Editor’s Note– From podium to plane, the White House Jobs Bill speeches fly through the microphones in cities going from East to West and back again, but it seems that no one in Washington DC is listening or buying in. The Jobs Bill was dead on arrival, and one could tell because Obama himself was already casting the Congress as a “Do Nothing” institution so he could claim the high ground as he stumps across the country. The straw man has been set in place, and even the Democrats can see it.
The Senate does not have the votes, so why no support for the Obama Jobs Bill?
Three key reasons include:
A tax increase on the wealthy, the job creators;
an extension of unemployment benefits and;
higher spending on America’s infrastructure.
America will soon be arriving at election in time for key Senators and yes, they don’t want to go back into their districts asking for money and votes when another key component of the Jobs Bill is to eliminate subsidies for oil. It all comes down to elections, money, and votes. The jobs really don’t make the short list. Does anyone inside the Beltway even understand that when government gets out of capitalism and offers a positive landscape for business including a major sense of confidence, Help Wanted signs will reappear?
Durbin says Democrats don’t currently have the votes for Obama jobs bill
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said, at the moment, Democrats in Congress don’t have the votes to pass President Obama’s jobs bill, but Durbin added that that situation would change.
“Not at the moment, I don’t think we do, but, uh, we can work on it,” Durbin said, according to Chicago radio station WLS.
President Obama has been calling for Congress to pass his American Jobs Act since legislators returned from their August recess. The jobs plan is made up of a combination of tax increases on the wealthy, new infrastructure spending, an extension of the employee payroll-tax cut and additional funding for unemployment insurance benefits.
Republicans have voiced opposition to the plan, albeit less than with other pieces of legislation Democrats have proposed recently.
Durbin added that the president’s bill would need bipartisan support because there are senators both on the left and the right opposed to aspects of it.
“The oil-producing-state senators don’t like eliminating or reducing the subsidy for oil companies,” Durbin said. “There are some senators who are up for election who say ‘I’m never gonna vote for a tax increase while I’m up for election, even on the wealthiest people.’ So, we’re not gonna have 100 percent of Democratic senators. That’s why it needs to be bipartisan and I hope we can find some Republicans who will join us to make it happen.”
Editor’s Note – Not much is printed or taken seriously about cyber threats to America but, it should be known, just how fragile our way of life actually is as virtually every part of our infrastructure is tied to the Internet as are most communications and the military. For this reason, the DHS publishes a weekly events summary listing security breaches that requires our attention. The month of October is dedicated to the study of all segments of the internet and recommendations are made to keep some order and protection walls from cyber threats.
The world banking system, corporations, power grid, and water systems, as well as most of our industries are tied to Internet communications. With the ubiquitous viruses, worms and malware, the Idaho National Laboratory for example is armed with cyber experts that are dedicated to responding and assisting to minimize and stop cyber interference.
Watch the video below, then please read the article from Fox News:
Utilities and Industries Face Rising Number of Cyber Break-Ins, DHS Says
U.S. utilities and industries face a rising number of cyber break-ins by attackers using more sophisticated methods, a senior Homeland Security Department official said during the government’s first media tour of secretive defense labs intended to protect the U.S. power grid, water systems and other vulnerable infrastructure.
Acting DHS Deputy Undersecretary Greg Schaffer told reporters Thursday that the world’s utilities and industries increasingly are becoming vulnerable as they wire their industrial machinery to the Internet.
“We are connecting equipment that has never been connected before to these global networks,” Schaffer said. Disgruntled employees, hackers and perhaps foreign governments “are knocking on the doors of these systems, and there have been intrusions.”
According to the DHS, Control System Security Program cyber experts based at the Idaho National Laboratory responded to 116 requests for assistance in 2010, and 342 so far this year.
Department officials declined to give details about emergency response team deployments, citing confidentiality agreements with the companies involved. Under current law, the reporting of cyber attacks by private organizations is strictly voluntary.
The Obama administration has proposed making reporting mandatory, but the White House could find the idea difficult to sell at a time when Republicans complain about increased regulation of business.
Officials said they knew of only one recent criminal conviction for corrupting industrial control systems, that of a former security guard at a Dallas hospital whose hacking of hospital computers wound up shutting down the air conditioning system. The former guard was sentenced to 110 months in prison in March.
The Homeland Security Department’s control system program includes the emergency response team, a Cyber Analysis Center where systems are tested for vulnerabilities, a malware laboratory for analyzing cyber threats and a classified “watch and warning center” where data about threats are assessed and shared with other cyber security and intelligence offices.
The offices are located at nondescript office buildings scattered around Idaho Falls. No signs announce their presence.
Marty Edwards, chief of the control system security effort, said the malware lab analyzed the Stuxnet virus that attacked the Iranian uranium enrichment facility in Natanz last year. He did not describe the group’s findings in detail, except to say that they confirmed that it was “very sophisticated.”
Edwards said that several years ago he had asked the German company Siemens to study the same kind of industrial controllers used at Natanz for vulnerabilities to attack, because they were so widely used in industry.
But he said the study was not part of any effort to target the controllers with malware, and said his program’s work on the controllers could not have helped Stuxnet’s designers.
A senior Homeland Security cyber official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, said the Stuxnet worm exploited well-known design flaws common to many system controllers, vulnerabilities that in general can’t be patched.
Many independent experts and former government officials suspect that Stuxnet was created by the United States, perhaps with the help of Israel, Britain and Germany.
The U.S. and other nations believe Iran is building a nuclear weapons program, but Tehran insists it is interested only in the peaceful uses of nuclear technology.
While U.S. officials talk frequently about the threat of cyber attacks to America, they seldom discuss the country’s offensive cyber weapons capability. The U.S. is thought to be the world’s leader in cyber warfare, both defensive and offensive.
U.S. officials and others long have feared that future wars will include cyber assaults on the industries and economies of adversaries, and the potential targets include power plants, pipelines and air traffic control systems.
Foreign nations could also target military control systems, including those used for communications, radar and advanced weaponry.
Because of its advanced industrial base and large number of computer controlled machines connected to the Internet, the U.S. is thought to be highly vulnerable to a cyber attack on its infrastructure.
In a 2007 test at the Idaho National Laboratory, government hackers were able to break into the control system running a large diesel generator, causing it to self-destruct.
A video of the test, called Aurora, still posted on YouTube, shows parts flying off the generator as it shakes, shudders and finally halts in a cloud of smoke.
James Lewis, a former State Department official now with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said in an interview that the Aurora test ushered in a new era of electronic warfare.
Before the test, he said, the notion of cyber warfare “was mainly smoke and mirrors. But the Aurora tests showed that, you know what? We have a new kind of weapon.”
Homeland Security officials said they have not conducted such a test on that scale since. But they demonstrated Thursday how a hacker could tunnel under firewalls in computer systems to take command of industrial processes.
“All systems deployed have vulnerabilities,” Edwards said.
Editor’s Note – We were promised transparency and our government is designed to be ruled by the people. Yet, uncovering a secret Federal Bank is anything but lawful. To add insult to the Rule-of-Law, this bank with the nod from the White House, is gambling off the books and away from Wall Street by taking financial risks in venture capital start-ups. Cease and desist orders, injunctions, and warrants for arrest should be raining down on Washington DC.
Today, several billion dollars must be doled out or lost due to a deadline imposed by Congress, and of course, at this late hour, oversight is quite difficult to impose, and definitely no time to prevent another Solyndra. This is a repeating ploy, a constant card played to force the American people to swallow last minute garbage for crony capitalism, all under the guise of creating jobs, or fixing health care, or repairing our debt ceiling woes, or continuing resolutions to keep government running, or creating a more “green” workforce. This is no way to run our government, and the White House continues to push, all the while saying they are being “blocked” by those pesky Republicans who are being held “hostage” by the Tea Party.
When your ideas fail on the floor of the House, just push harder, or write an Executive Order, or force a judge to legislate from the bench, or pour out more regulations from the EPA or Energy Department. Failed policies, failed ideas, no problem, they will just force them down our throats. Best yet, Finance your friends through this bank.
The Government Bank That’s Financing More Solyndras
(The following story has been corrected to reflect that the Federal Financing Bank is an on-balance sheet bank whose activities are reported in the Department of Treasury’s financial statements. The story also inaccurately stated that the FFB provides a “backdoor government bailout” of the U.S. Postal Service. In fact, Congress provides the USPS with statutory authority to borrow up to $15 billion to finance its business operations, and the FFB lends money to the USPS pursuant to this longstanding authority. The Treasury Department was unavailable for comment prior to publishing of the story, but its subsequent responses have been included below.)
Sitting at the center of the Solyndra scandal is a little-known bank at the Treasury Department that dates back to 1973.
This government bank, the Federal Financing Bank [FFB], had a zero balance in 2008 for green energy projects, but now, with little Congressional oversight — the FFB’s oversight committees are the Senate Banking Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, and once a year the FFB submits its performance plan to both committees — it is giving out billions of dollars in loans to White House pet projects often at dirt-cheap interest rates below 1%. In July alone, the government bank, which had $61 billion in assets, lent nearly three quarters of a billion dollars in taxpayer funds.
The bank is also funding the insolvent U.S. Postal Service; the White House’s expensive green car projects at Ford Motor, Nissan and Tesla Motors; a $485 million loan to an expensive solar project that’s lost $160 million over the last three years that’s backed by Google, BP and Chevron; plus the FFB is funding the teetering HOPE housing bailout program, which gives delinquent mortgage borrowers breaks on their loans.
And according to KPMG’s audit report of the bank, the FFB is losing billions of dollars in taxpayer money because it is forgoing collecting interest costs on already inexpensive loans that are financing projects at agencies like the Agriculture Department.
What’s scary for taxpayers is this: The FFB can borrow unlimited amounts of taxpayer money from the Treasury for these kinds of political pet projects. Under the 1973 “FFB Act, the bank may, with the approval of the Secretary, borrow without limit from the Treasury,” says the bank’s audited statements from KPMG.
The Treasury Department’s inspector general is now investigating the bank over its $528 million loan to Solyndra. FFB’s chairman of the board is Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and the bank’s board executives are Treasury officials.
Who is getting the FFB’s green energy money? As the White House and Democrats in Congress rail against tax breaks for oil companies, the FFB gave taxpayer loans to green companies with high cash burn that were spilling red ink.
For instance, Solyndra was still getting loans from the FFB up until it filed for bankruptcy. It got $3 million in loans at a 0.89% rate just a month and a half before it filed for bankruptcy protection. The FFB is also giving loans to risky solar companies as well as to a money-losing solar energy outfit backed by companies such as Google, Morgan Stanley, Chevron and BP that has spilled $160 million in red ink for the last three years.
In the month of July alone, the FFB gave a $12.5 million loan to Abound Solar; 60% of Abound’s balance sheet will come from federal taxpayers, or $400 million in guaranteed federal loans.
FFB also gave a $117,330 loan to the struggling Kahuku Wind Power and more than $77 million to the Solar Partners companies, whose parent company is due $485 million in White House approved loans. The Solar Partners companies are units of BrightSource Energy, which is building a massive solar-powered energy plant near the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino, California.
BrightSource lost $45 million in 2008, $44 million in 2009, and $72 million in 2010, even though it has rich backers that include Google, Chevron, Morgan Stanley and BP, among others, says FOX News analyst James Farrell.
“The FFB does not decide whether to provide loans to particular institutions or recipients,” a spokesman for the Treasury Department said. “The federal agencies that administer loan guarantee programs decide which entities will receive loan guarantees under their respective programs. The guarantor federal agency–and not the FFB–selects the projects and makes the credit decisions for the federal government. The FFB is only authorized to fund a loan after a guarantor federal agency has decided to provide a 100% federal loan guarantee to a private sector entity. The FFB has no independent authority or discretion to make investment decisions.”
Besides the green energy projects, the FFB has lent the US Postal Service so far $12.6 billion. The USPS faces an estimated $10 billion shortfall this year, as the Internet, companies like FedEx and UPS, and high retiree health-benefit costs slice into its bottom line.
And the government bank gave loans to car and car parts manufacturers to retrofit their plants to make green cars. The FFB lent Ford Motor $163 million for its green car programs. The FFB is now financing projects at Fisker Automotive, Nissan North America and Tesla Motors, with $528.6 million, $1.4 billion and $465 million in federal loans, respectively.
“The FFB exercises only those authorities expressly provided by Congress,” the Treasury spokesman said. “It makes loans to private sector entities pursuant to federal loan guarantee programs that are created, overseen, and funded by Congress.”
However, the FFB’s balance sheet is backed by U.S. taxpayers, “except for loans to the U.S. Postal Service,” says KPMG’s audited statements for the bank. Because you, U.S. taxpayers, are the cushion for the bank, unlike other banks, the FFB “does not maintain a reserve for loan losses,” says the KPMG report.
Not booking loan loss reserves would get any other bank in trouble with federal bank regulators such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Federal Reserve and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
“Federal program agencies that administer loan guarantee programs make the individual credit decisions,” the Treasury spokesman said. “And the Federal Credit Reform Act, a federal law, mandates that loan loss reserves must be held on the books of the guarantor agencies. The sponsor agency that has issued a full, faith, and credit guarantee to the FFB is the federal entity that reports the loss.”
The KPMG report says the bank told it that “no future credit-related losses are expected,” even though Solyndra clearly disputes that optimistic bureaucratic resolve. (The bank did earn $449.5 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2010, up slightly from $444.2 million in fiscal 2009.)
Why was this federal government bank created in the first place? Congress launched the FFB in 1973 to “reduce the costs of Federal and federally assisted borrowings,” smoothing the way for the government’s fiscal policies — fiscal policies which at the time were wading into the private credit markets like never before.
At the time, the federal government first began to see an avalanche of Congressionally approved off-budget financing for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Sallie Mae. These quasi-government operations began to help grease loans for housing and for students by aiding loans securitized as bonds in the secondary markets. Banks packaged these loans as securities and sold them on to Fannie, Freddie and Sallie Mae.
These bonds though began to compete with Treasury securities, and Congress at the time feared Treasury would have to offer higher yields to attract investors away from those securities. The Vietnam war was still going, and the government was struggling to pay for the war and at the same time was battling a deep recession that had hit the U.S. economy, along with an oil shock exacerbated when OPEC plus Egypt, Syria and Tunisia hit the U.S. with an oil embargo due to its support of Israel in the Yom Kippur War with Egypt and Syria.
So to keep the government’s borrowing costs low, Congress launched the FFB and gave it broad statutory authority to purchase any “bonds issued, sold, or guaranteed by federal agencies,” says KPMG’s audit report. The bank then became a vehicle through which all sorts of federal agencies could finance their programs.
Since then, the FFB has helped finance a broad range of government operations, from agricultural to military programs, to now green energy projects.
Congress almost got the FFB in hot water beginning in 2006 when lawmakers pressured then Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to open the window at the FFB to help finance student loans. At the time, Sallie Mae was posting losses as students in droves began defaulting on their high-priced college loans.
A slew of lenders, about a seventh of the student loan market at the time, had stopped giving federally guaranteed student loans. Sallie Mae then pressured lawmakers such as Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) to give student lenders a bailout via the Federal Financing Bank, but President George W. Bush frowned on that, and the effort went nowhere.
And now it’s the White House’s use of the FFB for green energy projects that will likely raise eyebrows.
The FFB lent no money to green companies backed by Department of Energy guarantees from 2007 to 2008, even though it could have done so starting in 2007 under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, signed into law under President George W. Bush.
That act authorized $42 billion in federal green energy loans, notes FOX News analyst Farrell. Under the 2005 law, the government could make federal loans for companies battling greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as nuclear power projects.
The FFB then began giving green loans backed by the Department of Energy after the Obama Administration’s stimulus bill of 2009 was enacted. After stimulus was signed into law by President Barack Obama, the FFB then began funding clean energy programs, backed by $2.4 billion appropriated by Congress. Under this program, Solyndra got $528 million.
The FFB doesn’t just fund green energy projects. It also funds the Home Ownership Preservation Entity (HOPE) Fund, enacted under the Bush Administration to help distressed borrowers avoid foreclosure by reducing their mortgage payments.
The bank is going full bore in helping to fund the White House’s foreclosure bailouts via buying HOPE bonds, a program that could hit $300 billion in federal costs.
The bonds essentially give investors a stake in government housing bailouts. But what should give taxpayers pause is this: the Treasury Secretary can issue HOPE bonds “without any limitations as to the purchaser of the issuance,” KPMG’s audited statements note.
Translation: The Treasury can issue these bonds, and the FFB then buys the HOPE bonds that investors don’t’ want.
“Due to the cost of issuing special purpose bonds to the public, the Secretary of the Treasury has decided to issue the HOPE bonds to the bank,” KPMG notes in its report.
That means those bonds now sit on FFB’s balance sheet, more than $492 million worth. “The bank (FFB) borrowed funds from Treasury,” says KPMG’s audit, “to purchase the HOPE bonds.”
The amounts involved can rise to $300 billion, because the Hope for Homeowners Act authorizes Treasury to issue up to $300 billion in HOPE bonds. “FFB does not have the money to buy the bonds, so it has to borrow money from Treasury to buy the bonds,” notes FOX News analyst Farrell.
However, KPMG notes in its report that “the purchase of HOPE bonds is consistent with the core mission of the Bank.”
The FFB also acts as essentially a slush bank for federal loans, an operation that helps clean up the balance sheets of other federal agencies. KPMG notes that the “lending policy of the bank is flexible enough to preclude the need for any accumulation of pools of funds by agencies.” But the FFB also lets federal agencies slide on interest costs they owe the bank on loans, even though their interest rates are dirt cheap.
For instance, the FFB has been hit with losses on loans to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, loans the Agriculture Dept. received to service rural utilities. The Agriculture Dept. is stiffing the FBB on interest it owes on these loans, a cumulative $1.7 billion in losses here.
The bank also lets the General Services Administration [GSA], as well as “Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” and the Veteran Administration slide on interest costs on their loans, too. The bank lets them defer interest costs “on their loans until future periods,” the KMPG report says.
“As required by federal statute, FFB is not allowed to collect interest income on certain loans under the Cushion of Credit program operated by the Rural Utilities Service, the successor agency to [the] Rural Electrification Administration,” the Treasury spokesman says. “This practice is mandated by Congress, via federal statute. The FFB has no discretion in the matter.”
Honesty comes in small drips from the Department of Justice, but when it does release a statement and document revealing that drug cartels operate in more than 1000 American cities, we need to stand up and take notice. There really is a war on narco-terrorism in key Southern states, yet there is no official declaration of war and it takes place on our soil. There is a true corporate style distribution network in over 230 cities in America and the fight against this industry takes Federal, state and local dollars that add up to a sum that is unknown and probably better left that way, as it has become a failure as it has annual growth and an increase in murder rates.
DHS uses a megaphone with the replay of the same words, the border has never been more secure, but given the numbers, the formal reports at all levels, how can the word ‘secure’ even be printed or spoken? We have a real military style operation going on at the border and a little revealed fact that the FBI, CIA and Special Forces are operating as boots on the ground in key countries below our southern border. Texas has taken an aggressive position with a military strategy that is explained in this 182 pg. report.
The cartels are fully integrated with Middle Eastern terror networks and banks worldwide move the dollars to keep the laundry mission of money as clean and untraceable as possible.
DOJ says Mexican cartels operating in over 1,000 U.S. cities
Mexican-based transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) were “operating in more than a thousand U.S. cities during 2009 and 2010, spanning all nine Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) regions,” according to the U.S. Justice Department’s National Drug Threat Assessment of 2011.
According to the report, the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) assesses with “high confidence” that Mexican-based TCOs “control distribution of most of the heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine available in the United States” and production of these drugs in Mexico “appears to be increasing.”
However, the report says that an “analysis of law enforcement information reveals variations in the primary type of illicit drugs trafficked by each of the seven main Mexican-based TCOs and the regions of the United States where their operations are concentrated.”
The primary regions where the TCOs have been operating are Florida/Caribbean, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, New England, New York/New Jersey, Pacific, Southeast, Southwest and West Central.
“Mexican-based trafficking organizations control access to the U.S.–Mexico border, the primary gateway for moving the bulk of illicit drugs into the United States,” says the report.
“The organizations control, simultaneously use, or are competing for control of various smuggling corridors that they use to regulate drug flow across the border.”
In October 2010, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said the almost 2,000 mile long southwest border is “more secure than ever before.”
“We have devoted unprecedented amounts of manpower, infrastructure and technology to the southwest border under this administration,” Napolitano said.
“Over the past two years, our seizures of illegal drugs, currency and weapons have increased significantly — helping to make the southwest border more secure than ever before.”
On May 25, 2010, President Obama deployed 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. In May 2011, Obama visited the border and said the security there has improved.
“We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement,” Obama said. “But even though we’ve answered these concerns, I gotta say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time.”
Republican Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas disagreed with Obama, saying that the amount of crime at the southwest border spilling over into the U.S. is “underreported.”
“Before we start talking about reforming our immigration policy we need to prioritize our national security and gain operational control of the border,” he said in a statement. “Despite the president’s rhetoric that he has gone ‘above and beyond’ to secure the border, this mission is not accomplished.”
Two retired Army generals, Maj. Gen. Robert Scales — former commandant of the U.S. Army War College — and Gen. Barry McCaffrey — former national drug policy director under President Bill Clinton — co-authored a new report funded by the Texas Departments of Agriculture and Public Safety that urges the federal government to devote more resources to quell the violence on the border.
“Conditions within these border communities along both sides of the Texas-Mexico border are tantamount to living in a war zone in which civil authorities, law enforcement agencies as well as citizens are under attack around the clock,” the report says.
“In addition to gun battles and other violence at ports of entry, southwestern border communities have been subject at times to the massive influx of evacuees and casualties from Mexico — a mix of innocent civilians as well as criminals — all of whom may be fleeing violence.”
Editor’s Note – OF COURSE Israel planted spies into Hezbollah! Big DUH, as Homer Simpson would say! The proxies of Iran; Hezbollah, are the ones who fired thousands of rockets into civilian areas in Israel, and their leaders in Iran condone and speak openly of the demise of Israel. Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah and his boss, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speak openly that they see their movement advancing through Haifa and Tel Aviv; all based upon the ridiculous strangulation of history and facts, betting on the western people swallowing the swill. They ARE the enemy; of all who TRULY love peace, prosperity, and harmony. The so-called religion of peace is a crucial ingredient in the elixir of the foolish; “Fool-Aid”!
As an enemy, the so-called “Zionists” did infiltrate their enemies in Lebanon, certainly not the true people of Lebanon, or a wild arrangement called the government of Lebanon. We at SUA would be surprised if they did not, but how Hezbollah and Iran try to twist this knowledge for the simple minded to swallow is the key! Read on as the tripe that flows ebbs upon a damn where even the blind can see and drink the truth!
In the wake of the detection of Israeli agents inside Hezbollah in Lebanon, the [Hezbollah] party’s media machine set out to distort the news, once under the pretext of inaccurate reporting regarding the number of individuals involved, and on another occasion questioning the timing of the discovery. However, this is not important in my opinion.
More important than the controversy surrounding the numbers, and the timing of the discovery of Israeli agents in Hezbollah, are two striking issues. The first is that the majority of cases whereby Israeli agents and spies appear in Lebanon occur amongst the ranks of those who call for resistance and opposition, who themselves describe their opponents, and rational media outlets, as agents ofIsrael.
Therefore, their faux media, and many of their leaders whether from Hezbollah, the Aoun current or others, are guilty of a gross lie; the lie of resistance and opposition. The question here is: why do Israeli agents only appear in the ranks of those bragging about patriotism, resistance and opposition?
This is an important question which needs to be asked in earnest, not only about the presence of Israeli agents among the ranks of Hezbollah or its allies, but also why Israeli agents and spies have now appeared so easily in a country like Syria, where they were responsible for the assassination of Imad Mughniyeh, according to what Damascus announced recently. Although the al-Assad regime has delayed all reformative steps, and refused to open up the country for four decades, under the pretext of fighting Israel and so its agents cannot penetrate Syria, an agent of Israel appears suddenly in Damascus and is responsible for the assassination of one of the most important Hezbollah terrorist figures, Imad Mughniyeh? Either the al-Assad regime resists and opposes, as it claims, and was infiltrated from the ground up, despite all the false slogans of patriotism and resistance, or the al-Assad regime, which does not know the first thing about detective work, just wants to promote the story of the Israeli agent for purposes that are not clear as of yet.
It may be a prelude to the launch of assassination operations inside Syria, which would then be blamed on Israel, or perhaps the regime has the intention to settle accounts with other supposed allies of the al-Assad regime in Lebanon.
The other striking matter in the story of the detection of Israeli spies and agents, whether among Hezbollah or its allies, is that it has always been supposed, and believed, that Tehran was the protector of these groups, their employees and associates. Yet we are surprised to discover that those doing what they are doing in Lebanon, under the cover of subordination to Iran, and resistance, have fled to Israel and not Tehran! This is indeed a puzzling matter, for these individuals have glorified Iran, and are dedicated to implementing its agenda in Lebanon and the region, yet when they run away they flee to Israel!
There is no doubt that under the carpet of our region there is a staggering amount of lies which are widespread. If the carpet were to be lifted completely there would be a big shock, but, and this is important today, by just lifting an edge of the carpet which has not been swept underneath for a long time, we can see the emergence of numerous lies which many, out of naivety or ignorance, believed to be facts. It has been revealed to us that the regime in Syria is far from resistance and opposition, and that when some leaders of Hezbollah flee, they are fleeing to Israel!
Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg!
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