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Orlando terrorist-killer Omar Mateen worked for a security firm with DHS contract to identify suspected terrorists

This would be funny if it weren’t so outrageous.

The private security firm that had employed Orlando gay club shooter Omar Mateen since 2007, is an outfit called G4S Security Solutions USA, which claims to be the world’s leading security contractor with operations in more than 100 countries and 610,000 employees, including 50,000 Americans.

It turns out D4S has a $234 million contract with the Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to, among other things, identify suspected terrorists trying to enter the U.S. — all while Mateen, a Muslim terrorist who killed 50 and wounded another 53 at the Pulse gay club in Orlando, Florida, was right under their nose.

Talk about a case of fox guarding the hen house!

To top it off, the clueless G4S also provides security for 90% of America’s nuclear facilities!

G4S Secure Solutions USA - fox guarding hen house

Paul Sperry, New York Post columnist and author of INFILTRATION: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington, writes for Counter Jihad, June 13, 2016, that “The Orlando nightclub terrorist who pledged allegiance to ISIS worked almost a decade for a major Department of Homeland Security contractor, raising alarms that ISIS sympathizers and agents have infiltrated the federal agency set up after 9/11 to combat terrorists.”

Orlando shooter Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, an Afghan-American who held two firearms licenses and a security officer license, was employed by the security firm G4S Secure Solutions USA Inc. since Sept. 10, 2007.

After 9/11, G4S, based in Jupiter, Florida, merged with the Wackenhut Corp. and became the first contract security company to received designation and certification by DHS.

Through the U.S. General Services Administration, the company supplies federal agencies with guards, detention officers, court security officers, baggage handlers, security clerks, and prisoner bus and van drivers in contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The security company’s contract with DHS alone amounts to more than $234 million. In addition to the DHS, G4S has contracts with the Departments of State, Interior, Labor, Justice, and Energy; the IRS; Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Army; U.S. Air Force; and NASA.

G4S’s contracted tasks for the federal government include:

  1. Identify “suspected terrorists” trying to enter the U.S.
  2. Provide “support” to DHS and Customs and Border Protection (CPB) with their operations at the U.S.-Mexican border.
  3. Work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to transport illegal immigrants in fortified buses from city to city and from cities to the US-Mexican border. (Source: G4S’s “Providing Manpower Solutions for Government Services” brochure.) Judicial Watch, however, discovered that G4S has been quietly moving and releasing van loads of illegal aliens away from the border to interior American cities. The illegals were mostly Central Americans but possibly also from the Middle East and Pakistan.
  4. Provide security guards and other security services for 90 percent of U.S. nuclear facilities.
  5. Help the federal government with emergency security responses to “terror threats.”

It’s not clear if Omar Mateen worked on any federal contracts or dealt with federal inmates. It’s also not immediately known if he had federal security clearances, or what kind of security background check G4S administered before hiring Mateen. Company brochure says security officers “are subjected to a stringent background investigation” that includes psychological, background and criminal screening.” However, one of Mateen’s jobs was to help transport and guard state and local prisoner youths in Florida, despite reports he openly praised ISIS in conversations with co-workers, and even though he had been under federal investigation for terrorism ties since at least 2013.

In a 2012 company newsletter, G4S congratulated Mateen for five years of service. Attempts to reach G4S representatives Sunday were unsuccessful.

It’s not the first time a federal contractor has employed a major Islamic terrorist.

In 2008, Charlotte, N.C.-based Convergys Corp. came under fire for employing 22-year-old Sami Khan, a Muslim computer operator who openly maintained a jihadist website featuring grisly images of American soldiers blown up by al-Qaida terrorists overseas which he said “bring great happiness to me.” Convergys at the time had landed a $2.5 billion federal contract to set up emergency communications centers in the event to terrorist attacks and other disasters. Khan turned out to be an al-Qaida operative. He was killed in 2011 in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen.

H/t John Molloy

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~Eowyn

Astronaut Chris Cassidy’s curious quip about the International Space Station

Earth framing the International Space Station in May 2010 following undocking of Atlantis during the STS-132 mission. (Photo: NASA)

Earth framing the International Space Station in May 2010 following undocking of Atlantis during the STS-132 mission. (Photo: NASA)

The International Space Station (ISS) is a habitable artificial satellite in low orbit (205 to 270 miles) above the Earth, completing 15.54 orbits per day. Its first component launched into orbit in 1998, the ISS is the largest artificial body in orbit and can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth. ISS components have been launched by Russian Proton and Soyuz rockets as well as U.S. Space Shuttles.

The ISS serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which crew members conduct experiments in biology, human biology, physics, astronomy, meteorology, as well as the testing of spacecraft systems and equipment required for missions to the Moon and Mars.

ISS is the ninth space station to be inhabited by crews, following the Soviet and later Russian Salyut, Almaz, and Mir stations as well as Skylab from the US. The station has been continuously occupied for 15 years and 150 days since the arrival of Expedition 1 on 2 November 2000. This is the longest continuous human presence in space, having surpassed the previous record of 9 years and 357 days held by Mir. The station is serviced by a variety of visiting spacecraft: Soyuz, Progress, the Automated Transfer Vehicle, the H-II Transfer Vehicle, Dragon, and Cygnus. It has been visited by astronauts, cosmonauts and space tourists from 17 different countries.

On August 15, 2013, for 20 minutes, three astronauts in the International Space Station were interviewed live via satellite by high school students at the Riverside Preparatory Academy in Oro Grande, California.

A student named Bailey asked astronaut Christopher “Chris” Cassidy (man in black shirt on the right in video below) about what high school was like for him.

This is what Cassidy said (beg. at the 0:13 mark):

“Well, it was the 1980s, so the music was different, the hairstyle was different, the clothes we wore were different than today, but probably in 5 to 10 years, it’ll be the same. And in school I was just like you, probably all of you there. I tried my best. I didn’t always succeed, didn’t always do well, but I put my best effort into school. Math and science were kinda my favorite subjects. I didn’t really like English and reading too much, but I’ve since grown out of that, I do everything now. And I played a lot of sports. And all of that happened in a little town called York, Maine across the United States from where we’re talking to you right now.

So astronaut Cassidy said he was not in space, but somewhere in continental America — “across the United States” from his hometown of York, Maine? WTF!

Or did Cassidy mean that York, Maine is “across the United States” from Oro Grande, California, where the high school students were? Afterall, he did say English and reading were not his favorite subjects in school.

This is the sort of stuff that feeds the “NASA and Moon landing are fake” meme.

Christopher Cassidy

Wikipedia says Christopher John “Chris” Cassidy, 46, is a NASA astronaut and Navy SEAL. He achieved the rank of Captain in the U.S. Navy, and currently serves as Chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA. Cassidy attended York High School, in York, Maine, where he lives with his wife and three children.

Cassidy’s first spaceflight was on Space Shuttle mission STS-127, and his second was as a flight engineer for Expedition 35/36, launched aboard Soyuz TMA-08M. He was in space between July 15–31, 2009 and March 28 – September 10, 2013.

On September 10, 2013, Cassidy returned to Earth after more than five months in the International Space Station. (Source: NASA)

See also my post “NASA’s ‘Blue Marble’ Earth is a fake”.

H/t FOTM‘s bongiornoc

~Eowyn

In 1969 Apollo 10 heard ‘woowoo’ music on dark side of Moon

Apollo 10 was the 4th manned mission in the United States Apollo space program, and the second (after Apollo 8) to orbit the Moon.

Launched on May 18, 1969, Apollo 10 was a “dress rehearsal” for the first Moon landing, testing all of the components and procedures, just short of actually landing. The Lunar Module came to within 8.4 nautical miles (15.6 km) of the lunar surface, the point where the powered descent to the lunar surface would begin. The success of the Apollo 10 mission enabled the first landing to be attempted by Apollo 11 in July 1969.

At the time, the Apollo 10 crew had the distinction of being the humans who have traveled to the farthest point away from home, some 408,950 km (220,820 nmi) from their homes and families in Houston.

The astronauts of Apollo 10 were Thomas P. Stafford (commander), John W. Young (command module pilot), and Eugene A. Cernan (lunar module pilot).

Apollo 10 astronauts Eugene Cernan, Thomas Stafford, John Young (l to r)

Did you know that the Moon we see from Earth is always only one side?

It’s called the near side of the Moon — the lunar hemisphere that is permanently turned towards the Earth. Only that side of the Moon is visible from Earth because the Moon rotates about its spin axis at the same rate that the Moon orbits the Earth, a situation known as synchronous rotation or tidal locking.

The opposite side — the hemisphere that always faces away from Earth — is the far side of the Moon, also called the dark side of the Moon. “Dark,” as in unknown, rather than lack of light. The far side’s terrain is rugged, with a multitude of impact craters, including one of the largest craters in the Solar System, the South Pole–Aitken basin.

In 1969, as Apollo 10 orbited the Moon, it entered the dark side of the Moon where, for an hour, the astronauts lost all radio contact with Earth.

The astronauts were completely on their own — no one can hear or see them.

Apollo 10 would emerge from the dark side of the Moon, apparently safe, as if nothing of note had happened.

But there were recorders recording what was going on with Apollo 10 at all times, including during that hour when the spacecraft was on its own. When the spacecraft returned to Earth, those recording tapes were transcribed, without comment, by NASA. The transcripts were classified, and were buried in NASA’s archives.

Later, the transcripts were declassified, but remained in the archives until nearly 40 years later in 2008, when patient researchers combed through the transcripts and discovered what happened during that hour on the dark side of the Moon.

A strange whistling woowoo “music” was heard, coming through the Apollo 10 module’s radio. Below is the recorded conversation between the astronauts, reacting to the “music”:

“The music even sounds outer-spacey, doesn’t it?”

“You hear that? That whistling sound? Whoooooo….”

“Sound like, you know, outer-space type music.”

“Well, that sure is weird music.”

The astronauts mentioned the “music” many times over the course of the hour when the spacecraft was on the dark side of the Moon, completely cut off from all communication.

One explanation offered is that the “music” was “radio interference” between Apollo 10’s radio and NASA.

~Eowyn

Proposed UN Tribunal of Climate Justice threatens U.S. sovereignty, while Antarctica ice is increasing, not melting

The Christian Science Monitor reports that a new NASA study found that Antarctica has been adding more ice than it’s been losing, challenging other research, including that of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that concludes that Earth’s southern continent is losing land ice overall.

In a paper published in the Journal of Glaciology, researchers from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the University of Maryland in College Park, and the engineering firm Sigma Space Corporation offer a new analysis of satellite data that show a net gain of 112 billion tons of ice a year from 1992 to 2001 in the Antarctic ice sheet, “slowing” to a net gain of 82 billion tons of ice per year between 2003 and 2008.

The study’s authors say these findings challenge current explanations for sea level rise, much of which is attributed to melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica from “global warming.”

One of the authors, Dr. Zwally, said, “The good news is that Antarctica is not currently contributing to sea level rise, but is taking 0.23 millimeters per year away…. If the 0.27 millimeters per year of sea level rise attributed to Antarctica in the IPCC report is not really coming from Antarctica, there must be some other contribution to sea level rise that is not accounted for.”

green-nazis

Notwithstanding the fact that Antarctica has been gaining, not losing, ice, the climate change activists are proceeding with their agenda.

Leo Hohmann reports for WND that at the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit in Paris, scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 11, participating nations have prepared a treaty that would create an “International Tribunal of Climate Justice” giving Third World countries the power to haul the U.S. into a global court with enforcement powers.

According to the proposed draft text of the climate treaty, the tribunal would take up issues such as “climate justice,” “climate finance,” “technology transfers,” and “climate debt.”

The UN climate tribunal will bypass Congress. Policies once left to sovereign nations could be turned over to the U.N. tribunal if the U.S. and its allies approve the proposed deal in Paris during the summit.

Read the proposed treaty here.

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~Éowyn

Take this quiz to find out the presidential candidate who most matches your beliefs

Take this quiz to find out.

The questions are grouped under various issues: social, environmental, economic, domestic policy, health care, foreign policy, education, electoral, immigration, and science.

Make sure you:

  • Indicate “how important is this to you” on each question (it’s on the left).
  • Click “Show more questions” underneath the last question in each section.

Report back to us on the results of your quiz!

My results are:

2016 political quiz

What surprised me is that, ideologically, I have less in common with Hillary Clinton than with socialist Bernie Sanders. That tells me Hillary is to the left of Bernie, i.e., she is even more socialist than Bernie Sanders.

H/t Shireen

~Éowyn

Sunday Devotional: A Prayer for Wisdom

Book of Wisdom 7:7-8

I prayed, and prudence was given me;
I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
I preferred her to scepter and throne,
and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her….

Ring galaxyThe Ring Galaxy, with a span of 100,000 light years, is 600 million light years away from Earth. Visible in the gap (at about one o’clock) is yet another ring galaxy that likely lies even farther in the distance. [NASA]

Psalm 90:1-4, 10, 12, 14

A prayer of Moses, the man of God.

Lord, you have been our refuge
through all generations.
Before the mountains were born,
the earth and the world brought forth,
from eternity to eternity you are God.
You turn humanity back into dust,
saying, “Return, you children of Adam!”
A thousand years in your eyes
are merely a day gone by….
Seventy is the sum of our years,
or eighty, if we are strong;
Most of them are toil and sorrow;
they pass quickly, and we are gone….
Teach us to count our days aright,
that we may gain wisdom of heart….
Fill us at daybreak with your mercy,
that all our days we may sing for joy.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Éowyn

NASA’s “Blue Marble” Earth is a fake

When we think of Earth, this iconic image of the “Blue Marble” immediately comes to mind.

NASA BLue Marble 1972 from Apollo 17 small

We’ll call the above image “Blue Marble I”.

From Wikipedia:

The Blue Marble is a famous photograph of the Earth, taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft, at a distance of about 45,000 kilometers (28,000 miles). It is one of the most iconic, and among the most widely distributed images in human history….

The image is one of the few to show an almost fully illuminated Earth disk (slightly gibbous), as the astronauts had the Sun behind them when they took the image. To the astronauts, Earth had the appearance and size of a glass marble, hence the name.

The photograph was taken about 5 hours and 6 minutes after launch of the Apollo 17 mission, and about 1 hour 54 minutes after the spacecraft left its parking orbit around the Earth, to begin its trajectory to the Moon.

Or maybe that’s not the Blue Marble you have in mind. Maybe it’s this iconic image of a more vividly-colored Blue Marble which was released by NASA in 2002. Let’s call it “Blue Marble II”.

NASA Blue Marble 2002

Blue Marble II is so familiar to us in part because it was the default image on the first iPhone.

Blue Marble on iPhone

But some sharp-eyed geeks discovered “anomalies” in Blue Marble II, specifically duplicate clouds, as you can see in a cropped section of Blue Marble II (below):

2002 Blue Marble anomalies

The discovery of duplicate clouds has led to accusations that not only is the 2002 image (Blue Marble II) a fake, the original Apollo 17 image (Blue Marble I) was likely a fake as well. That, in turn, has led some to question whether everything NASA did and said was fake. See, for example, this post from Plane Not A Planet blog.

The problem is that, in the years after the first Blue Marble photo was taken by Apollo 17, NASA has released many Blue Marbles, “Blue Marble II” being one of the best known and most popular.

As NASA explains about the 2002 “Blue Marble II”:

Metadata

  • Data Date: February 8, 2002
  • Visualization Date: February 8, 2002

This spectacular “blue marble” image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet. These images are freely available to educators, scientists, museums, and the public.

Much of the information contained in this image came from a single remote-sensing device-NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS. Flying over 700 km above the Earth onboard the Terra satellite, MODIS provides an integrated tool for observing a variety of terrestrial, oceanic, and atmospheric features of the Earth. The land and coastal ocean portions of these images are based on surface observations collected from June through September 2001 and combined, or composited, every eight days to compensate for clouds that might block the sensor’s view of the surface on any single day…. The cloud image is a composite of two days of imagery collected in visible light wavelengths and a third day of thermal infra-red imagery over the poles. Global city lights, derived from 9 months of observations from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, are superimposed on a darkened land surface map.

In other words, rendered in simple English, NASA is saying that the 2002 “Blue Marble II” is not a photo. Instead, the image is a COMBINATION and COMPOSITE of many “satellite-based observations” (whatever that means), which were “stitched together” (whatever that means) by scientists and “visualizers” (whatever that means).

In other words, Blue Marble II is a fake — which would explain the duplicate clouds.

Here’s an admission by Robert Simmon, one of the “visualizers” who “stitched together” Blue Marble II, as related by David Yanofsky in his March 27, 2014 article for Quartz, “The guy who created the iPhone’s Earth image explains why he needed to fake it“:

As it turns out, much of what one might assume about this beautiful image is not true…. It isn’t actually a photograph of earth. And that blackness surrounding it? That’s not space, either….

Simmon, a data-visualizer and designer at NASA’s Earth Observatory, created the image in 2002. He told Quartz it’s not a photograph, but a sophisticated visualization. 

Images of the earth may seem commonplace, but there are actually very few pictures of the entire planet. The problem, Simmon said, is all the NASA earth-observing satellites are in low-earth or geostationary orbit, meaning none of them are far enough away to see a full hemisphere. The most familiar pictures of the entire Earth are from the 1960s and 1970s Apollo missions to the moon.

As realistic as it looks, the image is a composite of four months of light data collected in 2,300 km (1,429 mi) wide bands as NASA’s Terra satellite orbited from pole to pole, and the earth rotated beneath it.

That data was then stitched together and applied to the surface of a digital ball, then modified in Photoshop.

Simmon readily admits there are numerous fakeries in his image. The atmosphere is Photoshop blur. Some of the clouds are collaged together using Photoshop’s clone tool to cover gaps in the satellite’s coverage. The black area around the earth is not the void of space. It is simply a background of black color that Simmon placed the earth on top of. (This is standard practice, Simmon says: most actual “photographs” of the earth—including the Apollo images—present the planet on a black background).

Without these alterations, the image wouldn’t look very earth-like. Simmon said he based his manipulations on reality, “in the sense that I’ve looked at a lot of imagery to see how thick should that be, how blue should that be.” But, he later added, “It’s more hyper-realistic than realistic.”

“Without these alterations, the image wouldn’t look very earth-like.”

That’s a doozy of a sentence, because our visual images of earth all came from NASA in the first place as none of us has flown into space to actually see the entire Earth.

Given the admission that Blue Marble II is a fake, we have every reason to wonder about other NASA fakeries and lies, such as the 1986 Challenger explosion (see “Are the crew members of 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger still alive?”) and whether those photos taken on the Moon are real.

~Éowyn