A new report by The Intercept reveals how Christian evangelical Kay Hiramine’s non-governmental organization Humanitarian International Services Group served under both presidents Bush and Obama as a spy organization in North Korea for the Pentagon.
By pledging humanitarian aid to the country’s impoverished population, the organization was able to venture into the impenetrable North Korea. According to Sam Worthington, president of InterAction, an association of nearly 200 American NGOs, the use of humanitarian aid workers in this capacity “violates international principles.”
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat from Illinois who served on the House Intelligence Committee from 2007 until this year, found this operation to be reckless and “completely unacceptable.”
Though Hiramine’s involvement in this effort is unclear, his nonprofit presented a convenient vehicle for the Pentagon to carry out intelligence-gathering and smuggle shipments of military surveillance equipment into denied areas.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
A Chinese tank rolls at the training ground "Tsugol", about 250 kilometers (156 miles ) south-east of the city of Chita during the military exercises Vostok 2018 in Eastern Siberia, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (Associated Press/Sergei Grits)
China is developing a lot of new and advanced weaponry, but a recent state media report suggests the Chinese military may not be entirely sure what to do with these new combat systems.
The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard called the ongoing partial government shutdown "unacceptable" following reports that some Coast Guardsmen are relying on donations from food pantries while their regular paychecks remain on hold.
"We're five-plus weeks into the anxiety and stress of this government lapse and your non-pay," Adm. Karl Schultz said in a video message to service members. "You, as members of the armed forces, should not be expected to shoulder this burden."
The bigger and faster electromagnetic weapons elevator on the new
aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is finally ready for use, an achievement the Navy called a "major milestone" for the program and other Ford-class carriers to be built in the future.
Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said earlier this month that he had bet his job on getting all the Ford's elevators to work, telling President Donald Trump that the project would be done by this summer "or you can fire me."