Breaking: Pentagon Reveals ‘Live Anthrax’ Was Shipped Across These 9 States

The Pentagon revealed on Wednesday that live anthrax was sent from Utah to as many as nine states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is in the process of retrieving the samples, which a Pentagon spoksman said were shipped by accident.

Fox News reports that four people in three companies are being treated for “post-exposure” and being prescribed prophylaxis.

The material in question was prepared at Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah and sent to the Defense Department and commercial labs in nine states. Some of those labs sent the anthrax to other locations.

The samples were only supposed to contain dead anthrax spores; however, a lab in Maryland, after testing the material, believed it to be live and contacted the CDC on Friday. The CDC confirmed the sample was live and will test the samples shipped to other locations.

A Pentagon spokesman said: “There is no known risk to the general public, and there are no suspected or confirmed cases of anthrax infection in potentially exposed lab workers.”

He added that the reason the lab created anthrax was to develop better testing methods for detecting the biological agent in the field.

The states that received the shipments are: Texas, Maryland, Wisconsin, Delaware, New Jersey, Tennessee, New York, California and Virginia.

According to ABC News, a Defense Department official believes that all samples have now been secured.

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‘Dystopia’ DHS Wargame For Jade Helm In Texas?

Wargaming has been a tool for military planners throughout recorded history; and for decades, militaries have used computer technology to make simulated exercises more complex and fruitful.  More recently, the US Department of Homeland Security developed their own wargames with help from the Department of Defense.

One of these tools, first released in 2009, is called Dystopia: Where Bad Things Happen. The toolset is a “…collection of geospecific and meta data…” including a detailed map, which functions like Google Earth, and a Wiki-type encyclopedia called Dystopedia.

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Dystopia gives the DHS Center for Homeland Defense and Security the means to practice real-world actions with a wide range of information, including in-depth intelligence about private individuals and organizations such as churches and Boys and Girls Clubs.

The overview states that Dystopia “…is continually being developed and extended with people and places…”–although from December of 2014 until this week, the only noticeable change has been the addition of cemeteries.

The overview also states that Dystopia is a purely fictional world, comprised of several small communities as well as two large urban areas “…separated by a regional boundary that can serve a county line, state line or national border, depending on the requirements of the scenario.”

However, the territory on one side of this supposedly generic boundary is labeled Mexico; and with that information, it becomes clear that the other side is almost certainly Texas.

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For instance, the two major urban areas, separated by a border, are called Diablo Valley and Nuevo Diablo; which could represent the two major cities of the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Nuevo Laredo.

The Texas side of the map also has a major port city. This city has a U.S. Coast Guard station and several embassies, and every oil pipeline on the map leads to the refineries found there.  It takes no stretch of the imagination to see this as Houston. The coastline also has geographically significant barrier islands, just as Texas does.

The US side of the map is incredibly more detailed than the Mexican side, which has few strategically important features aside from power plants and a military base. However, on the other side of the border, one can spend hours sifting through categorized layers of information.

In addition to utilities, zoning districts, and transportation routes, the locations of apartment complexes and civic organizations are also pinpointed. Even organizations that seem unrelated to DHS functions are marked, such as the local chapter of the Hell’s Angels, the West Side Chess Club.

Of course, no domestic training scenario would be complete without a contingent of white supremacists; and in Dystopia, the supremacists have a rural compound, which the DHS classifies as a “house of worship”.

By itself, the Dystopia tool raises many questions, especially given the failure of the DHS to control our southern border. Yet taken in context with the upcoming Jade Helm exercise, the plans for which pre-date 2013, Texans should demand answers from the DHS.

How long have they been training for dystopia in Texas? What scenarios are they preparing for, and what plans do they intend to execute?

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House Won’t Allow ‘Dreamers’ To Enlist In Military

The House rejected a provision Thursday that would have allowed illegal immigrant “Dreamers” to enlist in the military.

The lower chamber voted 221 to 202 to not add the Dreamer language in a comprehensive defense spending bill. All of the ‘no’ votes came from the GOP, though 20 Republicans crossed the aisle to vote for the measure, The Washington Times reported.

“It makes no sense to me that, at the same time the Army is downsizing and issuing pink slips to American soldiers serving in Afghanistan, there are Congressmen who seek to help illegal aliens deprive American citizens and lawful immigrants of military service opportunities,” Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said in a statement after the vote. Brooks led the charge against against the language:

I’m pleased the House chose to stand up for American citizens and protect the Constitutional duty of Congress to set immigration law.

Today’s vote was the fourth rejection of the President’s unconstitutional DACA program, with Republicans overwhelmingly standing up for the will of the American people and the citizens and lawful immigrants who want to serve our country.

The language was presented by Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., a former Marine who served in Iraq. While he acknowledged the measure had little chance of clearing the Republican-controlled House, he attacked his opponents in a press release Thursday:

DREAMers are talented and patriotic; they are Americans in every way except on paper, and our country would benefit from having them as part of our Armed Forces.

The strength of our military isn’t just measured by the size of our arsenal or by the sophistication of our weapons but by the quality of our people. I would have been proud to serve beside these young men and women.

“This is yet another example of an anti-immigrant attitude on the part of House Republicans,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi,” D-Calif. The $612 billion defense bill was approved 269 to 151 Friday. The Hill breaks down the details of the bill:

The bill keeps ceilings on defense spending in place under the 2011 budget deal that introduced sequestration spending limits, but would increase funding to the Pentagon’s war fund.

The legislation authorizes roughly $523 billion in base Defense Department spending. Another $90 billion is included in the war fund, formally known as the Overseas Contingency Operations fund.

It includes $38 billion more for the war fund than had been requested by the White House. The extra spending is not offset by spending cuts or tax hikes.

The White House also opposes language in the bill meant to prevent the closing of Guantanamo Bay.

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Report: Deputy ISIS Leader Killed

The Iraqi government announced Wednesday that the deputy leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was killed in a U.S.-led coalition airstrike Wednesday.

NBC News reported Wednesday that Iraq’s Ministry of Defense showed a video of an airstrike it claims killed Abu Alaa al-Afri while he was having a meeting at a mosque in the northern province of Tal Afar. The strikes were reportedly conducted on May 4.

A statement by the Iraqi military also said an “unknown number” of ISIS militants were also killed.

U.S. Central Command did not have any information confirming al-Afri’s death, and refuted any suggestions that coalition forces struck a mosque. CENTCOM released a statement to that effect Wednesday:

We are aware of media reports that the second-in-command of ISIL has been killed in a Coalition airstrike in Tal Afar and have no information to corroborate these claims. However, we can confirm that Coalition aircraft did not strike a mosque as some of the press reporting has alleged.

“We have significant mitigation measures in place within the targeting process and during the conduct of operations to reduce the potential risks of collateral damage and civilian casualties,” the statement also said.

Last week, coalition forces struck 18 targets in Tal Afar, Sinjar, Mosul, Fallujah, Beiji, and Huwayjah in Iraq, and Hasakah in Syria. Those strikes knocked out key ISIS fighting strongholds.

The mission was part of Operation Inherent Resolve which, according to the Defense Department, aims “to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community.”

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Report: Defense Department Employees Used Charge Cards For Gambling, Escort Services

A recently performed audit discovered Defense Department employees used government issued credit cards to both gamble and pay for “adult entertainment.”

Politico reported Wednesday that a soon-to-be-released audit of “Government Travel Charge Transactions” by the Department of Defense Inspector General says civilian and military employees used the credit cards at casinos and for escort services in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City:

A Pentagon official briefed on some of the findings stressed that the federal government did not necessarily pay the charges; holders of the cards pay their own bills and then submit receipts to be reimbursed for expenses related to their government business.

The official said that the employees may have used the government cards for gambling and escort services in order to shield the charges from spouses.

This audit comes three years after the passage of the “Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act,” sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. The law is designed to provide oversight for government issued charge cards in the cases of shopping, gambling, and other instances.

“I’m interested to see the report and find out more about what’s being done, right and wrong, at the Defense Department to prevent abuse,” Grassley said in a statement Thursday. “What I hope is that my reforms that became law have been implemented well and that agencies and auditors are using the reforms to catch problems.”

He continued:

The law requires periodic audits by inspectors general, like this one, specifically to keep on top of charge card abuse and hold agencies accountable for implementing the required internal controls. If everything is implemented as intended, we’ll stop a lot of purchase card and travel card abuse.

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