Whistleblower Lt. Col. Ferner on Defrauding Americans with Fake Secret Agents & Fake Agencies!

Newsbud founder and editor Sibel Edmonds is joined by Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Timothy Ferner. They discuss their journeys as whistleblowers and the obstacles they faced, including retaliation they received that ultimately cost them their careers, while standing for truth and integrity. The full one-and-a-half-hour interview is exclusively available at Newsbud.com for members. Nonmembers can watch it now, at Newsbud Vimeo on Demand.

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Lt. Col Timothy Ferner – In His Own Words

Tampa contractors defraud Dept of Defense for millions

Another Whistleblower Speaks Out: Air Force Contract Fraud

Defense contractor to pay $6M amid allegations of Tampa-based fraud

US whistle-blower enjoys quiet life in Otago

Science Applications International Corporation Agrees to Pay $5.75 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

The Coming Two Coups: The Mysterious Zarrab Case, Mueller, Trump & Erdogan

Join Sibel Edmonds in this Newsbud exclusive for the most comprehensive analysis in the case of Reza Zarrab, the high-profile people closely involved- from President Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Mukasey and Robert Mueller, to President Erdogan and major Turkish bankers, and the likely manipulation of the case with serious implications for two presidents. Anticipation is building from Turkey to the US about potential explosive revelations in this Zarrab case, which has been shrouded in mystery and filled with surprises.

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A Mysterious Case Involving Turkey, Iran, and Rudy Giuliani

Reza Zarrab: Erdogan’s Ticking Bomb

'Stealth' Turkish Businessman a No-Show for Trial This Month

Signs of Possible Guilty Plea in Turkish Gold Trader Case

Gold Trader Case Threatens Economic Fallout for Turkey

Erdogan Links Alleged in U.S. Documents Before Iran Trial

Turkey: Friend or Frenemy? A Tangled Relationship Keeps Getting Worse

Are US and Turkey Heading for a Divorce?

Turkey Issues Diplomatic Note to US Over Gold Trader Zarrab's Relocation without Notification

Messy Web of Ties, Some to Trump, in Turkish Mogul's Case

The Link Between a U.S. District Attorney Fired by Trump and the President of Turkey

Schumer, Bharara Being Probed for Alleged Ties to Failed Turkey Coup Cleric

Did the Feds Flip Turkish Businessman Reza Zarrab—and Could He Bring Down Michael

What Mueller's Org Chart Reveals About his Russia Probe

Turkey had to issue 2nd diplomatic note over jailed businessman Zarrab's whereabouts: minister

Newsbud Exclusive Report- A Distillation of DOD Funding Priorities for August 2017

DOD Spent $35,654,013,000+ on 306 individual contracts in August 2017

The Pentagon issues a jumbled list of contracts every business day around 5:00PM local time. Our project distills an entire month of these contracts into an accessible form.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) spent at least $35,654,013,000 on 306 individual contracts during August 2017. This amount does not include 18 Foreign Military Sales transactions worth $3,090,162,000.

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES (FMS)Through FMS, the U.S. government procures and transfers materiel to allied nations and international organizations.

AM General received $2,205,926,405 for up to 11,560 HMMWV expanded capacity vehicles, equipment, and spare parts for worldwide FMS (first order = Afghanistan). One bid solicited, one received.

BAE Systems received $8,982,981 for FMS (Lebanon): technical support & sustainment for the Bradley family of vehicles.

Boeing received $7,407,625 for FMS (Philippines): six ScanEagle systems, support equipment, training, site activation, technical services, and data.

Boeing received $7,432,771 for FMS (UK): engineering services and technical support. Recently released memos show how the British government viewed the build up to the 1990-1991 Gulf War as a cash cow.

Lockheed Martin received $158,500,000 for Phase 2 mission system refresh efforts on eight P-3C aircraft for Germany.

Wyle Laboratories received $8,201,006 for FMS (Australia): F-18 program management support at NAS Patuxent River (83%); NAS Whidbey Island (7%); NAVSUP Philadelphia (4%); NAS North Island (3%); RAAF Amberley (2%); NAS Oceana (1%). Not competitive, per FAS 6.302-4.


Armtec Countermeasures Co. received $18,033,583 for FMS (Egypt, Iraq): infrared countermeasure flares (M206; MJU-7A/B; MJU-10/B).

Boeing received $222,549,505 to provide Saudi Arabia’s Land Forces Aviation Command with eight new CH-47F helicopters.

Kratos Technology & Training Solutions Inc. received $46,217,067 for program planning, and technical & instructional services to support Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals. Work in Riyadh (30%), Jubail (30%), Jeddah (30%), Ras al Ghar (5%), Saudi Arabia; Orlando, FL (5%). Not competitive.

Lockheed Martin received $21,098,062 to provide USA and FMS (South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan) with PAC-3 contractor field support services.

Lockheed Martin received $47,819,931 for F-16 engineering & technical services. Overseas work in Bahrain, Pakistan, Chile, Jordan, Turkey, Morocco, Taiwan, Oman, Egypt, Iraq, Thailand, Indonesia. Sole-source.

L-3 received $8,889,043 for FMS (Kuwait): maintenance on three KC-130J aircraft. Includes logistics & supply and some equipment repair at Abdullah Al-Mubarak AB, Kuwait. Not competitive, per FAR 6.302-45.

Raytheon received $19,583,689 for FMS (UAE): prime power unit, an outside the continental U.S. trainer extension, and replenishment spares.

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV received $133,910,119 for FMS (Jordan, Qatar, Taiwan): Javelin containerized all-up rounds, command launch units, vehicle launcher-electronics, and engineering.

Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems received $108,649,349 for Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) spares for F-15, F-16, and F-18. Sole-source. Some FMS (Israel).


Bethel-Webcor JV-1 received $23,698,000 to design and build a Triton Mission Control Facility at NAS Whidbey Island.

Boeing received $16,880,154 for additional parts & supplies to maintain ScanEagle in support of Navy Special Warfare fleet operations.

General Atomics received $18,772,521 for hardware, software, & documentation to activate the organic depot maintenance capability for software management system computer software configuration item at Tinker AFB. Sole source.

Northrop Grumman received $19,894,544 for MQ-4C Triton engineering & analysis efforts to solve near-term emergent obsolescence issues.

Raytheon received $25,861,271 for Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite (EISS) modification & Enhanced Electro-Optical Receiver Unit retrofit on Global Hawk Block 30. Sole-source.

Textron and General Atomics received a portion of the shared $499,000,000 (previously issued) contract for the Aerospace Systems Air Platform Technology Research program.


Syracuse Research Corp. received $10,073,000 for Counter-Unmanned Aerial System supplies. Sole-source.


McCann World Group Inc. received $524,100,000 for services in support of the Army Marketing & Advertising Program.


Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) received $58,336,334 for base operations support [.pdf] services at Camp Lemmonier (92%) & Chabelley Air Field (3%), Djibouti; Camp Simba (5%).


 Centerra-Parsons Pacific received $32,716,240 for base operations support services at U.S. Navy Support Facility, Diego Garcia.

Dari Concepts LLC received $8,127,889 for line haul services in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq.

Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) received $29,282,372 for base operations support services at Isa Air Base, Bahrain.

Leidos received $727,689,796 to support the Afghan Air Force (AAF) and Special Mission Wing (SMW) aircraft fleets, based in Kabul.

Raytheon received $7,829,640 for Persistent Surveillance & Dissemination System of Systems/Mission Video Distribution System at Shaw AFB and Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Less than a month after leaving office, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work joined the board of Raytheon.

URS Federal Services Inc. received $14,157,454 for maintenance, supply, and transportation logistics services re: Army Prepositioned Stock-5 in Kuwait.

Vectrus received $49,500,000 for base operations support in Qatar.


URS Federal Services Inc. received $12,138,173 for maintenance, supply, and transportation logistics services re: Army Prepositioned Stock-2 in Germany.


 Caddell Construction received $42,661,500 for construction of SOF Special Tactics Facility Phase II in Fayetteville, NC.

Jacobs Technologies received $771,331,825 for worldwide enterprise operations & maintenance for SOF Acquisitions, Technology, and Logistics – SITEC.

Lockheed Martin received $8,000,000,000 for Special Operations Forces Global Logistics Support Services (SOF GLSS).

SOLPAC Construction received $15,018,500 to design & build a SOF training center at Naval Base Coronado. The center will “support special operator injury prevention, rehabilitation… strength & conditioning, nutrition,” etc.

Trellisware Technologies Inc. received $40,000,000 for Advanced Tactical Scalable Mobile Ad-hoc Network radio systems in support of USSOCOM.


Xtera Communications Inc. received $36,540,732 for the Guantánamo Bay to Puerto Rico Submarine Fiber Optic Cable System. Not competitive.


Black Construction Corp. (Harmon, Guam) received $78,152,583 to design & build a live-fire training range, Northwest Field, Naval Support Activity Andersen.

Contrack Watts received $41,167,515 for construction upgrades to existing sanitary sewer system across Naval Base Guam and outlying areas (incl. Nimitz Hill, Naval Hospital, Polaris Point, Ordnance Annex, Apra Palms Housing).

Hawaiian Dredging Construction received $60,648,252 to build a two story regimental consolidated communications / electronics facility and a six story multi-level concrete framed parking facility at Marine Corps Base, HI.

Hensel Phelps Construction received $28,500,000 for a power upgrade at Joint Region Marianas, Guam.

Parsons Government Services received $15,000,000 for services to support the Commander Navy Installations Command’s Housing Condition Assessment program. Overseas work in Japan (22%); Anderson & Guam Naval Base (22%).

Tikigaq Construction received $12,841,000 to build a reinforced concrete Pacific Airpower Resiliency dispersed maintenance spares & specialized equipment storage facility at Andersen AFB, Guam.


Boeing received $7,789,953 for Phase 2 of a DARPA research program. Boeing and DARPA have worked together on many projects.

Northrop Grumman received $7,134,347 to help with Common Heterogeneous Integration & Intellectual Properties Reuse Strategies (CHIPS .pdf).


Leidos received $16,045,939 for command, control, communications, computers & information management (C4IM) services in support of INSCOM and Army G2 worldwide (Fort Belvoir; Arlington; Shaw AFB; Kuwait; Belgium; Huntsville).


Parra Consulting Group Inc. received $18,907,017 to facilitate the operations of the DIA Center Processing Center (CPC).


Battelle Memorial Institute; CACI; Envistacom; Fulcrum IT Services; Harris; Janus Research Group; Leidos; Manufacturing Techniques Inc.; WinTec Arrowmaker received a shared $480,000,000 for technical development, and technical & operational integration for Research Triangle Park, NC.

Draper Laboratory received $36,913,696 to help MDA evaluate, mature, integrate, test & demonstrate leading edge Guidance, Navigation & Control technologies. One offer solicited, one received.

University of Southern California (USC) received $8,236,324 for Phase 2 of the DARPA CRAFT research program. USC received $9,000,000 for basic research in quantum computing.


Northrop Grumman received $116,916,350 for logistics support on government-owned fixed wing special electronic mission aircraft.


Lockheed Martin received $9,419,067 for F-35 milestone event capabilities, including retrofit modification kits & installation for USN ($4,589,067, 49%); non-DOD ($2,219,000; 24%); USAF ($1,335,000, 14%); USMC ($1,276,000; 13%).

Lockheed Martin received $24,112,000 for recurring F-35 logistics services in support of USAF ($10,854,795; 45%); USMC ($5,866,310; 24%); non-DOD ($3,267,207; 14%); Navy ($3,014,706; 13%); FMS ($1,108,982; 4%).

Lockheed Martin received $28,784,100 for supplies & services in support of F-35 milestone event capabilities for USAF ($12,800,716; 45%), USMC ($8,617,376; 30%); USN ($5,282,268; 18%); non-U.S. participants ($2,083,740; 7%).

Lockheed Martin received $53,494,475 for supplies & services supporting F-35 milestone capabilities, including retrofit modification kits & installation services for USMC ($26,686,876; 50%); USAF ($11,208,674; 21%); USN ($9,480,536; 18%); non-DOD ($6,118,389; 11%).

Lockheed Martin received $427,088,637 for ancillary military equipment & pilot equipment for LRIP lot 11 F-35 for USAF ($152,080,223; 36%); USMC ($84,392,523; 20%); USN ($53,091,592; 12%); non-DOD ($81,671,979; 19%); FMS ($55,852,320; 13%).


Lockheed Martin received $11,893,495 for F-22 sustainment.  United Technologies Corp. received $149,931,292 for F-119 engine sustainment.


 Bell-Boeing JPO received $7,671,686 for MV-22 integrated survivability equipment & CV-22 directional infrared counter measures, computer kits, and non-recurring engineering & installation. Bell Boeing JPO received $31,980,025 to repair various V-22 parts. Non-competitive per 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). Bell-Boeing JPO received $57,107,283 for engineering & retrofit of one MV-22 in support of Common Configuration Readiness & Modernization (CC-RAM).

Hensel Phelps Construction received $10,417,000 to extend Taxiway C concrete at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, to accommodate MV-22.

EAGLE (F-15)

Boeing received $94,941,782 for F-15 Radar Modernization program (RMP) radar upgrades.

GKN Aerospace Chem-Tronics received $10,097,520 for F-100 engine fan duct spares.


BAE Systems received $8,720,500 for F-16 Advanced IFF systems. Sole-source.

NAVCOM Defense Electronics Inc. received $18,199,727 to repair combined altitude radar altimeter (CARA) radio frequency assembly. Sole-source.


Boeing received $323,500,000 for F/A-18 spare parts. Sole-source.

General Electric received $11,700,000 for F/A-18 alternating generators. Sole-source. General Electric received $13,515,000 for 369 A51 Aircraft Component Power Plant Change modification kits for F/A-18 C/D F404 engines.

Raytheon received $8,485,823 to repair 331 units across 16 assemblies supporting F-18 Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar System. Sole-source.


Lockheed Martin received $7,030,168 to repair 45 E-2D items. Sole-source.


IAP Worldwide Services received $22,000,000 for E-6B Mercury TACAMO and Airborne Command Post aircraft parts & equipment at Tinker AFB.


Universal Propulsion received $23,565,896 for modernized seat sequencer for Advanced Concept Ejection Seats II on B-1 and A-10 aircraft. Sole-source.


Boeing received $59,489,647 for B-52 Engineering Sustainment Program.

Flight Support Inc. received $7,212,994 for TF33 engine fan blade laser cladding repair.  PAS Technologies received $7,021,603 for TF33 aircraft engine cases.


Boeing received $11,149,153 for P-8A on ground repair events. Boeing received $14,886,391 to incorporate an Early Warning Self Protection 6th sensor engineering change proposal into 11 P-8A LRIP lot 4.

Industrial Automation Inc. received $23,970,323 for equipment to support P-8A.


Boeing received $7,127,000,000 for worldwide C-17 sustainment.

Rolls-Royce received $40,024,749 for long-term sustainment (repair, inventory, engineering, technical data) of C-130J propulsion systems.


Boeing received $7,685,083 for an air refueling operator instructor override study during KC-46 training.

Rockwell Collins Inc. received $10,653,761 for KC-10 avionics sustaining engineering services.


Boeing received $10,118,896 for engineering support services for VC-25A to provide automatic dependent surveillance broadcast out capabilities.

L-3 received $24,110,095 for business jet training services supporting maritime air patrol, “low/slow terrorist aircraft,” air interdiction & intercept, anti-submarine ops in Virginia Beach, VA (50%); Coronado, CA (40%); Kauai, HI (10%).

L-3 received $172,984,042 for maintenance, logistics, and engineering on 201 T-45 Goshawk aircraft, systems, and equipment at NAS Kingsville (45.7%); Meridian (41.7%); Pensacola (10.1%); Patuxent River (2.5%).

Rolls-Royce received $12,874,960 to provide AV-8B Harrier & E-2C/D engine systems & equipment with engineering & technical services. Not competitive.


Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. and Northrop Grumman received a shared $499,000,000 for work on Aerospace Systems Air Platform Technology Research program in Manassas, VA, and Redondo Beach, CA.  Lockheed Martin received $499,000,000 for Aerospace Systems Air Platform Technology Research program.

Blacksky Geospatial Solutions received $16,430,993 for software, technical reports, and a demonstration model.

Boeing received $409,000,000 for next-generation thermal, power, and controls (NGT-PAC). Several similar contracts were issued in July 2017.

Teletronics Technology Corp. received $85,500,000 for a high-speed data acquisition system (HSDAS) at Edwards AFB. Sole-source.


SRC Inc. received $7,957,573 to help Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) with multi-intelligence swarm sensing re: “Optical Sciences Research & Development.”


Cubrc Inc. received $14,361,831 to help Research, Development & Engineering Command (RDECOM) Communications - Electronics & Engineering Center’s Intelligence & Information Warfare Directorate develop & implement common core ontologies. One bid solicited, one received.


Radiance Technologies Inc. received $13,448,848 for innovative research in Huntsville, AL.


AAR Supply Chain received $12,893,604 for UH-60 turbine disks. Sole-source.

Airbus received $34,473,142 for UH-72 parts support and sustainment.

Boeing received $202,200,000 for 22 AH-64E helicopters.

Honeywell received $13,195,730 for technical, engineering, logistics services & supplies to overhaul / repair T-55 engines & components at Corpus Christi Army Depot.  Honeywell received $46,023,951 for helicopter supervisory control units. Sole-source.

Lockheed Martin received $10,049,166 for UH-60 parts & Corpus Christi Army Depot technical, engineering, logistical, service & supply transition. Sole-source.

Lockheed Martin received $52,901,965 to upgrade & overhaul the main rotor blade.

Lockheed Martin received $303,974,406 for two CH-53K helicopters (LRIP, lot 1), associated aircraft & programmatic support, logistics, and equipment & spares.

L-3 received $69,348,326 for work on AH-64: manned & unmanned teaming hardware and technical & engineering support. One bid solicited, one received.

Parker Hannifin Corp. received $95,828,750 to overhaul & upgrade UH-60 servo cylinder, pumps, assemblies, and hydraulics.

PCX Aerostructures received $7,794,600 for AH-64 right connecting links. Sole-source.

Raytheon received $10,724,180 to repair some H-60 turrets & sensor-sights. Not competitive.

Raytheon received $15,090,453 for 63 Smart Multi-Function Color Display B-kits for the CH-53E helicopter.

Telephonics Corp. received $23,294,344 for Chinook communication equipment. Sole-source.


Benaka Inc. received $7,198,200 for alterations to Squad Operations Facility (Bldg. B-140) and ALIS at the Vermont ANG 158th Fighter Wing.

DynCorp received $53,765,867 for aircraft maintenance, modification & aircrew support for Naval Test Wing Pacific.

Honeywell received $64,862,960 to repair, replace, and support auxiliary power units used on F/A-18, P-3, and C-2, and cover the main fuel controls & electronic control unit used on F/A-18, and the P-3 engine driven compressor. Includes less than $640,000 of support for FMS (Australia) F/A-18. Not competitive.

Mercer Engineering Research Center received $57,500,000 for an “essential engineering capability program” that helps Air Force Sustainment Center, Robins AFB. Sole-source.

Moog Inc. received $48,000,000 for miscellaneous aircraft components in support of various weapon system platforms. Sole-source.


Zodiac Data Systems received $20,000,000 for airborne instrumentation modular data recorder system repair (for F/A-18, V-22, F-35, C-130, MQ-4C, MQ-8, and various helicopter platforms) at NAS Patuxent River.


Alloy Surfaces Co. received $29,000,000, for MJU-66/B countermeasures.


General Dynamics received $12,070,365 for Missile Fire Control System MK 82 director and MK 200 director controller equipment (components of MK99 AEGIS Fire Control System).

Lockheed Martin received $23,418,877 for AEGIS SPY-1 Radar: maintain requisition support and furnish repairs & spares for 1,594 line items. Sole-source.


General Dynamics received $24,481,878 to provide LCS planning yard services.


General Dynamics received $8,770,000 for progressive dies for prototyping effort in support of the Columbia-class submarine program.

General Dynamics received $9,715,997 for sustainment of the U.S. & UK SSBN fire control system and US SSGN attack weapon control system (AWCS).

General Dynamics received $40,657,000 for Virginia-class main propulsion machinery control systems redesign, phase II.

General Dynamics received $64,217,408 for a large vertical array (LVA) fixture, LVA first article and provisioned items orders.

General Dynamics received $115,310,691 for additional lead-yard services, development studies, and design efforts re: Virginia-class subs. Sole source.

Leidos received $16,962,451 for Synthetic Signature Guidance (SSG)-based systems: ongoing engineering & technical services. Not competitive.

Lockheed Martin received $29,973,243 for two U.S. twin line towed array (TL-29A) systems & spares. Sole-source.

Lockheed Martin received $71,457,135 for electronic warfare equipment for Virginia-class subs.

L-3 received $9,147,202 for TB-34X towed array (.pdf) assemblies, cable assemblies, test sets, engineering services.


BAE Systems received $8,693,823 for FY2017 & 2018 admin planning & program management for maintenance & emergent availabilities at Pearl Harbor.

BAE Systems received $19,542,695 for scheduled selected restricted availability (SRA) on USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53). BAE Systems received $23,972,577 for scheduled SRA for USS Port Royal (CG 73). BAE Systems received $33,649,414 for dry-dock SRA repair work onboard USS Lassen (DDG 82).

Delphinus Engineering ($9,782,230); ORBIS Sibro Inc. ($9,003,509); Q. E. D. Systems ($10,806,664); Tecnico Inc. ($11,092,453); Transtecs Corp. ($7,831,541) received funding for shop support, private sector, industrial facility support & capacity for repair, maintenance, alteration, and modernization of equipment, systems, and components onboard vessels, ships, and subs in Bremerton, Everett, Keyport & Naval Base Kitsap Bangor.

DRS Systems Inc. received $32,200,860 for items, engineering, & support for DDG 1000 Integrated Power System Low Voltage Power System.

Epsilon Systems Solutions received $16,995,948 for technical & repair services for Southwest Regional Maintenance Center’s product family divisions.

General Dynamics received $23,931,868 for USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) FY2017 planned incremental availability (PIA).

Global, A 1st Flagship received $11,425,212 for services & material necessary to operate, support, maintain vessels assigned to NAVSEA Inactive Ship Maintenance Office Bremerton, WA (80%) and Guided Missile Cruiser/Dock Landing Ship Modernization Detachment, San Diego, CA (20%).

HECO Pacific Manufacturing received $9,999,999 to refurbish, modify, and manufacture electric winch systems for maintenance platforms, U.S. Navy (82%); UK (18%). Not competitive.

Huntington Ingalls Inc. received $11,204,712 for additional material & advance planning of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) post-shakedown availability / selected restricted availability (PSA/SRA).

Huntington Ingalls received $36,447,717 for maintenance & modernization onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Not competitive.

Lyon Shipyard Inc. and Tecnico Corp. received a shared $7,200,000 for service life extension program of 676-class yard patrol boats.

National Technologies Associates Inc. received $23,437,244 for production support re: maintenance, modernization, repair, & overhaul of Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Southwest, NAS North Island, San Diego, CA.

Rhoads Industries Inc. received $49,000,000 to make, install, test, maintain, and remove Navy shipboard machinery systems & components at various test sites at Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia.

RIX Industries received $11,868,823 for up to 18 MARC 350A low pressure air plants in support of ship alteration (S/A) 9299K during an upcoming Navy refueling & complex verhaul of CVN-73 in 2017 and CVN-74 in 2020. Not competitive.

Rolls-Royce received $27,270,004 for items and engineering & support on DDG 1000 class turbine-generator sets.

Vigor Marine received $18,067,920 for 76-calendar day shipyard availability for regular overhaul & dry docking of USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4).


BAE Systems received $16,825,448 for two 57mm MK 110 Mod 0 gun mounts & hardware to be installed on Coast Guard Cutters. Not competitive.

Leidos received $7,161,834 for spares & hardware for U.S. Navy’s AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 surface ship undersea warfare systems in Norfolk, VA.


L-3 received $7,020,131 for MK 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System and MK 46 Optical Sight System retrofit, refurbishment, and upgrade services & spares for U.S. Navy (93%); Australia (7%).

Phoenix International Holdings received $23,345,713 for continued maintenance, modifications, field changes, and operation of U.S. Navy’s Submarine Rescue Diving & Recompression System in San Diego.

RAMSYS GmbH received €10,570,461 and $5,382,479 to provide the Evolved Radio Frequency Receiver affordability technology refresh in Ulm (94%) and Ottobrunn, Germany (6%). Not competitive.


Management Services Group received $11,855,248 to research “Improved, Flexible Infrastructure Compatible, & Open-Loop Air Cooled Computer Rack / Cabinet.”


Geodesicx Inc. received $11,472,892 for test & evaluation support, verification & validation, configuration, software quality assurance, web site maintenance, and support for SSC Pacific.

Ultra Electronics (ATS) received $12,454,779 to provide SSC Pacific with development / maintenance of Adjunct Processor Multi-Link Interface Unit (MLIU) of Command & Control Processor Common Data Link Management System. Sole-source.


CACI (Six3) received $29,848,193 for life cycle support of Red Falcon systems (e.g. Ship's Signal Exploitation Equipment Increment F and Cryptologic Carry On Program) on U.S. Navy ships & stations. Not competitive.


CACI received $14,940,526 to modify & configure new commercial software for NexGen requirements.

Catapult Health Technology Group received $10,111,130 for IT services / support for Army Research Laboratory, the Adelphi Laboratory Center and Network Enterprise Center. Work in Adelphi, MD; White Sands; Aberdeen; and Durham, NC.

LinTech Global Inc. received $9,493,920 for services assisting DOD Office of the Inspector General with IT support.


C4 Planning Solutions received $48,750,000 for engineering support services (incl. technical expertise & support, assistance installing fielded C4 systems, troubleshooting, tactical communications network analysis, maintenance).

Data Link Solutions received $123,446,064; ViaSat Inc. received $123,448,640 for production, development, sustainment of Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) terminals for DOD (99%), foreign govs & NATO (1%). Not competitive.

General Dynamics received $37,136,744 for full rate production (4 lots from FY2017-2020) of Common Aviation Command & Control System (CAC2S .pdf).

L-3 received $48,800,000 to inspect, test, and upgrade AN/TSC-156 terminals (U.S. Army and USMC versions). One bid solicited, one received.

Rockwell Collins Inc. received $13,000,000 for scope command program for High Frequency Global Communications System (HFGCS): to help modernize & expand, and help depot-level contractor logistics support. Sole-source.


Space Coast Launch Services received $11,387,859 for launch operations support at Cape Canaveral AFS and Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

Wolf Creek Federal Services received $26,075,067 for range operations supporting communications at Patrick AFB; Cape Canaveral AFS; Ascension Auxiliary Air Field, Ascension Island.


Herman Construction Group and J.P. Donovan received a shared $49,500,000 to finish construction at Vandenberg AFB, Cape Canaveral, and Schriever AFB.

Herman Construction Group received $9,433,000 to build Building 3000, an addition to the NRO presence at Vandenberg AFB.

Lockheed Martin received $45,482,492 for military code (M-Code) early use software to enable tasking, monitoring, and signal in space for GPS satellites. Sole-source.


Boeing received $17,415,508 for ICBM guidance subsystem: sustaining engineering & program management support.

Boeing received $349,159,962; Northrop Grumman received $328,584,830 for Ground-based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD).

Booz Allen Hamilton received $91,499,780 for advisory & assistance services on BMDS cyber-security management and computer network defense.

Jacobs Technology Inc. received $4,317,327 for 1) products & services supporting concurrent test, training, and operations for Missile Defense Integration & Operations Center mission execution platform and 2) MDA enterprise communications and IT environment.

Lockheed Martin received $8,770,696 and received $21,858,842 for Trident II (D5) deployed system support. Lockheed Martin received $22,150,000 for long lead material, labor, and planning supporting FY2018 Trident II production schedule. Sole-source.

Lockheed Martin received $9,451,695 to help MDA with development efforts associated with quantifying discrimination performance and evolving threats.

Northrop Grumman received $16,829,971 for ICBM cryptography upgrade.

Raytheon received $66,441,462 for Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) integration, test, and Aegis Ashore support. Sole source. Raytheon received $614,483,341 for 17 SM-3 block IIA, production support, engineering, obsolescence monitoring, tech baseline engineering, containers, etc.


Dynetics Inc. received $93,000,000 for small-glide munitions rounds, air training munitions, and telemetry kits. Sole-source.

Lockheed Martin received $161,433,900 for 150 Army Tactical Missile Guided Missile and Launching Assemblies Service Life Extension Program. One bid solicited, one received.

Lockheed Martin received $547,934,477 for 7,358 Hellfire II tactical missiles in containers, in various air-to ground missiles models.

Lockheed Martin received roughly $900,000,000; Raytheon received roughly $900,000,000 for Long Range Standoff weapon's technology maturation & risk reduction acquisition phase.

L-3 received $28,375,347 for 10,419 FMU-139C/B (.pdf) fuses & accessories for USAF ($14,542,553; 52%); USN ($3,770,094; 13%); Australia ($9,757,255; 34%); Morocco ($305,445; 1%).

Max Gray Construction received $7,200,373 for constructing load crew training and weapons release shops in Duluth, MN.

Orbital ATK received $156,831,389 for full-rate production of Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM), lot 6. Not competitive, per FAR 6.302-1.

Raytheon received $32,291,652 for long-lead material for FY2017 Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) full-rate production requirements and spares.

Raytheon received $104,860,386 for Griffin Missiles.

Raytheon received $119,021,912 to help integrate seeker suite technology & processing capabilities into Tactical Tomahawk Block IV system.

SAIC received $9,582,613 for systems & computer resources support for AMRDEC's Software Engineering Directorate.


Bering Sea Eccotech; BERS-Weston Services JVC; Engineering/Remediation Resources Group; USA Environmental shared $235,000,000 to clean up munitions, spruce up ranges, and fix environmental damage in USA & worldwide.


Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) received $47,391,270 for maintenance, supply, transportation, and logistics re: Army Prepositioned Stocks-3 (APS-3) Charleston Afloat Program.


Lockheed Martin received $25,246,336 for development & production of a digital receiver exciter for AN/TPS-59A(V)3 Radar system.

Raytheon received $11,040,205 for NAVAIR Air Traffic, Navigation, Integration, & Coordination System (ATNAVICS) refurbishment & range extension.


AM General received $14,248,081 for HMMWV engines. Sole-source.

Atlantic Machinery received $31,000,000 for sweeper and scrubber equipment.

Caterpillar received $663,584,042 for commercial construction equipment. Overseas work in Austria, Belgium, England, France, Italy, Japan.

General Dynamics received $310,582,092 for Abrams M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3. One bid solicited, one received.

Grove U.S. received $121,890,993 for commercial cranes. Some work in Germany.

Ibis Tek received $18,061,974 for family of medium tactical vehicles 58-gallon and 78-gallon armor B-kits (and painting).

Navistar Defense received $8,129,532 to reset & upgrade U.S. Army’s MRAP MaxxPro family of vehicles. Firetrace Aerospace received $9,514,725 for MRAP vehicle fire extinguishers. Sole source.

Oshkosh Defense received $26,107,953 for various motor vehicle parts and accessories. Sole-source per 10 U.S Code 2304 (c)(1). Oshkosh Defense received $177,577,879 for more Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and kits.

Raytheon received $10,159,456 for Abrams Integrated Display & Targeting System (AIDATS).

Raytheon received $33,100,000 for the Firepower Enhancement Program (FEP), System Technical Support. Sole-source per 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1).

SAIC received $11,269,218 to rebuild 3 command variant prototypes with Assault Amphibious Vehicle Survivability Upgrade (AAV SU .pdf) design. Sole-source.

Skurka Aerospace Inc. received $8,014,400 for direct current motors. Sole-source per 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1).

Veyance Technologies Inc. received $17,324,786 for M60 track assemblies and received $24,894,968 for Abrams track assemblies.


AMTEC Corp. received $77,726,075 for 40mm ammunition systems.

Lockheed Martin received $12,933,908 for Squad X Experimentation [.pdf] program to design, develop, and validate system prototypes for a combined-arms squad.

Orbital ATK, Chemring Military Products, Global Ordnance, UDC USA received $500,000,000 for non-standard ammo & non-standard mortar weapon systems.


Atlantic Diving Supply Inc. received $14,264,820 for oxygen generator, field portable systems.

Beshenich Muir & Associates received $36,000,000 for contractor logistics support services, Project Manager Close Combat Systems (PM CCS) equipment.

North American Manufacturing Co. received $47,653,125 for military folding cots.

Raytheon received $227,500,000 for horizontal technology integration; 2nd-gen FLIR & independent thermal viewers, and assemblies for servo electronics unit.

Trimble Inc. received $9,860,584 for 95 Laser Leveling systems, 95 GPS systems, four Army 120M road grader kits, installation, and transportation.


Northrup Grumman received $12,439,451 for laser range finders. Sole-source.


Coachys & Associates received $24,439,800 for USMC combat utility uniform blouses. Puerto Rico Apparel Manufacturing Corp. received $15,773,265 for various types of coats. Tennier Industries received $27,927,844 for camouflage parkas. Valley Apparel received $8,697,775 for men's sage green, fire-resistant and cold-weather flyer jackets.

The Original Footwear Co. received $8,135,490 and received $7,689,600 for temperate boots.


David Boland Inc., Drace Anderson JV, Fortis SBJV LLC, Sand Point Services LLC received a shared $245,000,000 for two-phase design-build general construction for a trainee barracks upgrade program.

John C. Grimberg Co. received $44,490,000 to repair building systems at Rickover Hall, bldg. 590, U.S. Naval Academy.

Kilgore Flares Co. received $30,792,909 for 1,260,638 (max.) simulator, flare, SM-875/ALE, which is a training flare for pilots and ordnance technicians.

Phoenix Logistics Inc. received $44,472,641 for Common Battle Command Simulation Equipment hardware & software licenses to help U.S. Army land forces train.

Rockwell Collins received $7,441,246 for contractor logistics support on Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircrew training device.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. received $16,401,574 for range facilities safety improvements at Camp Lejeune.


Camber Corp. received $14,958,266 for technical & engineering support for the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosive Consequence Management program.


SAIC received $7,638,798 for engineering & test support enhancing counter-rockets, artillery, and mortars (C-RAM) and forward area air defense capabilities. SAIC received $11,285,621 for systems engineering of entry control point systems in Afghanistan.


Cape-Burns & McDonnell JV received $8,382,508 for cleaning, inspecting, and repairing of fuel storage tanks at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Pearl Harbor.  Weston Solutions Inc. received $7,204,805 for cleaning, inspecting, and repairing six fuel tanks at the Manchester Fuel Depot, WA.

Constellation NewEnergy ($32,965,603) and Centerpoint Energy Services ($11,846,149) received funding for pipeline quality direct supply natural gas. L.B. Civil Construction received $9,900,000 for natural gas system repair, Travis AFB.

Frontier Technology received $8,578,432 for projects supporting U.S. Navy energy efficiency & conservation, and development of Global Energy Information System.


American States Utility Services received $192,411,358 for additional utility services for water & wastewater systems at Eglin AFB.

American Water Operations & Maintenance received $22,885,856 to own, operate, and maintain water & wastewater distribution systems, Fort Hood.

National Grid USA Service received $14,235,750 for energy conservation, Watervliet, NY.

RQ-Blackwater JV received $42,372,000 for electrical shore and industrial power systems repair / replacement of Piers 2, 6, 7 and 11 at Naval Station Norfolk.


Dove Medical Supply LLC received $49,000,000 for commercial lab supplies. Sole-source. Draeger Inc. received $60,000,000 for patient monitoring systems, subsystems, accessories, consumables and training. Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. received $768,000,000 for digital imaging network picture archiving communications system products & maintenance. Medline Industries received $22,324,416 for medical surgical products. MinXray Inc. received $100,000,000 for radiology systems, accessories and training.

National Optronics received $7,000,000 for hospital equipment & accessories for DLA electronic catalog.

RQ Construction received $8,627,801 to replace air handler units, ductwork, infection control measures, and associated repairs in Building 1H at Naval Medical Center, San Diego.

Universal Hospital Services received $64,000,000 for maintenance & repair services on medical devices for Air Force Medical Services and received $84,000,000 for maintenance & repair of medical devices for U.S. Army Medical Command.


United Excel Corp. received $8,943,254 to renew & repair the Roll Dental Clinic at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.


Mark G. Miller Inc.; Falcona Intuitive Integrated Solutions; Strategic Enterprise Solutions Corp.; Ki Ho Military Acquisition Consulting received a shared $9,750,000 for munitions handling units and trailers.

Sea Box Inc. received $45,000,000 for ammunition grade side-opening intermodal shipping containers.


AECOM Technical Services received $95,000,000 to support U.S. Navy’s Environmental Restoration Program, NAVFAC Pacific.

APTIM Federal Services received $49,000,000 for environmental lab services in NAVFAC Southwest.

Battelle Memorial Institute received $8,000,000 for sampling and testing of dredged material following 2016 USACE New York District / EPA Region 2 guidance re: tests on material for possible ocean disposal.

CH2m Hill Constructors received $10,413,490 for Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) Military Munitions Response Program Remediation in Tyler, TX.

Gilbane received $24,933,072 for Parcel E Remedial Action Phase II at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, aiming to clean contaminants from soil & groundwater.


New South Associates Inc. received $40,000,000 for archeological investigations & historic services; history, archival & knowledge management services; Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act summary & inventory services; GIS and GPS services & modeling; historic studies; and collections management, rehab, conservation & curation services, & museum support.


Forestwood Farm Inc. received $72,000,000; HPC Foodservice Inc. received $97,650,000 for fresh fruits and vegetables. Social Services Missouri Dept. received $12,292,000 for full food services at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Sodexo Management Inc. received $13,653,110 for meals for USMC Regional Garrison Food Services program. SOPAKCO Inc. received $19,940,426 for modular operational ration enhancements.

DOMESTIC BASE SUPPORT - Base operations (a.k.a. base support services) usually involve a combination of: facility management, fire & emergency services, grounds maintenance, janitorial services, pavement clearance, pest control, port operations, utilities, vehicles & equipment service, and waste management.

Chugach Federal Solutions received $30,382,518 for installation support at Eareckson Air Station; King Salmon Airport; Wake Island Air Field, Alaska.

Defense Base Services Inc. received $21,486,197 for base operating support at NAS Fallon.

KJS MP JV LLC received $8,825,322 for base operating support services at Naval Support Activity Mid-South.

KJS MP JV LLC received $30,576,580 for base operating support services at Naval Base Ventura County.


Accent Controls received $9,599,688 for maintenance & logistic readiness of Army Reserve equipment / facilities, 99th Regional Support Command (99 RSC).

BAE Systems received $18,347,260 for ongoing supply support of Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) as it migrates supply processes & automated systems to a standard Navy system using Navy Enterprise Resource Planning app.

Summit Technologies received $250,000,000 for Mission Planning Support Contract III, mostly at Hill AFB.

Vanquish Worldwide received $7,125,000 for maintenance, supply, and transportation services at Fort Rucker. Vanquish Worldwide received $22,632,141 for supply, maintenance, and transportation at Fort Stewart.

Z Systems Corp. received $20,165,030 for maintenance, supply, and transportation services at Fort Hood.


CACI-ISS Inc. received $43,252,035 for Integrated Personnel and Pay System, Army: period 2/release 4 of increment II.

Enterprise Services received $7,293,539 for support of Defense Civilian Payroll system.

RMA Associates (partnering with KPMG LLP, Kearney & Co., Ernst & Young) received a shared $12,142,164 for audit finding remediation support.


Paragon-One Group received $14,061,448 for desktop printers, scanners, toner, and warranties.


Cardno-Amec Foster Wheeler JV received $8,133,847 for builder initial & re-inspection assessments at Marine Corps Base Hawaii; Camp Butler, Japan; MCAS Iwakuni, Japan; Camp Mujuk, South Korea.

GPA Technologies Inc. received $23,668,395 for engineering & technical support solutions for Advanced Ocean Technology Program, Naval Facilities Engineering & Expeditionary Warfare Center, Capital Improvements Ocean Facilities Program.


Eastman Aggregates Enterprises received $8,605,564 for beach erosion control and hurricane protection, Miami Dade County, Florida.

Joseph B. Fay Co. received $7,458,170 to complete the Charleroi Locks & dam river chamber, monoliths M-22 to -27 on the Monongahela River.

Luhr Bros. Inc. received $12,000,000 for stone repairs to revetment and dikes on the Red River (J. Bennett Johnston Waterway).

Trumbull Corp. & Brayman Construction received $71,006,901 to complete the Charleroi Locks & dam river chamber on the Monongahela River.


A West Enterprise received $14,949,791 for repair circuit 1 and airfield lighting at Sheppard AFB. Sierra Range Construction received $9,900,000 for new paving and preventative maintenance projects at Travis AFB.


Burns & McDonnell, Engineering Co. received $9,000,000 for architect and engineer services for DOD and civil works projects.

BWSC Emersion Design JV received $9,000,000 and received $9,000,000 for architect & engineer services for DOD and civil works projects.

HDR Architecture Inc. received $13,000,000 for architect-engineering services for large projects in NAVFAC Southwest. HDR Engineering Inc.; and R.M. Towill Corp. received $18,000,000 for architect-engineer services design for miscellaneous projects in the Pacific.

Jacobs received $30,000,000 for architect-engineer services at various locations under NAVFAC Pacific.

Pioneering Decisive Solutions; Total Technology Inc.; and McConnell, Jones, Lanier & Murphy LLP received a shared $36,000,000 for basic engineering services at Picatinny Arsenal.

Stantec Consulting Services received $60,000,000 for waterfront architect-engineering services in NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic.


Ashford Leebcor JV, Civil Works Contracting, Green-Simmons Co., Rand Enterprises Inc., SmartATI-KMK JV, and Tikigaq Construction received a shared $95,000,000 for construction projects within NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Hampton Roads Integrated Product Team (IPT).

Benaka Inc. received $10,885,000 for renovation of Bldg. 1850 (Wing HQ) at Westover Air Reserve Base, MA.

Bristol Engineering Services Corp.; Nordic Industries; CKY Inc.; Macro-Z Technology Co. received $9,800,000 for design-build & horizontal construction work for USACE Seattle District.

Bristol General Construction received $13,379,398 to design & build a Naval Operational Support Center at NAS Fallon.

  1. Rallo Contracting received $7,984,000 for renovation of hangar (Bldg. 1011) to include demolition, asbestos abatement, fire suppression system upgrades, and a multitude of other renovation procedures in Oklahoma City, OK.

Desbuild Inc. received $10,599,000 for Hangar 124 upgrades at NAS Jacksonville.

Gast Construction Co.; MDM Construction; NNAC Construction; Por-Mark Services; Smithco Inc.; TF Powers Construction; Versacon Inc. received a shared $56,000,000 for maintenance, repair & construction in support of National Guard activities in the state of ND.

Jacobs received $9,500,000 for multi-discipline engineering and design services in support of USACE Northwest.

M.A. Mortenson Co. received $27,780,500 to upgrade the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters Building 3606 at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story.

Markon Solutions received $60,000,000 to acquire construction management technical support services for Washington Headquarters Services.

Opus Design Build received $11,089,703 to design & build a new consolidated support functions facility at Iowa Air National Guard Base in Sioux City, Iowa.

PM Jenkins Group-Professional Management Services & Uncle Dave’s Inc. shared $20,000,000 for construction, maintenance, repair at Fort Knox.

RCO-Ross Group JV received $7,184,971 and Tatitlek Construction received $13,920,953 for dormitory renovations at Sheppard AFB.

RCECM-Crawford JV received $7,500,000 for engineering in support of USACE.

Spectrum Services Group Inc. received $9,900,000 for Simplified Acquisition of Base Engineering Requirements (SABER) projects for a broad range of construction at Travis AFB.

Veterans Construction Enterprises received $45,000,000 for maintenance, repair, and construction for Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Works and other Seattle District USACE customers.

Woolpert Inc. received $9,000,000 for architect & engineer services for U.S. Army, Air Force, other military, and civil works projects.

12 corporations have received a shared $9,990,000 for multiple trade, general construction services at Scott AFB.


Curtin Maritime received $7,556,430 for maintenance dredging of the Richmond Inner Harbor Channel, California. Marinex Construction received $8,291,476 for maintenance dredging, Savannah Inner Harbor, Georgia. Mike Hooks LLC received $24,000,000 for 27 to 30 inch Cutterhead Pipeline Dredge for dredging in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. Mobile Dredging & Video Pipe Inc. received $10,494,329 for dewatering, dechlorinating, cleaning, and disinfecting reservoirs, and waste disposal of lime and sediment residuals. Weeks Marine received $19,000,000 for Atchafalaya Basin, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and miscellaneous projects Cutter Head Dredge Rental.

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Christian Sorensen, a Newsbud Contributing Author & Analyst, is a U.S. military veteran.

A-RCI = acoustic rapid commercial-off-the-shelf

ECP = engineering change proposal

LRIP = low rate initial production

PEO = program executive office, the space where military and civilian officials direct a major acquisition program

SRA = selected restricted availability = implementation of depot-level maintenance and modifications with the goal of updating a ship’s technical and military capabilities

TI = technical insertion

*Editing consolidated similar contracts. Italics indicate notes from the editor.

**Any clerical errors are the editor’s alone. Each month, NEWSBUD presents a distillation of the previous month’s DOD Contracts. Check back regularly.

***To avoid competitive bidding, DOD invokes 10 U.S.C. 2304, FAR 6.302, and FAR 8.405-6. DOD uses 15 U.S.C. 638 to avoid competitive bidding when dealing with small businesses. DOD uses CFR 206.302-4 to avoid competitive bidding when dealing with treaties and foreign transactions.

Major Development: Deep State Rattled- Smear Campaign on Persecuted Journalist Begins!

A journalist comes under fire and becomes the target of a smear campaign by the deep state media for exposing CIA-NATO gunrunning operations supplying weapons to terrorists via Azerbaijan on Diplomatic Flights. In addition to being interrogated by national security services and fired from her job, the investigative journalist has now come under attack by the establishment media. In this brand new exclusive interview investigative journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva joins FBI whistleblower and Newsbud founder Sibel Edmonds to go on record in response to the rattled deep state’s desperate media smear campaign attempt, while Sibel exposes the deep state network behind the attack. Don’t miss this powerful 30+ minute exclusive interview and discussion with the persecuted journalist and Sibel Edmonds, who goes on record naming names.

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Murky Azerbaijani Flights to Syria: Whistleblowing or Black PR?

Breaking: Journalist Interrogated & Sacked for Exposing CIA-NATO Arming of Terrorists

Anonymous Bulgaria Leaks Massive 10GB Of Data: “Silk Way Airlines Helps Terrorists”

Connecting the Dots: Afghan Heroin, NATO, Azerbaijan Hub & Cargo Business

"The Lone Gladio" reveals Washington's strategy for winning the New Great Game

Sibel Edmonds: Azerbaijan- Operation Gladio B

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Newsbud Exclusive- “Neocons & Democrats Reunite as War on Russia Intensifies!”_

Perturbed by the outlier Donald Trump, Democrats have circled the wagons and reunited with Bush era neocons under the banner of the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD), a project sponsored by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). The organization’s mission is predicated on a baseless presumption that has gone viral—Vladimir Putin and the Russians are actively involved in a nefarious plot to undermine democracy in America and Europe.

ASD’s mission statement avers it will strive to “develop comprehensive strategies to defend against, deter, and raise the costs on Russian and other state actors’ efforts to undermine democracy and democratic institutions. The Alliance will work to publicly document and expose Vladimir Putin’s ongoing efforts to subvert democracy in the United States and Europe.”

In July, the journalist Glenn Greenwald pointed out ASD is “the ultimate union of mainstream Democratic foreign policy officials and the world’s most militant, and militaristic, neocons. The group is led by two longtime Washington foreign policy hands, one from the establishment Democratic wing and the other a key figure among leading GOP neocons,” to wit Laura Rosenberger and Jamie Fly. [READ MORE]

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Newsbud Special Report- State Secrets: Sibel Edmonds Uncovers ‘The Untouchables’

Newsbud presents major new revelations by former FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds. Edmonds, known as the most classified and gagged person in US history, takes on the US Congress and the culprit media in one of the most significant and longest ongoing political/criminal cover-ups involving the FBI, a notorious political mob in Chicago, a well-known elected official and her convicted criminal spouse. Further, she renews her public call for joint testimony under oath before the US Congress. Do not miss this in-depth exposé shedding light on just how notoriously corrupt criminals are given immunity and untouchable status, not only by the US government, but also by the Deep-State collaborators- the US media.

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Sibel Edmonds’ State Secrets Gallery

Who’s Afraid of Sibel Edmonds?

Sibel Edmonds’ Under Oath Testimony

Sibel Edmonds’ Deposition: Transcript & Video

Chicago! Not the Musical, but the Action-Suspense Docudrama!

Turkish Imam Fethullah Gulen Nabs George Bush PR Queen

Schakowsky is Most-Frequent Flier Among State's Congressional Delegation

Schakowsky: 23 Privately Funded Trips Since 2007

‘Kosher’ Schakowsky: Still AIPAC’s Number One Darling

Robert Creamer Visited Obama’s White House 340 Times

Why Did Vote-Rigging Robert Creamer Visit The White House Over 200 Times During The Obama Admin

Senior Democratic strategist resigns after video surfaces showing his staff planning to incite violence at Trump rallies and discussing paying mentally-ill people to disrupt GOP events 

FBI Raids, Concept Charter Schools, and Rahm

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s Husband Indicted

Rep. Schakowsky's Husband Charged

Bob Creamer: Truth, Justice ... and Fraud

An Inconvenient Patriot

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert accused of hiding sex abuse of former student

The People’s Campaign: The Real Hastert Case- All in One Place

Democracy Now: Sibel Edmonds & David Rose on Dennis Hastert

Why is FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds Boiling over Former Speaker Hastert’s Plea Deal?

Did Foreign Governments Blackmail Denny Hastert?

Did You Know: The King of Madrasas Now Operates Over 100 Charter Schools in the US?

The Sanitized Gulen Coverage Continues…

Turkish Intel Chief Exposes CIA Operations via Islamic Group in Central Asia

BFP BREAKING NEWS: Boston Terror, CIA’s Graham Fuller & NATO-CIA Operation Gladio B-Caucasus & Central Asia

Graham E. Fuller: Where Were You on the Night of July 15?

Chelsea Manning & the War Crimes of Empire

On this edition of The Geopolitical Report, we take a look at the real story behind the commutation of Chelsea Manning—a trove of data revealing war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq perpetuated by the United States and its proxies. The Iraq War Logs and the Afghan War Diary stand as horrific testament to war crimes sponsored by the Bush and Obama administrations. Will Donald Trump put an end to the US interventionist policy in the Middle East or has he taken the baton?

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Wikileaks reveals video showing US air crew shooting down Iraqi civilians

Iraq war logs: Civilians gunned down at checkpoints

Iraq: U.S. Checkpoints Continue to Kill

Use of Contractors Added to War’s Chaos in Iraq

Iraq war logs: Secret order that let US ignore abuse

Whistleblower's leaked US files reveal state of Afghan war

Afghanistan, the CIA, bin Laden, 
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Afghanistan war logs: Secret CIA paramilitaries' role in civilian deaths

WikiLeaks shines spotlight on mysterious Task Force 373

Obama’s Legacy: A Historic War On Whistleblowers

Trump in 2010: WikiLeaks 'disgraceful,' there 'should be like death penalty or something'

Regime Change Comes Home: The CIA’s Overt Threats against Trump

A march toward an elite coup, involving elements of the militarist empire and ‘in`telligence’ hierarchy!

The norms of US capitalist democracy include the election of presidential candidates through competitive elections, unimpeded by force and violence by the permanent institutions of the state. Voter manipulation has occurred during the recent elections, as in the case of the John F. Kennedy victory in 1960 and the George W. Bush victory over ‘Al’ Gore in 2000.

But despite the dubious electoral outcomes in these cases, the ‘defeated’ candidate conceded and sought via legislation, judicial rulings, lobbying and peaceful protests to register their opposition.

These norms are no longer operative. During the election process, and in the run-up to the inauguration of US President-Elect Donald Trump, fundamental electoral institutions were challenged and coercive institutions were activated to disqualify the elected president and desperate overt public pronouncements threatened the entire electoral order.

We will proceed by outlining the process that is used to undermine the constitutional order, including the electoral process and the transition to the inauguration of the elected president.

Regime Change in America

In recent times, elected officials in the US and their state security organizations have often intervened against independent foreign governments, which challenged Washington’s quest for global domination. This was especially true during the eight years of President Barack Obama’s administration where the violent ousting of presidents and prime ministers through US-engineered coups were routine - under an unofficial doctrine of ‘regime change’.

The violation of constitutional order and electoral norms of other countries has become enshrined in US policy. All US political, administrative and security structures are involved in this process. The policymakers would insist that there was a clear distinction between operating within constitutional norms at home and pursuing violent, illegal regime change operations abroad.

Today the distinction between overseas and domestic norms has been obliterated by the state and quasi-official mass media. The US security apparatus is now active in manipulating the domestic democratic process of electing leaders and transitioning administrations.

The decisive shift to ‘regime change’ at home has been a continual process organized, orchestrated and implemented by elected and appointed officials within the Obama regime and by a multiplicity of political action organizations, which cross traditional ideological boundaries.

Regime change has several components leading to the final solution: First and foremost, the political parties seek to delegitimize the election process and undermine the President-elect. The mass media play a major role demonizing President-Elect Trump with personal gossip, decades-old sex scandals and fabricated interviews and incidents.

Alongside the media blitz, leftist and rightist politicians have come together to question the legitimacy of the November 2016 election results. Even after a recount confirmed Trump’s victory, a massive propaganda campaign was launched to impeach the president-elect even before he takes office - by claiming Trump was an ‘enemy agent’.

The Democratic Party and the motley collection of right-left anti-Trump militants sought to blackmail members of the Electoral College to change their vote in violation of their own mandate as state electors. This was unsuccessful, but unprecedented.

Their overt attack on US electoral norms then turned into a bizarre and virulent anti-Russia campaign designed to paint the elected president (a billionaire New York real estate developer and US celebrity icon) as a ‘tool of Moscow.’ The mass media and powerful elements within the CIA, Congress and Obama Administration insisted that Trump’s overtures toward peaceful, diplomatic relations with Russia were acts of treason.

The outgoing President Obama mobilized the entire leadership of the security state to fabricate ‘dodgy dossiers’ linking Donald Trump to the Russian President Vladimir Putin, insisting that Trump was a stooge or ‘vulnerable to KGB blackmail’. The CIA’s phony documents (arriving via a former British intelligence operative-now free lance ’security’ contractor) were passed around among the major corporate media who declined to publish the leaked gossip. Months of attempts to get the US media to ‘take the bite’ on the ’smelly’ dossier were unsuccessful. The semi-senile US Senator John McCain (’war-hero’ and hysterical Trump opponent) then volunteered to plop the reeking gossip back onto the lap of the CIA Director Brennan and demand the government ‘act on these vital revelations’!

Under scrutiny by serious researchers, the ‘CIA dossier’ was proven to be a total fabrication by way of a former ‘British official - now - in - hiding…!’ Undaunted, despite being totally discredited, the CIA leadership continued to attack the President-Elect. Trump likened the CIA’s ‘dirty pictures hatchet job’ to the thuggish behavior of the Nazis and clearly understood how the CIA leadership was involved in a domestic coup d’état.

CIA Director John Brennan, architect of numerous ‘regime changes’ overseas had brought his skills home - against the President-elect. For the first time in US history, a CIA director openly charged a President or President-elect with betraying the country and threatened the incoming Chief Executive. He coldly warned Trump to ‘just make sure he understands that the implications and impacts (of Trump’s policies) on the United States could be profound…”

Clearly CIA Director Brennan has not only turned the CIA into a sinister, unaccountable power dictating policy to an elected US president, by taking on the tone of a Mafia Capo, he threatens the physical security of the incoming leader.

From a Scratch to Gangrene

The worst catastrophe that could fall on the United States would be a conspiracy of leftist and rightist politicos, the corporate mass media and the ‘progressive’ websites and pundits providing ideological cover for a CIA-orchestrated ‘regime change’.

Whatever the limitations of our electoral norms- and there are many - they are now being degraded and discarded in a march toward an elite coup, involving elements of the militarist empire and ‘in`telligence’ hierarchy.

Mass propaganda, a ‘red-brown alliance, salacious gossip and accusations of treason (’Trump, the Stooge of Moscow’) resemble the atmosphere leading to the rise of the Nazi state in Germany. A broad ‘coalition’ has joined hands with a most violent and murderous organization (the CIA) and imperial political leadership, which views overtures to peace to be high treason because it limits their drive for world power and a US dominated global political order.

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Professor James Petras, Newsbud contributing analyst and author, is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. Dr. Petras received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. You can visit his website here.

Obama & The Merchants of Death

On this edition of The Geopolitical Report, we look at Barack Obama’s legacy as a record breaking arms dealer. Obama has enabled Saudi Arabia to wage an illegal war in Yemen and has gifted the merchants of death with billions of dollars in new contracts with Taiwan and Vietnam. We also cover the Nye Commission and its investigation into the munitions industry after the First World War. Finally, we look at how the new Trump administration has promised to radically expand the US military and make the merchants of death billions more in profit from war and death.

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Show Notes

The Obama Administration Has Brokered More Weapons Sales Than Any Other Administration Since World War II

U.S. Exports Arms to the World

Arms Policy: Farewall to Nixon Doctrine

Report: Ties that Bind: Arms Industry Influence in the Bush Administration and Beyond

Bush Delivers Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

Just the Facts: U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

Obama administration offered $115bn in weapons to Saudi Arabia: report

The US may be aiding war crimes in Yemen

The Death Toll in Yemen Is So High the Red Cross Has Started Donating Morgues to Hospitals

US Arms Deal To Saudi, UAE, Morocco Approved Among Yemen Concerns

Secret Desert Force Set Up by Blackwater’s Founder

Obama administration authorizes $1.83-billion arms sale to Taiwan

Vietnam Arms Embargo to Be Fully Lifted, Obama Says in Hanoi

Sen. Nye assails ‘Merchants of Death' on Sept. 4, 1934

Bush the First, Hating Saddam, Selling Him Weapons

Teledyne and Chilean Indicted in Iraq Bomb Sales

Iraq Weapons Inspections Fast Facts

10 companies profiting the most from war

Trump: National Defense

Obama Set to Settle Score against Oregon Sheriff Outspoken on the Second Amendment

US Media Bury the Three-Year Long Grudge Held by the Feds against Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer

In the latest development involving the Burns-OR Standoff case, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training is asking the state Department of Justice to investigate Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer after receiving numerous complaints from the public and others, including dispatchers and the John Day police chief. The Department has released eight separate complaints, including ones from a 911 manager and the John Day police chief, alleging misconduct by Palmer, and raising alarm concerning Palmer's association with leaders of the refuge occupation.

The Department of Justice has been asked to investigate the case, and the licensing agency has warned Palmer that if violations of police standards are found, he could face revocation of his police certification.

According to a one-sided article published by Oregon Live on Thursday, February 18, Palmer has drawn criticism for his association with the armed militants who took over the wildlife refuge and his meeting with some of the occupation leaders:

"I have a great public safety concern when the Grant County sheriff is allowed to openly meet with and be part of this group of lawbreakers," said John Day Police Chief Richard Gray in his complaint.

According to Valerie Luttrell, emergency communications manager for John Day 911:

“Glenn Palmer is viewed as a security leak, not only by local law enforcement staff but by the Oregon State Police and FBI."

The article goes on to list verbatim quotes from anonymous complainants- and does not indicate whether the complainants are associated with or employed by BLM or other interested parties.

The most interesting aspect of the Oregon Live article is what has been ‘intentionally’ left unsaid, unexplained, and plainly omitted. Nowhere in the article is there any mentioning of Sheriff Palmer’s highly public profile since 2013, his history of constitutional activism, or of his being a prime target of a never-solved bizarre bio-terror case.

I would like to emphasize intentionally, since just a simple internet query under the news category on Sheriff Glenn Palmer brings up dozens of results that range from front page headlines to popular syndicated radio shows dating back to 2013. In fact, since Oregon Live has been the leading mainstream media outlet providing coverage on cases involving Sheriff Palmer, the query did not need to extend outside the publication’s own archives!

Sheriff Palmer was one of the first and most publicized sheriffs across the nation who stood up to gun control measures proposed by the Obama administration in 2013. And in Oregon Palmer became the de facto leader and spokesperson for a host of sheriffs who had said that they would not comply with any excessive and unconstitutional gun regulation proposal:

In a letter to Vice President Joe Biden, Grant County Sheriff, Glenn Palmer writes: "I too, have taken the Oath of Office to defend and uphold the Constitution for the State of Oregon as well as the Constitution of the United States. I take my duty and responsibility seriously. The citizens of Grant County have entrusted and empowered me to represent them. We have a history with customs and cultures that will support and defend the Second Amendment as well as the Oregon Constitution. The Oath that I swore to is to support and defend our constitutions from enemies, both foreign and domestic. I will not tolerate nor will I permit any federal incursion within the exterior boundaries of Grant County, Oregon, where any type of gun control legislation aimed at disarming law abiding citizens is the goal or objective.”

Oregon Live was one of the main publications providing coverage for Sheriff Palmer’s unwavering stand against tight restrictions on gun ownership, as late as 2015:

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer called it "borderline treasonous" to pass this bill, which he said would further impinge on gun rights. He said there was no way for law enforcement to know when private parties are involved in a gun transfer and said he had "no intention" of trying to enforce the provisions of the bill if it became law.

Palmer won applause from the crowd, as did several other opponents who argued that legislators shouldn't even be considering a bill they regarded as an unconstitutional infringement on gun rights.

In February 2013 Palmer was one of four sheriffs from across the country who joined Glenn Beck on The Blaze TV to discuss the Second Amendment versus the push for more gun control legislation.

Palmer’s opposition to the Obama Administration’s intense lobbying to speedily pass new gun control laws immediately following the Sandy Hook incident received extensive coverage- from The Examiner to The Washington Times and Breitbart Report.

But most interestingly, most of the coverage of Sheriff Palmer was provided by Oregon Live.

In 2015 the outspoken Grant County Sheriff became the subject of national media coverage again in a highly suspicious incident that was never truly solved. In July 2015 the FBI investigated at least 20 letters received by law enforcement agencies across Oregon after Sheriff Palmer was hospitalized following exposure to an unidentified white powder in an envelope. Palmer was exposed to an unknown "chemical substance" after opening a letter delivered to his office, and was hospitalized and treated after developing a rash caused by the substance.  Yet, according to the FBI the suspicious letters sent to government offices throughout Oregon did not appear to contain any hazardous materials. This, despite the record of Sheriff Palmer’s hospitalization and treatment due to reaction from exposure to the suspicious envelope containing the unidentified substance. Palmer was one of three recipients who suffered actual physical reaction and a rash from exposure to the substance, requiring his hospitalization.

Oregon Live provided further coverage of the suspicious letter incident, including statements from Palmer:

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer said one of the letters caused him to suffer a physical reaction. Palmer said he didn't see any powder or white substance when he opened the letter, but he experienced a metallic taste in his mouth and felt a tingling in his arms.

"I thought, 'Oh, boy,' and went to the hospital intending to get my blood tested but they went full haz-mat mode on me," Palmer told The Oregonian/OregonLive. "They stripped me down and washed me down."

Another glaring hypocrisy shows up in the discrepancy in the way in which Oregon Live treats Grant County Sheriff Palmer versus BLM-Fed man, Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward, who met with the Malheur protesters, including the Bundy’s, on several occasions:

Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward, backed up by two other sheriffs, met face-to-face Thursday with protest leader Ammon Bundy to try to bring a peaceful end to a weeklong occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Ward was encouraged to reach out directly to the militants at a town hall meeting Wednesday night in Burns that drew an estimated 400 people. Several speakers urged the sheriff to do just what he did Thursday, and several ranchers had volunteered to join him if needed to end the occupation.

Ward met Bundy on the side of Lava Bed Road, a handful of media surrounding the men. Bundy was accompanied by Ryan Payne, a self-styled militiaman from Montana.

Combing through the web you will come across many photo ops and narrations on Ward’s interactions with the Malheur protesters. In contrast to that, we have yet to locate a single photo or documented meeting(s) between Sheriff Glenn Palmer and the Bundy’s.  Not only that, Sheriff Palmer had insisted on remaining neutral, and deferred to Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward on anything related to the Malheur Protest:

“I had no idea who I was meeting with when we had lunch yesterday,” he said. “I walked in, I realized who they were and I sat and listened to them. ... They actually wanted me to come down there and make a stand, and I said, ‘not without the sheriff’s blessing."

Palmer said he has spoken to Harney County Sheriff David Ward and told him he would not interfere without permission. Palmer said he has “a pretty good working relationship” with the sheriff from the neighboring county. He said, however, he was not willing to do the only thing Ward would allow.

“About the only thing he really told me is I’m welcome to come down there if I would shame and humiliate them into giving up, and I said, ‘No, I won’t do that,’” Palmer said. “I’m not in the business of denouncing or shaming or humiliating anybody.”

But then again, it is apparent that Sheriff Ward has been a known guardian of BLM and subservient to the Feds, thus exempt from the ever-expanding Fed hit list. While the sheriff on the hit and grudge list has not been.

If two plus two makes four- then, one plus one plus one plus one makes it a slam-dunk four:

  1. Sheriff Palmer, in 2013, landed on the very wrong side of the Obama Administration and its Fed muscles with his unapologetic and highly public stand against the proposed disproportionate measures against the Second Amendment. That’s one.
  2. Sheriff Palmer was one of the prime targets in the mysterious case of envelopes containing a toxic substance mailed to Oregon law enforcement offices, which were handed over to the FBI for forensic investigation and never again saw the light of day. That’s one as well.
  3. Sheriff Palmer has been a strict constitutionalist- a proponent of the separation of powers, pro local authority vs federal intrusions, and a staunch defender of the sanctity of the Second Amendment. None of which is tolerated by the current federal powers. Any one enough to land him on the fed’s to-be-persecuted list. That’s definitely a one.
  4. Sheriff Palmer is now a direct target of the Federal Government’s witch-hunt, geared to set an example and destroy the last pockets of resistance and righteousness in the nation of the-no-longer-free. And that’s another one.

I don’t know about you, but in my book the sum of the above ones equals a solid four.

Now, someone please explain to me: How is it that a resourceful mainstream publication such as Oregon Live, which has an extensive and well-organized archive of its own news coverage for the last three years pertaining to Sheriff Palmer, publishes this recent one-sided article without even a single mention of the never-buried hatchet and long-held grudge by President Obama and the feds against the Sheriff? Publishes it without history, context and the real facts, that is. You tell me- because ‘they’ never do.

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*Video: Feds Settle Score against Oregon Sheriff Outspoken on Gun Control Proposal (By Spiro Skouras)

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Sibel Edmonds is editor and publisher of BFP Report, founder and president of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), and author of the acclaimed book Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story, and The Lone Gladio, a Political Spy Thriller. . She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award. Ms. Edmonds is a certified linguist, fluent in four languages, and has an MA in public policy from George Mason University and a BA in criminal justice and psychology from George Washington University.

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Will Obama Close Gitmo?

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Andy Worthington

As an author and journalist, Andy Worthington is an expert on America’s offshore island prison, Guantanamo. As an activist, he helped lead a year-long campaign to free Shaker Aamer, the last British prisoner who finally went home on October 30. We talk about his return and reunion with family, and the ordeal he experienced as the most high-profile inmate released so far. When he’s healthy—physically and psychologically—Aamer is expected to expose much about his detention, torture, hunger strikes, and the complicity of British officials and intelligence agents in his almost 14-year detention without trial or charge. Worthington also talks about Sen. Feinstein’s recent call to close Guantanamo, and the irrational objections expressed by many American leaders.

*Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantanamo Files and covers America’s gulag on his blog. He is also a member of The Four Fathers, a music group that updated their Song for Shaker after Aamer’s return to England.

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Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Any Opposition to Endless Afghan War?

Peter B. Collins Presents David Swanson

With Obama’s about-face on withdrawing almost all American troops from Afghanistan, the reaction of most Americans seems to be “Whatever”. The new non-exit plan is Obama’s 5th or 6th in 7 years, and David Swanson is one of the few voices demanding a complete withdrawal now. We discuss how Obama has created the perception that he has ended the Afghan war, and despite the recent events at the hospital in Kunduz, most Americans and elected officials are passive in the face of this perpetual war.

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US-China Relations: The Pentagon vs. High Tech

The White House has been pushing for a fight with China ever since Obama announced his so-called ‘pivot to Asia’

Step by step, Washington is inexorably setting up a major provocation against China. Until now, the Obama regime tightened a military encirclement of China, expanding its armed forces agreements with Japan, the Philippines and Australia. In addition, it has promoted the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), a regional trade agreement which openly excludes China.

Obama has ordered a major naval build-up in the South China Sea and embarked on extensive cyber-espionage of Chinese industries and the government via major US high-tech companies, as revealed by Edward Snowden in his release of confidential NSA document.

As President Xi Jinping prepares for his first US visit as China’s leader on September 25, with the aim of extending economic ties between Chinese and US business (especially with the high tech corporations in Seattle and Silicon Valley), the Obama regime has threatened to impose a series of punitive sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals for ‘cyber-espionage’, essentially undermining the purpose of his trip.

Characterizing the Chinese as ‘cyber-thieves’ and imposing sanctions on Chinese businesses on the eve of Xi’s visit will be justifiably seen as a deliberate humiliation and a provocation, designed to treat China as a mere vassal state of Washington.

This will force the Chinese government to retaliate on behalf of Chinese businesses – and President Xi is fully capable of imposing retaliatory sanctions against multi-billion dollar high tech US corporations, which had been flourishing – up to now – in China.

Obama’s decision to provoke China on multiple fronts reflects the overwhelming influence of the militarist power configurations in Washington: the Pentagon, the NSA and the Zionist –militarist ideologues.

In contrast to Washington’s aggressive policy, the major US high tech corporations are almost unanimous in their opposition to Obama’s ‘military pivot’ and are appalled by the threat of cyber sanctions, rightly calling them a “needless provocation”.

For its part, Wall Street has taken an intermediary position – hoping Washington will coerce China into ‘opening’ its protected financial markets to the big US banks. It doesn’t necessarily support aggressive sanctions, which could provoke a response from China closing off lucrative opportunities in the world’s biggest financial market.

Background to a Momentous Confrontation

China’s growth and overseas economic expansion has increasingly challenged US market supremacy in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

China’s relationship with the US, EU and Japanese multi-national corporations has changed due to its recent technological advances in its manufacturing and service sectors moving its production up the value chain. Increasingly, the Chinese have been demanding technology transfers from their multinational partners and an increasing use of locally manufactured parts in their assembly plants.

China’s economic expansion and industrial maturation has evoked divergent responses from the elites in Washington, Silicon Valley and Wall Street.

US Elites Diverge

The Pentagon and the White House developed the ‘military pivot’ to deal with China’s ascendency as an economic world power. This is essentially a policy of strategic confrontations, including military encirclement through regional base agreements, deliberate economic exclusion through regional trade agreements and political provocation through threatened sanctions. US military bases have expanded and a huge naval armada patrols China’s maritime frontier. There are US fighter planes flying over Beijing’s reclaimed island installations while the US State Department goads China’s neighbors to stake their own territorial claims in the South China Sea.

The White House and its highly militarized State Department have launched a full-scale propaganda campaign through the US mass media, criminalizing China with unsubstantiated charges of espionage. The range, intensity and frequency of these accusations indicate that this campaign is not some clever diplomatic ploy intended to squeeze out concessions in an otherwise peaceful relation. Rather Washington’s criminalization of China is meant to provoke a full rupture in diplomatic, political and economic relations and prepare for harsh military confrontations.

Washington’s campaign to criminalize China includes the hysterical claims that China has engaged in the long-term, large scale theft of US intellectual property rights. By falsely attributing China’s technological advances to ‘theft’ Washington denigrates China’s endogenous scientific and technological achievements as well as criminalizing the Beijing and Chinese companies.

In the last few years, the US arrested several Chinese scientists and issued warrants for others, publicly accusing them of spying on US companies. The charges against several of the scientists were later quietly dropped by the FBI for lack of evidence but not before the scientists had seen their careers destroyed. The negative propaganda impact on the US public was successful – Chinese scholars and scientists were depicted as spies. Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations of National Security Agency’s documents clearly show that it was the US which was engaged in large-scale spying on Beijing, using major US IT corporations operating in China as a principal vehicle for data theft.

The US has accused China of violating international norms regarding the governance of the internet – claiming that Chinese authorities exercise censorship and control over US IT companies as well as its own citizens. In other words, Washington denies Chinese sovereignty by claiming extra-territorial jurisdiction over the internet! Along the same lines, Washington asserts that China has blocked US market access by insisting that public agencies rely on Chinese suppliers and that US firms store their data in China. China’s new policies developed after they discovered that US multi-national corporations were working hand-in-glove with the NSA and other US intelligence agencies. Is it any wonder that China sought to protect its industrial and trade secrets, as well as national security, by limiting access for US IT corporations?

The “Financial Press”: Wars over Markets

Washington’s provocative campaign to criminalize China and Chinese industries has been amplified in the financial pages of the respectable US and British press. The degree to which the leading Anglo-American financial newspapers, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, have become rabid advocates of Obama’s militarist confrontational policy instead of serving the business community’s market interests, evaluating the impact of sanctions on US high tech multi-nationals and presenting the much more moderate position of the major high-tech multi-nationals is striking.

The financial press’s shrill campaign is designed to paint China as a corporate criminal and ignores major US corporate opposition to any rash military actions. This propaganda campaign is warning the US IT elite of an imminent barrage of economic sanctions against China’s burgeoning cyber industries. These Sanctions could be announced prior to or even during President Xi Jinping’s visit to the US– if the militarists have their way.

White House Sanctions: The Divergences in US Policy

Despite White House rhetoric and anti-China hysteria, most US IT corporations have reaped huge profits from their sales and business arrangements with the Chinese state and Chinese businesses. According to one executive, “Apple is the standout success story, with sales of the iPhone rising 75 percent in China over the past year (2014)’. (FT 9/12 – 9/13/15).

Senior IT executives have expressed their willingness to accommodate China’s demands a change in the way they do business, including technology transfers, because they see “huge opportunities (for profit) in the near term”. The last thing Silicon Valley wants is for Washington to provoke hostile retaliation from China if Obama imposes sanctions: That would entail the loss of hundreds of billions of dollars!

In the highly militarized-‘Zionized’ Obama administration, immersed in the politics of provocation and war, the multi-nationals do not have the final say.

China’s Maturing Capitalism: Indigenous Innovations

China’s maturing capitalism has been accompanied by significant changes. And in 2006, the Chinese leadership announced a new policy promoting ‘indigenous innovation’. The purpose of the policy was two-fold: to become less dependent on foreign technology and to combat the growing threat of Washington’s espionage via US high tech corporations operating in China.

In line with these strategic goals, in 2009 China ruled that only companies with locally developed technology would be allowed to bid for public procurement contracts.

In 2010, Google’s operations in China were shutdown when it was revealed that the company had acted as a ‘transmission belt’ transferring sensitive Chinese data to the NSA. Washington immediately denounced China for what it termed “censorship” of Google.

As the endogenous innovation policy gained momentum, the US MNC monopoly of China’s high tech market was undermined. The MNC’s called for Washington to intervene and force China to “open” its markets to US dominance.

In strategic terms, the tie-in between the US IT MNCs and Washington boomeranged: While spying for NSA may have gained short-term favors for the high tech sector, it undermined strategic relations with China and its lucrative market. The IT moguls re-thought the strategy and sought greater autonomy from the NSA to regain China’s trust and re-enter its market.

High Tech Diplomacy

The high tech multinational corporations are eager to welcome China’s President Xi on his visit, viewing it as an opportunity to mend and expand relations. The Silicon Valley-Seattle corporate elite oppose sanctions against while the White House claim to be acting on their behalf.

The US high tech elite are aware that American IT companies must accommodate China’s demands to transfer and share technology. They have adopted a realistic perspective that if they do not share markets, technology and sales – they can lose out entirely.

Apple, IBM, CISCO, Qualcomm have declared that they would rather cooperate with China’s indigenous innovations policy than face big losses or total exclusion from the Chinese market.

Even Google, which served as the NSA’s willing accomplice and was expelled for espionage against China, is now seeking approval for a limited re-entry.

Wall Street Diplomacy: Pressure not Provocation

The big Wall Street bankers, on the other hand, want the White House to pressure China to de- regulate its financial markets. They want China to allow American hedge funds and speculators to sell short and artificially drive down the value of Chinese stocks, increasing volatility and discouraging investors.

It is questionable whether Wall Street’s idea of US “pressure” extends to applying punitive economic sanctions. After all, limited financial access under present circumstances is still far more lucrative than total exclusion which could result from Chinese retaliation in response to White House sanctions.


The divergent interests and approaches among US imperial elites, between high powered IT corporate CEO’s and Pentagon and White House militarists is evident in two parallel meetings taking place during President Xi’s visit.

During his visit to the US, Xi will stop over in Seattle to confer with top IT executives, coinciding with the US-China Internet Industry Forum. The timing and location (Seattle) of the Forum is not coincidental. Its timing was planned by the Chinese and reflects their influence and capacity to play-off powerful US economic elites against Washington’s war mongers and Pentagon militarists.

The White House has been pushing for a fight with China ever since Obama announced his so-called ‘pivot to Asia’. The saber rattling has escalated over the past two years, aided and abetted by an all-out propaganda campaign denigrating China’s scientific and economic performance and exaggerating fears of its defense modernization programs. When one reads the Wall Street Journal or the Financial Times, one would think the Chinese economy is on the verge of collapse. They describe the drop in China’s projected annual growth from 7.3% to 7% as ‘catastrophic’! If the EU and US grew at half that rate, the financial scribes would claim an ‘economic miracle’!

Denigration of the Chinese economy; screeds and characterizations of the Chinese as industrial thieves engaged in spying and criminal behavior and the wild paranoid warnings about the growing ‘Chinese military threat’ are part of a systematic build-up to counter lucrative economic relations between China and IT corporations and other leading US economic sectors.

Washington’s projected sanctions on China will be many times more costly to US MNC than its current sanctions on Russia. White House sanctions on Moscow mainly damaged European-based industries and businesses. However sanctions against China will have a massive impact on the US economy.

The White House’s version of the “yellow peril” has no redeeming features for any sector of the US economy. It is the purest expression of militarism run amok. It over-rides any rational economic interest in pursuit of unadulterated geo-political military supremacy. Even on its own terms military supremacy is unattainable as Washington will soon discover, as China deepens its military ties with Russia!

If and when Washington raises the specter of sanctions against China, (with the accompanying gratuitous insults and unsubstantiated accusations of state sponsored “cyber theft”) the Chinese government will respond.

President Xi will take reprisals as he has done before, faced with lesser threats. And he will have the support of the vast majority of Chinese from all regions and classes.

US IT corporations are aware of this potential debacle and have openly and forcefully conveyed their views to Washington. For them, the so-called ‘cyber theft’ is a minor issue compared to the lucrative long term strategic opportunities in working with China.

So far the militarists in the Obama White House have commanded US-China policy. Up to now they have disregarded corporate American interests; whether it is US oil interests in Iraq and Libya, or IT corporations in China.

If Zionist officials in the Executive influence the militarists on Middle East policy, the hard core militarists influence the Zionists in the Far East.

If the US military-driven Middle East policy has been a failure, a similar policy toward China will be catastrophic.

US sanctions and humiliation against China and the consequent falling out of relations will play out in slow motion. Beginning with the precipitous decline of joint ventures and exports, it will lead to lifeless cranes in empty Pacific coast ports and rusting container ships; profit losses and vacant country clubs in Silicon Valley and lost sales for US auto companies. The list is endless but the consequences are clear.

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Professor James Petras, Boiling Frogs Post contributing analyst, is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. Dr. Petras received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. You can visit his website here.

The Rise of the Inhumanes

A new species have risen from the poisonous American environment of arrogance, hubris & paranoia

America’s descent into totalitarian violence is accelerating. Like the Bush regime, the Obama regime has a penchant for rewarding Justice (sic) Department officials who trample all over the US Constitution. Last year America’s First Black President nominated David Barron to be a judge on the First US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.

Barron is responsible for the Justice (sic) Department memo that gave the legal OK for Obama to murder a US citizen with a missile fired from a drone. The execution took place without charges presented to a court, trial, and conviction. The target was a religious man whose sermons were believed by the paranoid Obama regime to encourage jihadism. Apparently, it never occurred to Obama or the Justice (sic) Department that Washington’s mass murder and displacement of millions of Muslims in seven countries was all that was needed to encourage jihadism. Sermons would be redundant and would comprise little else but moral outrage after years of mass murder by Washington in pursuit of hegemony in the Middle East.

Barron’s confirmation ran into opposition from some Republicans, some Democrats, and the American Civil Liberties Union, but the US Senate confirmed Barron by a vote of 53-45 in May 2014. Just think, you could be judged in “freedom and democracy America” by a friend who legalized extra-judicial murder.

While awaiting his reward, Barron had a post on the faculty of the Harvard Law School, which tells you all you need to know about law schools. His wife ran for governor of Massachusetts. Elites are busy at work replacing law with power.

America now has as an appeals court judge, no doubt being groomed for the Supreme Court, who established the precedent in US law that, the Constitution not withstanding, American citizens can be executed without a trial.

Did law school faculties object? Not Georgetown law professor David Cole, who enthusiastically endorsed the new legal principle of execution without trial. Professor Cole put himself on the DOJ’s list of possible federal judicial appointees by declaring his support for Barron, whom he described as “thoughtful, considerate, open-minded, and brilliant.”

Once a country descends into evil, it doesn’t emerge. The precedent for Obama’s appointment of Barron was George W. Bush’s appointment of Jay Scott Bybee to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Bybee was John Yoo’s Justice (sic) Department colleague who co-authored the “legal” memos justifying torture despite US federal statutory law and international law prohibiting torture. Everyone knew that torture was illegal, including those practicing it, but these two fiends provided a legal pass for the practitioners of torture. Not even Pinochet in Chile went this far.

Bybee and Yoo got rid of torture by calling it “enhanced interrogation techniques.” As Wikipedia reports, these techniques are considered to be torture by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, medical experts who treat torture victims, intelligence officials, America’s allies, and even by the Justice (sic) Department.

Others who objected to the pass given to torture by Bybee and Yoo were Secretary of State Colin Powell, US Navy General Counsel Alberto Mora, and even Philip Zelikow, who orchestrated the 9/11 Commission cover-up for the Bush regime.

After five years of foot-dragging, the Justice (sic) Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility concluded that Bybee and his deputy John Yoo committed “professional misconduct” by providing legal advice that was in violation of international and federal laws. The DOJ’s office of Professional Responsibility recommended that Bybee and Yoo be referred to the bar associations of the states where they were licensed for further disciplinary action and possible disbarment.

But Bybee and Yoo were saved by a regime-compliant Justice (sic) Department official, David Margolis, who concluded that Bybee and Yoo had used “poor judgement” but had not provided wrong legal advice.

So, today, instead of being disbarred, Bybee sits on a federal court just below the Supreme Court. John Yoo teaches constitutional law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Boalt Hall.

Try to imagine what has happened to America when Harvard and Berkeley law professors create legal justifications for torture and extra-judicial murder, and when US presidents engage in these heinous crimes. Clearly America is exceptional in its immorality, lack of human compassion, and disrespect for law and its founding document.

Hitler and Stalin would be astonished at the ease with which totalitarianism has marched through American institutions. Now we have a West Point professor of law teaching the US military justifications for murdering American critics of war and the police state. (Also here & the professor’s article is here)

William C. Bradford, the professor teaching our future military officers to regard moral Americans as threats to national security, blames Walter Cronkite for losing the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War by reporting the offensive as an American defeat. Tet was an American defeat in the sense that the offensive proved that the “defeated” enemy was capable of a massive offensive against US forces. The offensive succeeded in the sense that it demonstrated to Americans that the war was far from over. The implication of Bradford’s argument is that Cronkite should have been killed for his broadcasts that added to the doubts about American success.

The professor claims to have a list of 40 people who tell the truth who must be exterminated, or our country is lost. Here we have the full confession that Washington’s agenda cannot survive truth.

I am unaware of any report that the professor has been censored or fired for his disrespect for the constitutionally protected right of freedom of expression. However, I have seen reports of professors destroyed because they criticized Israel’s war crimes, or used a word or term prohibited by political correctness, or were insufficiently appreciative of the privileges of “preferred minorities.” What this tells us is that morality is sidetracked into self-serving agendas while evil overwhelms the morality of society.

Welcome to America today. It is a land in which facts have been redefined as enemy propaganda, a land in which legally protected whistleblowers are redefined as “fifth columns” or foreign agents subject to extermination, a land in which America is immune from criticism and all crimes are blamed on those whom Washington intends to rule.

Barron, Bybee, Yoo, and Bradford are members of a new species—the Inhumanes—that has risen from the poisonous American environment of arrogance, hubris, and paranoia.

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Paul Craig Roberts, Boiling Frogs Post contributing author, is a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has been reporting on executive branch and cases of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. He has written or co-written eight books, contributed chapters to numerous books, and has published many articles in journals of scholarship. Mr. Roberts has testified before congressional committees on 30 occasions on issues of economic policy, and has been a critic of both Democratic and Republican administrations. You can visit his website here.

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Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Bacevich Challenges Beltway Thinking on Obama’s Wars

PBS Newshour Panel, Plus Comments

On June 10, as Obama dispatched another 450 “military advisers” to Iraq, the PBS Newshour presented a panel discussion about America’s incoherent strategy in Iraq and Syria. Former CIA and Pentagon boss Leon Panetta, former Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy, Gen. Anthony Zinni, ret, and retired Colonel Andrew Bacevich, who teaches at Boston University, comprised the panel. As the Beltway insiders spouted predictable, fear-laden talking points, Bacevich—whose son was killed in Iraq—provides strong counter arguments. He notes our failure to train the Iraqi army during the occupation, and challenges Panetta directly on several issues. Over the gasps of the others, Bacevich offers a sensible proposal: let Iran take the lead against IS. In this podcast, you will hear the PBS discussion with my comments inserted.

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