Sunday, June 27, 2010

News, Links of the Day, Coming Third World War, BP Gulf Oil Disaster, BioWar, Global Depression

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Day 69 of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster

Requiem for the Gulf of Mexico - video ~ link

Photo gallery of BP Oil Disaster ~ link

Methane and Martial Law in the Gulf of Mexico ~ link ~ This 'event' is going to be used to introduce Martial Law and concentration camps (FEMA 'relocation camps') to America. Mark my words!

Earlier this week
Reuters reported on a massive amount of methane discovered in the Gulf of Mexico. Texas A&M University oceanography professor John Kessler said methane gas levels in some areas are “astonishingly high.” Kessler recently returned from a 10-day research expedition near the BP oil gusher. Kessler’s team measured both surface and deep water within a 5-mile (8 kilometer) radius of BP’s destroyed wellhead. “There is an incredible amount of methane in there,” Kessler told reporters. He said the level may be as much as one million times the normal level.

“Plans are being put in place for the mandatory evacuation of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Mandeville, Hammond, Houma, Belle Chase, Chalmette, Slidell, Biloxi, Gulfport, Pensacola, Hattiesburg, Mobile, Bay Minette, Fort Walton Beach, Panama City, Crestview, and Pascagoula,” Madsen writes.

On June 13, SoCal Martial Law Alerts (SCMLA) predicted that Gulf states would be evacuated. “Greg Evensen, a retired Kansas Highway Patrolman, estimates that 30-40 million people would need to be evacuated away from the Gulf’s coastline (i.e. at least 200 miles inland),” SCMLA reported.

In order to accomplish this gargantuan feat, the federal government (through FEMA and other agencies) would most likely seek first to control and manage the transportation system and then operate relocation centers to manage evacuees. Toward this end, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has already declared the airspace over the oil spill site to be a no-fly zone until further notice. Various sources have indicated that local police, highway patrol, National Guard, US military and foreign troops may be involved in an operation to evacuate the Gulf Coast. In fact, the Governor of Louisiana has already requested evacuation assistance (i.e. National Guard) for his state from the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Madsen’s trusted sources now lend credence to the SCMLA report.

Oil 'Spill' Might Be Making Natural Seeps Larger ~ link ~ Obviously, if there are natural oil or gas seeps nearby, there are already pre-existing channels up to the seafloor ... so that may very well be the path of least resistance for the subterranean oil to flow up to the seafloor.

Therefore, if there were a substantial breach in the well bore, nearby natural oil and gas seeps could very well increase in volume.

Because BP would like to minimize leak estimates to minimize the damages it has to pay under the Clean Water Act, BP would undoubtedly try to pretend that the nearby natural seeps always had the same volume. In other words, the owner of the oil drilling prospect where the spill is occuring - BP - may be the only party to have mapped out the nearby seeps (Anadarko and Mitsui were partners with BP in the oil prospect; but - as passive partners - they probably didn't take a hands-on approach to such details).

So don't be surprised if - when formerly tiny seeps become gushers - BP tries to pretend that they were always that large.

Indeed - given BP's track record of prevarication - don't be shocked if BP pretends that brand new gushers are ancient, natural seeps.

No skimmers in sight as oil floods into Mississippi waters ~ link ~ This crisis is being used to help take America into total economic ruin and into a police state with Martial Law and concentration camps. Wake up America before its too late!

“A lot of people are getting paid to say, ‘Look! There’s oil’ and not doing anything about it,” Taylor said. “There shouldn’t be a drop of oil in the Sound. There are enough boats running around.

“Nobody’s in charge,” Taylor said. “Everybody’s in charge, so no one’s in charge.

“If the president can’t find anyone who can do this job,” he said, “let me do it.”

Taylor and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., took the morning flight on a National Guard helicopter with representatives of the state DEQ and BP.

After the flight Wicker said he feels it’s not too late for President Barack Obama to accept help from other countries that have offered the services of their large oil-skimming boats.

Wicker blamed bureaucracy and the president, but said, “Mississippi has been a champ from the beginning of this.”

Hands Across the Sand Gulfport oil spill

Panama City Florida: People Vomiting, Respiratory Illness ~ link ~ It's going to get a lot worse!

BP oil disaster Corexit dispersant suspected in widespread crop damage ~ link ~ This cannot be explained as a result of an "accident". No this crap is the direct fault of BP and the US Government at the highest level!

BP Slick covers Dolphins and Whales - video ~ link

Avertible catastrophe ~ link ~ Make no mistake about it, this is clear evidence that the Obama Administration, from the beginning, had no intention of mounting a credible effort to contain this growing nightmare in the Gulf of Mexico. They are building to a outcome that will require mass evacuations of millions of Americans under Martial Law into FEMA camps - already prepared FEMA 'temporary camps' that are ringed with barb wire topped security fences and have guard towers. The Obama Administration has ignored the one technology that could have ended the our-of-control natural gas and oil gusher, weeks ago, that is a carefully sized and placed nuclear explosion (a technology that the Russians used successfully FIVE TIMES to cap out-of-control gushers).

Some are attuned to the possibility of looming catastrophe and know how to head it off. Others are unprepared for risk and even unable to get their priorities straight when risk turns to reality.

The Dutch fall into the first group. Three days after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began on April 20, the Netherlands offered the U.S. government ships equipped to handle a major spill, one much larger than the BP spill that then appeared to be underway. “Our system can handle 400 cubic metres per hour,” Weird Koops, the chairman of Spill Response Group Holland, told Radio Netherlands Worldwide, giving each Dutch ship more cleanup capacity than all the ships that the U.S. was then employing in the Gulf to combat the spill.

To protect against the possibility that its equipment wouldn’t capture all the oil gushing from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch also offered to prepare for the U.S. a contingency plan to protect Louisiana’s marshlands with sand barriers. One Dutch research institute specializing in deltas, coastal areas and rivers, in fact, developed a strategy to begin building 60-mile-long sand dikes within three weeks.

The Dutch know how to handle maritime emergencies. In the event of an oil spill, The Netherlands government, which owns its own ships and high-tech skimmers, gives an oil company 12 hours to demonstrate it has the spill in hand. If the company shows signs of unpreparedness, the government dispatches its own ships at the oil company’s expense. “If there’s a country that’s experienced with building dikes and managing water, it’s the Netherlands,” says Geert Visser, the Dutch consul general in Houston.

In sharp contrast to Dutch preparedness before the fact and the Dutch instinct to dive into action once an emergency becomes apparent, witness the American reaction to the Dutch offer of help. The U.S. government responded with “Thanks but no thanks,” remarked Visser, despite BP’s desire to bring in the Dutch equipment and despite the no-lose nature of the Dutch offer — the Dutch government offered the use of its equipment at no charge. Even after the U.S. refused, the Dutch kept their vessels on standby, hoping the Americans would come round. By May 5, the U.S. had not come round. To the contrary, the U.S. had also turned down offers of help from 12 other governments, most of them with superior expertise and equipment — unlike the U.S., Europe has robust fleets of Oil Spill Response Vessels that sail circles around their make-shift U.S. counterparts.

The Well From Hell ~ link ~
There is something primordial about BP's quest for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. It's an Icarus-like story of super-ambition; of reaching too far, delving too deep.

I don't know if you've stopped to contemplate what BP was trying to do...

The well itself started 5,000 feet below the surface. That's the depth of the Grand Canyon from the rim.

And then the company attempted to drill more than 30,000 feet below that — Mt. Everest would give 972 feet to spare.

Furthermore, the company sought oil in a dangerous area of the seabed.

It was unstable and many think BP sought it out because seismic data showed huge pools of methane gas — the very gas that blew the top off Deepwater Horizon and killed 11 people.

More than a year ago, geologists criticized Transocean for putting their exploratory rig directly over a massive underground reservoir of methane.

According to the New York Times , BP's internal "documents show that in March, after several weeks of problems on the rig, BP was struggling with a loss of 'well control.' And as far back as 11 months ago, it was concerned about the well casing and the blowout preventer.”

The problem is that this methane, located deep in the bowels of the earth, is under tremendous pressure...

Some speculate as much as 100,000 psi — far too much for current technology to contain. The shutoff vales and safety measures were built for only 1,000 psi.

It was an accident waiting to happen... And there are many that say it could get worse — much worse.

Geologists are pointing to other fissures and cracks that are appearing on the ocean floor around the damaged wellhead.

The Coming Lock-Down of the Internet ~ link ~ The real name of this article is The Coming Zionist Lock-Down of the Internet. However, I do not subscribe to "the Jews did it" simplification of events. The reality of today's world is that a small group of super-wealthy global banking families and their Illumunati organization have enormous amounts of control in many places on Earth. It is true that many of these people are Jewish; it is also true that many of these people are not Jewish. I prefer to go to the root of the leadership and not condemn all people of a certain ethnic heritage.

Through the Wormhole: The Secret State's Mad Scheme to Control the Internet ~ link ~ Since major policy moves by administration flacks always come in waves, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy June 18, that in order to fight "homegrown terrorism" the monitoring of internet communications "is a civil liberties trade-off the U.S. government must make to beef up national security," the Associated Press reported.

While the Obama regime has stepped-up attacks on policy critics who have disclosed vital information concealed from the American people, prosecuting whistleblowers such as Thomas Drake, who spilled the beans on corrupt NSA shenanigans with grifting defense and security corps, and wages a low-level war against WikiLeaks, Cryptome, Public Intelligence and other secret spilling web sites, it continues to shield those who oversaw high crimes and misdemeanors during the previous and current regimes.

In this light, Napolitano's statement that "we can significantly advance security without having a deleterious impact on individual rights in most instances," is a rank mendacity.

Personal Computers will be open to government under Obama plan - video ~ link ~ That the US Constitution prohibits such action without specific court ordered search warrants matters not a damn to the political crooks passing the bill.

On June 24th Judicial-Inc Was Shut Down Again ~ link ~90% of Judicial-Inc is merely current news links, and the other 10% is commentary on world events. Judicial's number of 'host-suspensions' may set a record for the most banned website on the internet. So you need to ask - why? Obviously the simple answer is some of the analysis is hitting too close to home. There are probably twenty other websites with the same format, and none of them have been touched.

I have to suspect there will be a major event such as a nuke in an American city, followed by an attack on Iran, and this is followed by an economic implosion.

The Powers-That-Be Are Terrified of the Mass Awakening Taking Place Worldwide ~ link

G-8 Leaders 'fully believe' Israel will attack Iran says PM of Italy ~ link ~ World leaders "believe absolutely" that Israel may decide to take military action against Iran to prevent the latter from acquiring nuclear weapons, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Saturday.

Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman wants Palestinians stripped of citizenship and relocated ~ link ~ This jerk is a racist in the most extreme, yet he is one of the most senior cabinet members in the government of Israel. I wounder how he would react if someone wanted Jews stripped of their European or American citizenship and relocated! Wrong is wrong but he cannot and will not see it.

CIA Chief warns Iran could have nukes by 2012 ~ link ~ link ~ The war whores are going all out to drum up public support for yet another war for Israel and the global banking families. This wins Panetta the not so coveted Bullshit Meter Award (also called the 'BM' Award for short).

Israeli Deputy PM: Jerusalem was promised by God to the Jews ~ link ~ If we are going to use theology as the basis for political action, I might point out that most Christians understand that during Last Supper God made a new Covenant with humanity that was not exclusive to the Jews and that the ripping of the curtain in front of the Holy of Holies at the moment of Christ's death ended the Old Covenant. There are many many more people who believe this then his position that the Jews still have some exclusive right to the city. The Israelis always use the Holocaust or the Old Testament or something to convince the goy that they should allow the Israelis to do whatever they want no matter how outrageous it is.

Yaalon: Israelis and Evangelicals are "All in the Same Boat" ~ link ~ That would be a boat with two classes: First class for the 'chosen race' and Second class for the goy 'shit eaters'.

Admiral Mullen says he see threat from Israeli angle ~ link ~ Actually I do too. And that makes me all the more convinced that Bibi Netanyahu and his band of war hawks are either totally insane or satanic or both.

Romania plans big VAT increase to secure bail-out funds ~ link ~ More Austerity Fascism, this is happening all over Europe!

The Mysterious Death of Dr. David Kelly: Damning New Evidence Points to a Cover-Up by Tony Blair's Government ~ link ~ Actually I believe that he was killed by the Government. I also very seriously doubt that Tony Blair or any senior figure will be brought to justice for this. It was my peerage case that could have sent Tony Blair and several senior Cabinet officials to prison; instead it was simply used to force a deal whereby Phony Tony agreed to resign by a certain date in return for no criminal charges for himself or any close to him. I expect that he knows where "far too many bodies are buried" for anyone to touch him.

UK may have to cut 30,000 from armed forces says think tank ~ link ~ Britain may have to reduce its military personnel by 30,000 to achieve estimated defence budget cuts of 15 percent over the next four years, an influential think tank said on Friday. Defence is a prime candidate for cuts as the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat government searches for savings to reduce a budget deficit of around 11 percent of economic output. "Given the difficulties involved in making sharp and rapid reductions in procurement spending, the personnel budget will have to bear a significant share of (the budget) cut," Professor Malcolm Chalmers of the Royal United Services Institute said.

Real story hidden in the McChrystal article: "We're fxxxing losing this thing" - video ~ link

Worst Than a Nightmare ~ link ~
We’ve been in Afghanistan for nearly a decade already. It’s one of the most corrupt places on the planet and the epicenter of global opium production. Our ostensible ally, President Hamid Karzai, is convinced that the U.S. cannot prevail in the war and is in hot pursuit of his own deal with the enemy Taliban. The American public gave up on the war long ago, and it is not at all clear that President Obama’s heart is really in it.

For us to even consider several more years of fighting and dying in Afghanistan — at a cost of heaven knows how many more billions of American taxpayer dollars — is demented.

Those who are so fascinated with counterinsurgency, from its chief advocate, Gen. David Petraeus, all the way down to the cocktail-hour kibitzers inside the Beltway, seem to have lost sight of a fundamental aspect of warfare: You don’t go to war half-stepping. You go to war to crush the enemy. You do this ferociously and as quickly as possible. If you don’t want to do it, if you have qualms about it, or don’t know how to do it, don’t go to war.

The men who stormed the beaches at Normandy weren’t trying to win the hearts and minds of anyone.

In Afghanistan, we are playing a dangerous, half-hearted game in which President Obama tells the America people that this is a war of necessity and that he will do whatever is necessary to succeed. Then, with the very next breath, he soothingly assures us that the withdrawal of U.S. troops will begin on schedule, like a Greyhound leaving the terminal, a year from now.

Both cannot be true.

General McChrystal fired for 'grim' war assessment ~ link ~
US General Stanley McChrystal issued a very critical assessment of the war in Afghanistan just days before he was relieved of his command, a report says.

Gen. McChrystal briefed defense ministers from NATO and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) earlier this month, warning them that there would be no progress within the next six months, the Independent reported Sunday.

In the assessment, he expressed concern over the high levels of corruption and security within the Afghan government, as foreign forces had to battle against a "resilient and growing insurgency," the report added.

Canada engaged in major military exercise in Nova Scotia involving US, Canadian and Danish warships ~ link ~
Keeping the men sharp.

It cost $2 million, involved international warships, fighter jets, submarines and naval officers, and covered an area eight times the size of Nova Scotia.

And it ends today in Halifax Harbour.

A giant military exercise dubbed Halcyon RV (Rendezvous), led by Canada, was designed to train military members to work together so when real war, humanitarian crises and counter-terrorism operations happen, there will be a seamless transition into action, said Commodore Mark Norman, who led Halcyon’s maritime component.

"This is all about readiness," said Norman. "That’s what this exercise was all about."

The 10-day operation covered 400,000 square kilometres stretching from Virginia to the Maritimes, and included live bombing by British Harrier jets flying off HMS Ark Royal on range fields at CFB Gagetown in N.B.

Jets of all stripes also roared up the Bay of Fundy, sailors boarded vessels "of interest" and defended against warships and submarines disguised as the enemy.

The exercise, to help a fictitious nation called Coral embroiled in political upheaval that dwindled into a humanitarian crisis, hasn’t happened on this scale for about 12 years, said Norman, who held a news conference Thursday with commodores of three other allied navies aboard the Danish navy’s HDMS Absalon.

The Canadian commodore also gave kudos to the Absalon, one of the newer warships in the world, saying in some respects it fits the bill for this country’s warship requirements.

"We’re looking quite seriously at a number of different ships," Norman said. "It’s certainly attractive for a future capability perspective," he said, noting the Absalon’s flexibility and its lower crew requirements.

The Absalon’s crew numbers 100, but that figure may be bumped up to 120, a Danish naval spokesman said.

Danish Commodore Christian Rune, also at the news conference, said "any potential customers would be very welcome" at his country’s shipyards.

One of two ships of its kind plying the ocean for Denmark, the Absalon will be joined by three similar Danish vessels in the future, the spokesman said, noting it’s capable of carrying tanks, being used for medical purposes and also has a helicopter deck. The roughly $750-million ship also features containerized weapons systems.

Eight lonely votes for common sense regarding US relations with Iran ~ link ~ It is symptomatic of the spiritual and political illness that America is suffering that a tiny nation, about the size of Delaware can buy and scare almost all US Congressman and Senators into doing its total bidding! We are headed for our destruction and our so-called leaders are nothing but bought-and-paid-for whores.

Senator Kerry in Israel: Praise for Israel - Worried over Iran ~ link ~ Another bought-and-paid-for political whore sucking up to the mini-state of Israel.

US Senator Cornyn hails passage of his resolution supporting Israel ~ link ~ The bought-and-paid-for political whores just cannot fall over one another fast enough to suck up to this tiny nation as it leads us all to World War III and billions of deaths.

Congress Pimps Out the American People ~ link ~
After nearly 20 hours over two final days filled with backroom dealing, House and Senate negotiators struck a grand compromise to merge the two chambers’ competing bills to reform the nation’s financial system in a party-line vote. But the long hours of closed-door meetings also appear to have fulfilled Wall Street’s greatest wish: Many of the measures that offered the greatest chances to fundamentally reshape how the Street conducts business have been struck out, weakened, or rendered irrelevant.

VP Biden calls man who tells him to lower taxes a "smartass" ~ link ~ I would truly love to tell jackass Biden what I think of him.

The CIA/Likud Sinking of Jimmy Carter ~ link ~
As the Official Story of the 1980 October Surprise case crumbles with new revelations that key evidence was hidden from investigators of a congressional task force and that internal doubts were suppressed history must finally confront the troubling impression that remains: that disgruntled elements of the CIA and Israel's Likud hardliners teamed up to remove a U.S. president from office.

Indeed, it is this disturbing conclusion perhaps even more than the idea of a Republican dirty trick that may explain the longstanding and determined cover-up of this political scandal.

Too many powerful interests do not want the American people to accept even the possibility that U.S. intelligence operatives and a longtime ally could intervene to oust a president who had impinged on what those two groups considered their vital interests.

To accept that scenario would mean that two of the great fears of American democracy had come true George Washington's warning against the dangers of "entangling alliances" and Harry Truman's concern that the clandestine operations of the CIA had the makings of an "American Gestapo."

It is far easier to assure the American people that no such thing could occur, that Israel's Likud whatever its differences with Washington over Middle East peace policies would never seek to subvert a U.S. president, and that CIA dissidents no matter how frustrated by political constraints would never sabotage their own government.

But the evidence points in that direction, and there are some points that are not in dispute. For instance, there is no doubt that CIA Old Boys and Likudniks had strong motives for seeking President Jimmy Carter's defeat in 1980.

As for Israel, Likud Prime Minister Menachem Begin was furious over Carter's high-handed actions at Camp David in 1978 forcing Israel to trade the occupied Sinai to Egypt for a peace deal. Begin feared that Carter would use his second term to bully Israel into accepting a Palestinian state on West Bank lands that Likud considered part of Israel's divinely granted territory.

Arlington Cemetery officials were aware of discarded tombstones found in stream ~ link ~ Can't we even take care of our war dead anymore! This cemetery is on land, that before it was in the Washington/Lee family, was Alexander land. That hits home extra hard with me.
Arlington Nat’l Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery

China has 'bought' Ecuador ~ link

Europe's Fiscal Dystopia: The "New Austerity" Road ~ link ~
Europe is committing fiscal suicide – and will have little trouble finding allies at this weekend’s G-20 meetings in Toronto. Despite the deepening Great Recession threatening to bring on outright depression, European Central Bank (ECB) president Jean-Claude Trichet and prime ministers from Britain’s David Cameron to Greece’s George Papandreou (president of the Socialist International) and Canada’s host, Conservative Premier Stephen Harper, are calling for cutbacks in public spending.

The United States is playing an ambiguous role. The Obama Administration is all for slashing Social Security and pensions, euphemized as “balancing the budget.” Wall Street is demanding “realistic” write-downs of state and local pensions in keeping with the “ability to pay” (that is, to pay without taxing real estate, finance or the upper income brackets). These local pensions have been left unfunded so that communities can cut real estate taxes, enabling site-rental values to be pledged to the banks of interest. Without a debt write-down (by mortgage bankers or bondholders), there is no way that any mathematical model can come up with a means of paying these pensions. To enable workers to live “freely” after their working days are over would require either (1) that bondholders not be paid (“unthinkable”) or (2) that property taxes be raised, forcing even more homes into negative equity and leading to even more walkaways and bank losses on their junk mortgages. Given the fact that the banks are writing national economic policy these days, it doesn’t look good for people expecting a leisure society to materialize any time soon.

G-20 Summit agrees on deficit cuts by 2013 ~ link

Leader of Death Squads Wins Colombian Election ~ link ~
Elections are a process (not merely an event) in which prior political conditions determine the outcome. During the previous eight years of outgoing President Uribe’s and Defense Minister Santos’ rule, over 2 million, mostly rural poor, were forcibly uprooted and driven from their homes and land and displaced across frontiers into neighboring countries, or to urban slums. The Uribe-Santos regime relied on both the military and the 30,000 member paramilitary deathsquads to kill and terrorize entire population centers, deemed “sympathetic” to the armed insurgency, affecting several million urban and rural poor. Over 20,000 people were killed, many, according to the major Colombian human rights group, falsely labeled “guerrillas”. Santos as Defense Minister was directly implicated by the Courts in what was called “false positives”. The military randomly rounded up scores of poor urban youth, shot them and claimed a resounding victory over the FARC guerrillas.

Pope deplores 'sex abuse' raids by Belgian police ~ link ~
When you have priests and bishops who hide behind their roman collar to rape children you should be subject to police raids. The craziness of mandatory celibacy has led to up to half of the Roman Catholic priests being gay and while no where near all gay men want to have sex with children, it is a statistical fact that many more do than among heterosexuals. This Pope has not ended the nonsense rule of celibacy nor has he cleaned out the sexual perverts in the priesthood, that lies on his shoulders. The Eastern Orthodox priesthood is about 90-95% married and child rape is almost unheard of among them. That is not an accident.

The National Snake Oil Machine: A future of Death by Medical Ignorance ~ link ~ By Monica Davis

Healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry are big business. Billions and billions of dollars worth of rabidly protected business, in fact. And it appears that even in the face of the greatest environmental disaster the United States has ever known, industry insiders and their government enablers are willing to let millions of people die rather than inform them of how they can use cheap household natural chemicals to detoxify the body, and minimize their bodies of the effects of crude oil and dispersants. These are -chemicals which even the government recommends for radiation poisoning treatment.

According to Dr. Mark Sircus an alternative medicine practitioner, the US government is failing to educate Gulf residents in simple techniques which could save their lives. It’s all about baking soda, and dozens of other chemicals which could limit the toxic effects of oil and dispersants on human health in the region.

By his own description, Sircus “is a prolific writer, poet, medical researcher, doctor, psychologist, musician, devoted husband and family man with a dragon heart that reaches out routinely each week to the world with my publications. Born in New York in 1952 I have been living happily in Brazilsince 91.”

Sircus believes that the long range consequences of the government’s failure to develop readily available natural medical guidelines for educating the public about cheap, natural detoxicants, such as baking soda, is unnecessarily risking millions of people in the aftermath of the BP well blowout. While the risks are sociological, psychological, and physiological, we can expect a massive increase in response to the Gulf population’s exposure to crude oil and dispersants. In terms of the body’s biological response to crude oil, dispersants and decomposing crude oil, we can expect a massive uptick in a variety of health problems

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Third US carrier, 4,000 Marines augment US armada opposite Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2010, 10:45 PM (GMT+02:00)

Tags: Iran Persian Gulf USS Nassau
USS Nassau: More US naval-air-marine muscle off Iran

debkafile's military sources report that Washington has posted a third carrier opposite Iran's shores. It is supported by amphibious assault ships and up to 4,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel, bringing the total US strength in these waters to three carriers and 10,000 combat personnel.
The USS Nassau (LHA-4) Amphibious Ready Group 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, tasked with supporting the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet area of operations, is cruising around the Bab al-Mandeb Straits where the Gulf of Aden flows into the Red Sea. Its presence there accounts for Tehran announcing Sunday, June 27 that its "aid ship for Gaza" had been called off, for fear an American military boarding party would intercept the vessel and search it. This would be permissible under the latest UN sanctions punishing the Islamic Republic for its nuclear program.
The third US carrier group to reach waters around Iran consists of three vessels:
1. The USS Nassau Amphibious Assault ship is not just an enormous landing craft for the 3,000 Marines aboard; its decks carry 6 vertical take-off AV-HB Harrier attack plans; four AH-1W Super Cobra, twelve CH-46 Sea Knight and CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters, as well choppers convertible to fast V-22 Osprey airplanes capable of landing in any conditions.
This vast warship has 1,400 cabinets for sleeping the entire Marine-24th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard.
2. The amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde which carries 800 Marines equipped for instantaneous landing.
3. The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland which carries 400 Marines and 102 commandos trained for special operations behind enemy lines.

debkafile adds: The USS Ashland was the target of an al Qaeda Katyusha rocket attack in 2005 when it was docked in Jordan's Aqaba port next door to the Israeli port of Eilat. One of the rockets exploded in Eilat airport. The ship exited harbor in time to escape harm.
These new arrivals are a massive injection of naval, air and marine muscle to the strength Washington has deployed in the Persian Gulf-Red Sea-Indian Ocean arena in recent months. The USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group consisting of twelve warships is cruising in the Arabian Sea opposite Chah Bahar, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards biggest naval base not far from the Iranian-Pakistan border. It is there that most of Iran's special commando units are housed.
Also posted in the Arabian Sea, further to the west, is the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Strike Group.


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