SAUDI ARABIA PREPARES TO INVADE SYRIA

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150,000 troops from Sunni Arabic countries marshaled for effort

BY KURT NIMMO

CNN’s Arabic division in Dubai reports Saudi Arabia is planning to invade Syria and has mobilized 150,000 troops in the kingdom.

Two sources cited by CNN say “trainees” preparing for the effort are from Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Morocco, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Turkey. Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei will also participate.

The invasion scheduled for March will be led by the Saudis and Turks and will originate in Turkey, according to CNN.

Last week the US Defense boss Ash Carter said he welcomed a Saudi offer to participate in ground operations. “That kind of news is very welcome,” he told reporters while on a visit to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

Carter will meet in Brussels this week with the Saudis. The Saudis confirmed they will also be in Brussels to discuss details of the invasion.

Last week Saudi Brig. Gen. Ahmad Asiri told the United States his country is willing to send troops into Syria. On Friday Saudi officials announced the formation of the Sunni coalition and said military exercises will be held in preparation for an invasion.

Iran mocked the Saudi plan. “They claim they will send troops (to Syria), but I don’t think they will dare do so,” Maj. Gen. Ali Jafaritold reporters in Tehran, according to Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency. “They have a classic army and history tells us such armies stand no chance in fighting irregular resistance forces.”

Middle East experts believe the move by Saudi Arabia is not about defeating the Islamic State but confronting Iran.

Iranian security and intelligence services are advising and assisting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in his fight against US and Gulf Emirate proxies. In addition to sending the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and Quds Force to fight on the ground in Syria, Lebanese Hezbollah has taken on a direct combat role. Iraqi Shi‘a brigades are also involved in the fighting.

“Saudi Arabia’s strategic goals in Syria are very different from ours. And any new introduction of foreign ground troops into Syria would be greatly complicating efforts to focus attention on ISIS as the threat,” Stephen Kinzer, a senior fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs, told US News & World Report. “The Saudis know what their goal is. They want to overthrow Assad. Period.”

“I would consider any introduction of foreign ground troops [into Syria] to be destabilizing. You’re pushing Saudi Arabian power closer and closer to Iran,” Kinzer added. “That kind of ground deployment would certainly undermine the already weak efforts toward peaceful resolution of this conflict.”

Last week UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Misturapostponed Syria peace talks brokered by the internationalist organization. The State Department has blamed Russia “in part” for the failure of the talks.

The proxy forces have refused to participate in talks unless the al-Assad government stops attempting to regain territory overtaken by al-Nusra, IS and other jihadist groups.

Hacker posts info of 20K FBI employees, 9K DHS staff

 

Names and addresses of 20,000 FBI employees and over 9,000 Homeland Security workers were dumped on the internet by unknown hackers after they tricked their way into a Department of Justice computer.

Tweeting as @DotGovs, the hackers posted a link pointing to a plain-text post on CryptoBin listing names, job titles, work emails, phone numbers and the states for thousands of employees of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FBI. The list includes computer specialists, procurement officers, budget analysts, directors and senior advisers.

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Several news outlets were contacted by the hackers on Sunday evening and given a preview of the data, including Vice’s Motherboard blog and FedScoop. According to the sites, the information in the leak was accurate.

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“We take these reports very seriously, however there is no indication at this time that there is any breach of sensitive or personally identifiable information,” DHS spokesman S.Y. Lee said in a statement Monday morning.a

The hackers told Motherboard they accessed the information by compromising an email account of a Justice Department official. They used the email address to “social engineer” access to the DOJ intranet, calling technical support to give them a password.

“So I called up, told them I was new and I didn’t understand how to get past [the portal],” one of the hackers told Motherboard. “They asked if I had a token code, I said no, they said ‘that’s fine – just use our one’.”

At that point, the hackers gained access to about a terabyte of data, and managed to download about 200 gigabytes.

“This is for Palestine, Ramallah, West Bank, Gaza, This is for the child that is searching for an answer,” the hackers said at the beginning of their CryptoBin post. Both the message and the method used in the hack resemble those of a different group of anonymous hackers that last year breached the private email accounts of CIA Director John Brennan and National Intelligence Director James Clapper.

Hit by a series of high-profile data breaches in recent years, the US government is demanding more cyber security funding. Last week, Defense Secretary Ash Carter requested nearly $7 billion for the Pentagon’s cyber operations budget in 2017, to “further DOD’s network defenses… build more training ranges for our cyber warriors; and also develop cyber tools and infrastructure needed to provide offensive cyber options.”

The Pentagon’s cyber budget for the current fiscal year is $5.5 billion.

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Jaw-Dropping Indicator Last Seen During Great Depression Just Hit An All-Time High!

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On the heels of the Dow plunging nearly 400 points at one point during today’s trading session, and with gold surging and oil falling, today a jaw-dropping indicator that was last seen during the Great Depression just hit an all-time high!

But first, let’s start with an important quote from last Friday:
“I continue to be somewhat surprised that all the destruction that has occurred in the stock market thus far hasn’t led to a wide open break, but the pressure continues to build and I think a big dislocation is as close to a certainty as those things can ever be. I realize that is a pretty bold statement on my part, as such events are quite rare, but in this case it is a virtual slam dunk, for reasons I have reiterated many times.” — Bill Fleckenstein 2/5/2016

A portion of today’s note from Art Cashin:  “Most of Asia closed as we begin the Year of the Monkey. Japan rallied but Europe opened down and got worse. Yields are falling on both sides of the pond. Dollar firming but gold has a decent bid. U.S. futures reversed lower on the very weak opening in European markets. Oil is under pressure as WTI struggles to hold at $30. The FANG superstars are under very real pressure again. Fed Fund futures put likelihood of a March hike at 11%. 

Consensus – Crude weakness likely to weigh on stocks. An S&P break of 1857/1861 could target the January low of 1812. Worries on European financials doing some equity damage. Stay wary, alert and very, very nimble.”

Also…
The following chart and commentary was published by King World News on January 25, 2016:
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ith the Gold/Oil ratio recently stretched to extremes by hitting 70-year highs, and having only been at this level during the Great Depression, we may finally be seeing the long-awaited bottom for crude oil prices (see remarkable chart below that now includes data going back to 1920).”

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But look at what just happened today…

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If you look at the stunning chart below, you will see that the Gold/Oil Ratio just hit an all-time high today!

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If you look carefully at the two charts above, you will notice that the Gold/ Oil ratio just took out the previous high that was last seen during the Great Depression.  Meaning, gold is trading at an all-time high vs oil.  So now we are seeing the price of gold soaring in both foreign currencies and oil.  

The next major move will be against the last holdout — the U.S. dollar.  When that takes place it will mark the end of the latest gold suppression scheme and it will also mean gold has started the next leg higher in its secular bull market that will see the price smash through the previous high all-time high of $1,920. 

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Selloff in European banks ‘ominous’…

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Europe’s bank index has posted its longest weekly string of losses since 2008

BY SARA SJOLIN

European banks have been caught in a perfect storm of market turmoil, lately.

Lackluster profits and negative interest rates, have prompted investors to dump shares in the sector that was touted as one of the best investment ideas just a few months ago.

“The current environment for European banks is very, very bad. Over a full business cycle, I think it’s very questionable whether banks on average are able to cover their cost of equity. And as a result that makes it an unattractive investment for long-term investors.”

Peter Garnry, head of equity strategy at Saxo Bank.

The region’s banking gauge, the Stoxx Europe 600 Banks Index FX7, -5.59% has logged six straight weeks of declines, its longest weekly losing stretch since 2008, when banks booked 10 weeks of losses, beginning in May, according to FactSet data.

“The current environment for European banks is very, very bad. Over a full business cycle, I think it’s very questionable whether banks on average are able to cover their cost of equity. And as a result that makes it an unattractive investment for long-term investors,” warned Peter Garnry, head of equity strategy at Saxo Bank.

The doom-and-gloom outlook for banks comes as the stock market has had an ominous start to the year.

East or west, investors ran for the exit in a market marred by panic over tumbling oil prices CLH6, -2.53%  and signs of sluggishness in China. But for Europe’s banking sector, the new year has started even worse, sending the bank index down 23% year-to-date, compared with 13% for the broader Stoxx Europe 600 index SXXP, -3.54%

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European banks have underperformed the broader regional market

So what happened? At the end of last year, banks were singled out as one of the most popular sectors for 2016 because of expected benefits from higher bond yields, rising inflation expectations and improved economic growth. That outlook, however, was before the one-two punch of plunging oil and a slowdown in China sapped investor confidence world-wide.

Garnry said the slump in bank shares is “a little bit odd” given the recent growth in the European economy and aggressive easing from the European Central Bank. Normally, banks benefit from measures such as quantitative easing, but it’s just not doing the trick in Europe.

“And its worrisome, because banks are much more important for the credit mechanism in the economy here in Europe than it is in the U.S. There, you have a capital market where it’s easier to issue corporate bonds and get funding outside the commercial banking system. We don’t have that to the same extent in Europe, and therefore [the current weakness] is a little bit scary,” he said.

Some of the sector’s collective underperformance comes down to exceptionally bad performances for a number of the bigger banks. Deutsche Bank AG DBK, -10.25%DB, +0.13%  for example, has tumbled 36% year to date, amid a painful restructuring. And Credit Suisse AG CSGN, -5.02% CS, -3.67% is down 34% for the year as it posted a massive fourth-quarter loss.

But there is more to the sector slump than just the individual bank problems, according to Garnry. The negative interest rates set by the ECB means that banks effectively have to pay to have cash on their balance sheets, while at the same time getting squeezed on their net interest margins. Debt levels are already really high on the continent, which means further loan growth is expected to be low, he said.

And then there is the impact from a slowdown in growth.

“You have regulatory rules coming into play that is curbing and cutting back on the profits you can make in your capital markets division. You have general lower economic activity, which is also leading to lower activity in your advisory and M&A business. So it’s not very fun to be a European bank at the moment at all,” he said.

Saxo Bank was negative on the European banking sector going into 2016 and is sticking to the downbeat assessment longer-term. However, after getting clobbered at the beginning of the year, Garnry said short-term opportunities have emerged.

“Right now we have put on a tactical opportunistic trade here, where we have gone long European autos and banks […], because we believe the declines have been too sharp. We think there’ll be a reversal now coming into banks,” he said.

A UBS analyst is recommending a similarly opportunistic strategy for U.S. banksBKX, -3.14% , which also have been facing withering losses this year (albeit not as severe as their European counterparts).

Read: Bank stocks rocked by recession fears

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VIDEO: ZOMBIE AMERICANS DON’T CARE, EXPRESS SUPPORT WHEN TOLD RUSSIA HAS BEEN NUKED

“Obama makes better decisions than I do, so it’s really his choice.”

Steve Watson | Infowars.com – FEBRUARY 8, 2016

Activist prankster Mark Dice received some astounding reactions when he hit the streets of San Diego to inform people that President Obama had nuked Russia.

Dice fooled people into believing that a pre-emptive nuclear strike had been carried out as a way of “sending a message to Putin to stop causing problems with the international community.”
“I’m not into politics but in my opinion I think he makes better decisions than I do, so it’s really his choice,” said one brain dead respondent, actually believing that Obama had vaporized thousands of innocent Russians in Moscow, and that it was a sound idea.

“It”s not only [Obama] making the decisions, it’s everyone there with him, so if they thought it was a good idea, they had to have reasons.” the guy told Dice, in a response completely devoid of any logic.
“I feel like they are able to do whatever they wish.” the guy added in a truly frightening response, saying “He’s technically the President.”
The guy admitted he didn’t really care about nuclear war, while stumbling across a final opinion of “I think nuclear in general is bad,” prompting Dice to dismiss him as a “zombie”.
“I don’t know enough about the subject to give an opinion.” Another respondent admitted, before suggesting “I’m sure it’s a difficult subject to weigh an opinion on without knowing.”
Yes, because nuking one of the world’s only other superpowers just to send a message is certainly a difficult subject to make up your mind on these days.
Surely we’re all torn on this one.
“We’ve gotten ourselves involved in several conflicts and sometimes the end result isn’t something we’d wished for…” the woman added.
Dice deadpanned “yes, a nuclear war.”

I don’t want these people voting

Obama DHS scrubs records of hundreds of Muslim terrorists, ‘How is this not impeachable?

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Obama DHS scrubs records of hundreds of Muslim terrorists
Exclusive: Pamela Geller asks, ‘How is this not impeachable?’

Not only did the Obama administration scrub counter-terror programs of jihad and Islam, now we find out that his administration scrubbed the records of Muslim terrorists. If the enemedia were not aligned with the jihad force, this would be front-page news across the nation.

An agent of the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, for 15 years, Philip Haney, reported Friday that after the Christmas Day underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, tried to blow up a crowded passenger jet over Detroit, “President Obama threw the intelligence community under the bus for its failure to ‘connect the dots.’ He said, ‘This was not a failure to collect intelligence; it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had.’”

Haney revealed: “Most Americans were unaware of the enormous damage to morale at the Department of Homeland Security, where I worked, his condemnation caused. His words infuriated many of us because we knew his administration had been engaged in a bureaucratic effort to destroy the raw material – the actual intelligence we had collected for years, and erase those dots. The dots constitute the intelligence needed to keep Americans safe, and the Obama administration was ordering they be wiped away.”

What Haney discloses is truly shocking: “Just before that Christmas Day attack, in early November 2009, I was ordered by my superiors at the Department of Homeland Security to delete or modify several hundred records of individuals tied to designated Islamist terror groups like Hamas from the important federal database, the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS). These types of records are the basis for any ability to ‘connect dots.’ Every day, DHS Customs and Border Protection officers watch entering and exiting many individuals associated with known terrorist affiliations, then look for patterns. Enforcing a political scrubbing of records of Muslims greatly affected our ability to do that. Even worse, going forward, my colleagues and I were prohibited from entering pertinent information into the database.”

Who gave the order to scrub the records of Muslims with ties to terror groups?

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These new shocking revelations come fresh on the heels of whistleblower testimony in the wake of the San Bernardino jihad slaughter, revealing that the Obama administration shut down investigations into jihadists in America (and quite possible the San Bernardino shooters) at the request of the Department of State and the DHS’ own Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Division. Haney noted: “They claimed that since the Islamist groups in question were not Specially Designated Terrorist Organizations (SDTOs) tracking individuals related to these groups was a violation of the travelers’ civil liberties. These were almost exclusively foreign nationals: When were they granted the civil rights and liberties of American citizens?”

How is this not impeachable? When did foreign terrorists get civil rights?

Haney described how he began investigating scores of individuals with links to the traditionalist Islamic Indo-Pakistani Deobandi movement, and its related offshoots, prominently, Tablighi Jamaat. Read more about that here.

I have reported on this infiltration for years. I reported on it extensively in my book, “Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance.” Obama has partnered with terror-tied groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim American Society and others. The stealth jihad in the information battle-space has led to the vigorous enforcement of blasphemy laws under the Shariah, as Obama ordered that counter-terror training materials must avoid all reference to Islam and jihad. Under Islamic law, it is prohibited to criticize Islam.

The Obama administration is Shariah-compliant at all costs. Its number one priority is to protect Islam, even when it puts American lives at risk. The cold-blooded slaughter of Americans in the homeland by Muslims has not tempered Obama’s Shariah enthusiasm. On the contrary, Garland, Fort Hood, Chattanooga, UCMED, San Bernardino, etc., have accelerated it.

My civil liberties and your civil liberties are being abridged in accordance with the blasphemy laws under Shariah. My organization is engaged in 15 different free-speech lawsuits against various cities. Our free-speech lawsuit against Boston is heading to the Supreme Court, because even though truthful, our ads violate the laws of Shariah (“do not criticize Islam”). We are being forced to adhere to Shariah mores, but jihad murderers are given sanctuary and protection – to slaughter Americans.

The moral, or in this case the immoral, of the story is this: Jihad terror works.

– See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2016/02/how-is-this-not-impeachable.html/#sthash.Hq42bQh2.dpuf