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    US Is Now At DEFCON 3

    While the Mainstream Media has had everyone engaged in the Donald and Hillary Reality TV Series, our leaders have been preparing for War.

    The last time DEFCON was set at 3 was during the 9-11 attacks and it's been set to level 2 only twice in it's history - During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crises and briefly at the very beginning of Operation Desert Storm in 1991.




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    US’ DEFCON Raised To Level 3 – Air Force Ready To Mobilize In 15 Minutes

    15 Oct 2016

    The state of affairs between the US and Russia at this time seems to be unstable. A US Russia War has become a greater concern more recently; shades of the Cold War and nuclear arms races are being reflected in today’s reality. Given the current situation, has the US elevated its defense system to DEFCON level 3?

    DEFCON refers to “defense readiness condition”, the state’s level of readiness to act against an external threat such as that of nuclear war. DEFCON can be referred to in its 5 levels. Level 5 would be the state of lowest risk. Level 1, on the other hand, would refer to an imminent threat of nuclear war and indicate the state’s position to immediately respond. Level 3 means that the US Air Force will be ready to mobilise in a mere 15 minutes.

    According to the unofficial site DEFCON Warning System, DEFCON is already at level 3. Current international events, rising tensions, and therefore the increased possibility of a declared US Russia War seems to have raised the level. There is no lack of potential triggers – the greatest of which would be the state of the Syrian civil war, which has had both the US and Russia blaming each other over a broken ceasefire agreement, bombed aid envoys, and devastating airstrikes on and around Aleppo. With the US backing rebel groups and Russia pushing Bashar al-Assad’s government, the continued bloodshed has not made communication between the two nations any easier.

    Meanwhile, Russia has joined China in trying to block the operation of a US missile network in Europe and Asia. The tensions have even spilled over onto the presidential elections, where suspicions of Donald Trump conspiring with Russians have cropped up.

    Though the threat of war seems to be rising on a few fronts, the DEFCON level 3 indication reported by the website is only speculation; the actual DEFCON status is not shared with the public by the US Military for obvious security reasons. The website, unaffiliated with any branch of the military, urges visitors to “make their own evaluations” and “learn what steps to take in the event of a nuclear attack”.

    While being ready for a nuclear attack or a US Russia War would certainly put the public at ease, however, nothing would do that better than the two superpowers simply backing down.

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    DEFCON Warning System – Update 10/13/16

    This is the DEFCON Warning System. Alert status for 8 P.M., Thursday, October 13th, 2016. Condition code is Yellow. DEFCON 3.

    There are currently no imminent nuclear threats against the United States at this time, however the situation is considered fluid and can change rapidly.

    Tensions between Russia and the United States have reached levels beyond the cold war in the recent week.

    The situation between Russia and the United States is extremely fluid at the moment. In all likelihood as dynamic as at times during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Mainstream media has taken a very serious tone concerning the change from diplomatic to military options between NATO and Russia. CNN stated, “It’s not a new Cold War. It’s not even a deep chill. It’s an outright conflict.” On October 10th Former Soviet Premier Gorbachev is quoted as saying, “I think the world has reached a dangerous point.”

There are signs of a potential growing large scale conflict in nearly every geopolitical hotspot including Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, and the Philippines. Syria is seen as one of the trigger points to the renewed tensions between the United States and Russia. The United States has also accused Russia of a cyberattack and meddling with the US Presidential Election. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest promised on Tuesday that the U.S. would deliver a “proportional” response to Russia’s alleged hacking of American computer systems. The US and Britain are also expected to weigh into Syrian military options on Friday. This could increase tensions between the two superpowers to a greater extent.

    Moreover, Houthi rebels on the South Coast of Yemen fired one anti-ship missile at the U.S.S. Mason on Sunday, and another on Wednesday. The Pentagon responded by firing 5 TLAM missiles at radar stations inside Yemen. Around this same time, Iran dispatched a fleet of ships to the area. The U.S.S. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group has also been dispatched to the area.

    At this time, the DEFCON Warning System feels that an increase to DEFCON 3 would be a prudent move. The situation is currently fluid with diplomatic ties strained and military threats coming from both sides. Russian media is reportedly telling its citizens to prepare for nuclear war. Russia has recently conducted civil defense drills and completed inspections of underground areas to house government officials and some civilians in the event of nuclear war. This is a very sensitive situation which has the potential to spiral out of control. It is recommended that all citizens learn the steps to be taken in the event of nuclear war. We will continue to bring updated information as we receive it.

    The DEFCON Warning System is an analytical reporting organization which focuses on nuclear threats against the United States and offers an alert code to the public based on current events. It is not affiliated with any government agency and does not represent the alert status of any military branch. The public should make their own evaluations and not rely on the DEFCON Warning System for any strategic planning. At all times, citizens are urged to learn what steps to take in the event of a nuclear attack.

    If this had been an actual attack, the DEFCON Warning System will give radiation readings for areas that are reported to it. Your readings will vary. Official news sources will have radiation readings for your area.

    For immediate updates, go to www.defconwarningsystem.com. Breaking news and important information can be found on the DEFCON Warning System message board and on the DEFCON Twitter feed DEFCONWS. You may also subscribe to the YouTube channel DefconWarningSystem and the DEFCON Warning System mailing list. Note that Twitter and YouTube updates may be subject to delays. The next scheduled update is 6 P.M. Pacific Time, October 20th, 2016. Additional updates will be made as the situation warrants, with more frequent updates at higher alert levels.

    This concludes this broadcast of the DEFCON Warning System.

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    Re: US Is Now At DEFCON 3

    yes, Putin is flat out like Trump. The world he lives in his own and self-aggrandizement is all that matters. What a stupid, sick bastard. I would put him in the rare category along with Dick Cheney of human beings that should be put down. Putin only lacks Cheney's Reptilian teeth.

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    Re: US Is Now At DEFCON 3

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Bomm View Post
    yes, Putin is flat out like Trump. The world he lives in his own and self-aggrandizement is all that matters. What a stupid, sick bastard.
    Sounds like past US presidents, and a general view from many around the world towards the US and it's attitude.

    and personally, I don't see any similarity, between Putin and Trump.

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    Putin, Trump, and Dubya...The Bobsey Triplets. Putin is much smarter but he's just as callous in that he sees people as pawns to be manipulated and when used up discarded. It's a very deep sickness and honestly oozes from them. Dubya and Trump are similarly dumb as boxes of rocks.

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    Re: US Is Now At DEFCON 3

    This mornings article:

    The Obama administration is threatening to launch a vast cyber war against Russia in response to the country’s alleged interference with the presidential election.

    Vice President Joe Biden told NBC News Friday that “we’re sending a message” to Russian President Vladimir Putin and that the wideranging “clandestine” cyber operation will take place, The New York Post reports.

    “We’re sending a message,” Biden said during an interview with Meet the Press that will air on Sunday.

    “We have the capacity to do it. It will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact,” he said.

    The vice president belittled Russia’s alleged interference in the US election but stressed their efforts, however futile, would be responded in kind.

    “Their capacity to fundamentally alter the election is not what people think,” Biden said.

    “And I tell you what, to the extent that they do we will be proportional in what we do.”

    It was not clear whether the American public would be alerted when or if an attack actually took place. When asked about whether the public would even be aware an attack took place Biden simply said “Hope not.”

    Intelligence officials told NBC News that CIA has already begun “opening cyber doors, selecting targets and making other preparations for an operation.”

    James Stavridis, a retired four-star Navy admiral who served as the supreme allied commander at NATO, told NBC that the CIA should “embarrass” the Kremlin by exposing financial dealings of Putin and his cronies.

    “It’s well known that there’s great deal of offshore money moved outside of Russia from oligarchs,” Stavridis said. “It would be very embarrassing if that was revealed, and that would be a proportional response to what we’ve seen” in the recent hacks into US political figures and committees.


    The US publicly blamed Russia last week for the recent cyberattacks against Democratic Party organisations.
    “These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process,” the Office of Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security said in a joint statement last Friday. “We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorised these activities.”
    The talk of an impending cyber war between the two countries takes place while the powers struggle to collaborate in the war against ISIS and inside Syria.

    The ultimate decision on whether to launch to cyber attack would rest with President Obama, officials said. Sources told NBC News that there are diverging view within the administration about how to proceed.

    “I think unless we stand up to this kind of cyber attack from Russia, we’ll only see more and more of it in the future,” Admiral Stavridis said.

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    Re: US Is Now At DEFCON 3

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Bomm View Post
    Putin is much smarter but he's just as callous in that he sees people as pawns to be manipulated and when used up discarded. It's a very deep sickness and honestly oozes from them. Dubya and Trump are similarly dumb as boxes of rocks.
    In recent years, Bush senior and Bush Junior, and both administrations, along with the democrats have done exactly that as quoted above.

    Lied, manipulated and then discarded the young minds of their own Men and woman, to invade other countries for the explicit reason of gaining resource control while decimating these countries and it's people.

    To then line their own pockets with deceptive practices in the 'contracts' rebuild and logistics of said countries.

    As common folk, we need to always stay vigilant in understanding there are no good guys in this equation...
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    Re: US Is Now At DEFCON 3

    Quote Originally Posted by Ross View Post
    James Stavridis, a retired four-star Navy admiral who served as the supreme allied commander at NATO, told NBC that the CIA should “embarrass” the Kremlin by exposing financial dealings of Putin and his cronies.
    And therein lies the advantage of the psychopath. Putin's ego will absolutely not let him get faced down to the point that he will either cause an ongoing conflict involving various mechanisms or precipitate a nuclear conflagration. He may or may not care, but the final decision may depend on whether or not he thinks he personally could survive it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross View Post
    Lied, manipulated and then discarded the young minds of Men and woman, to invade other countries for the explicit reason of gaining resource control while decimating these countries and it's people.
    no doubt, much of that is true. I still believe there are those that are able to separate their sense of power and the higher morality though in the best of circumstances the lines will blur.

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    Article out of Australia this morning:

    TURKEY has this morning warned the conflict in Syria will be the flashpoint for World War III as global superpowers back opposing sides.

    “If this proxy war continues, after this, let me be clear, America and Russia will come to a point of war,” Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told Anadolu news agency.

    Doomsayers have been predicting an all-out nuclear war since the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in August 1945. While the two giants became locked in the Cold War, seven other countries became nuclear: Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea.

    According to the Federation of American scientists, there are 15,350 nuclear warheads in the world in 2016, more than 90 per cent of which belong to Russia and the US.

    If humanity does descend into another global war, there are a number of tricks that could maximise your chance of survival.

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    Red countries are nuclear, orange host weapons, and yellow are in nuclear alliances.

    STAY SOUTH

    Since all of the world’s nuclear powers are in the northern hemisphere, stay south of the equator.

    Countries like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina are temperate with plenty of space to grow food, and since they’re well out of the way you’re unlikely to be targeted.

    If you choose to stay at home, Australia, it’s probably best to avoid Alice Springs, due to America’s top secret facility at Pine Gap.


    According to the classic post-apocalyptic fiction On The Beach by Nevil Shute, Melbourne is an excellent bet.

    The plot suggests that if nuclear war breaks out in the northern hemisphere, the Victorian capital is likely to be one of the last places the radiation cloud reaches.

    If war spreads, you could always go further south to Antarctica. It will be chilly, but with adequate supplies and shelter you could survive several months.

    SURVIVING THE BLAST

    A United States government paper from 2010 says people at ground zero have no chance. If you’re a few kilometres away, you’ll see a bright flash in the distance and the shockwave will hit you within seconds. Keep your mouth open so your eardrums don’t burst, and start running: you’ll have about 10 to 15 minutes to escape the radiation, reportsThe Sun. If you know where to find a bunker, get into it as fast as you can.

    ESCAPING THE FALLOUT

    “We have more than enough nuclear weapons to destroy the world many times over,” Hillary Clinton said as US Secretary of State in 2010.

    However, no-one knows if that means wiping out life, or destroying the Earth altogether. Some scientists predict the tremendous amounts of smoke from repeated atomic detonations would eventually block out the sun, causing a nuclear winter, in which case the only way to survive will be to go underground.

    A number of millionaires are already building bunkers, like the Atlas Missile Silo in Kansas, which can keep 70 people alive for five years with a hydroponic vegetable garden, enormous water tank, generator, and wind turbine.

    However, considering the Bikini Atoll is still unlivable more than 60 years after America’s nuclear tests, they might need a new strategy.

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    APOCALYPSE

    While World War III might be inevitable, a nuclear apocalypse is extremely unlikely as no-one wants to be responsible for the first strike. And, while you might want to avoid the warring countries, you could probably survive by eating fish under the northern lights in Iceland, making the most of Switzerland’s neutrality by holing up in a mountain chalet, hunting animals in remote parts of Canada, or setting up a self-sufficient farm at home.

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    Re: US Is Now At DEFCON 3

    Russia and China are budding up, more so than ever, economically and militarily. Russia is also, albeit under the radar, eyeing up the Ukraine again, though they really haven't stopped. Ukraine for Russia, is a primary concern for several reason, but under the radar is the fertile agricultural hub that Ukraine offers.

    If we look at history, when it comes to war, food is the number one commodity outside of the obvious accesses one needs when engage in war.

    Iran and Russia, along with China are allies and now Turkey is playing along the edge with the west, and are not the western Allie that it once was.

    So much is going on while the US election is happening, and in disarray if one is being fair. The Eastern allies are taking full advantage of this.

    An article released today is another chess move from Russia...

    Article:

    President Putin sends carrier battlegroup to Syria as spy ship surveys internet cables:

    MOSCOW is sending a major aircraft carrier battlegroup to conduct strike operations in Syria as one of its spy ships appears to survey underwater internet cables in the troubled region.

    Meanwhile the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, Russia’s only remaining aircraft carrier, is currently conducting live-fire exercises with its escort vessels in the waters between Scotland and Norway as it makes its way towards the English Channel and the Mediterranean after leaving its Arctic-circle base late last week.

    It is expected to remain on-station off Syria for four-to-five months.

    Ahead of its arrival, the Russian oceanographic research vessel Yanatar was recently observed passing out of the Black Sea through the narrow Bosphorus Strait. It has since been tracked lingering above major undersea internet cables between Cyprus and Syria in the same waters the carrier battle group is expected to take-up position in later this month.

    Meanwhile, Norway’s frigate the Fridtjof Nansen and P-3 Orion aircraft are observing the Russian fleet as it makes its way south. The 55,000 ton aircraft carrier is being escorted by the large battlecruiser Peter the Great and five other warships.

    Russia has notified Norwegian authorities that its fleet intends to conduct three days of live-fire testing of its weaponry from later today, warning all vessels and aircraft not to approach a designated sector of international waters in the Norwegian Sea
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    Commander Daniel Thomassen, Commanding Officer of the frigate, has told Norwegian media he has so far observed the Russians conducting anti-aircraft exercises and flying-off advanced Su-33 strike fighters from the carrier’s deck.

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    The aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and the battlecruiser Peter the Great pictured off Norway earlier this week.

    GUNBOAT DIPLOMACY
    Military analysts say Russia has no practical need to send the aircraft carrier or cruise-missile armed battlecruiser to Syria to support strike operations there. Syria’s President Assad has already signed-over long-term leases for several large air bases to Moscow.

    But the mere disruptive presence of the warships gives Putin the opportunity for some significant political posturing. The impressions generated by of its size and composition alone rivals that of the US Sixth Fleet which is assigned to the region.

    “This is a task group which contains two of the most powerful surface warships in the world,” says Kingston University historian and Russian navy observer Dr Alex Clarke.

    “The question is though, why deploy all this firepower now? What’s more with a Chinese frigate in the eastern Mediterranean, will that join up with the task group?”

    Dr Clarke says such a move would be a demonstration of shifts in the balance of world military power, particularly coming so close on the heels of major joint Russian-Chinese exercises in the disputed South China Sea.

    The first such opportunity for posturing will come later this week when the fleet is expected to fly its aircraft while close to UK and French airspace while passing Britain on their way to the Bay of Biscay and the Straits of Gibraltar.

    Britain’s Royal Navy is scrambling to assemble sufficient ships and surveillance aircraft to meet and observe the Russian ships as they pass.

    But the message is much bigger than that, Dr Clarke says: “They also know that the more stretched western forces are, the more likely they are to get to do what they like.

    “President Putin and Xi are laying down markers for the incoming US President; and they are doing so while Barack Obama is still in charge, because they believe he just won’t do anything about it.”

    Dr Clarke says the timing also coincides with the pending fall of the Islamic State city of Mosul in Iraq, and the consequent shift in focus towards Syria.

    “The war against Daesh will be moving into Syria, more focus will be on there — just as it is, there were will a large Russian led task force off its Mediterranean coast. This is going to shift the balance of power within the area, even more in favour of Assad; simply because it will complicate the task for other nations wishing to support their own allies within the conflict.”

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    INTERNET ESPIONAGE?
    Author and military analyst H.I. Sutton is one of several observers who have noted the unusual activity of a suspected Russian survey ship, the Yantar, in waters between Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey in recent weeks.

    It’s reported positions have been coinciding with the tracks of three major undersea fibre-optic cables. Mr Sutton’s blog suggests the extremely slow speed and frequent stopping of the ship suggest it could be deploying a submersible to the sea floor.

    Dr Clarke says there is another possible explanation for the ship’s presence: “Even if it is just conducting a hydrographic survey, this could be an advantage for Russian submarines operating in the area, up to date knowledge of the sea bed and currents can help with their ability to avoid detection.”

    But this is not the first time fears have been raised about Russian intentions to disrupt the world’s internet traffic.
    Pentagon officials last year noted a number of Russian submarines and warships had been lingering in parts of the Atlantic Ocean containing arterial undersea fibre-optic cables.

    If these cables were to be cut in such remote locations, it could take weeks — or even months — to repair them.
    This could lead to enormous international economic and government disruption, Dr Alexey Muraviev from Curtin University told news.com.au.

    He said Russia had small covert submarines that gave them the capacity to damage such cables, or attach equipment to tap into their data streams.

    Kusnetsov and its escorts are expected to join up to 10 Russian warships already off the coast of Syria before the end of the month. The aircraft carrier is believed to be carrying updated MiG-29K and Su-33 combat aircraft, as well as Ka-52K attack helicopters. The ship is believed to have a capacity of between 40-50 aircraft.

    Along with the battlecruiser Peter the Great, two large anti-submarine destroyers will be accompanying the fleet. Russian media suggests ‘several’ submarines will also join the formation.

    “Now their tech is not the same level as the West at the moment, but that doesn’t make it necessarily bad — in fact it has some advantages, and the Russians also often pack more in. So when all that is combined these ships have to be treated with a great level of respect,” Dr Clarke says.

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