Sound VA who reported on the filthy procedures being practiced at the VA facility. Barbara Deymonaz, 63, a registered nurse who worked as a nurse educator in the sterile processing unit at the Puget Sound VA from 2012 to 2013, said she complained multiple times to federal officials about lapses in procedure that put patients at risk. “Every rock you turned over, it was just a mess,” she said.

Of course, VA officials have denied all allegations in the Piersawl lawsuit. VA spokesman Ndidi Mojay said the agency cannot comment on pending litigation. A 2013 investigation by the VA Office of the Inspector General didn’t find any problems that left instruments unsterile or placed patients at risk.

But Piersawl’s case underscores concerns about deadly infections potentially transmitted by improperly cleaned medical scopes. Last year, an outbreak of multidrug-resistant infections tied to contaminated duodenoscopes — devices used to examine the gut — was linked to 39 patients at Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center. Eighteen patients affected by the outbreak died, although the role the infections played isn’t clear. The outbreak prompted the hospital to overhaul the way it cleans and tests the devices, resulting in no further infections, a hospital spokesman said.

In August, VA officials released results of an investigation that found that superbug infections may have occurred at VA sites across the nation, although the risk was very low. The analysis of 40,000 patient records concluded “any transmission appears highly unlikely.” But problems with duodenoscopes at hospitals across the nation prompted the FDA to issue new guidelines for cleaning the devices — and new warnings about potential problems with other types of scopes as well.

Between January 2010 and June 2015, the agency received 109 reports concerning infections or device contamination related to the bronchoscopes. No deaths were reported. The agency emphasized that proper “reprocessing” or cleaning of such devices is crucial.

It’s not clear what specific bacteria caused Piersawl’s Gram-negative pneumonia, which was listed as his primary cause of death. No culture results were reported in his records and the scopes used to treat him weren’t cultured, either. The lawsuit is set for trial next summer, said Jessica Holman Duthie, a Tacoma lawyer who filed the complaint.

Read the whole story at the Seattle Times here.


ISIS claims responsibility for both Paris attack & Russian jet crash

Paris attacks Nov. 13, 2015

On Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, eight men undertook multiple attacks in Paris — at a death metal music concert, 2 restaurants, a soccer stadium, and on streets. We are told this morning that 127 were killed, 300 were wounded, 80 of whom are in critical condition. All 8 attackers are now dead: 7 died in suicide bombings; the 8th was shot by police. Officials say accomplices may still be at large. (NYT)

French President François Hollande immediately called the attacks “an act of war” and identified ISIS or the Islamic State as the party responsible. He said: “It is an act of war that was committed by a terrorist army, a jihadist army, Daesh, against France,” using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State. “It is an act of war that was prepared, organized and planned from abroad, with complicity from the inside, which the investigation will help establish.”

The New York Times reports that this morning, the Islamic State claims responsibility for the attacks, calling the attacks “the first of the storm” and mocking France as a “capital of prostitution and obscenity”.

The admission of responsibility is in the form of a communiqué published in Arabic, English and French on the Islamic State’s encrypted account on Telegram, a messaging platform, and then distributed via its supporters on Twitter, according to a transcript provided by the SITE Intelligence Group that tracks jihadist propaganda. The communiqué says:

“Eight brothers, wrapped in explosive belts and armed with machine rifles, targeted sites that were accurately chosen in the heart of the capital of France, including the Stade de France during the match between the Crusader German and French teams, where the fool of France, François Hollande, was present. Let France and those who walk in its path know that they will remain on the top of the list of targets of the Islamic State.”

The statement was released on the same Telegram channel that was used to claim responsibility for the crash of a Russian jet over the Sinai Peninsula two weeks ago, which killed 224 people.

Analysts said the nature of the attacks — indiscriminate killings — was more in keeping with actions of the Islamic State than with those of Al Qaeda. The timing and extent of the celebration expressed online by IS supporters added weight to the claim. Al Qaeda’s attacks display more carefully defined targeting.

Paris attacks Nov. 13, 2015a

Military troops are patrolling Paris; France is in a nationwide state of emergency, its borders closed.

But this is what NYT reporters Adam Nossiter, Aurelien Breeden and Nicola Clark 

The attacks, and the possibility that the Islamic State was to blame, promised to further traumatize France and other European countries already fearful of violent jihadists radicalized by the conflicts in Syria and elsewhere. It could also lend weight to the xenophobic arguments of right-wing populists like Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front party.

So, self-preservation to the NYT is now xenophobia.

Meanwhile, writing for Activist Post, Brandon Turbeville is questioning what we are told about the attacks:

For many, claims that the attackers belong to ISIS is a deal breaker. For these individuals, ISIS is a shadowy terrorist organization that supports itself and has created a caliphate in eastern Syria and western Iraq that can scarcely be defeated (except when the Russians bomb it). However, the facts do not support such a shallow understanding of the ISIS terrorist organization. ISIS was entirely created, funded and directed by the United States, Britain, France and other NATO countries. Its actions have been coordinated by the Anglo-American Intelligence apparatus for geopolitical purposes all across the world both at home and abroad. For this reason, the declaration that ISIS committed a terrorist attack in Paris is by no means a get-out-of-jail-free card for the Western Intelligence apparatus. Instead, it is the trademark of their handiwork. Please see these articles for more information on the nature of ISIS: here, here, here and here.


VA reportedly paid $142M in bonuses last year

Warning: The following will dramatically increase your blood pressure.

tired soldier

Fox News: The Department of Veterans Affairs reportedly paid out more than $142 million in performance bonuses in 2014 despite a string of scandals inside the agency. USA Today reported that the bonuses ranged as high as $12,705, and most were over $500.

The bonuses continued even after former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who resigned last year amid the scandal over falsified wait-times, suspended certain bonuses. But that move only restricted bonuses for senior execs in the embattled Veterans Health Administration. 

The VA continued to pay bonuses to other workers in other departments, including those facing their own controversies. 

According to USA Today, the VA gave bonuses — from $4,000 to $8,000 — to executives overseeing the construction of an overdue and over-budget Denver facility.

Managers at a Wisconsin office also got bonuses between $1,000 and $4,000 despite findings the office was over-prescribing opiates. And some employees in the VHA have continued to receive bonuses.

A total of 156,000 workers reportedly got them for performance in 2014. 

Speaking Wednesday morning with Fox News, VA Secretary Robert McDonald did not address the bonuses but touted improvements at the agency since the wait-time scandal was exposed last year. He said wait-times are down to five days for specialty care; four days for primary care; and three days for mental health care. Further, he said, the disability claims backlog is down 88 percent. “We have work to do,” McDonald acknowledged.

According to USA Today, a VA spokesman defended the bonuses as important for attracting talent. “VA will continue to review tools and options in order to ensure the department is able to attract and retain the best talent to serve our nation’s veterans, while operating as a good steward of taxpayer funds,” spokesman James Hutton told the newspaper.


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To America’s veterans: Thank You


Today is Veterans’ Day, the day when we honor all the men and women who had served in our country’s Armed Forces.

The United States Army

The United States Army is 239 years old. It considers itself to be descended from the Continental Army and dates its inception from June 14, 1775, when the Continental army was formed even before the establishment of the United States, in order to fight for American Independence.

The United States Navy

The US Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the United States armed forces. The Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which was established during the American Revolutionary War and was essentially disbanded as a separate entity shortly thereafter. Depredations against American shipping by Barbary Coast pirates in the Mediterranean Sea spurred Congress to employ this power by passing the Naval Act of 1794 ordering the construction and manning of six frigates. The U.S. Navy is the largest in the world; its battle fleet tonnage is greater than that of the next 13 largest navies combined.

The United States Marine Corps

The U.S. Marine Corps, a branch of the U.S. armed forces responsible for providing force projection from the sea, is 239 years old. It was founded on November 10, 1775, in Philadelphia, by Captain Samuel Nicholas. The USMC is famous for its expertise in amphibious warfare. Though the smallest of the US armed forces in the Department of Defense, the Marine Corps is nonetheless larger than the armed forces of many significant military powers; for example, it is larger than the active duty Israel Defense Forces and the entire British Army!

The United States Air Force

The US Air Force (USAF), the lead aerial warfare and space warfare service branch of the United States armed forces, is 67 years old. Initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on September 18, 1947 under the National Security Act of 1947. It is the most recent branch of the U.S. military to be formed.

The United States Coast Guard

Founded by Alexander Hamilton as the Revenue Cutter Service on 4 August 1790, the Coast Guard is the United States’ oldest continuous seagoing service. As of August 2009, the Coast Guard had approximately 42,000 men and women on active duty, 7,500 reservists, 30,000 auxiliarists, and 7,700 full-time civilian employees. The Coast Guard motto is “Semper Paratus“, Latin for “Always Ready” or “Always Prepared”.

We thank you for all the sacrifices you made for America.

We admire you for your honor, courage, and spirit!

We love you for loving America so much you were willing to die to secure our freedom.

May God bless you and your family on this day and always!

P.S. A special “Thank You” to all the veterans among the readers of Fellowship of the Minds.

field of poppies

Poppies: A Poem for Veterans Day

By josephbc69

Imagine, that these poppies
should devote a hundred thousand years
to cover this field as they approach
the near mountain.
Then, relentlessly
soft and silent, a million years more
to ascend the slopes, claim the height
begrudged by sun and frost,
year by year, atom by atom.

Mere poppies: red flowers and green leaf,
consumed by unknowing sheep
who stand knee-deep in endless fields
of flowers, until they fall to ground
on dying, a mute transmission of blood.

Where then, to step? For they are
everywhere, red heads above green bodies,
and confound our progress.
We give up, and slowly accept
the fatality of all our moves.

Cautiously, stepping as carefully as we can
we advance, crushing the green, but sparing
the blossoms, as if they knew though helpless
to protest: resigned, a silent witness.

-11 December 1989 & 11 November 2015
Washington state & Esquimalt, BC


Chelsea Manning suing army because she ‘feels like a freak and a weirdo’ over two-inch prison haircut

Now growing out your hair is a “basic human right”.

small violin

Daily Mail: Transgender whistleblower Chelsea Manning is suing the army because she ‘feels like a freak’ after being forced to have a two-inch prison haircut. The 27-year-old soldier, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, broke down in tears after the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth ordered her to cut her hair.

Manning, who was born as a man named Bradley, claims she has identified as a woman since childhood and had been receiving access to hormone therapy, speech therapy and cosmetics while in prison. But the military ruled that the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst must continue to cut her hair to ‘military standards.’ 

In a blog post from prison, Manning wrote that when she heard the news she was devastated, and felt like giving up. ‘After five years — and more — of fighting for survival, I had to fight even more. I was out of energy. I felt sick. I felt sad. I felt gross — like Frankenstein’s monster wandering around the countryside avoiding angry mobs with torches and pitch forks. I cried, and cried, sniffled a little bit, and then cried some more.’

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, July 30, 2013, after receiving a verdict in his court martial. Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy — the most serious charge he faced — but was convicted of espionage, theft and other charges, more than three years after he revealed secrets to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Manning said that after feeling ‘devastated, humiliated, hurt, and rejected’ she finally found the strength to fight again. She says that the decision is an affront to her human rights and undermines her treatment for gender dysphoria – someone who believes they were born the wrong sex. 

In recently filed court papers, she says being forced to cut her hair to just two inches makes her feel like ‘a freak and a weirdo,’ reported Yahoo News. ‘Not because having short hair makes a person less of a woman,’ the court papers continue, ‘but because for her, it undermines specifically recommended treatment and sends the message to everyone that she is not a ‘real’ woman.’

The documents state that forcing her to keep her hair just 2 inches long was depriving her of being able to express herself in a ‘feminine manner.’ 

Manning, who is transgender, was recently spared solitary confinement when she was caught with the Vanity Fair issue with another famous transgender woman in the cover, Caitlyn Jenner.

The military had agreed to allow Manning access to hormone therapy, but had originally ruled in September that she must continue to cut her hair to ‘military standards.’

‘Even though the military agrees that allowing Chelsea to grow her hair is a critical part of her treatment plan, they continue to deny her basic human and constitutional rights,’ ACLU attorney Chase Strangio said in a statement, according to the Huffington Post.

The inmate tweeted via a third party after the original decision: ‘Military continues to make me cut my hair to male standards – I’m going to fit in court.’  In April, Strangio told Cosmopolitan magazine: ‘Her fight continues because the government is needlessly prohibiting her from growing her hair, which will continue to cause her significant anxiety.’ 

In August, Manning lost recreational rights when she was caught with Vanity Fair and an issue of Cosmopolitan that contained an interview with her. Manning told Cosmo that it is ‘painful and awkward’ to be forbidden from letting her hair grow. ‘I am torn up,’ she said. I get through each day okay, but at night, when I’m alone in my room, I finally burn out and crash.’

Manning also recently gave an interview to Paper magazine, in which she said she does not consider herself a ‘radical.’ ‘I believe that we are just at the very beginning of a new epoch,’ she told the magazine. ‘I think that with ubiquitous and total access to highly connected information technology… we are slowly beginning to blur the lines between the concepts that have seemed so separate for generations, such as the relationships between gender, sexuality, art and work.’

The soldier was sentenced to 35 years in prison in August 2013 for leaking almost 750,000 sensitive documents related to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to WikiLeaks. The former intelligence analyst was found guilty of 20 crimes, including six violations of the Espionage Act, but was acquitted her of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy, an offense that could have meant life in prison without parole.

US officials describe Manning’s document dump as the biggest leak of classified files in American history.  The leaked material included video of a U.S. helicopter attack that killed at least two civilians — a Reuters news photographer and his driver.

Manning will be eligible for parole after serving a third of her sentence. She is now working on an appeal which will be filed next year which will argue that she was a whistleblower who exposed U.S. government abuses. The appeal says she was never given the opportunity to present her motives during her court martial.

Days after her 2013 sentencing, Manning made the shock announcement through her attorney that she wanted to live as a woman. ‘As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female,’ Manning wrote in the statement entitled, ‘The Next Stage of My Life’.

‘Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition.’