Monday 25th of May 2020

bringing back the tanks...

tanks

OK, I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news. The good news is mainly for authoritarians who missed all the fun during the War on Terror. The news is … welcome to the War on Death!

Yes, that’s right, global capitalism (a/k/a “the world”) is now at war with Death … which is great news for authoritarians! No more bothersome critical thinking. The time for questioning our leaders is over. It’s time to shut up and follow orders. We’re in a global state of emergency, folks!

We’re talking lockdowns, soldiers in the streets, abrogation of our constitutional rights, arbitrary arrests, indefinite detentions, round-the-clock media fear-propaganda … the whole totalitarian megillah!

What, you’re probably asking, is the War on Death? Well … for those who remember the War on Terror, the War on Death is just like that, except this time the evil enemy is Death … or, all right, maybe not exactly like that, but there are a number of striking similarities.

For one thing, just like the War on Terror, we didn’t start it. Death attacked us! There we were, peacefully going about our global capitalist business, quelling a worldwide “populist” rebellion orchestrated by Russian-backed Nazis, when Death attacked us with a coronavirus … more or less exactly the way that the terrorists attacked us in 2001.

And, just like after those terrorist attacks, the world has united and forcefully responded. No, we haven’t invaded Iraq again (well, actually, we did bomb them a little), but we have locked down almost the entire planet, virtually shut down the global economy, and are scaring the masses into a state of unprecedented mass hysteria.

Police are patrolling the streets of Europe, checking people’s “permission-to-go-outside” papers. 

In the U.K., soldiers are standing by to assist with “protecting possible quarantine zones,” or to “cope with the breakdown of civil society.” Israel is tapping its formerly secret collection of everyone’s mobile phone records to identify people who might be infected, and assorted “others who need to be quarantined.”

Macron (now relieved of his Gilets Jaunes problem!) is ready to “rule by decree” if necessary. California is “prepared to enact martial law.” The U.S. military is “prepared to deploy in support of potential extraordinary missions,” including “quelling civil disturbances.”

The U.S. Department of Justice is asking Congress for the power to detain people indefinitely. The British Parliament is on the brink of passing an emergency “Coronavirus Bill” that will (among other unsettling provisions) grant authorities the power to arrest and indefinitely quarantine anyone they deem a “potentially infectious person” … or, in other words, pretty much anyone they want.

As if that wasn’t dystopian enough, according to a report in Politico:

Counter-terrorism troops have been redeployed across Italy to beef up police forces throughout Italian cities. Patrol cars are now circulating in every major city in Italy with a monotone male voice warning citizens over a loudspeaker not to leave their residences or risk a ticket. ‘GO BACK INTO YOUR HOMES,’ the voice warns.”

But wait, it gets even better than that. In Missouri, prosecutors have charged an idiot who licked some items at Walmart as a “terrorist.” I kid you not, a Coronavirus Terrorist. I could go on, but I think you get the picture (if you need more examples, check this Twitter thread).

The point is, the global capitalist empire (for whatever reasons, real or imagined) has turned on the MINDLESS HYSTERIA machine, and dialed it up as high as it goes. People are in full-blown headless chicken mode. No one (or hardly anyone) is thinking, or listening to dissenting opinions, or paying attention to official statistics, or common sense, or anything else that contradicts the War on Death narrative.

The British tabloids are publishing horror stories about “doctors”standing by and helplessly watching as patients slowly suffocate to death. According to such stories, not only are these “doctors” unable to treat roughly 400 patients with any of the UK’s over 8,000 ventilators, but, apparently, patients whose hearts have stopped (and who are therefore unconscious) are also now capable of “dying in agony” with “terror in their eyes.”

According to The New York Times, the Coronapocalypse has begun in Elmhurst, where the authorities have called in the refrigerator trucks to haul away the mountains of corpses, after 13 people who “had tested positive” died (of something) in the course of one day.

The rest of the corporate media are running moment-by-moment deathometer updates, apocalyptic prognostications of the millions or billions who are possibly going to die, and of course the latest on which celebrities have been infected and are clinging to life, or experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms, or absolutely no symptoms whatsoever.

Greta suspects she might have been infected! Prince Charles! Colton Underwood (whoever that is), Tom Hanks, and even Idris Elba! Just the other night, celebrated playwright Terrence McNally (who was 81, and had a history of lung cancer and COPD) was struck down in the prime of his life!

In short, the authorities have whipped the masses into an orgy of shrieking, white-eyed FEAR of this new, evil, “invisible enemy” that is coming to kill them and their families. Millions of people (now confined in their homes) have taken to the Internet to pump up the hysteria, share totally un-sourced personal accounts of the horrors their therapists’ accountants’ doctors have personally witnessed on the war’s “front lines,” and hunt down any infected persons, or potentially infected persons (or otherwise uncooperative persons) who might have gone outside for some air.

So, that’s the good news for you authoritarians! For the rest of us … yeah, not so good.

Oh, I almost forgot the bad news. The bad news is … well, the bad news is Death. The bad news is, you are going to die. I’m going to die. We are all going to die. All of us. We are going to die. We are going to die of … well, something. Cancer. A heart attack. A stroke. The flu. Diabetes. Alzheimer’s disease. Possibly a coronavirus. Maybe even this coronavirus.

In fact, a lot of us are dying right now, according to the Internet, around a hundred per minute … which, it goes without saying, is unacceptable, and a tragedy, and something we need to take drastic action to prevent at all costs. 

We can’t let these Russian dissension sowers, neo-Nazi accelerationists, and coronavirus-sympathizers confuse us. They want to convince us that Death is, yes, scary, and sad, but inevitable, and natural. How utterly heartless and insane is that?!

No, we need to close our minds to that nonsense. People are dying! This is not normal! Death is our enemy! We have to defeat it! We need to hunt down and neutralize Death! Root it out if its hidey hole and hang it like we did with Saddam!

I’m not kidding. There is a war on, people! GloboCap is taking the gloves off again. (You remember what happens when the gloves come off, don’t you?) So get your mind right and get with the program or get ready to face the consequences.

Relax, I’m not referring to all these tanks (2:34 in the NBC video). I’m referring to other consequences. I am not some crazy conspiracy theorist. Plus, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has assured us there’s no cause for concern:

“If and when National Guard or military units are deployed to the streets of L.A., trust me, I’ll let you know.”

See? Everything is perfectly fine. No one is preparing for martial law. Those tanks just returned from the Middle East and are “being sent back home to Texas.” This kind of thing happens all the time. It has nothing to do with the global lockdown.

I don’t know about you, but I’m extremely relieved … for a moment there I thought we were in trouble.

 

CJ Hopkins


Read more:

https://off-guardian.org/2020/03/27/the-war-on-death/

a dystopian future...

13 Reasons to Fear the COVID World Order


The world’s reaction to COVID-19 is already providing very strong hints of what our dystopian future will probably look like.


Andrew Korybko

 

COVID-19 has fundamentally changed life as we know it, and it's more than likely that our future will be a dystopian one given how various governments have already responded to this viral outbreak. The skeptics among us are fearful that this whole pandemic is overblown and being exploited as a smokescreen for stealing our freedoms, and while their attitude towards this disease is questionable (and quite possibly dangerous), their suspicion about a government takeover of society is warranted. Never before have governments had so much power over the people, though in these emergency conditions, that might not be an entirely bad thing for the time being seeing as how it could very well be necessary for our survival. The problem, however, is that these newly assumed powers probably won't be voluntarily surrendered after this epidemic ends, which is why many people are so concerned. They're convinced that we've suddenly entered a period of global dictatorship, and it's difficult to argue with them. So much else is also changing as well, and it's hard to keep up with the "COVID World Order" that's been thrust upon us, but what follows is an attempt to briefly describe everything that's already taken place and predict what will probably follow:


* De-Facto Martial Law...: 

There's no other way to describe both the "recommended" and mandatory quarantines that many in the world are experiencing than to call them what they are, a state of de-facto martial law, which isn't being formally declared in order to not provoke any more panic than there already is. 


* ...Is The "New Normal":

Now that de-facto martial law of a seemingly indefinite period has been accepted by the people (whether willingly or begrudgingly), it'll probably become the "new normal" and be implemented countless times in the future, be it as an "overabundance of caution" in the event of another outbreak or under any other pretext. 


* Social Media Censorship Will Intensify:

"Big Brother" is already here, but he's going to become a bigger bully than ever before by intensifying his censorship of people's social media posts on the basis that they're "socially irresponsible" (e.g. questioning the seriousness of this disease), after which the "politically incorrect" net will widen to encompass other topics too.


* Travel Will Never Be The Same Again:

Domestic and international travel will never be the same again, with internal restrictions on movement likely becoming commonplace and most foreign guests being required to self-quarantine for a period of time except in special circumstances, thus all but killing the global tourism industry. 


* Border Control Will Become More Robust:

Gone are the days of so-called "open borders" where anyone can freely move between jurisdictions at will (whether legally or otherwise), with more stringent controls being put into place to protect the local population from outsiders (including their own compatriots from elsewhere in the country). 


* Mandatory Vaccines Are Coming:

For whatever one thinks about vaccines, there's probably no way to stop them from becoming mandatory after the COVID-19 pandemic, with it being predicted that people will have to prove that they've been vaccinated in order to do anything at all such as study, work, travel, and receive government benefits. 


* Remote Learning & Working Will Increase:

With so many people stuck at home and unable to leave except to purchase essential goods in most cases, it's predictable that remote learning and working (the latter which will of course be for those whose jobs allow them to do so) will pick up in the coming future as society gets used to this way of doing things. 


* 5G Is Inevitable:

The massive surge of online traffic from folks who are learning, working, or simply entertaining themselves online will necessitate the rapid roll-out of 5G technology despite what some people suspect are its serious health concerns. 


* Society Depends On Just A Few Jobs To Function:

The "new normal" of de-facto martial law has made many people realize that society really just depends on a few jobs in order to continue functioning at the bare minimum, with these being techies, grocery store and pharmacy employees, bank clerks, healthcare professionals, food service workers, farmers, and truckers. 


* Nationalization Might Be Imminent:

For better or for worse, governments across the world might go on a nationalization spree in order to take control of what they regard as "essential industries" (though whether some of them truly are or not is another story), which could lead to the informal imposition of either socialist or fascist economic models. 


* "Universal Basic Income":

Given the scale and scope of the global economic collapse that was catalyzed by the world's uncoordinated response to COVID-19, it's foreseeable that governments will unveil what's been described as a "universal basic income" in order to ensure that their people can continue to at least purchase basic goods and services. 


* Mandatory Medical Training In Exchange For Government Benefits:

Medical training is arguably more important than military service nowadays, so the state will probably make it mandatory in schools from here on out and for anyone who wants to receive government benefits, thereby enabling the government to draft them in the future whenever there's a dearth of healthcare professionals. 


* Say Goodbye To Cash:

The cashless society is coming, whether justified by the (real, false, or exaggerated) fear that lethal viruses can be spread by paper currency or as the government's preferred method of dispersing its "universal basic income", meaning that the authorities can cut folks off from their funds at any time that they want to. 


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There's no guarantee that everything that was described above will come to pass, but there's certainly a high likelihood that at least some of it will transpire with time, though it'll remain to be seen how sustainable these socio-economic and political changes are and whether or not they can ever be reversed.

 

Read more:

http://oneworld.press/?module=articlesaction=viewid=1370

 

Gus note: In regard to nationalisation, this will done like the Federal bank in the USA. It is NOT OWNED BY THE US GOVERNMENT,  but it is owned by a cartel of banks.

 

 

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the new world order...

 

amusing creative side-effects of your panic...

 

in the sick bay, awaiting the final blow...

 

an uncomfortable notion: the coronavirus is an escaped/released bioweapon...

 

roger did not know that soon his freedom to fart was going to be curbed by the authority...

 

as the world goes mad with fact and figures, we need some help to know some measurements...

 

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and while you're looking at your corona-navel....

First NATO-ME War Overturns Regional Order


by Thierry Meyssan


While Europeans and Arabs are being absorbed by the coronavirus, Anglo-Saxons are changing the world order. Under US command, the United Kingdom took control of the Red Sea entrance; the United Arab Emirates turned on Saudi Arabia and inflicted a bitter defeat on South Yemen, while the Houthis did the same in North Yemen. Yemen is now split into two separate states and the territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia is threatened.


President Donald Trump continues his policy of military withdrawal from the "Broader Middle East”. To this end, he is gradually moving his troops, signing agreements with the forces against which they were deployed (e.g. the Taliban) and negotiating the release of his prisoners. At the same time, the Pentagon called on the United Kingdom to take the lead in the operations of the new Atlantic-Middle East Alliance and to supervise the continuation of the "never-ending war" in the "Broader Middle East". Syria is considered a zone of Russian influence while the Rumsfeld/Cebrowski strategy continues with the division of Yemen into two separate states and preparations for the break-up of Saudi Arabia.


Repatriation of Detained CIA Agents

On 18 and 19 March 2020, a US citizen, Michael White, detained in Iran, was transferred from his prison to the Swiss embassy in Tehran; another US citizen, Amer Fakhoury, detained in Lebanon, was exfiltrated by US troops; and President Trump publicly requested Syria’s help in finding a third US citizen, Austin Tice.


These operations are supervised by the discreet National Security Advisor, Robert O’Brien, who has a solid experience in the release of prisoners.


 Michael White served 13 years in the US Navy. He went to Iran to find his fiancée. He was arrested in 2018 and sentenced to 13 years in prison for espionage. Other U.S. citizens imprisoned in Iran - including Morad Tahbaz, Robert Levinson, Siamak and Baquer Namazee - do not seem to be attracting the same interest from Washington. Michael White was handed over to Swiss Ambassador Markus Leitner for "health reasons". However, he is not free. 
 Amer Fakhoury is a famous collaborator of the Israeli occupation troops in Lebanon. He was a member of the South Lebanese Army, director of the sinister Kiam prison and a torturer. He fled from Lebanon during the Israeli withdrawal and returned, for an unknown reason, in September 2019. He was immediately recognized and arrested. He was released on the grounds that the statute of limitations for his crimes is legally invalid, but he was not allowed to leave the country. He then rushed to the US mega-embassy in Awkar under the protection of Ambassador Dorothy Shea, from where he was exfiltrated by helicopter by US Special Forces to Cyprus. 
 Austin Tice is a Marine Captain turned freelance journalist. He entered Syria illegally with the help of the Turkish secret service before disappearing in 2012 in Daraya, a suburb of Damascus. Eva Filipi, the Czech ambassador who represents US interests in Syria, said he was being held not by jihadists but by the Syrian authorities. This has always been denied by Damascus.


These three US citizens are most likely collaborators or agents of the CIA. 

 Strangely enough, the United Arab Emirates broke the US embargo and brought medicines to Iran. 
 Each Lebanese faction accuses the other of yielding to US pressure. Hezbollah assures that it has not betrayed the Resistance and has not secretly negotiated with Washington, while the president of the (pro-Hezbollah) Military Tribunal has resigned. 
 This is the first time in two decades that a US president has publicly sought the help of the Syrian Arab Republic.


Transfer of military leadership to the United Kingdom


On March 5, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper received his British counterpart Ben Wallace at the Pentagon. The two men shared the command of the new NATO-ME [1].


Ben Wallace then delivered a speech to the Atlantic Council in which he confirmed the strength of the UK-US alliance and the availability of the United Kingdom. He also supported the need to try the "dictator Bashar el-Assad" (sic), but the impossibility of doing so given the support of the "Russian bear". In other words, Syria remains an enemy, but will not be touched again. The war will be displaced [2].


On March 12 and 13, Ben Wallace visited Turkey and jihadi-occupied Syria. He inspected the Turkish army observation posts at Idleb and conveyed £89 million in "humanitarian" donations to the families of the jihadists. The jihadists then began attacking the Turkish troops supposed to protect them, killing several Turkish soldiers.



The End of Yemen and the Beginning of the End of Saudi Arabia

Pursuing its policy of military withdrawal and transfer of this function to proxies, the United States is transforming the Yemen war. Originally, the Pentagon planned to divide the country in two along the dividing line that existed until 1990. It had encouraged Saudi Arabia and Israel to attack the country to exploit the oil resources of the region adjacent to the "Empty Quarter" [3] The operation was carried out with the Israeli air force, Colombian mercenaries under the Saudi flag and Emirati troops. It was coordinated by a tripartite (Arab/US/Israeli) headquarters based in Somaliland.

However, the Pentagon, relying on tribal rivalries, managed to complicate the situation to the point where the country was effectively divided in two, but also to create an equally divided Saudi Arabia/Emirates Coalition. It then had to complete the division of Yemen into two separate states without committing its own troops, before embarking on the division of the former Saudi ally into five separate states. The Quincy Pact obliges him to protect the King of Saudi Arabia, but neither his country nor his heir [4].

This week, the Pentagon dispatched a warship off Aden. It installed British troops on the island of Socotra to make it a permanent military base with the United Arab Emirates and armed it with Patriot missiles. Simultaneously, the Iranian-backed Northern Houthis victoriously attacked two Saudi military bases and took more than 700 Saudi soldiers prisoner, while the UAE-backed tribes attacked the Saudi-backed tribes in Aden. The government of Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi, the only officially recognised UN authority in exile in Riyadh, lost control of Aden.

The Saudi Crown Prince, Mohamed ben Salman, after having tortured his too brilliant childhood friend, after having murdered his rivals, after having executed the Shiite leader of his opposition, after having embalmed and robbed his brothers and uncles, after having had an over-talkative Muslim Brother cut up in Istanbul, has no one left to support him.

The American, British and Emirati Defense Departments do not communicate on these battles. Only the Houthis do. In the absence of official communication, the international press is blind and dumb.

South Yemen is a former British colony and the United Arab Emirates were integrated into the Indian Empire. The United Kingdom, under a US umbrella, is regaining its influence in the Gulf and the Red Sea.

The Saudi Arabia/Axis of Resistance opposition no longer exists, for lack of fighters. From now on, after Iran (1953-78), Iraq (1979-90) and Saudi Arabia (1991-2019), the United Arab Emirates (2020-), under the umbrella of NATO-ME (MO), have become the gendarmes of the region.

This complete reversal of the situation corresponds to our analysis of the crisis. After their failure in Syria, the United States is pursuing its 2001 plan and is preparing to destabilise Saudi Arabia. President Trump validated this step on the sole condition that US troops would not participate directly, but that the Emirates would represent them.



Suicide in the European Union

Meanwhile, the European Union is responding inadequately to the coronavirus epidemic. Instead of fighting the disease (widespread testing, treatment of infected people with chloroquine, emergency care of the sick with artificial respiration and recombinant interferon Alfa 2B), it is preventing its hospitals from becoming overcrowded (house arrest of the healthy population) [5]. Its economy has come to a standstill and the European Central Bank is announcing a 5% recession if this situation lasts two weeks, but it will probably be six. When the peak of the epidemic has passed, it will no longer be a major economic power and the world will be organized in a new way without it.


Thierry Meyssan

Translation 

Roger Lagassé


read more:
https://www.voltairenet.org/article209528.html

Note: this is why Brexit... Ah you work it out: "While Europeans and Arabs are being absorbed by the coronavirus, Anglo-Saxons are changing the world order..." Brexit HAD TO HAPPEN for this to happen... Awake?... No? doesn't matter... Drink your potato juice...

no new york quarantining...

Earlier, the US president suggested that he might quarantine the three states in an attempt to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

The CDC has released a statement in which residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are urged not to travel for 14 days. In a travel advisory posted on the site the agency elaborates that the warning will not apply to employees of 'critical infrastructure industries' such as trucking, public health, financial services and food supply. 

Earlier, US President Donald Trump, while acknowledging that no quarantine would be necessary for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, noted that he had ordered the CDC to issue a 'strong travel advisory'.

 

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https://sputniknews.com/us/202003281078745807-no-quarantine-necessary-fo...

 

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the timeline of fake and real crisis...

On Jan. 20, the United States confirmed its first case of the coronavirus. The nation’s political and media elite ­obsessed over Mitch McConnell’s just-announced resolution governing the impeachment trial of President Trump.

On Jan. 23, China locked down the city of Wuhan. Cable news in America lit up with praise for the epic, nay historic, performance by House ­impeachment manager Adam Schiff in the trial’s opening arguments.

On Jan. 30, the World Health ­Organization declared a world-health emergency. The US Senate prepared to vote on impeachment witnesses.

On Feb. 5, the cruise ship Diamond Princess quarantined thousands of passengers after a major outbreak on board. Mitt Romney announced that he’d vote to convict Trump on one of the two counts against him, and the Senate voted to acquit on both.

If the Senate had approved additional impeachment witnesses, the trial would have stretched further into February at least, overlapping even more with the epidemic.

Trump closed off travel from China while the trial was still ­ongoing, the day after senators asked their final questions of the ­impeachment managers and the White House defense team. Only 2 ¹/₂ weeks after the trial, the White House requested $1.25 billion in emergency coronavirus funding from Congress.

If the trial hadn’t ended expeditiously, the Senate easily could have been still seeking the testimony of, say, former White House counsel Don McGhan about the details of the non-firing of special counsel Robert Mueller — at the same time everyone expected the administration to be shifting into a war footing against the virus.

In that circumstance, the ­impeachment trial obviously would have been immediately shelved, because a discretionary national crisis can’t compete with a real, unavoidable one. Political melodrama must give way to a potential public-health catastrophe. Purportedly historic events that were going to be forgotten within weeks can’t compare to days that genuinely might define our era.

For more than three years, American national politics has been constantly on a crisis footing over presidential tweets, two-day controversies, dubious storylines whipped up by the media and Trump’s genuine outrages. Little of it has been enduring, or nearly as important as the intense, wall-to-wall attention at any given ­moment suggested.

Trump and his opposition have been engaged in a performative dance of mutual animosity that is angry, hysterical and, ultimately, inconsequential.

The Mueller probe constituted the tent pole of this period. For years, it drew wishful comparisons to Watergate in the media, but it came up empty, since its premise of a Trump conspiracy with the Russians was always a progressive phantasmagoria.

 

Read more:

https://nypost.com/2020/03/30/just-two-months-ago-crisis-meant-impeachme...

 

 

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overt CIA spying on china...

WASHINGTON — The C.I.A. has been warning the White House since at least early February that China has vastly understated its coronavirus infections and that its count could not be relied upon as the United States compiles predictive models to fight the virus, according to current and former intelligence officials.


The intelligence briefings in recent weeks, based at least in part on information from C.I.A. assets in China, played an important role in President Trump’s negotiation on Thursday of an apparent détente with President Xi Jinping of China. Since then, both countries have ratcheted back criticism of each other.


Obtaining a more accurate count of the Chinese rate of infection and deaths from the virus has worldwide public health implications at a time of grave uncertainty over the virus, its speed of transmission and other fundamental questions. For American officials, the totals are critical to getting a better understanding of how Covid-19 will affect the United States in the months to come and of the effectiveness of countermeasures like social distancing, according to American intelligence agencies and White House officials.


So far, to the frustration of both the White House and the intelligence community, the agencies have been unable to glean more accurate numbers through their collection efforts.

But American intelligence agencies have concluded that the Chinese government itself does not know the extent of the virus and is as blind as the rest of the world. Midlevel bureaucrats in the city of Wuhan, where the virus originated, and elsewhere in China have been lying about infection rates, testing and death counts, fearful that if they report numbers that are too high they will be punished, lose their position or worse, current and former intelligence officials said.


Bureaucratic misreporting is a chronic problem for any government, but it has grown worse in China as the Communist leadership has taken a more authoritarian turn in recent years under Mr. Xi.


No complete picture of the virus exists anywhere because of factors beyond government suppression, including testing shortages, varying measurement standards and asymptomatic infections that could account for up to one in four coronavirus cases. Iran has obfuscated its struggles with the pandemic. Italy’s death count of more than 13,000, the most worldwide, leaves out people who died outside hospitals. Testing in the United States lags behind other countries.

 

Read more:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/us/politics/cia-coronavirus-china.htm...

and sending the warships...

At the outset of the coronavirus briefing Wednesday evening, the Trump administration announced it is deploying U.S. Navy warships to the Caribbean in order to prevent “corrupt actors” and drug cartels from exploiting the pandemic to smuggle narcotics into the U.S.

Joined by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley, and Attorney General William Barr, President Donald Trump announced that he is doubling U.S. military assets in the region to counter the “growing threat.” Destroyers, surveillance planes, and personnel will be sent close to Venezuela, sources told The New York Times.

The announced U.S. military operation will be the largest in the the hemisphere since the U.S. invaded Panama and ousted Gen. Manuel Noriega on drug charges. The legal justification for the Noriega invasion was written Barr, who also wrote the bounty justification against Maduro.

This operation comes after the U.S. indicted Venezuela’s President Maduro last week and placed a bounty on his head. Federal prosecutors accuse Maduro of using tons of cocaine as a “weapon” against the United States. The U.S. Department of State, through its Narcotics Rewards Program, is offering rewards of up to $15 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Maduro Moros. The U.S. also indicted a dozen current and former Venezuelan officials on charges of drug trafficking, corruption, and narco-terrorism conspiracy.

The Trump administration recognizes Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate president, and has not ruled out using military action to remove Maduro. The Trump administration insists there is no desire to entangle the U.S. in another foreign conflict, however.

Despite U.S. sanctions famously championed by Trump’s former National Security Advisor John Bolton, Maduro remains in power in Venezuela.

 

Read more:

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/state-of-the-union/u-s-launches-...

 

MEANWHILE:

 

On Tuesday, Nicolas Maduro addressed the leaders of governments across the world to request their assistance amid US attempts to arrest him over accusations of drug trafficking, which he has slammed as "false" and not based on any evidence.

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro tweeted on Saturday that he had “ordered the mobilisation of artillery [pieces]” in the country’s strategic areas in order to protect the security of ordinary Venezuelans.

“I denounce the existence of groups financed from Colombia and the US, which seek to undermine the stability of [our] homeland with violent actions”, he wrote on his Twitter page.


Denuncio la existencia de grupos financiados desde Colombia y EE.UU, que pretenden atentar contra la estabilidad de la Patria, con acciones violentas. Por ello, ordené la movilización de piezas de artillería a lugares estratégicos. ¡Es mi deber proteger la Paz de nuestro pueblo!


The remarks came after he said during a ministerial meeting in Caracas earlier on Saturday that these groups believe that “they can take advantage of the [coronavirus] pandemic and the quarantine to carry out terrorist actions and a coup”.

He added that he had announced the mobilisation of “the artillery pieces” within the framework of the ongoing 2020 Bolivarian Shield drills, which kicked off in mid-February, “to be prepared for the fight for peace”.

Trump Announces Anti-Narcotics Operation in the Caribbean

Maduro’s statement comes a few days after President Donald Trump announced that the US military would deploy naval vessels and aircraft to the Caribbean as part of an enhanced counter-narcotics operation.

“We must not let the drug cartels exploit the [COVID-19] pandemic to threaten American lives. In cooperation with the 22 partner nations US Southern Command will increase surveillance, disruption and seizures of drug shipments and provide additional support for eradication efforts which are going on right now at record pace”, Trump said.

He was echoed by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley, who told reporters earlier this week that the US military had managed to obtain intelligence suggesting that “the drug cartels as a result of COIVD-19 were going to try to take advantage of the situation and try to infiltrate additional drugs into our country”.

 

Read more:

https://sputniknews.com/latam/202004051078846266-venezuelan-president-ma...

 

 

All of this being due to a make-believe (fake news) by the USA...

 

 

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the US are going to "war"...

The United States has deployed forces in the Caribbean with the stated objective of fighting "drug cartels". A decision that irritates Venezuela, a few days after Washington accused Nicolas Maduro of "narcoterrorism". "We must not let the drug cartels exploit the [Covid-19] pandemic to threaten American lives." It is by using this argument that the President of the United States, Donald Trump, announced, on April 1, 2020, the deployment of a large military arsenal in the Caribbean Sea. These would be "navy destroyers, ships, planes and helicopter gunships, Coast Guard ships and Air Force surveillance devices" to "double" the capabilities US military in the region.


This announcement, which comes a few days after the United States accused Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of "narcoterrorism", was coldly received by Venezuelan and Cuban authorities. Donald Trump said the United States is cooperating with 22 partner countries in the region, including Saint Lucia, Haiti, Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala. The objective, according to the tenant of the White House, is to help the US Southern Command (Southern Command of the United States, responsible for all the military actions of the United States in Central America, South America and the Caribbean) to "strengthen surveillance, disruption and seizure of drug shipments, and provide additional support to the eradication efforts which are currently taking place at a record pace".

 

"Ironically, it is through Guatemala that the majority of narcotics transit to the United States," notes French public media Martinique La Première. He added that "Venezuela is considered a" small player "in the drug trafficking sector".

 

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