My short story, “Starfire”, about Eve Arnold, a disabled but determined farmer/aerospace engineer taking on the challenges of warfare in 2030, was a finalist in the US Army’s MadScientist speculative fiction contest. It was just published here by the Modern War Institute at West Point.
“The task : “Write about the following scenario – On March 17th, 2030, the country of Donovia, after months of strained relations and covert hostilities, invades neighboring country Otso. Donovia is a wealthy nation that is a near-peer competitor to the United States. Like the United States, Donovia has invested heavily in disruptive technologies such as robotics, AI, autonomy, quantum information sciences, bio enhancements and gene editing, space-based weapons and communications, drones, nanotechnology, and directed energy weapons. The United States is a close ally of Otso and is compelled to intervene due to treaty obligations and historical ties. The United States is about to engage Donovia in its first battle with a near-peer competitor in over 80 years…”
A short clip from the story:
“January 10, 2030
It was a slow day at the Sunnyside Diner so they turned on the news, which was far from sunny. Eve Arnold slouched as she listened, and when she did, the thin edges of her exoskeletal support brace pressed against her ribs. The AI embedded in the brace sent an auto-nag to her phone. “Stop slouching.” She ignored it and finished the dregs of her coffee as Oklahoma Today discussed America’s slow march towards war.”
So happy to be a part of such a creative project !
How EcoHealth Alliance and the Wuhan Institute of Virology Collaborated on a Dangerous Bat Coronavirus Project
“The DARPA DEFUSE Project”
DRASTIC was recently made aware of documents provided by a whistleblower, which show that EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) in concert wIth the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) attempted to carry out advanced and dangerous human pathogenicity Bat Coronavirus research that would clearly qualify as Gain of Function (GoF), in a grant proposal submitted to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in 2018.
Document 1. A brief DRASTIC Analysis of the EcoHealth Alliance DEFUSE Proposal
Saudi Arabia does not have a formal treaty of alliance with the United States — meaning there is no piece of paper obligating the US to do anything whatsoever in response to an attack against Saudi Arabia. And while the US has been intimately involved in the Saudi oil industry going back to the 1930s, nobody has ever claimed there is a deep connection grounded in values between our two countries.
But the Saudi royal family does seem to have a special relationship with Trump, who has repeatedly bucked bipartisan congressional majorities to back the Kingdom on topics ranging from its disastrous war in Yemen to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
It’s a fishy situation that naturally raises questions about Trump’s personal financial relationships with Persian Gulf monarchies — questions he and his allies in Congress have been successfully stonewalling for years.
Saudi Arabia is not really a nation, it’s a family business that profits from oil and religious tourism. It’s not even comparable to a mafia, because a mafia relies on the goodwill of its members to survive. The Saudi ‘royals’ have no such goodwill. Without the protection of various western governments, they would be overthrown and Khaddaffi’ed within a week.
There is no reason, aside from the fact that, as Trump said, ‘they pay cash’ for us to support them in any way. Our alliance with them is a net loss.
The Air Force trainee who killed three and injured eight when he opened fire at a naval base in Florida assailed the United States as ‘a nation of evil’ before he went on his shooting rampage, AFP reports.
The man, first identified by NBC News as Saudi national Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, opened fire inside a classroom at Naval Air Station in Pensacola early Friday morning. Police quickly responded to the scene and he was shot dead.
US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said the suspect was a second lieutenant attending the aviation school at the base.
Meanwhile six other Saudi nationals were arrested near the base shortly after the attack, as investigators began to probe a terror link.
Three of the six were seen filming the entire incident as it unfolded, a source told The New York Times on Friday evening.
Hodeidah, Yemen (CNN) – Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners have transferred American-made weapons to al Qaeda-linked fighters, hardline Salafi militias, and other factions waging war in Yemen, in violation of their agreements with the United States, a CNN investigation has found.
The weapons have also made their way into the hands of Iranian-backed rebels battling the coalition for control of the country, exposing some of America’s sensitive military technology to Tehran and potentially endangering the lives of US troops in other conflict zones.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, its main partner in the war, have used the US-manufactured weapons as a form of currency to buy the loyalties of militias or tribes, bolster chosen armed actors, and influence the complex political landscape, according to local commanders on the ground and analysts who spoke to CNN.
An international coalition of activists, Fake News producers and billionaire terror supporters are currently taking an intense interest in story time at the Highland Park, NJ public library.
Ismail Haniyeh with Hamas chief Khaled Ma
An international coalition of activists, Fake News producers and millionaire terror supporters are currently taking an intense interest in story time at the Highland Park, NJ public library.
What book do these activists and billionaires want to hear during story time? The alphabet book “P is for Palestine”, a self-published book that, up until now, has received little to no attention and that no one has ever asked to be banned. This quiet little book would probably have fallen into obscurity if it wasn’t for the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), an activist group that uses Fake News as a publicity ploy.
Some things you need to know about the JVP and their friends:
1. According to the Bridgewater Courier News, the alphabet book’s author was invited to speak at the Highland Park library by the JVP.
The event has been determined to be the first of multiple book events planned by the JVP’s Central New Jersey chapter.
“[a commenter wondered “… why they decided to hold the book reading in Highland Park? That’s a highly Jewish area. Was it to push the envelope? Just curious.”
This comment was answered by Yeou-Shiuh Hsuy: “There are a lot of reasons, and I won’t go into detail all of them ‘cos they were part of JVP-Central NJ chapter meeting discussions, but members of our local chapter have long, deep relationships with the Highland Park Public Library, so they reached out to the library, and was able to co-sponsor in full. The library also wanted books that better reflect the diversity of their residents. In fact the library was very enthusiastic and positive about the book, we shared a copy of the book for them to read.”
On Monday, May 6, when Highland Park Public Library was asked if Jewish Voice for Peace had anything to do with this event, the woman who answered the phone hung up immediately.”
2. The JVP wasn’t listed as a sponsor or organizer of the reading. This may have been an oversight, or it may be due to the JVP’s reputation. Their Fake News Events include:
The JVP also posted Fake News on Twitter with a GIF that was labelled as a “before-and-after” shot of the word “Palestine” being replaced with “Israel” on Google Maps.
The tweet stated that: “Up until July 25 the word Palestine was on Google’s map.” The NYT reported that JVP had lied, that they had created a fake GIF and that Google has said the label of “Palestine” never existed.
JVP deleted the GIF from their Twitter account a few days later.
It also features an Islamic supremacist Mouse named Farfour.
Qatar’s Al Jazeera recently published a video that denied the facts of the Holocaust. The video was shown on its online AJ+ video service in Arabic. The video claimed that the fact that six million Jewish people were systematically killed by the Nazis was an exaggeration “adopted by the Zionist movement”and that Israel is the “biggest winner” from the genocide.
To members of the Jewish community, “Intifada” refers to two separate bouts of prolonged Palestinian violence and terror—from 1987 to 1991, and 2000 to 2005—during which some 1,300 Israelis were killed, in the Second Intifada mainly by suicide bombers, as well as many Palestinians.
Bashi, an instructor of Middle East studies at nearby Rutgers University, wrote on Facebook that her definition of “Intifada” connotes the Palestinian people’s “resistance movement, most of which is manifested in peaceful protest.”
But in Hamas territory, Intifada means money. Wealthy Gulf-state donors are ready to fight Israel to the last Palestinian.
The money came from two directions: “Legacies from the deceased; money from charity funds; a donation called zaka, one of the six pillars of Islam; and donations from various countries. It started with Syria and Saudi Arabia, with Iran added later and becoming one of Hamas’s biggest supporters, and ended with Qatar, which has now taken Iran’s place.”
Together with the donations from various countries, fundraisers began operating in the US to collect money for Hamas. Here, the Hamas leaders began to get their hands on some really big money. “One of those fundraisers was Dr. Musa Abu Marzook, the number 2 man in Hamas,” Elad says. “At the beginning of the 1990s, he began a fundraising campaign in the US among wealthy Muslims, while at the same time founding several banking enterprises. He himself became a conglomerate of 10 financial enterprises giving loans and making financial investments. He’s an amazing financier.
The JVP is probably also counting on this controversy to bring in the Benjamins. But how does Highland Park benefit from the controversy and the cost of this manufactured outrage?
We can say that we made men like Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Ma richer.
But the most striking similarity of the two attacks was the relationship between the attackers and the Saudi ruling elite. Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, shared a close relationship with the Saudi monarchy, mainly because of his father Mohammed bin Laden’s business in constructing and restoring mosques in Mecca and throughout Saudi Arabia. Until his death in a 1967 plane crash, the senior bin Laden enjoyed a close friendship with the Saudi king; his sons, including Osama bin Laden, inherited that relationship.
Based on several media accounts, the team of 15 Saudis arrived in Turkey aboard jets owned by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (known as MbS). Several members of the team allegedly provided personal security for MbS and are said to have been directed by MbS’s closest lieutenants, including adviser Saud al-Qahtani and Saudi deputy intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri.
Although the links between the Saudi military and government in the Khashoggi killing appear to evident, the links between Saudi government officials and the 9/11 attacks remain somewhat murky. That doesn’t mean they aren’t there. In a 2017 investigation, Politico documented one lawyer’s quest to prove Saudi Arabia bankrolled the 9/11 attacks. New York attorney Jim Kreindler, who represents the families of more than 800 victims of the attacks believes the terrorists had help from the Saudi government.
He is not alone in this opinion. Former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), co-chair of Congress’s 9/11 Joint Inquiry, is on record stating, “I’ve stopped calling what our government has done a cover-up. Cover-up suggests a passive activity. What they’re doing now I call aggressive deception.”
Graham further notes, “I came to the conclusion that there was a support network by trying to assess how the 19 hijackers could pull it off with their significant limitations. Most couldn’t speak English, most had never been in the United States, and most were not well educated. How could they carry out such a complex task?”
This story begins with a group offering vets free trips (funded by the Saudis) to the capital in order to lobby lawmakers in late 2016. The target of their ire was the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government. It became law in September of 2016 when Congress overrode Barack Obama’s veto and the Saudi lobbying effort began shortly thereafter.
The vets, who were told that the bill would allow other countries to charge U.S. troops for crimes committed overseas, stayed in two non-Trump hotels on their first trips to Washington. But then the organizer found an opening at Trump’s lavish spot in downtown D.C. Michael Gibson, who helped run the trips on behalf of the Saudis, said this had nothing to do with the regime’s trying to curry favor with a new U.S. president. He also said the rooms, which averaged $768 a night at the time, were provided at a discount.
This tells us a few things. First, the CIA must be sure it has powerful evidence of the prince’s alleged responsibility — tapes and phone intercepts included. Second, the agency must believe that MBS isn’t essential to American security interests in the region. Had the spies agreed with the president’s assessment, it is unlikely they would have leaked their conclusion of MBS’s guilt. This is significant because the CIA works closely with its Saudi counterparts, and would not have made such a determination lightly. And third, the CIA is determined not to be involved in a shabby cover-up.