Just In: Emergency closure of fishery along entire West Coast — Almost no babies surviving since 2011 — “Catastrophic crash… Population decimated… Crisis… Collapse so severe” — “Latest in series of alarming die-offs… mass reproductive failures… strange diseases” — Official: “A lot of weird things out there”
Published: April 16th, 2015 at 9:02 am ET
NY Times, Apr 15, 2015 (emphasis added): [Regulators] approved an emergency closure of commercial sardine fishing off Oregon, Washington and California… Earlier this week, the council shut down the next sardine season… [R]evised estimates of sardine populations… found the fish were declining in numbers faster than earlier believed… [Stocks are] much lower than estimated last year… The reasons are not well-understood.
Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting, April 13, 2015: Ben Enticknap, Oceana senior scientist (1:08:00 in) — “We’ve seen a significant change in recruitment [Recruitment: The number of new young fish that enter a population]. There’s been practically no recruitment in recent years, and this was not expected.”
Undercurrent News, Apr 14, 2015: [A]ccording to the report on the emergency action from the PFMC… “the total stock biomass of Pacific sardine is declining as a result of poor recruitment“… [A California Wetfish Producers Association official said] “little recruitment was observed in 2011-2014.”
Oregonian, Apr 13, 2015: Pacific coast sardines are facing a population collapse so severe [fishing] will be shut down… [The] downward spiral in spite of favorable water conditions has ocean-watchers worried there’s more to this collapse than cyclical population trends. “There are a lot of weird things happening out there, and we’re not quite sure why they aren’t responding the way they should,” said Kevin Hill, a NOAA Fisheries biologist… Fishery managers are adding it to a list of baffling circumstances off the West Coast… NOAA surveys indicate very few juvenile fish made it through their first year. “The population isn’t replacing itself,” Hill said.
SFist, Apr 14, 2015: [T]he population appears decimated… As the Council writes, “temperatures in the Southern California Bight have risen in the past two years, but we haven’t seen an increase in young sardines”… Sardines typically spawn in warmer waters, with cold water decreasing their numbers.
SF Chronicle, Apr 14, 2015: Sardine population collapses… [There’s] evidence stocks are going through the same kind of collapse [seen in the 1950s]… The sardine population along the West Coast has collapsed… Causes of crisis — A lack of spawning… was blamed for the decline… Severe downturn… things recently took a turn for the worse… because of a lack of spawning due to poor ocean conditions in 2014… The collapse this year is the latest in a series of alarming die-offs, sicknesses and population declines in the ocean ecosystem along the West Coast. Anchovies… have also declined [due to] a lack of zooplankton… Record numbers of starving sea lions… Brown pelicans, too, have suffered from mass reproductive failures and are turning up sick and dead… Strange diseases have also been proliferating in the sea…
Monterey Herald, Apr 13, 2015: For the first time in 30 years [sardine fishing] will be banned.
KPCC, Apr 1, 2015: The first time that sardine fishing has been banned since federal management of the fishery began… Many are worried a… catastrophic crash is happening.
Full recording of the PFMC meeting here
Phase Two of Jade Helm 15 Is Emerging
POSTED ON APRIL 8, 2015 UPDATED ON APRIL 7, 2015
The Common Sense Show
by Dave Hodges
Not on my watch!
As many of us have suspected since the announcement of Jade Helm 15 and their desire to “Master the Human Domain”, there is a lot to Jade Helm 15 that is not being released. We know the “drill” is a “dissident extraction” exercise which many of us fear could go live at any time. A week ago, I received information that the United Nations, including Russian troops, were going to have a presence in the drill. Subsequently, I reported that the United Nations would have an “observer” in every unit in every part of the Jade Helm 15 drill.
Common sense would dictate that Jade Helm 15 personnel do not need 60 days (July 15-September 15) to practice/complete extraction drills. Most researchers as well as my insider sources concur there is more to Jade Helm than the announced purpose. Although the drill is not scheduled to start in over 3 months, it actually began in Ft. Lauderdale with extraction of dissidents on March 27, 2015.
Is there a phase two to the Jade Helm 15 drill? The short answer is “yes”.
Phase One: Potential Dissident Extraction
Phase Two: Gun confiscation
Jade Helm 15 will not likely stop with two phases and I know for a fact that this list of Jade Helm 15 applications will grow. Not surprisingly, the United Nations will be involved every step of the way. Now that I have been provided with a two phase operation from trusted insider sources, can these claims be supported by publicly known facts?
Phase One: Dissident Extraction
On Friday March 27, 2015, I was interviewed by Nik Rajkovic, a news reporter for NewsRadio 740 KTRH in Houston. In the course of the interview, Rajkovic informed me that he had interviewed a Sheriff’s Deputy and was told that Jade Helm 15 was practicing “extractions of dissidents”.
A review of the events in Ft. Lauderdale on March 27, 2015, clearly demonstrated that a dissident extraction drill was indeed being conducted.
Did you ever think you would see this in America? This is an extraction of dissidents drill in Florida.
Did you ever think you would see this in America? This is an extraction of dissidents drill in Florida.
The “dissidents” were then transported to waiting white vans for transport and then this was followed by removal of the drill’s participants to the now infamous black helicopters.
The United Nations Prepositioning of Military Assets Began In the Summer of 2014
Last summer reports, photos and videos began to surface regarding the entry of UN military equipment on American soil. The following represents some of the images of these reports dating back to June of 2014.
un vehicles 2
This was taken six days ago on a Georgia highway. What are they doing here?
Don’t believe the validity of these still photos? Then please explain the following video? (Foul language: Viewer Discretion Advised)
Phase Two: Gun Confiscation and the UN Small Arms Treaty
Reportedly, Phase Two of Jade Helm will consist of gun confiscation and there is ample evidence pointing to this strong possibility and it started with a very concerning act that involved the Secretary of State, John Kerry, and President Obama as Kerry signed the illegal and unconstitutional UN Small Arms Treaty which effectively bans all private ownership of guns. There is one provision in the treaty that has received absolutely no attention in our mainstream media and that is the section having to do with confiscation and the use of foreign troops:
State parties to the ATT “may seek assistance” in implementing the Treaty. The ATT indicates that a voluntary trust fund was established to promote the establishment of a multinational gun confiscation program.
I have learned that JH 15 will also use its “Mutli-national” partners in the upcoming drill, thus enhancing the strong possibility that foreign troops will be used to seize American guns. Therefore, it is difficult to believe that gun confiscation is not on the list of activities for JH 15 and that my sources are correct.
More proof for Jade Helm morphing into a gun confiscation drill comes from the United Nations itself. Under the heading, “Hiding in plain sight”, the United Nations previously advertised for the following position in the Summer of 2014:
Posting Title: Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Officer, P4
Job Title Code: DISARMAMENT, DEMOBILIZATION AND REINTEGRATION OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Duty Station: New York
Job Description: A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration or related area. Experience working within peacekeeping, peace-building or development programmes operations is desirable. Experience with small arms control, conflict/post-conflict crisis management, economic recovery is desirable. Experience coordinating multiple partner agencies, funds or programmes is desirable.
Analysis of the Job Description
What is highly significant is that nobody seems to be talking about this illegitimate imposition of foreign troops on our soil and this notion is represented in the phrase “conflict/post conflict management“! What conflict/post conflict management? Conflict management is another euphemism reserved for one of two possibilities. First, this implies there will be a civil war, hence the reason for the Jade Helm 15 drills. With over 260+ senior military officers fired by Obama for not embracing the future need to fire on American citizens, speaks clearly to this point. Ask yourself, what would be the one thing that this administration could do that would guarantee a violent response from many of the people? That one thing would be to start seizing private guns. Foreign troops will be operating under the UN flag in the pursuit of this agenda. Obama is in the midst of purging the military leadership who will not necessarily and indiscriminately fire upon American citizens who would resist having their Second Amendment rights obliterated by this present administration. Secondly, in order to create the manufactured need to impose martial law, the administration would need a pretext, a false flag event. I have been covering the pretext possibilities for over a year. In fact, the pretext has been rehearsed repeatedly since last fall (see FEMA and DHS drills below).
Peacekeeping is normally the euphemism reserved for gun confiscation and population subjugation. If there is any doubt to the veracity of this claim, the following phrase “Experience with small arms control“, should remove any doubt as to what is coming. Further this job description uses phrases such as “demobilization“. Further, the phrase “reintegration” is also significant. By definition, what is a re-education camp designed for? Quite simply put, it is designed for reintegration back into society with a more politically appropriate attitude. Back into society from where? This question can be answered with a pair of four letter words, FEMA Camp.
UN controlled FEMA Camp
It is clear that this administration is going after the guns and it will rely heavily on its “Mutli-national partners to accomplish this goal. Generally, this kind of bold move would require the implemetation of a false flag attack in order to minimize public resistance. In 2013, a plethora of potential false flag events were rehearsed by FEMA, DHS and their “foreign partners”. Gun confiscation is clearly part of what is meant by “Master the Human Domain”.
Rehearsing for Martial Law
In the Fall of 2013, FEMA, DHS and select foreign entities extensively rehearsed for the following contingencies in the following list of preparedness and disaster drills planned and carried out over a six week period:
1. FEMA purchase orders for over $14.2 million for MREs and heater meals were delivered to Region III by October 1st, 2013.
2. FEMA purchase orders for 22 million pouches of emergency water were delivered to Region III by October 1st, 2013.
3. FEMA purchase orders for $13.6 million for MREs and heater meals were delivered to Austin, TX. by October 1st, 2013.
4. $11 million in antibiotics were delivered to FEMA region III by October 1st ordered by CDC
5, Nine-week training course for UN Peacekeepers in CONUS to learn Urban Warfare, English, and US weapons systems beginning in late July 2013 for 386,000 troops and the “drill” was wrapped up by October 1, 2013
6. Great Shakeout Drill conducted on October 17, 2013
7. More Than 1,000 Banks participated in the National Cyber-Attack Drill Oct. 16-17, Oct. 23-24
8. Quantum Dawn’ was a Cyber-Attack Bank Drill –
9. GridEx2 Nov. 13-14, 2013, which was a simulated EMP attack upon the American power grid. Both the Russians and the Chinese were allowed to participate.
Let’s focus ofn#5. Why would foreign troops (i.e. UN Peacekeepers) practice urban warfare and be taught English unless they were part of a martial law occupation force? And what do martial law occupation forces do? They round up undesirable citizens, seize guns and relocate populations for final disposition. Buried within the myriad of these 2013 drills, it is easy to conclude that somewhere in this mess is a false flag drill designed to set into motion the implementation of martial law under the auspices of the United Nations. Jade Helm 15 is the manifestation of all this planning.
There are two phases emerging from Jade Helm 15. These two phases are bad enough. However, there are certain to be more as the nation enters into what could be a long, hot summer.
The Common Sense Show
Marcelino Benito, KHOU 11 News 12:21 a.m. CDT April 14, 2015
KHOU 11 News has confirmed, along with the Walmart in Livingston, Texas, four other Walmarts across the country also closed on Monday for plumbing repairs.
The stores are located in Brandon, FL, Midland, TX, Tulsa, OK, and at an undisclosed location in California.
The Livingston store’s closing is the talk of the town off Highway 59 in Livingston, Texas. Hundreds of locals packed into Walmart just hours before it closed.
“It was chaotic, the line was from the front all the way to the produce,” said customer Pam Underferth. “It was crazy.”
The company calls it a temporary closure to perform extensive repairs to the store. For now there’s no date to reopen. The store is expected to be closed for at least six months.
“They’re the ones who dropped the bomb on us,” said one former employee.
More than 400 store associates found out around 1 p.m. on Monday their jobs at this location were being eliminated.
“She was crying and upset,” said Betty Suarez.
Suarez’s daughter-in-law called her to let her know what was happening.
“She has three kids, what is she going to do,” said Suarez.
Walmart tells us there are no layoffs. The employees apparently are “eligible to transfer to other stores if a suitable opening exists.” The only problem is the closest store is 30 miles away.
“We’re going to have to drive to Lufkin, or Cleveland or Huntsville,” said Underferth.
Before we were asked to leave Walmart’s property employees told KHOU they are getting two months pay. Some employees may also be eligible for severance. They say they were all told a new position isn’t guaranteed.
“Everybody was really emotional, because some people have been working there for 25 years,” said another former employee.
It’s rattled customers and employees in this small town alike. People that rely on this store everyday.
“We’re thinking what’s it going to do to our economy,” said Suarez. “We don’t have K-Mart, we don’t have Target. Walmart is it.”
Below is a complete statement from a Walmart spokeswoman:
“As part of an effort to ensure all of our stores are fully serving the needs of our customers we regularly assess the conditions of our stores. Due to ongoing plumbing issues that will require extensive repairs we are temporarily closing the Livingston store. We will immediately begin the process to address these issues and intend to reopen the store as soon as all of the plumbing issues are resolved. Deciding to close a store is not a decision we make lightly, but after careful consideration, we felt it was necessary to make these repairs so we can better serve our customers and the community in the long run.”
If you were impacted by this temporary closure, Walmart will host informational sessions for associates with questions on April 16 and 17th at Camp Cho-Yeh in Livingston. Contact Walmart for more information.
Published April 14, 2015, filed under GOVERNMENT, Tyranny, WORLD
By Mary Carmel (TLB)
“We can’t expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism,
but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism,
until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism.”
Many people are now educated in the horror of past wars, mostly WWI & WWII, for our present generation had parents and/or grandparents that were involved. We also have a generation of people that witnessed the Korean, and Vietnam conflicts. There is now a group that has had direct contact with the proxy wars of the Middle East. Citizens of the USA to this day, take vacations to Europe and contemplate on how this could happen at all, how these people were unable to stop it, and why others remained silent when they knew it was happening. Americans are well aware of the extermination camps in Germany under Hitler, but forget about the 66 million plus, that were exterminated in Russia under Stalin, many were Christian.
If we have learned anything through historical event such as these, it would be to never underestimate the power and greed that runs this war machine, and that we are not exempt here in the US. The writing is on the wall, and many Americans are ignoring it. While WWIII is emerging through the the global chaos, as a nation we must get it together. I see people walking through the same political fog of the upcoming elections, and they remain unaware that only the people can save America now, and why this is a fact.
We know that the 9/11 Boogie Man created by GW Bush was a lie, but now live with the threat of ISIS screaming ‘death to America’ as they infiltrate our open borders (all funded, trained, and equipped via the US, UK, and Israeli governments etc.). We have an influx of illegal drug cartels, and human trafficking experts walking into the US. They are hardened criminals, armed by the US GOV, given a free pass by none other than Barack Hussein Obama, or at least that is his name these past 8 years. The increased privatized prison for profit population and the drug war on the streets, enables cheap labor provided by the inmates, so they do not need to give you a job! That lack of importance is a huge step, citizens are now undesirable, they have taken your worth away. Illegals can offer them more without complaining about their liberties and pay scale, heck they even keep the politicians in power with their vote!
Our police force is out of control, run amok, killing more people this quarter than England had in 200 years! Many for no crime at all! Scandalous IRS behavior has stripped land and assets without the victims even being charged at all, and they have no recourse whatsoever. Now they want our free speech, guns, and our health. Feeding us GMO foods, spraying the skies with chemicals then taxing us for the wreckage of the climate, and taking children for noncompliance with their poisonous vaccines… You cannot make this up!
Now that our dollar has fallen through the termite infested floorboards, after systematically being hijacked by the unconstitutional Federal Reserve Act of 1913, and we are in debt to China for the cheap goods Americans buy at the mall every week, we are more than fractured nation. These Bankers continue to profit off us like the parasites they are (yes you remember if you lost your house while you bailed them out). While we are spiraling into the abyss of this communist regime, I cannot seem to get anyone to turn off the ball game, stop watching “reality shows”, or to understand that the mainstream television news is paid propaganda conditioning for the populace with scripted lies (paid for too, by these gangsters).
Now let us look at the fact that we ARE at war with Russia, most of Europe is. NATO insists on provoking Russia because the Elite wants them to, they want to control Russia, Ukraine, and their resources. Russian and Chinese troops, have been here training in our backyards for a long time under UN negotiations as what the press will call ‘peacekeeping troops.’ They have assistance too! None other than the Israeli trained police force, and DHS officers that are here to disarm Americans under the NDAA. If YOU were training for the UN on Russian soil, and President Putin had our country surrounded at home, as we do Russia right now, how would you react to Russians there? Russia does not want to answer to this cabal anymore, and we owe China a lot of money. Trillions. I suspect they will more than likely take advantage of a land grab here, because we cannot pay up. They have threatened to take Hawaii already, and Putin is not so strangely ready to attack our whole southern border, arming Mexico and South America. Yes, well, what do you want? NATO took the Ukraine away from his region, then sanctioned HIM!
To add insult to injury, our government and congress do not function for the people at all anymore, falling prey to the Vatican/Israeli/CIA backed blackmail in which JFK tried to warn us about, until he was assassinated by them. With his records sealed for thirty years, we had no clue to the extent of this. Israel is still in violation of the Nuclear Proliferation Agreement, and has the nerve to march into our Congress, insisting Iran has no right to have weapons, while they have an arsenal, most likely paid for by the US taxpayers under the ongoing aid to Israel myth. We watch them pummel and destroy Palestine daily. More threats of the terror in the mid east tales by Netanyahu, only this time millions of Muslims have been killed and displaced throughout the whole region due to the 9/11 lie, by the US military and US/Israeli backed ISIS! Whom do you think has to answer for this? We do! If you live in Florida, you had better hope Cuba is not the new landing pad for ISIS.
Israel knows the world is not to happy about their behavior, as we were/are fighting their wars in the mid east for the elite and truth is out of the bag. America has been used by the cabal and we let it happen! In our defense, we were lied to, but in the age of technology, people had more fun on FB calling the ‘liberty activist movement’ tin hats, conspiracy theorists, and antisemitic instead of researching real history. Note that we are not antisemite, but do not promote the killing of innocent people everywhere in the name of oil and control over the petrodollar, including the deaths of our own military personnel, and citizens that perished on 9/11 under the GW Bush/Israeli/Saudi operation. I will not defend the behavior of Israel, they are no ally to us. It has nothing to do with the citizens there. I take offense when they have infiltrated every fiber of our society, with a goal enslave the American people completely.Their dual citizenship status, is Israel first, and always has been.
So, you ask what is happening as we pump out the truth for you every single day and you refuse to listen. If we could get more Americans on board, we might have a chance to escape the inevitable extinction of the free society we once enjoyed. We do not have this anymore, or have you even noticed? No one is opposed to indefinite detention without due process for merely being an American patriot, or perhaps a Christian, maybe even just posting on FB against the ‘state?’ Your Constitution is gone in a flash and you question us now, after resenting our observations! People also have to understand that putting trust in the politicians they elect, is the very REASON for the type of government we have under this Constitution, it is called a republic! You need to participate in order for it to remain in the hands of ‘We the people’. Our founding fathers escaped the tyranny of Europe, and knew too well that no government can be trusted except one that is governed by the people themselves. They left you instructions!!! Forget the election choices of 2016, we need to take the wheel, no politician can, and is going to save this, the elections are rigged by the elite, Congress is tied up and gagged.
In essence folks, I have a newsflash for you… WE HAVE BEEN ATTACKED FROM WITHIN!!! Believe me, this is not going to end like all the other growing pains that America has survived. This is end game. We ARE at war, we are surrounded, and only YOU can stand up with the rest of us and fight for your freedom and for that of your families. Time ticks real fast, as these Jade Helm drills across America go rogue on or before July 15th and they will round you up, separate you from your families. FEMA is your new home, no need to pack, by this time you will have lost it all. Forget the dollar, it is gone! Get used to it.
The rest IS history, what happened under Stalin, Hitler, and the others has now been arranged for us by none other than the same bloodlines that did it back then, including the Bush family(Nazis), under the guise of our illegal alien president! It is just a new generation of genocide, depopulation, power and property grabs, but you cannot sit this one out, sorry to break the news. No free pass, the camps are built, they are up and running all over the US right under your nose! They even have your transportation arranged!
Do not ask how it happened in WWII. It happened just like it has happened here and now… Denial, arrogance, and a systematic breakdown of a nation through the elite 1% that have been running the world for years behind our global backs due to the “nonparticipation” within government given to us by our forefathers (for the people, by the people). In most cases they outright executed the real Royals and took power from nations across the world. We had protection from that, and did not exercise that power in numbers large enough.
Someone that KNOWS how this happens, how this works, is telling you to get up NOW! Perhaps hearing it from the KGB might help you realize that your country, your money, your liberties, and even freedom of religious beliefs are teetering on the edge, and there is not much time at all before it is all just a memory. Act now or this is over.
See the short video below, and feel free to research the information here on our website referring to Operation Jade Helm coming to a city near you July 15th or before. This is NOT going away.
I also urge you to get in the know about your assets, and how to protect some money legally before the crash of the dollar. You may keep up with news here at TLB, and as well our partnered site National Liberty Alliance, which is the US Common Law Grand Jury across 50 states and over 3,000 counties. Join, their site is informative as to what the US people have done up to this point to protect themselves. We need more people to get involved, to volunteer a little bit of their time.
To conclude on a positive note, If americans wake up, join the fight, we can do this! Do not throw America, your lives, and your loved ones to these wolves… Look at where THAT has gotten us. Get your groove shoes on, the resistance is here! MC
On April 7, 2015, AlertsUSA issued the following
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4/7 – OVERNIGHT: India to evacuate US citizens from Yemen via sea/air as security situation deteriorates. No USGOV-sponsored evac options for citizens in the country.
What You Need To Know
One Tues of this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding a stunning decision by the U.S. government to not carry out emergency evacuations of American citizens from the war-torn country. While Pentagon spokesman U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren says that United States has “assets in place” to carry out the evacuation, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf declared there are “no plans for U.S. assets to be used” as the security situation was too precarious.
“Given the situation in Yemen, it’s quite dangerous and unpredictable. Doing something like sending in military assets, even for an evacuation, could put U.S. citizen lives at greater risk.”
Instead, the State Department posted two messages to the website of the now abandoned U.S. Embassy telling Americans to call the Embassy of India or the International Organization for Migration for assistance.
And so there is no mistake as to who pulls the strings in such matters, while news reports all focus on the State Department and the Pentagon, any such orders begin with the National Command Authority. The chain of command runs from the President to the Secretary of Defense to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then to the Specified Commands. In short, it is the Office of the President of the United States which ultimately makes the command decision to use military forces to execute an evacuation.
AlertsUSA’s Pentagon sources say there is significant anger and frustration within the DoD over this decision by the White House, particularly in light of the fact that there are two aircraft carrier battle groups in the region as well as a big deck amphibious warship with thousands of Marines and dozens of helicopters and V22s just offshore. One of our sources indicated that this situation “carries the essence of Benghazi about it,” in reference to the failure to provide military assistance to the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya when it came under attack in 2012.
India’s foreign ministry reports they received a request from the U.S. for assistance in evacuating citizens. As of the time of this report’s preparation on Friday, several Americans have been assisted in leaving the country by India and Pakistan though solid numbers have been difficult to obtain. ABC’s San Francisco affiliate is reporting on a local resident who was able to get to the coast, then rode on a boat with a fisherman across the Red Sea into Africa, ultimately traveling to Amsterdam before taking a flight back to California. Other countries carrying out mass evacuations of their citizens this week with few troubles include Canada, France, Russia, China and Somalia.
With hundreds of Americans left stranded, on Thursday of this week three human rights groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (or CAIR), filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC seeking the court’s relief by ordering the Department of State and Department of Defense to evacuate U.S. citizens. While it is obvious that the judicial branch of the U.S. government has no influence in this area, the move calls further attention to the matter, particularly in light of the fact that the US is, at a minimum, supporting Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states with logistics and intelligence assistance in the conflict.
AL QAEDA THREAT GROWS
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter acknowledged on Wednesday that the conflict in Yemen has allowed Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror organizations most active arm, to make significant gains in their threat to U.S. national security. According to Secretary Carter,
“It’s always easier to conduct counterterrorism operations when there is a stable government willing to cooperate in place; that circumstance now obviously doesn’t exist in Yemen. The terrorism threat to the West, including the United States, from AQAP is a longstanding and serious one.”
IRAN DEPLOYS WARSHIPS TO YEMEN
In addition to a significant U.S., Egyptian, Saudi, Pakistani and French naval presence in the region, tensions increased this week when Iran dispatched their own warships to the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait. Readers are reminded that Iran is the principle source of support and arms for the Houti rebels whom are responsible for bringing down the government in Yemen. Pentagon sources indicate a close eye is being kept on the vessels as, while small in number, there is a very real potential for the deployment of sea mines if the tensions increase.
IRAN THREATENS SAUDI ARABIA
On Thursday of this week, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani indirectly threatened Saudi Arabia, stating, “You will learn, not later but soon, that you are making a mistake in Yemen, too. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, was far less diplomatic and warned of dire repercussions. During a public address in Tehran on Thursday, Khamenei declared that “the Saudis will definitely be struck back in this issue and their nose will be rubbed against the ground,” using a Middle Eastern colloquialism meaning they will be defeated.
SECRETARY OF STATE WARNS IRAN
Perhaps most outspoken this week was Secretary of State John Kerry, who warned Iran over its increased involvement in Yemen’s civil war. In an interview with PBS News Hour, Secretary Kerry stated the following:
“There are obviously supplies that have been coming from Iran. There are a number of flights every single week that have been flying in. Iran needs to recognize that the US is not going to stand by while the region is destabilized.”
His statements highlight, yet again, the dangerous situation within which the Obama Administration finds itself. On one hand, there is Iran’s direct involvement with the Houti overthrow of Yemen which the U.S. is indirectly fighting against. On the other hand is the U.S. collaboration with Iran on fighting the Islamic State in Iraq. And on a third side, there is the laughable outcome of negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program.
CONFLICTING VIEWS ON NUCLEAR ACCORD
Late this week, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei made his first public comments on the supposed “framework” the Obama administration has been hyping as the basis for a nuclear accord. In his comments, Khamenei accused the Obama administration of blatantly “lying” about most of the proposed terms, saying he is being “deceptive,” and has “devilish” intentions. (Also see this, this and this.)
For those keeping track, it is important to note that this week the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group passed South through the Suez Canal and into the Red Sea. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is currently operating in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf and the Big Deck Amphibious Assault Ship USS Iwo Jima is somewhere off the coast of Yemen and overall, tensions are high. (See regional map here.)
AlertsUSA continues to monitor developments in this region, as well as its impact on the domestic terrorism threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers of changes in the overall threat picture for U.S. citizens and interests as events warrant.
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April 11, 2015
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Given the situation unfolding in Yemen and the unbelievable decision of the U.S. government to NOT provide a means of evacuating American citizens, this should be a serious wake-up call that you can no longer depend on the U.S. government to render assistance in critical, life threatening situations. As such, it is imperative that international travelers have their own safety net in place PRIOR TO LEAVING, even if you are simply heading off for vacation in the Caribbean, Mexico or Europe.
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Here at AlertsUSA, when our employees travel abroad we exclusively use the services of Boston-based Global Rescue. The firm provides best-in-class medical, aeromedical evacuation, search and rescue and security services to individuals, corporations, travelers and expeditions worldwide.
In addition to medical evacuations back to the hospital of your choice in your home country, Global Rescue also provides security services under which members can be evacuated in the event of crises that threaten their personal security when traveling, such as war, civil unrest, coup d’état (ala Yemen) or natural disasters. While we have (thankfully) had no need to call upon their services in an emergency, knowing we have a reliable partner during our travel abroad provides considerable peace of mind. This is particularly true in times where the assistance of your own government is in question.
Global Rescue is partnered with Johns Hopkins Medicine so as to provide members with world-class specialists to assist it's deployable paramedics and physicians. The company’s emergency response teams are comprised of paramedics, physicians and security personnel, many of whom are veterans of the U.S. Special Operations community.
If you, members of your family or employees travel outside of the U.S., even for simple vacations to the Caribbean, Mexico or Europe, AlertsUSA strongly urges you to consider securing their coverage.
Travel Security Update
The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.
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See all USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings HERE.
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