homeland security vehicles




This is getting a little creepy.
According to one estimate, since last year the Department of Homeland Security
has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm.

DHS also purchased 2,700 Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicles (MRAP).

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today's date March 15, 2013

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North Korea and the Bomb

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South Koreans watch TV news showing a footage of North Korean missiles on a military parade, at a Seoul Train Station on Saturday, May 18. North Korea fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters on Saturday.

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters on Saturday, a South Korean official said. It routinely tests such missiles, but the latest launches came during a period of tentative diplomacy aimed at easing tensions.

The North fired two missiles Saturday morning and another in the afternoon, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said by phone. He said the North's intent was unclear. His ministry said it is watching North Korea carefully in case it conducts a provocation against South  Korea.

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A North Korean soldier looks out of the window of a guard tower, on the banks of Yalu River, about 100 km (62 miles) from the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, April 16, 2013. North Korea issued new threats against South Korea on Tuesday, vowing "sledge-hammer blows" of retaliation if South Korea did not apologise for anti-North Korean protests the previous day when the North was celebrating the birth of its founding leader.

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North Korean ship seized in Panama Canal carried suspected missile-system components

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Arnulfo Franco/AP - A Panamanian presidential security detail walks on the deck aboard a North Korean-flagged ship at the Manzanillo International container terminal in Panama on Tuesday. The ship was carrying weapons system parts buried under sacks of sugar, Panamanian officials said.



North Korea Issues New Threats Against South On Founder Kim Il Sung's Birthday

By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim

SEOUL, April 15 (Reuters) - North Korea made new threats of military action on Monday as the reclusive nation celebrated the anniversary of its founder's birth, stoking tension on the peninsula with a new "ultimatum" to South Korea in the stand-off over its nuclear program.

The latest statement from Pyongyang followed threats of nuclear attacks on the United States, South Korea and Japan, after new U.N. sanctions were imposed in response to Pyongyang tested a nuclear weapon in February.

"Our retaliatory action will start without any notice from now," North Korea's state news agency KCNA said on Monday, noting actions would "start immediately."

The statement was issued by the official North Korean news agency KCNA after signs that Pyongyang may be presenting a less warlike stance on the "Day of the Sun," the date the North's founder Kim Il-Sung was born.

Although many Pyongyang watchers had expected a big military parade to showcase North Korea's armed forces, the day was marked in Pyongyang with a festival of flowers named after Kim.

The United States has offered talks, but on the pre-condition that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions. North Korea deems its nuclear arms a "treasured sword" and has vowed never to give them up.

Nevertheless, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, ending a trip to the region dominated by concern about North Korea, stressed his interest in a diplomatic solution.

"The United States remains open to authentic and credible negotiations on denuclearization, but the burden is on Pyongyang," he said. "North Korea must take meaningful steps to show that it will honor commitments it has already made, and it has to observe laws and the norms of international behavior."

On Sunday evening, Kerry appeared to open the door to talking without requiring the North to take denuclearization steps in advance. Beijing, he said, could be an intermediary.

But on Monday White House spokesman Jay Carney said North Korea would have to "commit itself in a verifiable way to denuclearization" first, which has long been the U.S. position.

"If North Korea shows that it's serious about pursuing that path, then negotiations are the course through which that can be achieved," Carney told reporters.

Earlier, Kerry said he believed China, the North's sole economic and political benefactor, should put "some teeth" in efforts to persuade Pyongyang to alter its policies.

The Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece, the People's Daily, warned on Monday that tensions could get out of control.

"It does not matter if it is intentional or accidental, even the smallest thing could cause the situation to change rapidly and perhaps get totally out of control," the paper said.


South Korean and U.S. officials said last week North Korea appeared set to test-launch a medium-range missile as a show of strength linked to Monday's anniversary of the birth of North Korean state founder Kim Il-Sung.

North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests but it was not believed to be near weapons capability.

South Korea said it remained on guard against any missile launch and it regretted the North's rejection of an offer of talks made last week by President Park Geun-hye. It said the offer would remain on the table.

Missile launches and nuclear tests by North Korea are both banned under U.N. Security Council resolutions, which were expanded after its third nuclear test, in February.

President Barack Obama is under pressure from Republicans in Congress to respond forcefully should North Korea launch a missile.

"I maintain that the United States should treat any North Korean missile launch as a threat to our national security and our allies, and that we should shoot it down once it leaves North Korean airspace," said Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona who is influential on defense issues.

The aim of the North's aggressive acts, analysts say, is to bolster the leadership of Kim Jong-un, the 30-year-old grandson of the nation's founder, or to force the United States to hold talks with the North.

The North has also been angry about annual military exercises between U.S. and South Korean forces, describing them as a "hostile" act. The United States dispatched B52 and B2 stealth bombers from their bases to take part.

Yoji Koda, a former commander in chief of the Japanese naval fleet, told Reuters he believed North Korea's threats were part of a "calculated provocation", not a prelude to an attack.

He said indications the United States was softening a forceful stance to the North had given its leader Kim Jong-un the opportunity to tone things down.

"This has enabled North Korea to declare victory and sheathe its swords," he said.

Kim Il-Sung led his country from its founding in 1948 through the 1950-53 Korean War and until he died in 1994. His son, Kim Jong-il, then took over.

KCNA, the North's news agency, reported that people were flocking to a statue of Kim Il-Sung, saying, "My father, our great leader".

"This sincere expression comes from the bottom of their hearts," it said.

Kim Jong-un, the third Kim to rule in Pyongyang, attended a midnight celebration of his father's and grandfather's rule with top officials, including his kingmaker uncle Jang Song-thaek.

North Korean defectors said army units were expected to contribute for the celebration of Kim's birthday and in turn, the government, which has struggled to feed its people, had handed out extra rations of rice and corn.

"People are decorating streets for political events. It's never like war time," said Seo Jae-pyoung, a defector who lives in South Korea who spoke last week to an acquaintance in the North. "The government, which normally can't distribute rice, has already given about one week or two week's special rations."

North Korea has repeatedly stressed that it fears the United States wants to invade it and has manipulated the United Nations to weaken it. During the weekend, the North rejected the overture by new South Korean President Park as a "cunning" ploy.

"We will expand in quantity our nuclear weapons capability, which is the treasure of a unified Korea ... that we would never barter at any price," Kim Yong-nam, North Korea's titular head of state, told a gathering of officials and service personnel applauding the achievements of Kim Il-Sung. (Additional reporting by Arshad Mohammed and Kiyoshi Takenaka in TOKYO, Ben Blanchard in Beijing; Somang Yang in SEOUL, Roberta Rampton in Washington; Writing by Robert Birsel; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Cynthia Osterman)




North Korea reportedly warns Japan it would target Tokyo first

North Korea reportedly warned Japan that Tokyo would be the first target if Pyongyang decides to play its nuclear card.

The warning reportedly is in response to Tokyo's standing orders to destroy any missile heading toward Japan, according to Korean Central News Agency. Japan has deployed PAC-3 missile interceptor units around Tokyo to protect its capital and is taking North Korea’s rhetoric seriously.

"We are doing all we can to protect the safety of our nation," chief Cabinet spokesman Yoshihide Suga said, though he and Ministry of Defense officials refused to confirm the reports about the naval alert, saying they do not want to "show their cards" to North Korea.

Japanese officials long have feared that North Korea not only has the means but several potential motives for launching an attack on Tokyo or major U.S. military installations on Japan’s main island.

"If Kim Jong Un decides to launch a missile, whether it's across the Sea of Japan or some other direction, he will be choosing willfully to ignore the entire international community," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in South Korea. "And it will be a provocation and unwanted act that will raise people's temperatures."

“We will stand with South Korea and Japan against these threats. And we will defend ourselves," he said.

Kerry also weighed in on an intelligence report that rocked Washington on Thursday and suggested that North Korea now had the knowhow to arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead -- even if the weapons would lack reliability. Citing the Pentagon's assessment, Kerry rejected the finding and said that Pyongyang still hadn't developed or fully tested the nuclear capacities needed for such a step.

Speaking beside Kerry, South Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se called for more United Nations action against Pyongyang if it commits another provocation.

He refused to comment specifically on the U.S. intelligence report, saying only that the North has "high nuclear and missile capabilities" but that it is still some time away from a nuclear bomb that is "small, light and diversified."

Kerry offered strong words of solidarity for South Korea, and praised South Korea President Park Geun-hye’s "bright vision" of a prosperous and reunified Korean Peninsula without nuclear weapons. By contrast, he said North Korea's Kim, has a choice to make between provocation and returning to talks to de-escalate tension and lead to the end of its nuclear program

Both Yun and Kerry kept the door open for future negotiations with Pyongyang.

But both seemed to suggest that they were unlikely in light of the North's increasingly bombastic threats, including nuclear strikes on the United States. Most experts say those are unfeasible based on the North's current capacity and would never be explored seriously because the U.S. response would be overwhelming against a regime focused primarily on survival.

Kerry said any talks with North Korea have to lead toward denuclearization.

They have to be really serious," Kerry said. "No one is going to talk for the sake of talking and no one is going to play this round-robin game that gets repeated every few years, which is both unnecessary and dangerous."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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John Kerry Visits South Korea Amid Missile Test Fears


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Pentagon says North Korea does not have nuclear capability - yet!

SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a stark warning to North Korea on Friday not to test-fire a mid-range missile, while rejecting a new U.S. intelligence report suggesting significant progress in the communist regime's nuclear weapons program.

Kicking off four days of talks in an East Asia beset by increasing North Korean threats, Kerry told reporters in Seoul that Pyongyang and its enigmatic young leader would only increase their isolation if they launched the missile that American officials believe has a range of some 2,500 miles – or enough to reach the U.S. territory of Guam.

"If Kim Jong Un decides to launch a missile, whether it's across the Sea of Japan or some other direction, he will be choosing willfully to ignore the entire international community," Kerry told reporters. "And it will be a provocation and unwanted act that will raise people's temperatures."

Kerry said the test would be a "huge mistake" for Kim.

"It will further isolate his country and further isolate his people who are desperate for food and not missile launches," he warned. "They are desperate for opportunity and not for a leader to flex his muscles."

Kerry's diplomatic tour, while planned long in advance, is unusual in that it brings him directly to a region of escalated tensions and precisely at a time when North Korea is threatening action. The North often times its military and nuclear tests to generate maximum attention, and Kerry's presence on the peninsula alone risked spurring Pyongyang into another provocation. Another key date is the 101st birthday of the nation's founder, Kim Il Sung, on April 15.

After meeting South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, Kerry also weighed in on an intelligence report that rocked Washington on Thursday and suggested that North Korea now had the knowhow to arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead – even if the weapons would lack reliability. Citing the Pentagon's assessment, Kerry rejected the finding and said that Pyongyang still hadn't developed or fully tested the nuclear capacities needed for such a step.

Kerry offered strong words of solidarity for South Korea, praising Park's "bright vision" of a prosperous and reunified Korean Peninsula without nuclear weapons. By contrast, he said North Korea's Kim, by estimates only 29 or 30 years old, has a choice to make between provocation and returning to talks to de-escalate tension and lead to the end of its nuclear program.

"It's up to Kim Jong Un what he decides to do," Kerry said

A missile launch, he said, "is not going to change our current position which is very clear: We will defend our allies. We will stand with South Korea and Japan against these threats. And we will defend ourselves."

Speaking beside Kerry, South Korea's Yun called for more United Nations action against Pyongyang if it commits another provocation.

He refused to comment specifically on the U.S. intelligence report, saying only that the North has "high nuclear and missile capabilities" but that it is still some time away from a nuclear bomb that is "small, light and diversified."

Both Yun and Kerry kept the door open for future negotiations with Pyongyang.

But both seemed to suggest that they were unlikely in light of the North's increasingly bombastic threats, including nuclear strikes on the United States. Most experts say those are unfeasible based on the North's current capacity and would never be explored seriously because the U.S. response would be overwhelming against a regime focused primarily on survival.

Kerry said any talks with North Korea have to lead toward denuclearization.

They have to be really serious," Kerry said. "No one is going to talk for the sake of talking and no one is going to play this round-robin game that gets repeated every few years, which is both unnecessary and dangerous."

John Kerry and his plane


UPDATE 4-11-13

North Korea 'Skating Close To A Dangerous Line,' Says U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

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North Korea is "skating very close to a dangerous line" with its heated rhetoric and provocative actions, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters Wednesday.

The United States and its allies hoped Pyongyang would tone down its inflammatory language but the American military was prepared for any possibility, Hagel said.

"North Korea ...with its bellicose rhetoric, its actions, has been skating very close to a dangerous line," the Pentagon chief said.

"Our country is fully prepared to deal with any contingency, any action that North Korea may take or any provocation that they may instigate," Hagel added.

The US military's top officer, General Martin Dempsey, told the same press conference that he could not publicly comment on intelligence estimates as to how close North Korea was to placing a nuclear warhead on a missile.

But the four-star general said the United States military was ready for the "worst case" scenario.

"They have conducted two nuclear tests. They have conducted several successful missile launches.

"And in the absence of concrete evidence to the contrary, we have to assume the worst case and that's why we're postured as we are today," said Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The military has deployed US naval ships in the region capable of shooting down incoming missiles and staged a show of force with bomber aircraft in a bid to deter North Korea from launching any attack.

Hagel said the United States and its allies hoped "that that rhetoric be ratcheted down" and Pyongyang will seek to defuse a "combustible situation."

The comments come amid widespread speculation North Korea is poised for a missile launch in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.

The head of US Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel Locklear, told senators Tuesday that he favored shooting down a North Korean missile only if it threatened the United States or Washington's allies in the region.

Locklear, however, said he was confident the US military would be able to detect quickly where any missile was headed.



North Korea Chronology

  1. Apr. 10, 2013

    North Korea warns foreigners to leave South Korea, saying peninsula is on brink of nuclear war, statement analysts dismiss as hyperbole; however, American officials express concern that Kim Jong-un may not have left himself easy exit to reduce tensions.MORE »

  2. Apr. 9, 2013

    North Korea says that it is withdrawing all of its 53,000 workers from industrial park it runs with South Korea, suggesting that North is seeking to portray itself as willing to subordinate financial gains to political and military priorities as it increases tensions on Korean Peninsula.MORE »

  3. Apr. 8, 2013
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    United States and South Korea draw up plans to respond more forcefully to North Korea than in recent past amid rising military tensions American officials say new 'counter-provocation' plan calls for immediate but proportional response that would hit source of any attack by North Korea with similar weapons.MORE »

  4. Apr. 8, 2013

    China’s Pres Xi Jinping makes indirect but clear reference to North Korean crisis, saying world peace should not be put at risk because of single country.MORE »

  5. Apr. 7, 2013

    Threats by North Korea and displays of military resolve by South Korea and United States have begun to unsettle foreign investors' confidence in South, creating secondary layer of worries for Seoul and Washington.MORE »


U.S. Can Intercept North Korean Missiles But May Opt Not To, Says Admiral Samuel Locklear

By Phil Stewart

WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) - The United States is capable of intercepting a North Korean missile, should it launch one in the coming days, but may choose not to if the projected trajectory shows it is not a threat, a top U.S. military commander told Congress on Tuesday.

Admiral Samuel Locklear, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific region, said the U.S. military believed North Korea had moved to its east coast an unspecified number of Musudan missiles, with a range of roughly 3,000-3,500 miles.

An Obama administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters "our working assumption is that there are two missiles that they may be prepared to launch" - which was in line with South Korean media reports.

Locklear said the Musudan's range was far enough to put Guam, a U.S. territory, at risk but not Hawaii or the U.S. mainland.

"If the missile was in defense of the homeland, I would certainly recommend that action (of intercepting it). And if it was defense of our allies, I would recommend that action," Locklear told a Senate hearing.

Asked whether he would recommend shooting down any missile fired from North Korea, regardless of its trajectory, Locklear said: "I would not recommend that."

The comments by Locklear came amid intense speculation that Pyongyang may be preparing for a missile test - something the White House says would not be a surprise - or another provocation that could trigger a military response from Seoul.

The Pentagon has in recent weeks announced changes to its posture to respond to the North Korean threat, including the positioning of two, Aegis-class guided-missile destroyers in the western Pacific and deployment of a missile defense system to Guam.

Any U.S. or South Korea response to a North Korean provocation has the potential to further escalate tensions on the peninsula, just as North Korea intensifies threats of imminent conflict. Pyongyang warned to foreigners on Tuesday to evacuate South Korea to avoid being dragged into "thermonuclear war".


The North's latest message belied an atmosphere free of anxiety in the South Korean capital, where the city center was bustling with traffic and offices operated normally.

Despite the heated rhetoric, Pyongyang has shown no sign of preparing its 1.2 million-strong army for war, indicating the threat could be aimed partly at bolstering Kim Jong-un, 30, the third in his family to lead the country.

Locklear said the U.S. military believed the younger Kim was more unpredictable than his father or grandfather, who always appeared to factor into their cycle of period provocations "an off-ramp of how to get out of it."

"And it's not clear to me that he has thought through how to get out of it. And so, this is what makes this scenario, I think, particularly challenging," Locklear said.

Lawmakers at the hearing were extremely critical of China, the North's major benefactor, and Locklear acknowledged that the United States wanted Beijing to do more to influence the North to dial-back its aggressive posture.

Asked at one point in the hearing whether China was a friend or foe, Locklear responded: "Neither."

"I consider them at this point in time, someone we have to develop a strategic partnership with to manage competition between two world powers," he said. (Reporting by Phil Stewart; editing by Jackie Frank)

North Korea Threats: Pyongyang Urges Foreigners To Vacate South Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea on Tuesday urged all foreign companies and tourists in South Korea to evacuate, saying the two countries are on the verge of nuclear war. The new threat appeared to be an attempt to keep the region on tenterhooks over its intentions.

Analysts see a direct attack on Seoul as extremely unlikely, and there are no overt signs that North Korea's 1.2 million-man army is readying for war, let alone a nuclear one. South Korea's military has reported missile movements on North Korea's east coast but nothing pointed toward South Korea.

Still, North Korea's earlier warning that it won't be able to guarantee the safety of foreign diplomats after April 10 has raised fears that it will conduct a missile or nuclear test on Wednesday, resulting in U.S. retaliation.

The United States and South Korea have raised their defense postures, and so has Japan, which deployed PAC-3 missile interceptors in key locations around Tokyo on Tuesday as a precaution against possible North Korean ballistic missile tests.

"The situation on the Korean Peninsula is inching close to a thermonuclear war due to the evermore undisguised hostile actions of the United States and the south Korean puppet warmongers and their moves for a war against" the North, said a statement by the North Korean Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, an organization that deals with regional matters.

The statement is similar to past threats that analysts call an attempt to raise anxiety in foreign capitals. Observers say a torrent of North Korean prophecies of doom and efforts to raise war hysteria are partly to boost the image of young and relatively untested leader Kim Jong Un at home, and to show him as a decisive military leader.

Another reason could be to use threats of war to win Pyongyang-friendly policy changes in Seoul and Washington. Last week, North Korea told foreign diplomats in Pyongyang that it will not be able to guarantee their safety as of Wednesday. It is not clear what the significance of that date is.

Tourists continued to arrive in Pyongyang despite the war hysteria.

Mark Fahey of Sydney, Australia, said he was not concerned about a possible war.

"I knew that when I arrived here it would probably be very different to the way it was being reported in the media," he told The Associated Press at Pyongyang airport. He said his family trusts him to make the right judgment but "my colleagues at work think I am crazy."

Chu Kang Jin, a Pyongyang resident, said everything is calm in the city.

"Everyone, including me, is determined to turn out as one to fight for national reunification ... if the enemies spark a war," he said, in a typically nationalist rhetoric that most North Koreans use while speaking to the media.

In Seoul, Presidential spokeswoman Kim Haing told reporters that the North Korean warning amounted to "psychological warfare."

"We know that foreigners residing in South Korea as well as our nationals are unfazed," she said.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who has sought to re-engage North Korea with dialogue and aid since taking office in February, expressed exasperation Tuesday with what she called the "endless vicious cycle" of Seoul answering Pyongyang's hostile behavior with compromise, only to get more hostility.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday described the tensions as "very dangerous," and said that any small incident caused by miscalculation may "create an uncontrollable situation."

Also Tuesday, North Korea said it was suspending work at the Kaesong industrial park near its border, which is combines South Korean technology and know-how with North Korea's cheap labor. North Korea pulled out more than 50,000 workers from the complex, the only remaining product of economic cooperation between the two countries that started about a decade ago when relations were much warmer.

Other projects from previous eras of cooperation such as reunions of families separated by war and tours to a scenic North Korean mountain stopped in recent years.



North Korea Approves Nuclear Attack On U.S.? 'Merciless' Strike 'Ratified,' According To Rhetoric

LONDON, April 3 (Reuters) - North Korea said it had "ratified" a merciless attack against the United States, potentially involving a "diversified nuclear strike".

"We formally inform the White House and Pentagon that the ever-escalating U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK (North Korea) and its reckless nuclear threat will be smashed by the strong will of all the united service personnel and people and cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike means of the DPRK and that the merciless operation of its revolutionary armed forces in this regard has been finally examined and ratified," a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army said in a statement carried by the English language service of the state news agency KCNA. (Writing by Kevin Liffey; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

4-4-13 FROM THE D.O.D.

The Department of Defense will deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) ballistic missile defense system to Guam in the coming weeks as a precautionary move to strengthen our regional defense posture against the North Korean regional ballistic missile threat.

The THAAD system is a land-based missile defense system that includes a truck-mounted launcher, a complement of interceptor missiles, an AN/TPY-2 tracking radar, and an integrated fire control system. This deployment will strengthen defense capabilities for American citizens in the U.S. Territory of Guam and U.S. forces stationed there.

The United States continues to urge the North Korean leadership to cease provocative threats and choose the path of peace by complying with its international obligations. The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations and stands ready to defend U.S. territory, our allies, and our national interests.


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SEOUL, April 4 (Reuters) - North Korea has moved what appears to be a mid-range Musudan missile to its east coast, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Thursday, quoting multiple government sources privy to intelligence from U.S. and South Korean authorities.

It was not clear if the missile was mounted with a warhead or whether the North was planning to fire it or was just putting it on display as a show of force, one South Korean government source was quoted as saying.

"South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities have obtained indications the North has moved an object that appears to be a mid-range missile to the east coast," the source said.

The Musudan missile is believed to have a range of 3,000 km (1,875 miles) or more, which would put all of South Korea and Japan in range and possibly also the U.S. territory of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. North Korea is not believed to have tested these mid-range missiles, according to most independent experts

South Korea's defence ministry declined to comment.

North Korea has threatened a nuclear strike on the United States and missile attacks on its Pacific bases, including in Guam. Those threats followed new U.N. sanctions imposed on the North after it carried out its third nuclear test in February.

The missile was moved to the coast by train. The North has a missile launch site on the northeastern coast, which it has used to unsuccessfully test-fire long-range rockets in the past.

The Yonhap report did not say if the missile had been moved to the missile site.

Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper issued a similar report on Thursday, saying the North had moved what appeared to be a long-range missile to its east coast. (Reporting by Jack Kim, Editing by Dean Yates)

List of North Korean missile tests -


There have been a number of North Korean missile tests. It has also fired a number of short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea),

US Navy shifts destroyer in wake of North Korea missile ...


3 days ago ... The U.S. Navy is shifting a guided-missile destroyer in the Pacific to waters off the Korean peninsula in the wake of ongoing rhetoric from North ...



update 3-30-13

North Korea Reportedly Entering 'State Of War' Against South Korea

By SAM KIM 03/30/13

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea warned Seoul on Saturday that the Korean Peninsula had entered "a state of war" and threatened to shut down a border factory complex that's the last major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.

Analysts say a full-scale conflict is extremely unlikely, noting that the Korean Peninsula has remained in a technical state of war for 60 years. But the North's continued threats toward Seoul and Washington, including a vow to launch a nuclear strike, have raised worries that a misjudgment between the sides could lead to a clash.

North Korea's threats are seen as efforts to provoke the new government in Seoul, led by President Park Geun-hye, to change its policies toward Pyongyang, and to win diplomatic talks with Washington that could get it more aid. North Korea's moves are also seen as ways to build domestic unity as young leader Kim Jong Un strengthens his military credentials.

On Thursday, U.S. military officials revealed that two B-2 stealth bombers dropped dummy munitions on an uninhabited South Korean island as part of annual defense drills that Pyongyang sees as rehearsals for invasion. Hours later, Kim ordered his generals to put rockets on standby and threatened to strike American targets if provoked.

North Korea said in a statement Saturday that it would deal with South Korea according to "wartime regulations" and would retaliate against any provocations by the United States and South Korea without notice.

"Now that the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK have entered into an actual military action, the inter-Korean relations have naturally entered the state of war," said the statement, which was carried by Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency, referring to the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Provocations "will not be limited to a local war, but develop into an all-out war, a nuclear war," the statement said.

Hours after the statement, Pyongyang threatened to shut down the jointly run Kaesong industrial park, expressing anger over media reports suggesting the complex remained open because it was a source of hard currency for the impoverished North.

"If the puppet group seeks to tarnish the image of the DPRK even a bit, while speaking of the zone whose operation has been barely maintained, we will shut down the zone without mercy," an identified spokesman for the North's office controlling Kaesong said in comments carried by KCNA.

South Korea's Unification Ministry responded by calling the North Korean threat "unhelpful" to the countries' already frayed relations and vowed to ensure the safety of hundreds of South Korean managers who cross the border to their jobs in Kaesong. It did not elaborate.

South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said the country's military remains mindful of the possibility that increasing North Korean drills near the border could lead to an actual provocation.

"The series of North Korean threats – announcing all-out war, scrapping the cease-fire agreement and the non-aggression agreement between the South and the North, cutting the military hotline, entering into combat posture No. 1 and entering a `state of war' – are unacceptable and harm the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula," Kim said.

"We are maintaining full military readiness in order to protect our people's lives and security," he told reporters Saturday.

The two Koreas remain technically at war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. Naval skirmishes in the disputed waters off the Korean coast have led to bloody battles several times over the years.

But on the streets of Seoul on Saturday, South Koreans said they were not worried about an attack from North Korea.

"From other countries' point of view, it may seem like an extremely urgent situation," said Kang Tae-hwan, a private tutor. "But South Koreans don't seem to be that nervous because we've heard these threats from the North before."

The Kaesong industrial park, which is run with North Korean labor and South Korean know-how, has been operating normally, despite Pyongyang shutting down a communications channel typically used to coordinate travel by South Korean workers to and from the park just across the border in North Korea. The rivals are now coordinating the travel indirectly, through an office at Kaesong that has outside lines to South Korea.

North Korea has previously made such threats about Kaesong without acting on them, and recent weeks have seen a torrent of bellicose rhetoric from Pyongyang. North Korea is angry about the South Korea-U.S. military drills and new U.N. sanctions over its nuclear test last month.

Dozens of South Korean firms run factories in the border town of Kaesong. Using North Korea's cheap, efficient labor, the Kaesong complex produced $470 million worth of goods last year.


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NOTE:  After I had today's  (3-15-13_ dream and vision, which was the 5th one this month and it's only the 15th of the month, I KNEW I had to tell everyone was is going on. 

Besides that Dr. Bill Deagle has been talking about the coming wars for a long time, particularly Israel and Iran, but Turkey and Syria are all at each other's throats, and the other Day, the new President of North Korea, threatened South Korea, so there is a lot of war talk going on.

Here is the audio of the show:  http://www.greatdreams.com/blog-2013/0314133.mp3

However, today's war dream really freaked me out because it sounded like 'they' were blaming me, and called me "monk" which I think is the abbreviation of 'monkey', which we basically are considering how we were created in the first place.

So, I will post these war dreams in the manner in which I received them:


3-05-13 -  3:05 a.m. - I was living in an apartment in Milwaukee, and my Uncle Roy and his chubby teenage daughter was there.

She was complaining that she didn't like working all the time.  (This had something to do with things that were solid were not and things that were not solid looked solid and had to be moved around by hand) 

So I had a discussion with Uncle Roy (who served in WWII in Guadal Canal and fought in the jungles and came home with foot rot, and became an alcoholic and died at the age of 57 of Cirrhosis of the liver)  about why his fat daughter couldn't work, when women who raised several children had to care from them all day and work at jobs besides.

I was looking up at a shelf in the closet that was supposed to be empty, and on the shelf, way in the back was a pile of toothpicks that had gotten scattered around and had a bunch of mouse turds on them, and this had to be cleaned up.

I then reached down by the floor boards and found a bottle of india ink and wrote on my leg something about this  - like a ink tattoo, and my Uncle Roy reached past me to pick up a stray toothpick and got some ink on his face, and now he had an ink mark on his face like I had on my leg ... and he didn't know it and I didn't want to tell him or he'd get mad at me, so I woke up instead.

note: I've had 6 previous dreams about my Uncle Roy - here is one: http://www.greatdreams.com/royalty/prince_charles.htm


3-5-13 - NAP DREAM - I got a typed letter from my Uncle Roy, apparently written on a typewriter during WWII.

I couldn't really read what he said, but it was quite a long letter.

I woke up wondering if he did write home from war, and whether anyone kept his letters.



3-7-13 - THREES

DREAM - Everything in this dream was in threes, and it started with me having three socks and none of them quite matching.

Following that, everything was in threes, including people - three men, three women, three of this, three of that.


3-10-13 - 3-11-13 -  11:51 pm to 12-21 a.m.

DREAM - I don't know where I was, but Joe was my husband, and I said something to him that hurt his feelings and he left the house, and I saw him outside, and it felt like he was going to do something drastic and leave me and I didn't want him to leave.

I followed him outside and was in a large parking lot, and I could hear the music from the play/film EXODUS.  There was a record player and a micrphone out in the parking lot so I started singing along with the music, and I saw that the record player with the microphone was connected by a long corrugated cord back into the huge building on the second floor, and I couldn't just pull the cord out because it was plugged in behind the piano.

That forced me to go back inside so I could pull the plug on the music playing from the EXODUS.

When I got inside, a group of older and old men were coming out of a room, all dressed in pale blue and white stipped jackets like they were in a play together, and when they got closer, the jackets turned to a bright pale green and each man came up to me to say goodbye because they were leaving.

Then I saw that Adam Lambert (the singer who was on American Idol and who is now super popular all over the world)  came out with the older men, wearing a bright pale green jacket and he came over to kiss me goodbye like the old men had, and as I was kissing him, I wanted to him think I was a good kisser, so I grabbed him behind his head and pulled him closer so I was kissing him really hard, and I wanted to say to him, "You know that I care about you so much!"  before he left with the old men for the EXODUS.


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3-11-13 - DREAM -  I was working on a mysterious case of 'stolen bread' - in other words 'money'. 

I had to do an article about it, whether it was a web page or a newspaper article, I'm not certain, but there were four columns of discussions about the 'stolen bread' - money - going on at the same time, side by side on the page. 

I could hear the conversation going on, and occasionally, I would ask or answer a question about the 'stolen bread' - money ' and the last answer I gave to the question asked, was that none of the money found was fake. In other words, it was all real - legal - money.

The person who asked the question was shocked at my answer.

NOTE:  Proverbs 20:17  17 Stolen bread tastes sweet, but soon your mouth is full of gravel.


3-12-13 DREAM - I was copying a web page I had done before.  It was in four columns of text, but the sections were more boxy than long - similar to the dream I had yesterday.  I could read it in the dream, but I can't remember any of the words now.

It seems the topic was about war.


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MORMON  http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?locale=0&sourceId=6ca7a41f6cc20110VgnVCM100000176f620a____&vgnextoid=198bf4b13819d110VgnVCM1000003a94610aRCRD


JEWISH http://www.yashanet.com/studies/judaism101/lessons/current_lesson.htm

Amongst the papers of Ptolemy, some of the most curious are those in which he writes his dreams or the dreams of the Twins, regarded, of course, as of prophetic significance, and the very human letter of Apollonius to his brother in a moment of angry disillusionment: "I swear by Sarapis, if it were not that I have a little reverence for you still, you would never see my face again. Everything you say is untrue, and when your visions tell you that we are going to be saved, then we sink under."35 Perhaps one point of especial interest is that we find these Greeks, here in the heart of Egypt, with the environment of an Egyptian temple, still holding on to the literary tradition of their people. As they sit on the sand under the Egyptian sun, one of their occupations is to copy out on their sheets of papyrus verses of Greek poets. We have forty-four verses of Euripides in a hand which is that of neither of the two brothers, other verses on the same papyrus in the handwriting of Apollonius. On the back of the papyrus are four columns of Euripides written by Ptolemy, and two epigrams of Posidippus, which had not otherwise come down to us, on the Pharos Lighthouse and on the temple of Arsinoe Zephyritis. Their mistakes prove that they are not men of high literary education; yet these men of a relatively uncultured Macedonian soldier-family, still in their rough way take pleasure in the scraps of Greek poetry they know. It is a significant indication of the kind of culture kept up by the Greeks scattered over Eastern countries in the centuries after Alexander.



NOTE: Most dream pages with the words 'four columns' in it I find on the internet are about war in different eras.

 The columns of horses are always in four.

My own previous dream was in 2009 - about the four horsemen of the Apocolypse.


Apr 11, 2004 – 8-16-09 - THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE ... At that point, one of the men with a goatee type beard and mustache, dropped into ...



3-13-13 - DREAM

I went to something like a park-like area where large groups of people were meeting to share food, drink, and items like a flea market.

On the way there, a very large doctor who used to be my psychologist/psychiatrist in Washington State came along behind me, and said he was glad to see me again.  He cautioned me to be careful crossing the street.  The street was very wide and had a lot of traffic, but I was a city girl and knew I wouldn't have any trouble crossing the street.  However, when I got to the far side, a bus was coming along, and I had to scamper the last couple of feet to get behind a telephone pole so the bus wouldn't hit me.

I had to cross another street then and was told that my husband was dead and then I had to get over a gap in the street that had rotten boards in it with garbage at the bottom, and I managed to get past that, and went to the house where a tall woman named Nancy came to the door and let me in.  She called me by the wrong name, (I can't remember what name she said,)  but then I thought they were talking about someone else and she just got me mixed up with another person.

The psychiatrist who I had met on the street earlier was there, and he asked me how I was, and I said I was fine and that I had gone to a lot of counseling after I left Washington State (which was true)  I went to a psychiatrist in Illinois, and I went to two different psychologists in Milwaukee, WI after I went home and was working again. I graduated from both places after a few weeks because both of those women were so good and I understood where my thinking process had been wrong, which I worked on changing, and then I felt a lot better about myself.

This tall male doctor said that he did radio shows all across the country and I had probably heard him on occasion.  Whether I knew it was him or not, I don't know because I never remembered his name.

The doctor said:  "No Bententine." -  "I said, No Bententine."

I'm not certain of the spelling of the word, which is not on the internet.  I did find this instead:



Then he said, "On Sept. 4th, The Tye Sky will die, and when Tye Sky dies, the sky will go dark."

When that was said, I was actually awake, and lucid dreaming or something because I heard those words in my head, while awake.

I found some videos about this:  http://www.lyrics5.com/videos.html?vid=-Fq6-1VfDq0

This is about a war being fought in the sky.

All kinds of events are related to September 4th.



3-15-13 - This was a meditation dream - I didn't get enough sleep last night and didn't dream, which usually means I've been picked up by the ETs.

I was extremely overtired last night as well because I worked so hard outside yesterday. Before I fell asleep, I couldn't decide if I should go to sleep or get something to eat. My head felt really strange and wired electrically.

In the following dream, which was after eating breakfast this is what I remember.  There was probably more prior to what I remember.

In the dream I had a cell phone, which when I pressed a button near the bottom, it caused an alarm to go off out in the hallway of my apartment in the building. Another woman grabbed my cellphone, stopped the alarm, and the phone disappeared. I couldn't find it again.

 I went to a store or bar with food in it then but while walking around the store, I realized I had forgotten my wallet in my haste to get out of the apartment.  I wanted to go into the store's bathroom, but a woman with a double wide baby stroller went in before me and I couldn't wait.

I was trying to drive through a woman's apartment which was too narrow to back up once I was in it.  There were other people trying to drive in the same space.  There were parking spaces along one side, but there just wasn't enough room to get out of the space I was in.

I went back to the car and in trying to back up, I couldn't move my foot to step on the brake because I was actually sitting in my meditation chair and couldn't move my foot backwards to get a different foot movement in the car at the same time. I was now half asleep, half awake...

Because I couldn't step on the brake, a voice in my head said loudly, "You just created an alien event, Monk!"

Is that my alien name? It comes to me that it's probably short for 'monkey'!

I was awake now, and had a vision of the words:   PLANETARY TRIANGULATION ADJUCATION

That really woke me up.

NOTE:  After doing a web search for the words PLANETARY TRIANGULATION ADJUDICATION, it comes to me that it means 'on the planet on which I am living, and not in space, I think this is about three countries going to war. Having had multiple war type dreams this month, that becomes more and more clear since I had nine dreams in 2010 about the 2011 economy crunch by dreaming about a 'house of cards' coming down.


Veteran Declared ‘Mentally Defective,’ Has Guns Seized

News of similar case emerges day after release of Brandon Raub

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Friday, August 24, 2012

Just a day after Brandon Raub was released following his incarceration in a psychiatric ward over political Facebook posts, news has emerged of a similar case involving a veteran who had his guns seized after being labeled a “mental defective’ and faces being committed by a judge.

Veteran Declared Mentally Defective, Has Guns Seized Double Barreled Pistol1

Radio host Steve Quayle was sent news of an Army combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient in west central Ohio who was the victim of a police raid on the evening of August 22nd during which Miami County Ohio Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant to seize the man’s firearms for the “safety of the defendant and the general public,” according to the warrant.

The veteran, who is currently unnamed, had his guns taken because he was adjudged to be mentally incompetent, despite the fact that his previous VA psychiatric evaluations were all clear, he is not on medication, and he had no criminal record. The man appears to be a respected member of the community – he works for a Christian company and his father is a police officer and a pastor.

“The person is under adjudication of mental incompetence, has been adjudicated as a mental defective, has been committed to a mental institution, has been found by a court to be a mentally ill person subject to hospitalization by court order, or is an involuntary patient other than one who is a patient only for purposes of observation. As used in this division, “mentally ill person subject to hospitalization by court order” and “patient” have the same meanings as in section 5122.01 of the Revised Code,” states the warrant.

Amongst the items confiscated were a .45 caliber pistol, one .380 caliber pistol, a 12 gauge shotgun, two AR-15 rifles, a stripped AR-15 lower receiver, as well as a hunting knife.

“In addition to the confiscations, the deputies attempted to question my friend and his fiancée,” states the email sent to Quayle by the man’s friend. “I didn’t get specific details on the questions asked. They refused to answer any questions without an attorney present. When my friend stated, “This is bullshit,” one of the deputy detectives remarked, “Look man, I’m just doing my job.”

The veteran now faces “an evaluation of mental competency” with a judge who will decide whether he should be committed to a state psychiatric ward. If any more weapons are found on the man’s property in the interim he will have committed a felony and will face a jail sentence.

Since the veteran is active in the so-called truth movement or patriot community, it is assumed that his involvement in this field is part of the reason why he has been targeted for psychiatric evaluation.

“Unlike Brandon Raub’s case, however, the state of Ohio won’t allow law enforcement to involuntarily commit a person unless there is an immediate need to do so, such as holding a gun to their head or another person’s head,” states the email. “Ohio law requires a judge to make the decision on having a person evaluated for mental illness. Of course, you’re then evaluated by a state-appointed psych, and that isn’t exactly going to play out in your favor. Had my friend lived in Virginia, he may be sitting in a metal hospital (prison) right now. Or worse.”

The veteran’s lawyer has already filed motions attempting to discover who asked the judge to sign the search warrant and for what reason he was declared mentally defective.

Earlier this year, we reported on a similar case involving David Sarti, one of the participants in the National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Prepper show. Sarti visited his doctor complaining of chest pains, only to have the doctor later commit him to a psychiatric ward and alert authorities, before Sarti was declared “mentally defective” and put on an FBI list that stripped him of his second amendment rights.

Brandon Raub, a former veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, was also involuntarily detained for psychiatric questioning last week by authorities in Virginia’s Chesterfield County for leaving anti-establishment messages on Facebook which questioned the official story behind 9/11 and referred to corruption within the U.S. government. Raub also posted song lyrics on a private message board.

The FBI claimed Raub’s posts were “terrorist in nature” and yet within a week Raub was ordered to be released by a judge who found that the original petition for his detention contained no facts whatsoever on the reason for his incarceration.

Raub’s lawyer John Whitehead revealed that shortly before his release, psychiatrists had threatened to forcibly medicate Raub in order to “brainwash” him.

Whitehead warned that there were 20,000 recent cases in Virginia alone of people being snatched from their homes having been declared mentally defective by the state with virtually no due process whatsoever and with the victim having committed no crime.

Critics have made comparisons to the infamous psikhushka psychiatric prisons in the former Soviet Union where dissidents were sent to be isolated, brainwashed, and have their political ideas discredited amongst the general public.

Given the fact that the Department of Homeland Security has repeatedly demonized veterans as likely domestic terrorists, it’s clear that former servicemen are being targeted as part of an effort to chill free speech and discourage other veterans from being politically active.


Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.


3-16-13 - VISION -  I looked out the window of my house towards the north - looking out into the trees, and suddenly a Civil war soldier wearing a dark blue uniform appeared on a prancing dark brown horse.




Russian Prophecy - Translated from perfect Russian into English 3-2-13 by the local saints in SW WA
The following prophecy was given to one of God’s followers in February 2013
The text has been translated into English for this printing.


A talk is going around about a war, but not many understand. I am God and I will let the war happen to humble my people. Wickedness is great and they are not ashamed to do shameful deeds. But I will not tolerate it and soon will expose their adultery and they will be crying with bitterness if they don’t repent. The repentance needs to be genuine, not false like so many are doing—it is not pleasing Me. But repent genuinely and fulfill My Word. The people who truly repent, I will guard and save. Soon there are going to be riots between peoples and there will be a war. Difficult times are coming, but all this is to humble my people, which once accepted but did not value how precious the Sacrifice was that I suffered in order to redeem. My redeemed, washed in my blood, will rejoice because they are going to be saved. But the ones that don’t esteem My sacrifice, they don’t realize that they will perish. Soon the earth will open its mouth because of My anger, to swallow the sinners. But I don’t want this. Repent and you shall be saved. Hell is a place of torment and I don’t want to send souls there, but many are plunging down. Renew your heart so you don’t fall into that place. Give mercy to people, love one another and you will be given mercy and be saved. I will send sickness to humble the flesh, because wickedness is great and my soul hates it. Be afraid of those things, so you don’t perish, because many have perished already and they don’t acknowledge it. I am knocking on their hearts, but they don’t hear. They are quenching my call. They will be knocking on the gate but I will reject them like they were rejecting Me. May your deeds be good not evil. The pure in heart shall see Me. Cleanse your hearts constantly because I am coming and I will not delay. The earth will flee from My appearance. The ones that don’t accept my name will be in fear and shame. They will want to be saved, but they will be too late, because the time was given. So don’t be a careless soul, because faithful and pure hearts I will let into my city. They will glow like heavenly lights in My glory. Woe to the ones who rejected Me. Their cry will be bitter and I will not listen to them, because they didn’t listen to Me when I wanted their repentance from their wicked deeds. There is desolation in My temple, and hearts are not pure. But I will cleanse if you will call. My soul hates their praises. I don’t want that kind of praise which they bring up to me in their lawlessness, but I want repentance. The wicked world is waiting for My judgment for its deeds and I will judge. Don’t think that you can escape without repentance. So repent today in the acceptable time while My blood can still cleanse your sins because the pure in heart shall see God. The ones that don’t want to think about cleansing are condemned now because they disregarded My sacrifice for sin. I want to give mercy, want to save, want to bless, but not many want it. Most people choke the good in their hearts with their deeds. That’s why in these last days I will pour out My Spirit onto the chosen with pure hearts, tongues and thoughts, but those who lust and don’t meditate on Me, I will punish. So meditate on me day and night in every place and you will be blessed. Your prayers will be heard and you will not be judged with the unrighteous. Thus saith the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Mar 5, 2013

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3-17-13 - DREAM - I played several games of cards, looking for the triangular patterns in them.


3-17-13 - DREAM - This dream was similar to the one above, but this game attached letters and names to them, though I can't recall them. Again I was looking for triangular patterns in them.




This article was posted: Friday, August 24, 2012


The following e-mail was received today: 3-15-13

It has now been confirmed that the goal of the Department of Homeland Security is to purchase a total of 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. A portion of that ammunition is hollow point bullets, which have been banned from use in war by international law. Another portion is specialized sniper ammunition.

In case you have a difficult time comprehending the significance of 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition, allow me to give you a couple of comparisons. During the height of the war in Iraq, the US Army fired less than 6 million rounds per month. That means DHS has enough ammunition to supply the US Army for 266.67 months (22.22 years) of intense war.


More Warning Signs Obama Poised for Hostile Military Takeover of U.S.


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03/15/2013 05:17 PM CDT

Hagel: U.S. Bolstering Missile Defense

By Amaani Lyle
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2013 - The United States will add more ground-based ballistic missile interceptors to its arsenal to guard against increased threats from North Korea and Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today.

North Korean and Iranian missile capabilities have increased and the United States must stay ahead of that threat, Hagel said. Both have developed longer range ballistic missiles, and North Korea has now conducted three nuclear tests, followed by stepped up threats against the United States and South Korea.

The Pentagon will deploy 14 more ground-based interceptors in locations at Fort Greely, Alaska, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif, Hagel said, boosting the total number from 30 to 44. The added interceptors will provide a nearly 50 percent increase in U.S. missile defense capability, Hagel said.

"The United States has missile defense systems in place to protect us from limited ICBM attacks, but North Korea in particular has recently made advances in its capabilities and is engaged in a series of irresponsible and reckless provocations," Hagel said.

Last month, North Korea conducted its third nuclear test. In December 2012, the North launched a satellite into orbit, demonstrating an intercontinental ballistic missile capability. In April 2012, Pyongyang also displayed what appeared to be a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile capability.

Hagel also said the United States will team with Japan to deploy an additional advanced radar there. The radar will provide improved early warning and tracking of any missile launched in North Korea at the United States or Japan.

Hagel said DOD is also conducting environmental impact studies for a potential additional interceptor site in the United States. Officials are looking for two sites on the East Coast and one on the West. While the administration has not made a decision on whether to proceed, conducting environmental impact studies will shorten the timeline of construction should a decision be made, he explained. Hagel also announced plans to restructure the SM3-2B program, a land-based standard missile, with plans to deploy it as part of the European phase-adapted approach. "The purpose was to add protection of the U.S. homeland already provided by our current GBIs [ground based interceptors] against missile threats in the Middle East," Hagel said.

The secretary said shifting resources from the "lagging program" to fund the additional interceptors and kill vehicle technology that will improve performance of the GBI and other versions of the SM3 interceptor allows the U.S. to add protection against missiles from Iran and North Korea sooner.

Hagel reemphasized the United States' "iron-clad" commitment to missile defense. "The missile deployments the United States is making in phases 1 through 3 of the European phase-adaptive approach, including sites in Poland and Romania, will still be able to provide coverage of all European NATO territory as planned by 2018," he said.

The overall result will improve the U.S. ability to counter future missile threats from Iran and North Korea while being good stewards of taxpayers' resources, Hagel said.

"The American people expect us to take every necessary step to protect our security at home and U.S. strategic interests abroad," he said. "But they expect us to do so in the most efficient and effective manner possible."

Chuck Hagel


This one is from 3-10-13

Busted. Gabby Giffords’ Husband Spews Anti-Assault Weapon Rhetoric Then Caught Buying an AR-15

Kelly bought the AR-15 at Diamondback Police Supply in Tucson.
Breitbart reported:
Mark E. Kelly, gun-control proponent and husband to former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, recently purchased an AR-15 (an “assault weapon,” he called it)—which he now says he intended as an illustration of the need for more stringent gun laws.
>Kelly reportedly bought the AR-15 and a 1911-style semi-automatic pistol at Diamondback Police Supply in Tucson, Arizona.
>Various sources contacted Breitbart News once Kelly made the purchase, and after we began investigating the details surrounding the purchase, Kelly announced on his Facebook that he was not going to keep the AR-15, which he has yet to pick up from the store.


Read more: http://godfatherpolitics.com/9856/warning-signs-obama-poised-hostile-military-takeover-us/#ixzz2NcdOSyFK

Gabby Gifford and her AR 15

Leaked yesterday by Arizona radio host James T. Harris via an anonymous source, the above photo is of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords holding an AR-15 back in October 2010. The photo was taken during campaign season by an anonymous source who is of law enforcement — the purpose of the photo was to ‘toughen up’ Giffords’ image. The photo was well known in the Arizona law enforcement community but had remained publicly concealed until yesterday.

The reason for the photo leak was due to a separate photo released last weak of Gifford’s husband Mark Kelly mysteriously purchasing his own AR. Mark Kelly’s hypocrisy upset a number of law enforcement officials.

Acording to Breitbart News, the anonymous source said, “Giffords and Kelly came across with a different demeanor in 2010. To me, it seems like they’ve done a complete 180 because of what happened. And with the latest controversy — with Mark Kelly doing what he did with the AR-15 stunt — this photo needs to be put out.”

Both Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly recently created the gun control Super PAC Americans for Responsible Solutions.




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Defense Department Expands Women's Combat Role
01/24/2013 02:45 PM CST

Defense Department Expands Women's Combat Role

By Claudette Roulo
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2013 - Following a unanimous recommendation by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today announced the end of the direct ground combat exclusion rule for female service members.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta hands Army Lt. Col. Tamatha Patterson a document he signed during a news conference at the Pentagon, Jan. 24, 2013, to lift the Defense Department's ban on women in direct ground combat roles. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

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Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the Joint Chiefs chairman, joined Panetta at a Pentagon news conference in announcing the policy change.

The secretary also announced that the service branches will continue to move forward with a plan to eliminate all unnecessary gender-based barriers to service.

The change is intended to ensure that the best qualified and most capable service members, regardless of gender, are available to carry out the mission, Panetta said.

"If members of our military can meet the qualifications for a job, then they should have the right to serve, regardless of creed, color, gender or sexual orientation," he said.

In a statement released following the announcement, President Barack Obama praised the decision.

"This milestone reflects the courageous and patriotic service of women through more than two centuries of American history and the indispensable role of women in today's military," the president said. The decision opens up about 237,000 positions to women -- 184,000 in combat arms professions and 53,000 assignments that were closed based on unit type.

Women are an integral part of DOD's ability to fulfill its mission, Panetta said. "Over more than a decade of war, they have demonstrated courage, skill and patriotism, and 152 women in uniform have died serving this nation in Iraq and Afghanistan," he said.

The new policy is the culmination of a process that began last year, a senior defense official told reporters today. More than 14,000 assignments in ground combat units or collocated with ground combat units were opened to women in February.

That extension of women's roles had a positive impact, Panetta said at the news conference.

"Every time I've visited the war zone, met with troops, reviewed military operations, talked to wounded warriors, I have been impressed with the fact that everyone is committed to doing the job," he said. "They are fighting and dying together. The time has come for our policies to recognize that reality."

The change ensured sufficient female mid-grade and senior enlisted and officers were in place to guarantee successful integration of junior personnel, a senior defense official said.

The secretary has directed the military services to undertake an evaluation of all occupational performance standards to ensure they are up to date and gender-neutral. Specialty schools will be included in the evaluation, a senior defense official said. The results of this evaluation are to be submitted to the defense secretary by May 15, while the entire process is to be completed by Jan. 1, 2016.

"We are all committed to implementing this change without compromising readiness or morale or our warfighting capabilities," Panetta said. "For this change in policy to succeed, it must be done in a responsible, measured and a coherent way."

Occupations and assignments will open incrementally, but "as expeditiously as possible," a senior defense official said. "We would fully expect that ... we will open positions throughout the year as we go forward," the official said.

Once the policy is fully implemented, military occupations will be closed to women only by exception, and only if approved by the defense secretary, a senior defense official said.

"I fundamentally believe that our military is more effective when success is based solely on ability, qualifications and on performance," Panetta said.

"In life, as we all know, there are no guarantees of success," he added. "Not everyone is going to be able to be a combat soldier. But everyone is entitled to a chance. By committing ourselves to that principle, we are renewing our commitment to the American values our service members fight and die to defend."

Leon E. Panetta
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

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01/25/2013 01:57 PM CST

U.S. Patriots Set To Begin NATO Missile Defense in Turkey

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2013 - The first elements of U.S. Patriot missile batteries deployed to Turkey earlier this month are expected to reach initial operating capability this weekend, a senior NATO officer reported.

Plans are on track for two PAC-3 Patriot anti-missile systems and about 400 U.S. personnel deployed to operate them to begin providing missile defense in the coming days, British Army Brig. Gen. Gary Deakin, director of the strategic operations center at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Brussels, reported yesterday on NATO TV.

Members of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command from Fort Bliss, Texas; 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery, based at Fort Sill, Okla.; and the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command and 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion in Europe deployed to Turkey earlier this month to support the mission. The 10th AAMDC will provide command and control for two Patriot missile batteries from the 32nd AAMDC.

"We are aiming for the first initial operating capability to be established this weekend," Deakin said.

"NATO will have the ability to defend some aspects of the population of what we're going to actually cover in the big picture," he explained during a news conference earlier this week. "The first units will arrive on station. They will plug into the NATO command and control network, and they will be then ready to defend the population. So that's what we're calling initial operating capability."

Meanwhile, four additional Patriot batteries from the Netherlands and Germany arrived by sea in Iskenderun, Turkey, earlier this week, he said. They are now fanning out to their designated sites along Turkey's southwest border.

The U.S. Patriots are in Gaziantep, the Dutch will position theirs in Adana, and the Germans in Kahramanmaras, Deakin reported.

"Those locations were decided in close coordination with our Turkish allies, based on the size of the population [and] how we could get the equipment to get the best effect," he said. "A number of factors were considered to get the best deployment options with the resources available from the nations that made the offers in this case."

The next milestone -- achieving full operational capability -- is expected by the month's end, Deakin said. This involves getting all six Patriot batteries in place, plugged into the NATO network and coordinated with Turkey's air defenses. It also includes the full roll-out of the associated sustainment package, consisting of the fuel, logistics and manpower support required to continue the mission long-term.

Once fully in place and at full operational capability, the NATO missile defense systems will help Turkey defend an estimated 3.5 million Turkish citizens, Deakin said.

Although the length of the NATO missile defense mission in Turkey is unclear, he said, all the three nations supporting it have committed assistance for up to a year.

NATO foreign ministers agreed in late November to provide Turkey the air defense support it had requested. The request came after shells from Syria's political unrest -� which a new United Nations report estimated this week has claimed 60,000 lives -- spilled into Turkey.

"NATO has decided to augment Turkey's air defense capabilities in order to defend the population and territory of Turkey and contribute to the de-escalation of the crisis along the alliance's border," the ministers said in a statement released following the meeting.

"Turkey is an important NATO ally, and we welcome the opportunity to support the Turkish government's request in accordance with the NATO standing defense plan," said Navy Vice Adm. Charles Martoglio, U.S. European Command's deputy commander.

Martoglio emphasized that the deployment will be defensive only, and won't support a no-fly zone or any offensive operation.

Navy Vice Adm. Charles Martoglio

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