WATCH The Navy’s Revolutionary New Game-Changing Weapon That Has Just Been Okayed For Duty

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It’s not exactly the “Star Wars” weapon system that President Ronald Reagan proposed in 1983 — to much ridicule from his political adversaries — but it is built around a laser and it does reportedly deliver “near-instantaneous lethality.”

CNN reports that the U.S. Navy says its new laser weapon system — dubbed LaWS — has performed flawlessly during tests in the Arabian Gulf from September to November. And based on those outstanding test results, the commander of the ship that carries LaWS is authorized to use it if necessary.

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According to a statement from the Office of Naval Research, the laser could be used to stop threats ranging from drones and helicopters to small attack boats.

Via theblaze.com:

“Laser weapons are powerful, affordable and will play a vital role in the future of naval combat operations,” said Rear Adm. Matthew L. Klunder, chief of naval research.

“We ran this particular weapon, a prototype, through some extremely tough paces, and it locked on and destroyed the targets we designated with near-instantaneous lethality.”

An article on time.com says the Navy spent about $40 million developing LaWS, but boasts that it is extremely economical to operate.

Such weapons are safer than traditional shells and missiles, which are crammed with explosives and propellant.

They’re considerably cheaper, too: the energy required to fire the Ponce’s laser costs 59 cents a shot, compared to a shell or missile, which can cost $1 million or more.

By clicking on the video above, you can watch a short film from the Navy showing its new laser weapon system in action.

 

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Bombshell Report Confirms Released Gitmo Prisoners Return To Terrorism

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Within hours of taking his oath of office in 2009, President Obama promised to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility housing captured terrorists and terror suspects. Obama has not been able to fulfill that promise.

But while he hasn’t closed Gitmo, Obama has opened doors to a number of detention cells there, allowing terror fighters to go back to the Middle East. And now, to paraphrase the infamous words of Jeremiah Wright, those angry chickens are coming home to roost.

Fox News is now reporting that a number of the released Gitmo detainees are suspected of returning to the battlefield, joining forces with and fighting for ISIS and other terrorist organizations in Syria…this on Obama’s watch.

As many as 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees released within the last two to three years are suspected by intelligence and Defense officials of having joined forces with the Islamic State and other militant groups inside Syria, Fox News has learned.

The development has cemented fears that the U.S. military would once again encounter militants taken off the battlefield.

Defense officials also tell Fox News that some former Gitmo prisoners don’t take up arms per se, but support the Islamic State in other important ways.

A number of former detainees also have chosen to help these groups from outside the country, financing operations and supporting their propaganda campaigns.

The Washington Post recently reported that authorities were investigating whether the ISIS terrorist seen beheading American journalist James Foley may himself have been a former Gitmo detainee.

A European intelligence official said the British government was examining the video, and the speech of the purported executioner, to compare it with former Guantanamo Bay prisoners and other British residents believed to have joined the Islamic State.

Both prisoners in the video are wearing orange shirts and pants, similar to orange jumpsuits worn by detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The latest figures compiled from Defense Department and other sources put the number of detainees still in Gitmo at around 150.

 

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Exposed: A Pentagon Official Just Turned Against Obama And Revealed His Brazen Lies

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A senior Department of Defense official says President Obama and his administration are giving the public inaccurate information about his foreign policy strategy, particularly with regards to Iraq.

Joseph Miller, the pseudonym for a ranking Department of Defense official who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, wrote in The Daily Caller Tuesday, partially in reaction to a statement released by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest which said that the decision for American military forces to leave Iraq “was predicated on the will of the Iraqi security forces to fight for their country.”

Miller said this was “not true.”

“In 2010, General Lloyd Austin, then-commander of the United States Forces in Iraq, directly informed the president that over 20,000 U.S. troops would be required to maintain the gains made by U.S. forces against al-Qaeda and its affiliates, and to mentor the fledgling Iraqi security forces- because he knew they were not ready to go out on their own.

“But in order for Austin’s plan to work, the United States would have to negotiate and sign a security agreement with the government of Iraq to give the U.S. legal authority to keep U.S. military forces in that country beyond December 2010.

“The White House claims they were forced to withdraw because then-Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refused to grant U.S. forces serving in Iraq post 2010 immunity from Iraqi prosecution–a prerequisite for the presence of U.S. forces anywhere else in the world.”

Miller continues by noting Obama’s team did not “seriously negotiate” with the Iraqis, and chose to claim the withdrawal a political victory ahead of the 2012 election.

“Instead of investing any time in negotiating the agreement, the Obama Administration used the Maliki regime’s refusal to grant immunity as a political out for withdrawing all U.S. combat forces from Iraq by the end of 2010.

“That saw the immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces and the end of Operation New Dawn, the successor to Operation Iraqi Freedom. It also saw the rise of ISIS, and brings us to where we are today.”

Miller also referenced President Obama’s blaming of the intelligence community for underestimating The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during an interview aired Sunday on 60 minutes, when the President said “they underestimated” rather than ‘we underestimated.’

“But we know that isn’t true, as nearly a dozen administration officials have testified to the threat posed by ISIS publicly over the last year.”

 

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What Obama’s ‘Progressive’ DoD Just Did Could Radically Change America’s Military Forever

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Not a citizen? Not a problem. No green card? No worries. The Obama administration has changed the rules so that even if you’re in this country illegally — if you’re an “undocumented” immigrant, as they say — you may be able to join up and put on the uniform of the U.S. armed services.

But what about that military oath of allegiance to the United States…which isn’t your country?

Via USA Today:

A small number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. will have an opportunity to join the military for the first time in decades under a new Department of Defense policy unveiled Thursday.

The new rules will expand an existing program allowing recruiters to target foreign nationals with high-demand skills, mostly rare foreign language expertise or specialized health care training.

The new military policy of accepting non-citizens, says the USA Today report, may come from President Obama’s determination to use executive orders to change the country’s immigration laws without congressional action. In other words, a defiant Obama may be using his presidential pen as he has often threatened to do.

The new Pentagon policy may be the first phase of a broader government-wide effort to ease pressure on immigrants and create new paths to citizenship. President Barack Obama, frustrated with the failure of Congress to pass any substantial immigration reform, has vowed to aggressively use his presidential authority to change the way immigration policies are carried out.

The Military Times has further details of the groundbreaking Defense Department policy unveiled Thursday:

On average, the military recruits about 5,000 noncitizens each year, nearly all of them permanent U.S. residents, or so-called “green card” holders. Starting in 2006, DoD began accepting some foreigners with nonpermanent visas, such as students or tourists, if they had special skills that are highly valued.

There’s no reported clarification from the DoD as to the potential conflict that arises when an “undocumented” immigrant — a non-citizen of the United States — takes the required military oath of allegiance to a country in which that person does not hold citizenship. Here’s the oath:

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

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Video: Armored America…Security Or Police State?





Law enforcement agencies across the country are scrambling to get free armored vehicles that once protected soldiers from terrorists overseas. What in the world is going on here? Norvell Rose reports…