Category Archives: National Security

18 U.S. Code § 793 – Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information

Here is the federal statute of primary bearing in the Hilary Clinton personal e-mail investigation: 18 U.S. Code § 793 - Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information18 U.S. Code § 793 - Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information Current through Pub. L. 114-38. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.) (a) Whoever, for the purpose of obtaining information respecting the national defense with intent or reason to believe that the information is to be used to the injury of the United States, or to the advantage of any foreign nation, goes upon, enters, flies over, or otherwise obtains information concerning any vessel, aircraft, work of defense, navy yard, naval station, submarine base, fueling station, fort, battery, torpedo station, dockyard, canal, railroad, arsenal, camp, factory, mine, telegraph, telephone, wireless, or signal station, building, office, Read more

FBI Director Comments on Investigation of Hillary Clinton’s E-mail Management

Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey on the Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Use of a Personal E-Mail System Washington, D.C.July 05, 2016 FBI National Press Office(202) 324-3691 Remarks prepared for delivery at press briefing. Good morning. I’m here to give you an update on the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail system during her time as Secretary of State. After a tremendous amount of work over the last year, the FBI is completing its investigation and referring the case to the Department of Justice for a prosecutive decision. What I would like to do today is tell you three things: what we did; what we found; and what we are recommending to the Department of Justice. This will be an unusual statement in at least a couple ways. First, I am going to include more detail about our process than I ordinarily would, because Read more

Where Will the Next President Stand on Nuclear Weapons?

An in-depth analysis in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (3 MAY 2016) by Rachel Whitlark compares the 2016 presidential candidates’positions on nuclear weapons.

It is recommend reading for those interested in nuclear strategy, defense policy and national security.

Here is the link:

http://thebulletin.org/where-will-next-president-stand-nuclear-weapons9391

Senator Tom Carper Comments on Defeating ISIS at Home

U.S. Senator Tom Carper(D- DE), through his electronic Newsletter "Carpers Connection" (12/13/2015) comments on Defeating ISIS at Home: Dear Friends, This week, the Philadelphia Inquirer published my op-ed that shares my views on what I believe to be the greater threat to our homeland – homegrown terrorism driven or inspired by ISIS. Tragically, as the San Bernardino, California attacks underscored, the threat of a homegrown attack and self-radicalization is all too real. In my op-ed, I explain what we need to do to counter this threat and defeat ISIS here at home. You can read my op-ed below or click the link: “Defeat ISIS here at home .” The recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., have made it all too clear that terrorists’ threats to Americans and our allies are real. Whether these recent attacks were coordinated or inspired by ISIS or another terrorist Read more

The Real Fascism is the American Democrat Leadership

Fascism is Governor Malloy of Connecticut using an executive decree to deprive people of their second amendment rights. Even the ACLU is ready to challenge it. Governors can't rule by decree neither can Presidents. I won't hold my breath waiting for the New York Times to use the term as quickly as it does for Donald Trump. Democrats want to use everything from Climate Change to crime to deprive you of rights. People on a terror watch list are on a watch list not a conviction list. If the government wants to use background checks to know if they are buying weapons, that is smart. To use it to ban people when there is not even enough information to arrest them is inconceivable. We know that the watch list has people because they have similar names to people they don't even know. 70 plus people in Homeland Security who passed background checks are on the list. The government can put you Read more

Delaware Governor’s Statement re: Syrian Refugees

In response to a Midlantic Dispatch inquiry, Press Secretary to Delaware Governor, Jack Markell has issued the following statement: The Governor supports the President's decision to provide asylum for refugees in the United States. It is unfortunate that anyone would use the tragic events in Paris to send a message that we do not understand the plight of these refugees, ignoring the fact that the people we are talking about are fleeing the perpetrators of terror. The safety of our citizens is always a top concern. And while any security system can always be improved, the federal refugee review system has the highest level of security checks of any traveler to American shores, including biometric and biographic checks and in-person overseas interviews by federal officials trained to ensure the applicant is a bona fide refugee and not a security risk. That system involves multiple agencies, Read more

Markell and Merkel Will Not Reverse Position on Syrian Refugees

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Just as Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel (CDU) announced that she would not reverse her position on Germany’s acceptance of Syrian refugees, Delaware Governor, Jack Markell (D) has declared that Delaware will accept Syrian refugees in accordance with Obama Administration policy. This statement comes in the wake of Saturday’s bloody coordinated bombings and massacres in Paris at the hand of ISIS-sponsored terrorist agents, most of whom were identified as French and Belgian citizens and one was confirmed to have been a recent Syyian refugee. While there are basic international humanitarian concerns regarding resettlement of refugees from war-torn areas, the question is also balanced with legitimate national security concerns, specifically: proper background checks of individuals seeking asylum in host nations and public safety issues arising in Read more

North Korea Could Have Plutonium for up to 10 Nuclear Bombs

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer An 9/17/2015 article, outlining current and historical developments at the DPRK’s Yongbuong reactor site, in the Hankoreh by staff reporter, Kim Ji-hoon stated that North Korea could possess enough Plutonium to build from 7-10 nuclear weapons. According to a 2014 South Korean Defense Ministry white paper, “North Korea is estimated to possess around 40 kilograms of weapons-grade Plutonium, and it is thought to be running a program to produce highly enriched uranium (HEU)”. Lee Chun-geun, senior analyst at the Science and Technology Policy Institute, said that “ This would be enough to make between seven and ten nuclear weapons”. Further information is available at: http://www.nti.org/country-profiles/north-korea/ [ including a nuclear map] https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/northkoreaprofile and http://csis.org/publication/south-korea-2014-defense-white-paper-highlights-dprk-nuclear-threats Read more

FAS Issues Report on Implementation of Iran Nuclear Agreement

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The Nuclear Verification Capabilites Independent Task Force of the Federation of American Scientists has issued a report, “Six Achievable Steps for Implementing an Effective Verification Regime for a Nuclear Agreement with Iran. “ The intent of the FAS analysis is to outline challenges to and offer constructive suggestions for effective implementation of the proposed Iran Nuclear Agreement. The report emphasizes six feasible steps for executing an effective nuclear nonproliferation verification regime with Iran: 1. Ensure that the Joint Commission Works Effectively Among the P5+1 and Iran to Facilitate Compliance and Communication 2. Organize Executive Branch Mechanisms to Create Synergy and Sustain Focus on Implementation Over the Long-Term 3. Support and Augment the IAEA in the Pursuit of its Key Monitoring Role 4. Read more

Delaware Congressman John Carney Comments on Iran Nuclear Agreement

Delaware's sole U.S. Representative, John Carney, has issued the following statement on the nuclear agreement with Iran: Congressman Carney Statement on Nuclear Agreement with Iran WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman John Carney (D-DE) today released the following statement on the nuclear agreement with Iran: “I'm pleased to hear that an agreement has been reached -- I look forward to studying the details of it with skeptical and clear eyes. The central question is whether we are indeed better off with the deal than without it. “As I've said all along, a good deal must curtail Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapons program and put in place a tough regime of inspections that will ensure that Iran is playing by the rules. International inspectors need complete access to Iran's known nuclear facilities and to other secret facilities that might be used to get around the terms of the Read more

Senator Chris Coons Comments on Iran Nuclear Deal

Posted by: Wolf von Baumgart Delaware U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has released the following statement regarding the multinational nuclear deal with Iran: “The United States must not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapons capability.  A nuclear-armed Iran would threaten our national security, the security of Israel, and the stability of the entire Middle East. “I will review the details of this agreement promptly, and I will only support it if this deal prevents every Iranian pathway to develop a nuclear weapons capability.  In conversations with senior Administration officials, I have been clear about the specifics of what I want to see from this nuclear agreement.  The inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) must have timely and effective access to military and sensitive facilities in Iran, and Read more

Putin Announces That Russia Will Add 40 New ICBMs to its Strategic Nuclear Force in 2015

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Speaking at the Tuesday, June 16 opening of the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2015 in the newly-created military-patriotic recreation park in Kubinka, Moscow Region, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that forty new advanced ICBMs will be added to Russia’s strategic nuclear arsenal in 2015.“This year, our nuclear forces are going to get more than 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of penetrating all existing, even the most advanced missile defenses.", he said. He further elaborated that “The state would persist in paying specific attention to realization of a massive military rearmament program and modernization of the defense industry”. Vladimir Putin opening the IMTF ARMY-2015 Exposition [Photo:RIA Novosti/Alexander Vilf] This announcement comes in the context of significant Russian weapons systems development Read more

Iranian Naval Force Reaches Bab al-Mandeb

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer According to the Iranian news agency, IRNA, Iranian naval forces of the 34th Fleet have reached the Bab el-Mandeb, a strategic strait and oil traffic choke point between Yemen and Djibouti, Iran's navy commander said earlier today. The force consists of the frigate, Alborz (F-72) and the light replenishment ship, Bushehr (AORLH-422). IRIN Commander Vice Admiral Habibolla Sayyari (IRIN Photo) Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, stated that the IRIN ships are on an anti-piracy patrol mission. "We are present in the Gulf of Aden in accordance with international regulations to ensure the safety of commercial ships of our country against the threat of pirates," he said. Iranian merchant shipping has been attacked by Somali pirates in the past. Sayyari also stated that the Iranian Navy has maintained a continuous presence in the Gulf of Aden, Bab el-Mandeb Read more

US Response to Iranian Seizure of the MV Maersk Tigris

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The US is prepared to deal with increasing naval tensions in the Persian Gulf in response to the Iranian seizure of the Marshall Islands registered Danish container ship, MV Maresk Tigris, according to Pentagon sources. The US State Department, after consultation with Marshall Islands officials, has clarified its position. “The U.S. continues to have “full authority and responsibility for security and defense of the Marshall Islands,” according to the State Department’s website. The Marshall Islands gained independence from the United States in 1986, but continues in the US sphere of defense, according to a treaty. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/04/30/state-dept-pentagon-send-conflicting-messages-on-us-response-to-iran-cargo-ship Subsequently, FOX News televised reports that the US Navy will escort American-flagged commercial Read more

Yemen Area Naval Situation De-escalates

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

The US/Iranian naval tensions, related to suspected strategic arms shipments to Houthi rebels in Yemen appears to be de-escalating as the US Navy aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt and guided missile cruiser USS Normandy are being withdrawn and are now heading back to the Persian Gulf, according to Pentagon officials.

Yesterday, the nine-ship Iranian convoy, thought to be carrying arms to Yemen, contrary to UN sanctions, reversed course in the Arabian Sea.

The International Dimensions of Yemen Sector Naval and Evacuation Operations

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Beyond the current U.S. “Big Stick” naval diplomacy versus Iranian (pre-nuclear) asymmetric maritime power play situation in open waters off the coast of war-torn Yemen, international dimensions have evolved. According to the International Business Times, three German and two Japanese Navy vessels are known to be along the southern periphery of the oceanic area between the port cities of Aden in the west and Al Mukalla further east. The IBT article cited its source as: http://www.ibtimes.com/us-allied-naval-forces-converge-yemen-iran-suspected-supplying-weapons-houthis-1890833 , a free global ship tracking site. Their specific configurations and missions are virtually unknown at this point, but are surmised to be more directed toward general external maritime traffic monitoring rather than surveillance and arms interdiction in Yemeni waters. http://www.ibtimes.com/us-allied-naval-forces-converge-yemen-iran-suspected-supplying-weapons-houthis-1890833 Egyptian Read more

Iranian Convoy Bound for Yemen Reverses Course

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of annonymity in an apparently unauthorized statement, said that the nine-ship convoy of Iranian cargo ship suspected of carrying advanced weapons to Houthi insurgents in Yemen has apparently reversed its course, at least temporarily. The official said it remains unclear where the convoy is currenly headed, but it reportedly was no longer moving toward of the key Yemani port of Aden as of Thursday, April 23. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, yesterday, would not indicate whether or not the US Navy would forcibly stop and board Iranian ships entering Yemeni waters. It should be noted that this report is, as yet, unconfirmed, given the circumstances of its release. See: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/us-official-iranian-cargo-ships-reverse-30534625 Read more

U.S. Probably Will Not Join KSA Blockade of Yemen

Further Pentagon Denials Issued By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The United States will not join in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's naval blockade of Yemen according to a Pentagon Spokesman, quoted in an April 17 Washington Post article by Dan Lamothe. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2015/04/17/navy-has-seven-combat-ships-around-yemen-as-saudi-led-blockade-continues The Midlantic Dispatch has compiled a list of eleven ships from various sources, comprising the currently deployed US Navy force as follows: Nimitz class aircraft carrier USNS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-70); Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser USNS Normandy (CG-60); Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyers USNS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98), USNS Winston Churchill (DDG-81) and USNS Sterett (DD 104); Avenger class minesweepers USNS Sentry (MCM-3) and USNS Dextrous (MCM-13); amphibious assault ship Read more

US- Iranian Naval Situation Not Widely Disclosed.

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Apparently, US Naval forces have already boarded a vessel suspected of carrying arms to Yemen in the Red Sea. On April 1, according to the Wall Street Journal, a search of the Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel Saisaban by a boarding party of the guided missile destroyer USNS Sterett (DDG 104) on April 1 did not find evidence of an arms shipment. This is the first boarding operation conducted in the area to intercept strategic arms bound for Houthi rebels in Yemen according to US military officials. Read the original WSJ story here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-wants-to-block-iran-from-arming-yemens-houthi-rebels-1428868461 The USNS Sterett is a Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer. Details are available at: www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ddg104 Details of the Panamanian freighter Saisaban are available at : http://www.uskowioniran.com/2015/04/uss-sterett-boards-cargo-ship-searching.html The Read more

Are U.S. Warships Heading To Yemeni Waters to Intercept Iranian Weapons Shipments?

Conflicting News Reports Emerge By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer We are getting conflicting reports of possible US Navy intercepts of Iranian weapons shipments in or near Yemeni waters. A Huffington Post article stated that US Navy officials have confirmed that the aircraft carrier USNS Theodore Roosevelt is headed toward the area to join other US Navy vessels (including the cruiser USNS Normandy) that are prepared to intercept Iranian arms shipments to Houthi insurgents in Yemen, while a Washington Times article stated that a US Navy spokesman at the Pentagon has officially denied this claim, classifying the event instead as conducting “maritime security operations”. The US Navy has, in response to the recent coup in Yemen, increased its presence in the Arabian Sea. No details on Iranian naval movements in the area are currently available, however, an unspecified convoy of Read more

USG Offers Redress for NO-Fly Listees

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer No longer will persons on the infamous DHS/TSA NO-Fly List be legally left "hanging in the air". The US Government, in response to legal challenges, has revised its redress procedures for persons placed on Department of Homeland Security's NO-Fly List, according to an article in FAS Roundup. The US Department of Justice announced in an April 13,2015 court filing that persons placed on the NO-Fly List will have new opportunities to challenge the denial of boarding on commercial aircraft. Before the ruling, the government steadfastly refused to confirm or deny that persons were placed on the list for reasons of national security. Challengers argued that the procedures were constitutionally deficient or otherwise improper. The entire article by Steven Aftergood can be read here: http://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2015/04/no-fly-redress/ Read more

ISIS is not an Existential Threat to the U. S. Or Is It?

Update: I did an interview with Judicial Watch public relations officer, Jill Farrell, the report author is Christopher J. Farrell former Army Intelligence Officer specializing in Human intelligence. They are protecting the name of the source for reasons of the security of the names of the sources. Back in August another Homeland Security alert by Judicial watch was ignored for 8 weeks then basically adopted by Homeland Security. See that one here. The military had already increased security to deal with a possible threat. Judicial Watch's Report of ISIS camps in Mexico just 8 miles from one of the major bases used for Afghanistan deployment is unsettling (see quote below). Analysis How did we get here? Instead of taking the fight to their headquarters, they are scoping out us. Our borders are less than secured. The administration looks at the border problem as a political Read more

Latest START ICBM Numbers

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer A recent report in the FAS Roundup states that the Russian Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) level has actually dipped below that of the US. Russia currently has 1,582 warheads on 515 strategic launchers deployed and the United States has 1,597 warheads on 785 launchers, according to US State Department data. Both sides are very gradually reducing their ICBM force levels to meet limits set by the Strategic Arms Limitation (START) treaty by February 2018. The entire report, New START Treaty Count: Russia Dips Below U.S. Again, written by Hans M. Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, is available at: http://fas.org/blogs/security/2015/04/newstart2015/ . Read more

What Do They Know?

It is no secret that I am NOT in the Snowden is a traitor camp. I am not in the Snowden is a hero camp either. I am grateful that he broke the dam even if I do not approve of his methods. The man did something. I think he would have been more patriotic to get that information to Senator Rand Paul not let the world have access. If the information is too dangerous for the American government to have by your logic, how is it better to let tyrants around the world access it through wikileaks? The idea that I can trust terrorists, the Russians, the Chinese, and others who kill their own people with vital information that I don't trust my own government having is bizarre. I think Snowden undid a lot of the good he accomplished by calling attention to secret programs by carelessly handing our information to others. Of course if the U. S. really wanted cared, we would have made a deal for Read more

Shades of 1950-1953 on the 38th parallel

Let’s establish a few things right off the bat, as they say: First, the Korean War, that began in June, 1950, never actually ended.  There is no formal treaty, no truce, simply an armistice, the same kind that ended World War One.  The Korean War never ended, but actual hostilities were curtailed under a cease-fire on July 27th, 1953 at 10:00 AM local time. Second, North Korea, which calls itself the “Democratic Republic of Korea,” is obviously neither democratic, nor a republic.  It is, in fact, a monarchy.  The “founder” of North Korea, Kim Il-sung, was a Soviet puppet and delusional Stalinist who actually believed his own prevarications and propaganda, as he believed that of his mentors, Stalin and Mao.  He passed power, without input from “the people,” directly to his son, Kim Jong-il, who, in turn, passed it to his son, Kim Jong-un, who is the sabre-rattling Read more