If Nuke Talks With Iran Fail, This ‘Mind-Boggling’ New Weapon In US Arsenal Is Ready To Punish

Even as the Obama administration enters the final phase of nuclear talks with Iran — hoping to have an agreement by month’s end — the U.S. military is not waiting around to see if those negotiations will succeed in halting Tehran’s nuclear weapons program.

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, continues to come out with a series of defiant statements that chip away at supposedly agreed upon conditions for a comprehensive nuclear deal. And Secretary of State John Kerry — who has been one of the biggest advocates for some sort of accord, the terms of which seem to keep changing with every passing day — has just warned the U.S. is willing to walk away from the negotiating table.

And, assuming that the parties can come to some sort of an agreement, there’s the rather important matter of compliance. Iran has proven over the years that it isn’t particularly trustworthy; it may, of course, agree to put an end to its nuclear weapons program and then continue developing the bomb in heavily fortified underground facilities.

So, in the event the U.S. military needs to take action to stop Tehran’s nuke ambitions, one of the world’s largest non-nuclear bombs is reportedly being put through its final paces in the New Mexican desert. Some 20 feet long and weighing in at 15 tons, this Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or MOP, could be the powerful punisher that lets Iran know America means business.

As Politico reveals in a lengthy investigative piece on the MOP, this highly advanced weapon is a formidable big brother to the so-called “bunker buster” weapons the U.S. has used in Middle Eastern conflicts to penetrate and destroy underground targets.

Of the recent tests, Politico writes: “When dropped from an altitude likely above 20,000 feet, the bomb would have approached supersonic speed before striking a mock target in the desert, smashing through rock and burrowing deep into the ground before its 6,000 pounds of high explosives detonated with devastating force.”

The Politico piece quotes a former Pentagon official who has seen video of the tests at New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Range: “It boggles the mind.” That video has not been made public, but a photo of one iteration of the weapon — officially known as BLU-109 — has been released by its maker, Boeing.

Image Credit: Boeing

Image Credit: Boeing

According to sources in the Air Force, as reported by Business Insider, the only aircraft currently capable of carrying the 15-ton MOP and dropping the GPS-guided bomb on its target is the B-2 stealth bomber, the key component of the nation’s long-range strike arsenal.

Image Credit: Wiki Commons

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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Wrong Flag, Wrong Issues Evidence Christian Hypocrisy In Charleston

In no way am I disregarding, demeaning, or belittling the death of the nine people murdered in a church in Charleston, S.C. Their lives are not insignificant. And grief, sorrow, anger, and desire for justice are all right and healthy responses. But the response to these murders makes obvious two alarming realities about American Christians.

It’s astounding and disturbing to observe selective displays of public grief and prayer in America. What does it take to be publicly mourned by Christians—to be shot in church?

When and where was Christian “solidarity” displayed over Memorial Day weekend after 56 people were shot in Chicago, of whom 12 died including a 4-year-old girl and three teenagers? Where was the public display of Christian prayer and hand-wringing after 23 people in New York City and 28 in Baltimore were shot, including 9 killed, over the same weekend?

The concern many express is that such public displays of “solidarity” for the 9 killed in a church comes across as Pharisaical no matter how well-intentioned such prayers may be. The Pharisees loved to pray publicly but did little to nothing to recognize their direct responsibility for others’ suffering, most of which was preventable.

For everyone who travels to Charleston to pray, drive north a few hours to visit Holy Islamville. South Carolina and New York are the only two states that boast Shari’a compliant towns.

For politicians and concerned citizens, the flag that Nikki Haley and every liberal and conservative American should be most concerned about is not red, white, and blue; it’s black. Yet most South Carolinians claim complete ignorance of the reality that Shari’a law freely exists in their state (at least Rep. Chip Limehouse is trying to outlaw it), which causes far greater suffering than the murder of nine people.

Google these three pastors to understand what Shari’a law means for Saeed Abedini in Iran, Umar Mulinde in Uganda, and James McConnell in Northern Ireland. These men are just a few to “pray for,” have moments of silence for, and march in unison for, and then forget about when it’s time to dash off to little league or quote German pastor Dietrich Bonheoffer in Sunday School.

Earth to Nikki Haley and South Carolinians: murder isn’t caused by the Confederate flag or by street signs. But in the name of Allah, the Qur’an requires everyone who rejects Shari’a law to be murdered. Why the silence about a Shari’a compliant town existing in South Carolina?

The foremost problem in America is the willful ignorance and apathy of American Christians who refuse to acknowledge that the blood of millions of Christians—worldwide—is on their hands. Christians willfully ignore the reality that the politicians they vote for and continue to support—including Senators Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and many others (even Common Core supporter Jeb Bush) are “besties” with Qatar Islamists deliberately funding and killing Christians.

Lindsey Graham’s financial connection to Qatar is no secret. Nor is his advocacy to fund and train “moderate rebels” who deliberately behead Christians (as Muhammad did) and kidnap and sell girls under nine years old at sex slave bazaars. It’s public knowledge that the American government orchestrated and has funded Iran’s nuclear weapons program since 1953; yet Christians remain silent about the politicians they endorse who continue to violate Article III of the U.S. Constitution.

Christians continue to endorse politicians who have sent $12 billion to Iran over the last few months, and 75 percent of foreign aid goes to countries that commit genocide against Jews and Christians and violate women’s and girls’ human rights.

There is nothing wrong with prayer. But the sacrilegious publicly pray, wringing their hands, selectively grieving over a few deaths when they claim ignorance about the millions of deaths and incalculable human suffering for which they are directly responsible. Do Christians seriously believe traveling to Washington, D.C. to eat Eggs Benedict at national prayer breakfasts or publicly praying in Charleston, S.C., will free imprisoned American Christians and U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati (whom the Iranian government continues to torture)?

American Christians can idealize and quote Bonhoeffer all they want. But doing so while blaming the wrong flag, claiming ignorance about Islamville, and praying publicly about the murder of nine people only evidences willful hypocrisy.

The Germans of Goth and Ohrduf made the same excuses. And as he did in 1944, General George Patton would undoubtedly publicly vomit today for the same reasons. Christians, more than anyone else, are without excuse for the atrocities they fund, then deny, and then do nothing about.

Patton didn’t just fold his hands and close his eyes to appeal to heaven in the face of violence and blatant injustice. He didn’t focus on the wrong flag or street signs. Patton got up off of his knees, opened his eyes, and fought to liberate the oppressed.

This column was originally published in Townhall.

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Democrats And GOP Rebels Save The Day On Obamatrade

After the Republican-controlled Senate foolishly passed the so-called “Obamatrade” bill, the House leadership (John Boehner, Steve Scalise, Paul Ryan, et al.) worked their tails off to pass the bill. But a majority of Democrats and liberty-minded Republicans (small in number) rallied in opposition to the bill and voted it down. HOORAY! In this case, it was mostly Democrats who saved the day!

I have been saying for years that people who think the Republican establishment is a friend to liberty are extremely naïve. On issues regarding so-called “free trade” (it’s NOT free trade; it’s globalism masquerading as free trade), the Warfare State, deficit spending, globalism, and civil liberties, the Republican Party in Washington, D.C., is FAR WORSE than the Democrat Party. In general terms, the Democrat Party is worse on issues that deal with gun control, welfare, abortion, gay marriage, and extremist environmentalist policies. As one should easily be able to see, there is no “lesser of two evils” between these two parties. Each party is a greater evil, depending on the issue. And taken as a whole, both parties in Washington, D.C., are selling our liberties down the river.

But this so-called Obamatrade bill is a nightmare. If you thought NAFTA and GATT are bad (and they are), Obamatrade (TPP) is far worse. Even worse is that congressional leaders will not allow the public to know what’s in the bill. Heck, most of the congressmen and senators who are voting on the bill don’t know what’s in it.

Matt Drudge paraphrases Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) angrily growling at reporters: “You will read it after we pass it.” What a pompous, arrogant blockhead Mr. Ryan is. Obviously, he has been in Congress too long.

One of the senators who did read the bill is Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama). And he is doing his best to warn the American people about just how horrific this bill really is. Breitbart.com recently interviewed one of Senator Sessions’ staff leaders regarding the impact of passing TPP.

“Stephen Miller, one of the staff leaders for Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), joined Breitbart News Sunday and was asked by Breitbart’s Executive Chairman and host, Stephen K. Bannon: ‘Isn’t the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) really a global governance deal, rather than a trade agreement? Is this a way to get the United States into a Pacific Union, as Senator Sessions lays out, that is very much like the European Union?’

“‘That’s exactly what is happening here,’ said Miller. ‘The Pacific Union that Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) refers to is the new transnational governance body that would be created by the Transpacific Partnership.’

“‘What this means,’ explained Miller, ‘is the house and the senate together would be authorizing the president to enter the United States into a new trans-national union.’

“The Union would consist at first of twelve countries, but additional countries could join and be added over time. ‘It could issue regulations about labor policy, about immigration policy, about environmental policies, and many other areas impacting American life, American jobs, and American wages.’

“Also appearing on the program, which airs on Sirius XM, Patriot Radio, channel 125, was Lord Christopher Monckton. Monckton, who served as a policy advisor for former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, argues that a Trans Pacific Union would bear a significant resemblance to the European Union, which Monckton insists is a serious detriment to democracy and leads to dictatorship.”

“As a result, Miller added, ‘the president can enter into an unlimited number of large sweeping international agreements. And, congress can’t filibuster them, at any point, for the next six full years.’

“Monckton retorted, ‘We’ve used this word before on this program–dictatorship. This is dictatorship.’”

See the report here:

TPP Enters USA Into A ‘New Trans-National Union’

The Obamatrade bill was proffered in two roll call votes. According to the rules established by House leaders, BOTH bills had to pass in order for “fast track” trade authority to be granted to President Obama. Boehner did this because he knew it would fail in one vote, as it was widely opposed by both Republican freedomists (a small group but enough to help defeat the bill) and liberal Democrats (liberals are not wrong on every issue). He was hoping he could muster enough support from both groups by separating the votes. His plan backfired. The first bill failed by a wide margin; so even though the second bill passed (barely), it was a moot point. The way to find the Republican rebels (America-first constitutionalists) is to look at the ones who voted against Obamatrade on BOTH votes. Here are those 37 brave Republican House members:

Justin Amash (MI); Dave Brat (VA); James Bridenstine (OK); Mo Brooks (AL); Ken Buck (CO); Michael Burgess (TX); Curt Clawson (FL); Doug Collins (GA); Chris Collins (NY); Paul Cook (CA); Jeff Duncan (SC); John J. Duncan (TN); Morgan Griffith (VA); Andy Harris (MD); Duncan Hunter (CA); Lynn Jenkins (KS); Walter Jones (NC); Jim Jordan (OH); David Joyce (OH); Raul Labrador (ID); Frank LoBiondo (NJ); Richard Nugent (FL); Gary Palmer (AL); Steve Pearce (NM); Scott Perry (PA); Bruce Poliquin (ME); Bill Posey (FL); Dana Rohrabacher (CA); Keith Rothfus (PA); Steve Russell (OK); Chris Smith (NJ); Daniel Webster (FL); Lynn Westmoreland (GA); Rob Wittman (VA); Ted Yoho (FL); Don Young (AK); Lee Zeldon (NY).

If you live in the district of one of these congressmen, you can be very proud of your representative.

And for those GOP House members who voted “Nay” on either vote, there is retribution from the Republican leadership. NationalJournal.com has this part of the story:

“House Republican leaders are cracking down on rebellious members after a near-disaster on a trade vote last week.

“Reps. Cynthia Lummis, Steve Pearce, and Trent Franks have been removed from the whip team after they sided with GOP rebels to vote against a rule governing debate on a trade bill, according to sources close to the team.”

“But House Majority Whip Steve Scalise had said earlier in the year that he would not tolerate members voting against rules and has already removed two other members [Jeff Duncan and Ron DeSantis] close to the conservative movement.”

See the report here:

Three Booted From GOP Whip Team As Leaders Crack Down

As for House Democrats, they held together in their opposition to TPP even when President Barack Obama personally went to Capitol Hill and lobbied them to support it. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) must be given credit on this issue, as she held fast in her opposition to TPP and encouraged Democrats to stand together in opposing it–which they did.

What is it about Democrat presidents who campaign against these so-called “free trade” deals when they are candidates and then become full-fledged supporters of the deals after being elected? Bill Clinton did the exact same thing. It just further demonstrates what I’ve been saying all along: at the highest levels of government, party affiliation, party platforms, and promises to party grassroots mean NOTHING. Powerbrokers are calling the shots; and the President (no matter the party) is too often but a pawn of these Machiavellians.

And if there is any issue that these international elites who are dominating Washington politics are doggedly determined to bring into being, it is the breakdown of national economic borders and the establishment of a global financial system.

Of course, one cannot have a global financial system without enacting a global political and military system to control and manage it. And, that, folks, is what all of these wars in the Middle East are about. It has NOTHING to do with the “war on terror.” It is all about establishing global government. The global elite are merely manipulating the West vs. Muslim façade to bring down those governments in the Middle East (Iran and Syria) that refuse to submit to the Federal Reserve’s international banking system and bring the oil-rich region of the Middle East completely under the Fed’s control.

Consider this: Saudi Arabia beheads far more people than ISIS. In fact, Saudi Arabia is one country that is indeed governed by strict Sharia Law. Yet, the United States considers the Saudis our dear friends and allies. And Christians seem totally oblivious to Saudi Arabia’s barbarism and intolerance. When is the last time you heard any pastor or Christian calling for war against Saudi Arabia?

Furthermore, independent news agencies are reporting that the United States is actually ASSISTING ISIS militarily.

Please take the time to read this report:

Anti-ISIS Coalition Forces Are The Target: US Warplanes Strike Iraqi Army Position, US Delivers Weapons To Terrorists

Folks, please turn off FOX News long enough to do some independent research. America is not at war with ISIS. America’s CIA created ISIS and continues to assist it. The U.S. government is using ISIS to attack its real target: the leaders of Iran and Syria who staunchly stand in the way of the U.S./Saudi Arabia/Israel machinations to centralize the banking systems of the Middle East. That is what the wars in the Middle East are truly about.

At this writing (Tuesday, June 16), GOP leaders and President Obama are collaborating on how to bring “fast track” trade authority back to the House floor for passage. But for now, it was House Democrats and that small number of Republican rebels who saved the day on Obamatrade.

P.S. Let me remind readers that we have just produced an hour-long DVD wherein Attorney Tim Baldwin lectures (complete with instructional slides) on the topic: “Police Contact: How To Respond.”

Tim explains your rights and the law regarding police contacts in a variety of circumstances, such as traffic stops, etc. He explains the rights and protections you have under the Constitution. He presents a constitutional, legal analysis of what you should and shouldn’t do when brought into contact with a police officer, sheriff’s deputy, or highway patrolman.

Tim is a former felony prosecutor and is now a criminal defense attorney. He has seen both sides of the criminal justice system and is imminently qualified to discuss this subject. He knows that for an attorney to best protect his or her clients, his clients need to know how to protect themselves before and during the investigative and arrest procedures.

Police officers are SERVANTS of the People and are as obligated to obey the Constitution as are each of us. Knowing these rights and protections will give you much CONFIDENCE when you are pulled over by a police officer.

Let me hasten to say that I am ALWAYS respectful to a police officer. And so should we always be. We must respect his position. But mostly, we must respect the law that he, the police officer, is sworn to uphold. But how can we respect the law if we don’t even know and understand the law? How can officers improve their law-enforcement practice unless citizens know when police are following the law? How is the legal system benefited if police can trample citizens’ constitutional rights with the consent of the people? Tim’s DVD will help tremendously in this regard.

In light of the climate that we all live in today, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is that we become familiar with our constitutional rights and responsibilities. If enough of the American people would learn these constitutional principles, they could stem the growing tide of unconstitutional conduct by our public servants, including, and especially, by those in law enforcement.

Here is where you can order the DVD, “Police Contact: How To Respond,” by Attorney Tim Baldwin.

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Pastor Saeed Abedini Beaten While Being Held In Iranian Prison

Pastor Saeed Abedini, held for nearly three years as a prisoner in Iran, was attacked in his prison cell last week. This was not the first time he was beaten since being locked up.

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) first reported Abedini’s attack, which occurred last Wednesday:

Unprovoked, fellow prisoners attacked Pastor Saeed as he attempted to leave his cell, punching him in the face near his left eye and nose. In addition to physically beating the persecuted pastor, prisoners demolished a small table Pastor Saeed used to study and read.

As he was attacked, Pastor Saeed called out for help. Iranian prison guards did intervene and prevent further injury. However, Pastor Saeed suffered injuries to his face – his eyes beaten black and blue. He was able to be seen briefly by a prison doctor, and thankfully he did not receive any broken bones.

This wasn’t the first time he was beaten. Over the course of his nearly three years in prison, he has suffered numerous beatings, including from prison guards. He has sustained internal injuries that require surgery.

With each beating, his condition worsens. Even before this most recent beating, [his wife] Naghmeh testified about the toll it has taken on him, ‘I’m not just worried about his physical pain, but his psychological [pain].’

Speaking to Western Journalism last October, Naghmeh expressed her frustration with the lack of attention given to her husband’s case by the Obama administration. “As an American citizen, I want them to fight for me,” Naghmeh said. “When I heard that they were telling people to back off, I was really frustrated, really heartbroken over it. It really made me question, is my government fighting for me? Is my government fighting for Saeed?”

Naghmeh did express some hope for Saeed after she and her two children met with Obama when he stopped in their hometown of Boise, Idaho, in January. “The president repeated his desire to do all that he can to bring Saeed home,” Naghmeh said. “That means the world to me and my children and has given me a renewed sense of hope.”

h/t: The Washington Free Beacon

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EXPOSED: Iran Lies About Presence Of Its Troops In Syria

AFP reported on Wednesday that “Iran insisted it has not deployed troops in Syria to strengthen regime forces, denying reports that thousands of foreign fighters have been flown in to help defend Damascus.”

Marzie Afkham of the Iranian Foreign Ministry said during a press conference that “reports on the military presence of countries friendly to Syria are unfounded.”

“The Syrian government and people have the capacity to resist and will continue to do so,” said Afkham.

“Tehran has always denied having troops on the ground in Syria’s four-year-old conflict,” AFP reported.

Iran is clearly lying. As Western Journalism reported at the beginning of the week, Lebanese sources have reported that Iran has deployed between 15,000 and 20,000 Shiite fighters in Syria since the end of May.

Among these fighters are members of the al-Quds Brigades of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.

How do we know for sure Iran is lying?

This week, rebels of the Free Syrian Army launched a surprise attack on one of the largest Syrian army bases in the area of Daara in southern Syria. The Syrian news site Syria Direct published a report on the capture of the Liwa 52 army base.

The report cited Syrian resident Noura al-Basha, who was in the local hospital when casualties from the attack on the army base arrived.

Al-Basha said: “Those who I’ve seen among the regime’s injured and dead from the fighting over Liwa 52 were a mix of Syrians, Iranians, and other nationalities,”

She added that the hospital was so full it had become “like a graveyard.”

In another post on the Syria Direct website, al-Basha was quoted as saying:

I was at the Suwayda National Hospital today on an errand. I saw a large number of regime soldiers dead and wounded from the battles going on at Liwa 52. The scene was confusing, blood covered the soldiers’ clothing and they were in a state of terror and panic.

What caught my attention inside the hospital was that the Syrian soldiers were lying by the hospital doors. No one was tending to them or even paying them attention. Their Iranian counterparts were receiving care.

Western Journalism will report live from the Israel-Syrian border at the beginning of next week, so stay tuned.

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