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Operation Faithful Patriot: more than 5,200 U.S. troops deployed to secure US-Mexico border are armed

Last week, we learned that the Pentagon is sending 800 to 1,000 troops to America’s southern border, to deal with the thousands of so-called “migrants” in the so-called “caravans” that are traveling through Guatemala and Mexico, with the intent to crossing the border into the United States. Earlier this year, the military had already deployed about 2,000 National Guard troops to the border.

Yesterday, in a tweet, President Trump called the “caravans” an “invasion of our Country” and warned the “migrants” that “our Military is waiting for you”.

By “our Military,” Trump means not 800 or 1,000, but 5,000 troops who are being deployed to secure our southern border.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the mission of the 5,000 troops is “Operation Faithful Patriot” — a military force equal to about one-third the number of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents currently working at the border, and a larger deployment than we have in Syria and Iraq, and about half of what we have in the field in Afghanistan.

Of the 5,000 troops, about 1,800 will go to Texas, 1,700 to Arizona, and 1,500 to California. The troops will be drawn from about 10 U.S. Army installations and consist largely of military police and engineers. U.S. Marines also will be deployed.

Yesterday, October 29, in a sparsely-reported DHS-DOD joint press conference at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC, three Trump administration officials spelled out more clearly and in more details how the U.S. government will secure our southern border from the incoming caravans hordes of invaders. The purpose of the press conference is to provide an update on the CBP’s Operation Secure Line and the DOD’s Operation Faithful Patriot.

The three officials are:

  1. Kevin McAleenan, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner. CBP is an agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
  2. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command.
  3. Kenneth P. Rapuano, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security.

Canadian Free Press posted a nearly 23-minute video of the press conference, with neither a transcript nor summary. To view it, go here.

Below is my transcripton of the press conference.

Kevin McAleenan, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner:

“An update on enhanced security operations in order to address potential for large groups of migrants who arrive at the US border as part of the so-called caravan. As of this afternoon, we continue to track a large group of some 3,500 traveling through southern Mexico with the stated intent of reaching the US border…. We’re also aware of a second large group of around 3,000 migrants at [a] border crossing between Guatemala and Mexico. This means that at any given moment, there are tens of thousands of migrants between the Guatemalan border and the US border that are moving towards us. Within that flow are included about 17,000 criminals last year, along with hardened smugglers and people from over a hundred countries from around the world.

Our immigration system is unable to effectively process and repatriate those without a right to remain in the United States due to an extensive backlog in our courts. What is new and challenging about this caravan phenomenon is the formation of multiple large groups that present unique security and safety threats…especially the second large group still in Guatemala has deployed violent and dangerous tactics against both Guatemalan and Mexican goverment security teams.

Accordingly, we are preparing for the contingency of a large group of arriving persons intending to enter the United States in the next several weeks. Our message to the organizers and participants of this caravan is simple — the President and DHS Secretary [Kirstjen] Nielsen have made clear we will not allow a large group to enter the United States in an unsafe and unwelcome manner…. There is no benefit in being part of a large group. The caravan has already been offered protection in Mexico and will not be allowed to enter the U.S. the same way.

Yesterday we launched Operation Secure Line, a multiphase and flexible response designed to ensure we are prepared for any number of contingencies involved with the arrival of a large group of intending migrants at our border. Whether they attempt to cross at a port of entry or unlawfully in between ports of entry, an important principle here is that border security is a law enforcement mission, and as the unified border security agency of the United States, CBP is well equipped along with support from interagency federal, state and local partners to manage multiple contingencies of variious size. Since we initiated our planning two weeks ago, we have completed updated assessments of each of our 26 crossing points on the southwest border, and already deployed 100 specially-trained special-response team operators to prepare plans for each location…. We have at the ready 1,000 CBP officers, including 250 tactical enforcement officers and mobile response team professionals with training on managing contingenceis, including riot control. Between ports of entry, we have an additional 830 border patrol agents on standby ready to deploy, to include 140 special operations agents, 385 mobile response team agents, and an additional 350 agents from unaffected sectors. These agents will be augmented and supported by two dozen CBP air assets for surveillance and mobile response, including 4 blackhawks [helicopters], 6 additional helicopters, as well as multiple fixed wing assets and unmanned aerial systems [drones]. Due to the large size of the potential caravans that may arrive at the border, however, the Department of Homeland Security has further requested support from the Department of Defense. This is in addition to the 2,000 National Guard personnel already augmenting operations under Operation Guardian Support.”

Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy:

Our mission of homeland defense is inextricably linked to Homeland Security’s mission of homeland security.Operation Faithful Patriot, as we have named the military operation supporting CBP in hardening the southwest border, is the latest example of this critical partnership. In a macro sense, our concept of operations is to pool our military assets with a priority to build up southern Texas and then Arizona and then California, reinforce along priority points of entry so as to enhance CBP’s ability to harden and secure the border. The specific request for assistance is for the active duty military to enhance the capacity and capabilities of CBP by providing robust military capabilities.

Our first level of effort with CBP will be to harden the points of entry and address key gaps in areas around the points of entry. And here is a list of some of the capabilities we are bringing:

First, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They bring amazing expertise earned through years of experience under challenging conditions, including the current work of building the border wall.

We’re also bringing three highly experienced and capable combat engineering battalions with expertise in building temporary vehicle barriers, fencing, and are bringing them with heavy equipment which, as we speak now, is line hauling toward Texas.

We are bringing military planning teams that are already actively engaged with their CBP counterparts. This integrated command and control capabilities we are working with our aviation,  engineering, medical and logistic resources to bring them to bear.

We are bringing three medium web helicopter companies in. These are aircraft equipped with the latest technology. They are enhanced with optics; they have MVGs; they have sensors that allow them to operate at night, and be able to provide assistance to bring our CBP personnel exactly where they need to be regardless of the conditions. We will be able to spot and identify groups and rapidly deploy CBP personnel where they are needed. The helicopters will ensure that CBP agents can arrive in the more austere locations. They can fast-rope down if they need to; they can conduct and work their law enforcement activities. These aircraft will also ensure those agents needing medical assistance will be able to get that assistance when required.

In addition, we are bringing in military police units,we are bringing strategic airlift to bear. As we sit right now, we have three C-130s and a C-17 ready to deploy CBP personnel wherever they need to be at any time.

We have deployable medical units, we have the logistical support, we have command posts so we can combine with CBP command posts for our operational commanders who will work side by side to integrate our efforts and make no mistakes.

As we sit right here today, we have about 800 soldiers that are on the way to Texas right now. They are coming from Fort Campbell, they are coming from Fort Knox. They’re moving closer to the border, and they’re going to continue their training, and they’re ready to deploy, to be actually deployed on the border….

We’ve already brought critical material that’s already in place. We have enough concertina wire to cover up to 22 miles already deployed to the border. We have additional concertina wire that we can string, with over 150 miles available.

Additionally, we are working wherever reinforces are needed so that we can be exactly where CBP wants us to put it. By the end of this week, we will deploy over 5,200 soldiers to the southwest border. That is just the start of this operation. We’ll continue to adjust the numbers. Note that is in addition to the 2,092 that are already employed from the National Guard’s Operation Guardian Support that’s been so effective.

In my final point, I’d like to stress that everything I have discussed here fully adheres to our current authorities and governed by law and policy. We know border security is national security, and the U.S. military will advance CBP’s capability to harden the border. The Department of Defense is all ready and will continue to provide support to CBP to secure the border.”

The press conference concluded with Questions-and-Answers, beginning with a first question from a female reporter asking whether the troops deployed to the border will be armed (13:43 mark in video).

Gen. O’Shaughnessy answered that the 2,092 National Guards will remain, that the military’s Operation Faithful Patriot is to support and assist the CBP, and that “everything we’re doing is in line with and in adherence to Posse Comitatus” — the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.

The reporter persisted and repeated the question of whether the troops will be armed. Gen. O’Shaughnessy said:

“We have the authority given to us by [Defense] Secretary [Jim] Mattis, units that are normally assigned weapons, they are, in fact, deploying with weapons.”

CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan emphasized that the the “caravans” are different from previous groups seeking to enter the U.S. illegally because of their violent tactics, as seen in their crashing of the Mexico-Guatemala border. That is the reason for the deployment of troops because “we want to be ready for that” “for the potential of the arrival of a large group like this”.

In response to a question whether this is a “national emergency,” Gen. O’Shaughnessy said:

“I think the President has made it clear that border security is national security. That is the direction we have been given, that is the direction we are marching to, our orders are very clear…. We are going to secure the border.

Commissioner McAleenan said that the U.S. is working with the Mexican government, and that those “migrants” seeking political asylum have alrady been offered benefits and safe shelter by Mexico, which implies that the U.S. government will not be disposed to entertain their political asylum demands, especially if those demanding political asylum cross the border illegally. He said that the U.S. is providing access to asylum to asylum seekers “at our borders lawfully”. In the last fiscal year, Border Patrol has processed 38,000 (political asylum) cases of fear of return to a home country — “a new record”.

God bless and protect President Donald John Trump. Pray for him. Pray for America.

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~Eowyn

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Angry white male Navy vet arrested for mailing ricin to Trump & Mattis

Yesterday, our DCG reported that on Monday, October 1, 2018, two envelopes addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson tested positive for the deadly poison ricin at the Pentagon’s mail facility.

According to CBS News, citing Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White, both envelopes contained castor seeds which, if swallowed, can release ricin.

An envelope suspected of containing ricin was also sent to President Trump. Thankfully, it was intercepted and never made it to the White House. (New York Post)

By yesterday afternoon, a suspect had been taken into custody.

Breitbart reports Captain Tyson Budge of the Logan Utah Police Department announced the arrest. A spokesperson for the U.S. attorney for Utah identified the suspect as William Clyde Allen III.

FBI Salt Lake City field office spokesman Doug Davis said, “No wider threat to the public safety exists at this time. As it is a pending matter, that’s all we can say at this time.”

According to Fox News, a return address on the two envelopes sent to the Pentagon led investigators to Allen. A tip from the White House led the Pentagon to discover the packages.

This is what we know about William Clyde Allen III (source: Heavy.com):

(1) Age 39, from Logan, Utah.

(2) A Navy veteran who served for 4 years. He enlisted in October 1998 and left in October 2002, demoted from E4 to E2.

(3) Allen has a criminal record:

  • Two years after he left the Navy, in 2004, Allen was charged in a child sex-abuse case involving two girls with whom he had an unspecified “relationship of trust”. He pleaded guilty to neglect and abuse charges and was not registered as a sex offender. (Stars and Stripes)
  • Later that same year, a woman filed a protective order against him. He disputed but agreed to the order.
  • In 2008, Allen pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in Davis County, and was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail. He was released in 2011.

(4) According to the New York Times, a Facebook account that shares Allen’s full name and location contains posts, written in a pseudo-archaic language, on what the NYT calls “Christianity,” resentment against the 1% elite, against the news media, and videos about extracting cyanide from apple seeds:

  • Religion: On May 27, Allen wrote: “humans are of God and of curious workmanship, may they in one accord follow their hearts, and well use their minds, bodies, and strength for in this Earth Garden God made for us to do good with and impart freely thereof that all may have in abundance and joy.” On September 21, Allen wrote: “As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more; but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.”
  • One-percenters: On October 2, 2018, Allen posted a meme that “The ninety-nine percent are just a bunch of Zero’$”. On May 27, Allen wrote: “Dear 1%ers, It is ‘not’ legal to buy humans, but they are completely for sale to go to and fro, doing whatever thou desirest in thine Earth, doing withersoever thou desirest, in whatever clothes and adornments thine see fit to accomplish thine kingdoms grace.” Allen accuses the 1%ers of “nepotically” abandoning “the 99% populous [sic] and its children,” and of being “like a coward seeking for self, much like the devil.”
  • News media: On Sept. 26, he wrote: “If one were to copy the persona of the news media they would be considered a crazy paranoid schizophrenic stocker [sic] disturbing the peace, enticing riots & public upheavals, premeditated mayhem of policy, defamation of public character & treason.”

According to TruthFinder, Allen is 5′ 6″ tall, currently employed at Aaa Steel Buildings in Clearfield, Utah. His criminal record includes:

  • In 1998, speeding.
  • In 2003 and 2004, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs.
  • In 2004, convicted for child abuse/neglect under Utah Code 76-5-109: Child abandonment means the parent or legal guardian of a child, defined as under 18 years of age, “intentionally ceases to maintain physical custody of the child”; “intentionally fails to make reasonable arrangements for the safety, care, and physical custody of the child”; “intentionally fails to provide the child with food, shelter, or clothing”. Child abuse means inflicting or causing “serious physical injury”, or commits or causes another to commit child abandonment.

In November 2004, Allen filed for bankruptcy, which was discharged the following March.

In other words, William Clyde Allen III fits the profile that the Left like to demonize: an angry white male, military veteran, religious, resentful of the elite, and hostile to the mainstream media.

Allen’s failure in the Navy may explain his targeting of Mattis and Richardson, but not of President Trump who is critical of the “fake news” mainstream media.

A motive for the mailings is still under investigation, authorities said. Federal charges are expected to be filed tomorrow. (CBS News)

~Eowyn

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Envelopes sent to Mattis, Navy chief test positive for ricin

You don’t mess with Mad Dog.

From NY Post: Two envelopes addressed to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson have initially tested positive for the deadly poison ricin at the Pentagon’s mail facility, according to a report.

The packages, which were delivered Monday, were intercepted before making it into the sprawling headquarters of the Defense Department in Virginia near Washington, DC, spokesman Chris Sherwood said Tuesday.

They triggered alarms as they underwent a security screening at the off-site mail processing center, according to the Military Times.

A defense official told CNN that the intended recipients were Mattis and Richardson.

“On Monday, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon’s remote screening facility,” Army Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.

“The envelopes were taken by the FBI this morning for further analysis,” he said, adding that all US Postal Service mail received at the screening facility Monday was under quarantine and posed no threat to Pentagon personnel.

The FBI said in a statement that as the envelopes are undergoing further testing, “we will have no further comment.”

Ricin, a highly toxic compound extracted from castor beans, has been used in terror plots and is lethal in tiny doses if swallowed, inhaled or injected. It is 6,000 times more potent than cyanide.

If ingested, it causes nausea, vomiting and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines, followed by failure of the liver, spleen and kidneys, and death by collapse of the circulatory system.

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Operation Northwoods: A true U.S. government conspiracy for those who mock conspiracy theories

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:30:48 +0000   eowyn2

The next time someone heaps scorn on you, making fun of your suspicions about the federal government by calling you a “conspiracy theorist,” show this post to your mocker.

The term “false flag” has its origins in naval warfare where a flag other than the belligerent’s true battle flag is used as a ruse de guerre or pretext for war. As the term is used in contemporary America, a “false flag” incident is some traumatic event that is contrived and manipulated by the authorities to achieve some covert agenda. The public is given an untruthful version of the event by government and/or the media. The intended result is a “rallying around the flag” effect, wherein an inflamed and duped populace rally in support of the government’s secret agenda.

Admittedly, it is difficult for the ordinary American to think the U.S. government can stoop so low as to instigate false flags, for that would mean our government is in the hands of people so diabolical, calling them psychopaths does not begin to describe what they are. That is a frightening thought.

But it is a thought not entirely alien to our Founding Fathers who instituted a new polity based on a view of human nature as inherently self-interested instead of benevolent, and of government as a necessary evil that must be constrained and delimited. To quote James Madison in The Federalist Papers:

“What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external or internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”

For his part, Thomas Jefferson, in his 1787 letter to Edward Carrington, vividly described what government would be if unchecked and unsupervised. He warned that “if once” the people “become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves.

The plain fact of the matter is that there are governments and political leaders who are evil psychopaths. Just ask the millions of innocent men, women, and children whom the Nazis had slaughtered, or the hundreds of millions of innocent men, women, and children whom the Communists had killed in the former Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China and Kampuchea. Why would Americans, who partake of the same non-angelic human nature, be uniquely virtuous? It is for that reason that the Founders established a polity with mechanisms of checks and balances to limit government.

Even with checks and balances in place, the history of the United States is riddled with actual and planned false flags and conspiracies. As an example, the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, in which the U.S.S. Maine and U.S.S. Turner Joy reportedly were fired on without provocation by the North Vietnamese, was a false flag of the Lyndon Johnson Administration. Congress took the bait and passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that, by pre-approving the president’s military actions, gave Johnson a free ticket to wage war in Vietnam. It turned out no Vietnamese boats were even in the gulf at the time of the alleged attack.

Then there was Operation Northwoods, a false flag of such scope and devious audacity, it takes your breath away.

As reported by David Ruppe for ABC News, May 1, 2001:

In the early 1960s, America’s top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.

Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.

The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba’s then new leader, communist Fidel Castro.

America’s top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: “We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,” and, “casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation.” […]

The plans had the written approval of all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and were presented to President Kennedy’s defense secretary, Robert McNamara, in March 1962. But they apparently were rejected by the civilian leadership and have gone undisclosed for nearly 40 years.

Operation Northwoods was proposed in March 1962 at the beginning of John F. Kennedy’s presidency by the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and approved by the head of every branch of the U.S. armed forces. Only a year before, in his farewell speech to the American people on January 17, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower had warned that “we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex.”

The Operation Northwoods proposals called for the CIA or other government operatives to undertake acts of terrorism against U.S. military and civilian targets in Guantanamo Bay, Miami, other Florida cities, and even in Washington, D.C. Proposed acts included sinking U.S. ships, having fake Cuban MIGs attack a United States Air Force aircraft, hijacking and shooting down a chartered civil airliner, and gunning down civilians in the streets. The attacks would be blamed on the Fidel Castro government, which would be used as pretexts for a “military intervention” against Cuba.

Thankfully, President Kennedy rejected the proposals. A year and 8 months later, on November 22, 1963, he was assassinated.

The public learned about Operation Northwoods only 35 years later on November 18, 1997. That day, the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board declassified Justification for U.S. Military Intervention in Cuba, a top secret collection of draft memoranda outlining the false flag proposals, written by the Department of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Below are screenshots I took from the Appendix of a memo to the Joint Chiefs of Staff from the Department of Defense, dated March 9, 1962, in Justification for U.S. Military Intervention in Cuba. The Appendix contains the nauseating details of the proposed false flag.

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Please ask yourself whether anything has really changed for us to be assured that our government has not and will not undertake false flags like Operation Northwoods or worse. On the contrary, with the establishment media acting more as a Ministry of Truth than the feisty check on political power intended by the Founding Fathers, I fully expect our government to be even more devious and skillful. (See “CIA spreads disinformation to news agencies“)

If Sandy Hook was a false flag, it is small potatoes compared to Operation Northwoods.

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Pedophiles, criminals & foreign agents had top secret national security clearance

Federal government contractors, such as defense contractors for the Department of Defense (DOD), require national security clearance.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) conducts the majority of the personnel security investigations in connection with granting access to classified information. OPM uses government and contract investigators to conduct these investigations. (Source: DOD Defense Security Service)
But a recent DOD report found that in the last 3 years, 165 government contractors with felonies, influences from foreign governments, suspicious financial dealings, and even pedophilia were given national security clearance and thus, had access to top secret information.

Sundeep Kavanal Radesh reports for International Business Times that according to the report, obtained by NBC News on January 23, 2018:

  • In the past three years, 200,000 defense contractors had requested top secret national security clearance.
  • Of the 200,000 applicants, 486 were denied or revoked:
    • 370 of the 486 denials were due to “financial considerations”.
    • 63 denials were due to felonies.
    • 56 applicants were found to have evidence of foreign influence.
    • However, 165 of the 486 defense contractor applicants who were denied security clearance had slipped through the initial vetting process and, thus, had access to sensitive information for years before their access eventually was revoked. An example is an individual who was granted interim security clearance in 2015, but was revoked in 2017 after it was discovered he had raped a child before applying for clearance.

A former FBI official said interim or provisional security clearances are often necessary for many agencies to fill their jobs. An example is Jared Kushner, President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, who has not been given a permanent clearance, but has been operating with an interim security clearance for over a year, according to two law enforcement sources. Kushner’s interim clearance allows him to attend the President’s Daily Briefing.

Under United States’ law, the president can override findings by the FBI and grant national security clearance to whomever the commander-in-chief sees fit.
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