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The Tale of the Tape

It was the video that ushered in the UFO renaissance: a grainy clip showing the Navy’s encounter with a mysterious aircraft in 2004. The Pentagon says the public was never supposed to see it. So who leaked it? How’d they do it? And what does the footage actually show?

By Tim McMillanJan 17, 2020

In November 2019, Popular Mechanics revealed previously unheard eyewitness accounts of the U.S. Navy’s encounters with UFOs while conducting training off the coast of San Diego in the fall of 2004. These are now known as the Nimitz encounters, so named for the fighter pilots of the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group who spotted the strange flying objects.

Some of the Nimitz witnesses told Popular Mechanics that the brief “Flir1”video—released for public viewing by the UFO research group To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science and included below—is merely a small piece of a much longer video that the government is keeping a secret. According to these Navy veterans, the video they saw showed many more details of an unknown aircraft seeming to defy the known laws of physics as it effortlessly evaded some of the world’s best fighter jets. In December 2019, Chad Underwood, the former F/A-18 pilot who originally filmed the UFO encounter, told New York magazine that Flir1 is indeed a “little video cut” of his original recording. 

But retired U.S. Navy Commander David Fravor, who first observed the “Tic Tac” from the cockpit of his Super Hornet in 2004, has pushed back on all claims that a longer video exists. The same goes for the Department of Defense (DoD). The Navy’s Office of Naval Intelligence, meanwhile, responded to a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for more Nimitz records by saying it had discovered “certain briefing slides” related to the encounter “that are classified TOP SECRET.” The Navy has determined that “the release of these materials would cause exceptionally grave damageto the National Security of the United States.”

Consistent with the entire Nimitz event, the bizarre history of this grainy black and white video seems to challenge logic and defy reality. The video has a peculiar and convoluted path that spans a decade and a half, covers thousands of miles, and includes shadowy characters known only by pseudonyms. 

The saga is centered on a puzzle of contradictions, as the Navy has confirmedthat the objects shown in Flir1 (as well as those seen in two other clips, “Gimbal” and “Go Fast,” filmed in 2015), are genuinely “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” or UAP. But the service has also said these three widely circulated videos are “not cleared for public release.”ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW

What follows is a thorough examination of the video’s convoluted history that, for the first time, sheds light on exactly how the clip—which we were never meant to see—made its way into the mainstream. This is the tale of the tape.



On December 16, 2017, when To The Stars released the now-famous “Flir1” video, the organization did so with a caveat: “It is the only official footage that has been released.” Easily overlooked, this distinction by the UFO “public benefit” company from former blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge was significant. That’s because it wasn’t actually the first time the video was in the public domain.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW

On February 3, 2007, a person using the pseudonym “thefinaltheory” posted a thread on Above Top Secret, an obscure message board site for discussions of conspiracy theories and paranormal events. The title: “Observations of an Actual UFO.” 

The anonymous user shared details of a UFO encounter they said occurred while they were aboard a naval aircraft carrier off the coast of Mexico in 2005. After hearing rumors of the ship encountering a UFO, using their position, which they described as “working in the computer field,” thefinaltheory said they accessed the ship’s Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET). To their surprise, on the ship’s secure server, thefinaltheory said they discovered many files confirming something strange was going on around the Navy fleet. 

Describing what they found on SIPRNET, thefinaltheory said: 

“I found many videos and powerpoint briefs (navy standard) and written reports and even message traffic that was being passed through our radio division. It was all there. I couldn’t believe it at first, but then our ship called in the Air Force because even the captain didn’t know what the hell was going on.”

thefinaltheory described one particular video they found amidst the many files (albeit using terrible spelling and grammar):

It was taken directly from the cockpit camera of one of our ships fighter pilot jets F-18 I believe but cant be sure. It was in black and white and showed the altitude, the pilots “nickname” and the tempurature and all those little critical stats.

The UFO was floating extremely still in mid air, this was 30,000 ft above ground level. It looked literally and i mean LITERALLY just like a disk, no stupid traingles or any gimicky things like Independence Day or whatever. It looks exactly how the goverment wants you to NOT think it looks like. It’s simply put, a disk.

So it was floating, the figher pilot tried to get numerous locks on the UFO but everytime the cross hairs tried to hone in the crosshairs scaled back and forth. I dont know how to put it into words well, but I know what i saw. Crosshairs move in and move back out, it couldnt get a lock whatsoever.

After about I say 10 seconds or so the UFO started to move. It moves in ways that we have never seen before, it spontaniously moved in a half circle upward and paused once again. Then it suddenly teleported about five times all over the pilots screen. The movement is instant and cannot be followed. It simply put, is amazing and so fast the eyes cant see it.

There was a bright light and suddenly it dissapeared, out of sight.


When thefinaltheory said they’d sneaked files about the encounter off the SIPRNET, but forgotten where they’d put a disc with the material, he was met with extreme skepticism and criticism by others in the forum. A fellow user declared the claim “one of the worst thought out stories I have read here in forever.” 

Like countless similar and seemingly dubious UFO witness accounts, thefinaltheory’s story would likely have faded away into internet oblivion … had it not been for his reemergence the next day on the forum. 

Under a new post titled, “Fighter Jet UFO Footage: The Real Deal,”thefinaltheory posted a Navy Event Log of a UFO encounter that occurred on November 14, 2004, along with a link to a grainy black and white video clip titled “F4,” both of which they said had been smuggled off of the Navy’s SIPRNET back in 2004. [Editor’s note: The original clip has since been removed.]

By the date and details contained in the event summary, including the description of “Fast Eagle 110” (the squadron nickname and aircraft number of the plane flown by Fravor) and the sighting as “an airborne contact which appeared to be capsule shaped (wingless, mobile, white, oblong pill shaped, 25-20 feet in length, no visible markings and no glass),” thefinaltheory was indisputably describing the now-famous 2004 Nimitz UFO encounter. 

More significantly, a full decade before its “first official release,” the “F4” video clip thefinaltheory shared by in 2007 was the exact same clip that’s become more popularly known as “Flir1.”

In contrast to the acclaim the “Flir1” video received when the New York Times published it in December 2017, most Above Top Secret users trashed thefinaltheory’s clip. “Sorry, it’s totally uninspiring video of a dot,” one user said.

One such critic was the UFO researcher and Above Top Secret administrator Isaac Koi (a pseudonym to protect the person’s identity for professional reasons), who believed at the time that thefinaltheory’s story and video were bogus. “Within a few hours of the video being posted online, I tracked the video back to a website run by a group called Vision Unlimited located in Germany,” Koi tells Popular Mechanics. “Since that group specialized in producing footage, including special effects, I originally tentatively concluded the footage was a hoax.”

But thefinaltheory defended the authenticity of the video, explaining it was uploaded on the German film server to try and avoid the implications associated with removing and leaking classified military materials. The excuse didn’t stick with most detractors.

Except for their two initial message threads, thefinaltheory hasn’t posted on Above Top Secret or otherwise publicly surfaced since February 2007. But when the “F4” video reemerged as “Flir1” in 2017 as an important piece of one of the most compelling UFO puzzles in modern history, the anonymous user was vindicated. Still, the world had many of the same questions about that grainy clip.How did the F4 video make it to the web in the first place?

After the UFO video’s more ceremonious release, rather quickly, savvy internet sleuths tracked down thefinaltheory’s original postings from over a decade prior. Thanks to the internet archive Wayback Machine, questions of why a seemingly classified video first appeared on the server of a German film company that specializes in CGI effects were reinvigorated. 

With notions of government mistrust inherently intertwined with the UFO topic, the link between the freshly minted 2017’s “Flir1” and peculiar past of 2007’s “F4” video became red meat for the conspiracy zeitgeist. 

While reporting this story, Popular Mechanics tracked down an individual claiming to be thefinaltheory. Still fearing reprisal, even under the assumed pseudonym, the individual did not wish to speak on the record. However, the equally enigmatic Koi agreed to assist by providing an overview of how the “F4” video made it to the web in the first place.


According to Koi, back in 2007, after thefinaltheory located the lost materials, he provided them to another Above Top Secret member with the username “Cometa,” who lived in Germany. Koi said friends of Cometa, who worked at Vision Unlimited, agreed to upload and host the video on their server. 

Phillip Schneider, the owner of Vision Unlimited, Phillip Schneider, tells Popular Mechanics the company did not produce the video, and he and other employees were unaware of who uploaded the clip in 2007. “I talked to all my coworkers and former coworkers, and they said they don’t know [anything] about it,” Schneider says. Clips, logs and mails [were] stored on an old server, so we can’t check back anything.” The owner indicated a former colleague may have uploaded it without his knowledge. 

Regarding the clip on the Wayback Machine, Schneider says, “The server link ‘extern’ means external, so this was the low security area of our ftp data exchange between customers, friends, and so on. Maybe someone used our FTP to post the video link.” 

In a statement to Popular Mechanics, Susan Gough, the Senior Strategic Planner for the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs Office, confirmed the authenticity of the video uploaded to Vision Unlimited, saying Navy officials became aware that the video had been posted online in 2009.

“With respect to the 2004 sighting by aircraft from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68); that video was widely shared throughout the ship at that time,” Gough writes. “In 2007, one of those crewmembers posted the video onto the public web.”

But in terms of investigating the video leak, Gough writes, “Given the time since recording (approximately 5 years), the widespread distribution of the recording within the ship at the time of recording, and the size of the crew at the time (approximately 5,000), it was determined that there was no way to accurately determine who might have released the video.” 

So how would thefinaltheory have been able to download materials off their ship’s secure server? Vincent Aiello, a former F/A-18 pilot and member of the VFA-94 “Mighty Shrikes” strike-fighter squadron aboard the USS Nimitz in 2004, tells Popular Mechanics that such a swipe is entirely possible. 

“Once a recording of their tape was made in CVIC [the ship’s intelligence center], there was less control,” Aiello says. “Indeed, someone could have used a thumb drive to download something off the SIPRNet.” 

The enlisted eye-witnesses Popular Mechanics previously spoke with all agreed, although unlawful, that it was equally possible for someone to have hooked up a CD/DVD drive and burned the files off the SIPRNET onto a disc. 

Since no event summary has been officially released and is assumed to still carry a security classification, Aiello, who hosts the Fighter Pilot Podcast, declined to review the leaked summary provided by Thefinaltheory. Aiello did, however, confirm an event summary is completed after every flight. “Standard operating procedure was to pass through CVIC immediately after landing to debrief one of the squadron intelligence officers on duty,” he says. “They would ask a series of questions or have us fill out a simple form of what was experienced on that particular flight.” 

So while there doesn’t appear to be any grand conspiracy with the 2007 leak of the UFO video, when it comes to the more fashionably released “Flir1,” clip, more confusion and contention eagerly fill in the blanks of ambiguity and the unknown. 

Aerial Photo Of The Pentagon


Doubling down on a statement previously issued by the Navy, Gough tells Popular Mechanics that “Flir1,” “Gofast,” and “Gimbal,” all circulated by the To The Stars, were never cleared for public release. 

“An internal review, not a formal investigation, determined that while a request had been submitted in August 2017 to the Defense Office of Prepublication and Security Review (DOPSR) for release of the videos to government and industry partners for research purposes, DOPSR did not grant final approval for the videos to be released to the general public,” Gough writes. 

In an interview with Popular Mechanics, the man who applied for the release of the videos, Luis Elizondo, staunchly defended against any accusations he’d deliberately tried to circumvent DoD policies or hadn’t followed proper procedures. 

Luis Elizondo, the Director of Government Programs and Services for To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science.TO THE STARS ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE“I initially requested the videos be cleared for restricted release to industry partners, however, it was DOPSR, not me, who suggested the videos be released in an unrestricted manner,” Elizondo says. “The emails on this exchange are out there now. They’ve been made public, so people can see this for themselves, precisely how this occurred.”

A series of emails obtained by Popular Mechanics via FOIA offer a behind-the-scenes look at the release of the three videos. 

Based on the released emails, on August 9, 2017, in an apparent follow-up with an official with DOPSR (the agency tasked with control and release of DoD materials), Elizondo stated, “I sent a larger e-mail earlier but it appears it was too large to send all at once. As such, I have sent three (3) separate emails to facilitate this review.” At the time, Elizondo was working out of the Special Programs Management Office with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSD[I]).

On the same day as Elizondo’s follow-up, another email from an individual whose name has been redacted stated, “Just to be clear… we should consider these files to be SECRET//NOFORN until I am able to establish that they are to be considered U//FOUO [for official use only].”

Two weeks later, on August 23, Elizondo sent another follow-up email to DOPSR saying, “If it is easier for you or more streamline, then please consider our request for unrestricted release.” The following day, an employee with DOPSR replied, “If the service-level OCA verifies to me (simple one-sentence email is fine) that removing the metadata from the videos makes them UNCLASSIFIED, please feel free to move forward with release.” Two other individuals, one from OUSD(I) and the Navy, were CC’d in the email response. 

Through the same FOIA request, Popular Mechanics obtained a copy of the form used to request the release of the videos. Dated August 24, 2017, the form contains a DOPSR stamp, which indicates “Cleared For Open Publication.”


A copy of the form Elizondo used to request the release of the videos. Dated August 24, 2017, the form contains a DOPSR stamp, which indicates “Cleared For Open Publication.”U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE”

What isn’t explicitly clear from the chain of internal emails is Elizondo’s claim that it was DOPSR that suggested the release be amended for unrestricted release. In an effort to investigate Elizondo’s claims, Popular Mechanics was able to locate and verify the identity of an individual who was involved in the release of the videos back in 2017. The person agreed to provide their recollection of the events, provided a guarantee of anonymity. 

According to the individual, their specific job would not have included the investigation of UAP or UFOs. However, they were involved with the process of releasing the videos. Not shown in the series of emails, the person recalled, in their coordination with DOPSR, it was suggested it would be easier if the request was amended to “unrestricted.” Subsequently, the person said this information would have been passed along to Elizondo. 

In a follow-up, Elizondo declined to discuss any details regarding the individual with whom Popular Mechanics had spoken. However, Elizondo says his email to DOPSR changing the status to unrestricted was confirmation of a suggestion made by them to another individual, and not simply an out-of-the-blue request made on his part.

Speaking on behalf of the Secretary of Defense’s Office, Gough elaborates, “The videos were not cleared for general public release because DOPSR did not receive final approval from Navy. Navy’s approval would have included PA review from Navy’s PA office (Public Affairs).” After the videos appeared in the New York Times in 2017, Gough indicates that an investigation was conducted to determine if the videos were considered classified. “The investigation determined the videos were not classified.”

In October 2017, former Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge announced the launch of To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science, which would soon leak Flir1 to the world—and hire Elizondo.

Ever since the DoD came out and said the videos were “not cleared for general public release” last fall, it’s been widely assumed that Elizondo—who now works as Director of Global Security and Special Programs at To the Stars, the very organization that released the clips to YouTube—was ultimately responsible for circumventing the final approval by the Navy. However, when asked who was responsible for the misstep in not getting the videos cleared for general public release, Gough points the blame elsewhere: “DOPSR, in this specific case.

Given he’d ultimately go to work with To the Stars a little over a month after the leak, some have been understandably suspicious of Elizondo’s intentions in applying for the release of the three UFO videos. 

Did Elizondo plan to use his government position for the benefit of his future private employer?

“Absolutely not!” he says. “I never even met Tom [DeLonge, founder of To the Stars] until long after the request was initiated. I resigned only after multiple attempts to brief the Secretary [of Defense] failed. It had nothing to do with the release of the videos!” 

In a live broadcast on October 11, 2017, DeLonge excitedly announced the launch of To the Stars, his new UFO consortium. Appearing to confirm what Elizondo now says, during his introduction, the visibly giddy DeLonge describes how he’d heard of the existence of a mysterious government insider, however, only days prior did he actually get the chance to meet this person and discover it was Elizondo. “Days ago! Days ago! This person finished his career at the Department of Defense, as one of the senior covert intelligence officers in the Office of the Secretary of Defense,” DeLonge says breathlessly.


Since the original July 2017 request was limited to “industry partners,” and was only changed to “unrestricted release” at the suggestion of DOPSR, Elizondo explains, “[To the Stars] was not initially considered an industry partner at the time the release was being initiated, but it was also not being deliberately excluded either.” 

By Elizondo’s account, it appears he at least peripherally knew DeLonge was working toward forming a collective of professionals to tackle the UFO mystery. However, if the request was made in expectation of To the Stars’ later establishment, based on Elizondo’s initial July request, it would seem the videos may not have not initially be intended to made public. 


A copy of Elizondo’s resignation letter.U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Regardless, the career intelligence agent is firm in saying the decision to walk away from over two decades of government service wasn’t an easy choice to make, and it was something he didn’t ultimately decide to do until early October 2017. An unverified letter addressed to the Secretary of Defense, which was leaked on social media, appears to show Elizondo’s resigning from the DoD on October 4.

Elizondo’s final straw wasn’t an event, but a “realization that the boss was never going to receive his briefing unless something drastic happened,” he says. “I knew by resigning, he would eventually see my resignation letter. Resigning in DoD is usually done as a measure of professional protest while refraining from disruptive action that might hurt the DoD. Let’s not forget that only a year later, Mattis did the same thing.” 

The “boss” Elizondo references was then-Secretary of Defense, retired Marine General James Mattis. During his conversation with Popular Mechanics, Elizondo reiterated something he’s frequently mentioned in the past, which was the tremendous respect and admiration he has for General Mattis. 

In December 2018, General Mattis resigned as Secretary of Defense after failing to convince President Donald Trump to reconsider the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria and Afghanistan. 

By acknowledging it was DOPSR that made a procedural error, the Pentagon has absolved Elizondo of any wrongdoing when it comes to the video’s public release. However, Elizondo has still faced past scrutiny about other aspects of his release request. Namely, some have questioned why he described the subject area of the videos on the release form as “UAV, Balloons, and UAS” instead of “UFOs” or the government’s new buzz word, “UAP.” (By DoD established definition, “UAV” and “UAS” represent “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle” and “Unmanned Aerial System,” respectively. Not “unidentified.”

“Look, the idea that the government, or someone in government, might have an interest or be investigating UFOs is sensitive information in the sense that there were very few people in the building that knew about our program and the [DD 1910 form] is supposed to be an unclassified document that anyone can read,” says Elizondo. “I can’t simply write the word ‘UFO’ in the request to people who were not cleared for it. However, rest assured the OCA was always included in this request so the right people always knew what this request was about ” said Elizondo. 


By “OCA,” Elizondo is referring to the “Original Classification Authority,” which in this case was the Navy. To Elizondo’s point, on the request for release form, the OCA point of contact is listed as a Navy official. Additionally, someone whose name and information is redacted is CC’d throughout the chain of emails. And in the final email from DOPSR saying if the “service-level OCA” verifies the videos are unclassified to “please feel free to move forward with release,” someone with a Navy email address is also CC’d. In a statement, the Pentagon tells Popular Mechanics, “The U.S. Navy retains custody of the source videos for the 2004 and 2015 sightings.” 

To illustrate the unpopular nature of the topic of UFOs, as it relates to the Pentagon, Elizondo points to the fact the Navy never took any real action to hold the person accountable for leaking the “F4” video in 2007. “Just my opinion, but I doubt they wanted to bring a UFO case into court and so it was better to just let sleeping dogs lie,” he says.

Over the last two years, the Pentagon has definitely had a difficult time being consistent or concise when it comes to UFOs and UAPs. So far, the Pentagon has gone back and forth, and seems unable to decide if anyone, much less Elizondo, ever officially investigated UFOs for the DoD.

At the same time, the one thing all parties continue to agree on is what the objects shown in the videos represent: “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.” But what, exactly, are those?


An artist’s 3D rendering of the USS Nimitz 2004 “Tic Tac” UFO, shown hovering over a sea surface disturbance while approached by an F/A-18 hornet.JMK (CC BY-SA)

For some, the Pentagon’s stance that object in the film is yet still “unidentified” means that whatever it is, it’s “exotic,” and even possibly extraterrestrial. Meanwhile skeptics say, “unidentified” means just that, and thus there could easily be a prosaic explanation, such as an error with the Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) system or even a misidentified flock of birds.

In an effort to try and clear up the debate, Popular Mechanics sought the help of a digital forensics expert to analyze the video. Having processed over 1,000 cases, including high-profile investigations like U.S. vs Zimmerman, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, Primeau Forensics is regarded as one of the nation’s leading digital forensics experts. Provided copies of both the “F4” and “Flir1,” clips, Michael Primeau, the co-owner of the business, agreed to take a look and see what information could be gleaned from the videos.

After analyzing the clips, Primeau indicated in order to provide an accurate professional opinion, the digital chain of custody would have to be determined, which would include examining the digital video equipment that originally captured the recording. 

“Some components could be estimated,” Primeau says, however, based solely on the information contained in the released videos, “the error rate would simply be too high, and conclusions would not be based on an accurate confidence level.”RELATED STORIESThe Real Story Behind the Myth of Area 51The Air Force’s Project Blue Book, 50 Years LaterAll Our UFO Covers from Over the Years

When asked if there was enough with just the video to meet the threshold of legally admissible evidence or make a definitive conclusion, Primeau says, “Based on preliminary forensic video analysis, it is my opinion that the FLIR video recordings provided cannot be relied upon as true and accurate, and therefore should not be admissible as evidence in a court of law.” 

While Primeau says no definitive conclusion can be reached based solely on the publicly available video evidence, one intriguing element still remains: The U.S. Navy clearly should have had access to all of the necessary equipment and information that would have allowed it to arrive at a more definite conclusion. 

Speaking generally, Gough confirms investigations into reported sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena are performed, and with incidents involving UAP encounters by the Navy, any investigation would include the Navy reaching out to other services to determine whether they might have aerospace craft in the vicinity at the time of the sighting. In light of this, when asked again, Gough once again sticks to the company line—but it’s just as intriguing as ever.

“The Navy designates the objects contained in these videos as unidentified aerial phenomena.” 

EXCLUSIVE: Secret document that PROVES Iran was building a nuclear weapon as far back as 2002 – even while they claimed the technology was only for peaceful purposes

  • The document was seized as part of a raid by Israeli intelligence agents on a compound in Tehran in 2018 
  • It is from an Iranian official requesting the parameters of a warhead fitted on a missile in November 2002 
  • Scribbled in the top left corner is a note from regime’s nuclear chief Moshen Fakhrizadeh, who signs off plans
  • Document forms the centrepiece of an as-yet unreleased report highlighting Iran’s ‘clandestine’ nuclear


PUBLISHED: 06:33 EST, 18 January 2020 | UPDATED: 08:04 EST, 18 January 2020 

A never-seen-before secret Iranian government document proves the regime was trying to build a nuclear weapon as far back as 2002.

It shows scientists outlining their proposals for a ‘warhead’, which are given the green light by Tehran’s top nuclear official.

The document was seized as part of a raid by Israeli intelligence agents on a compound in Tehran in 2018, and is now being exclusively revealed to the world by MailOnline.

The damning nuclear blueprint forms the centrepiece of a soon-to-be published report by the Friends of Israel Initiative (FOII), a group of foreign policy experts including several former presidents and prime ministers.    TOP ARTICLES1/5READ MOREPRINCE HARRY’S RETURN TO CANADA DELAYED BY ‘MEGXIT DEADLOCK’

As part of a fact-finding mission to the country led by Canada’s former foreign minister John Baird, they were given exclusive access to the haul of documents stashed in the Tehran hanger.

This included a piece of paper dated November 28, 2002, which they say is from a ‘senior Iranian official requesting the parameters of a warhead fitted on a missile’. 

Scribbled in the top left corner is a note from Moshen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s nuclear science chief, who writes: ‘In the name of God. Right now in a treatment process. Please archive the original script of the document. Fakhrizadeh.’ 

A never-seen-before secret Iranian government document (with translation, right) proves the regime was trying to build a nuclear weapon as far back as 2002. Dated November 28, 2002, it is from a senior Iranian official requesting the parameters of a warhead fitted on a missile. Scribbled in the top left corner is a note from Moshen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's nuclear science chief, who writes: 'In the name of God. Right now in a treatment process. Please archive the original script of the document. Fakhrizadeh'

A never-seen-before secret Iranian government document (with translation, right) proves the regime was trying to build a nuclear weapon as far back as 2002. Dated November 28, 2002, it is from a senior Iranian official requesting the parameters of a warhead fitted on a missile. Scribbled in the top left corner is a note from Moshen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s nuclear science chief, who writes: ‘In the name of God. Right now in a treatment process. Please archive the original script of the document. Fakhrizadeh’

Moshen Fakhrizadeh at a meeting with Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
Moshen Fakhrizadeh

Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian physicist, is also pictured meeting with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (out of shot), highlighting the extent of his power

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (right) at a meeting which was attended by nuclear chief Moshen Fakhrizadeh

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (right) at a meeting which was attended by nuclear chief Moshen FakhrizadehIran touts capability after scaling back nuclear compliance in 2019.

The FOII report claims this proves the ‘military dimension’ of Iran’s nuclear project, despite the regime claiming its programme did not go beyond ‘feasibility’ studies.

Fakhrizadeh is also pictured meeting with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, highlighting the extent of his power.

After being ‘briefed extensively by Israeli security officials’ on the contents of the Iranian archives, the authors of the FOII report write that ‘Iran intended to become a fully operational nuclear state’. 

They claim that these documents undermine the basis of the 2015 nuclear deal brokered between Iran and the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China.

Prior to signing the agreement – formally known as he Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – the International Atomic Energy Agency reported it had not found ‘credible indications of the diversion of nuclear material in connection with the possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme’.

But this was rubbished in an explosive press conference by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose agents launched a daring raid on a Tehran compound they suspected of hiding their nuclear plans.

In January 2018 successfully extracted a haul of thousands of files from metal safes which Netanyahu said proved Iran had deceived Barack Obama on the extent of its nuclear programme.  

In April 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed Israeli operatives launched  a daring raid on a compound in Tehran and retrieved thousands of documents pointing to an Iranian nuclear programme

They were stored in rows of metal safes , which the Israelis broke into

The archives were kept in a secret hanger (left) in Shorabad district, Tehran, and stored in rows of metal safes (right), which the Israelis broke in to

The 2015 nuclear deal, which lifted sanctions on Iran, who in turn vowed to limit its nuclear activities and the amount of enriched Uranium it stockpiled.    

But after Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out in 2018, the deal now appears to be unravelling.

Earlier this week, the UK, France and Germany said they were triggering the agreement’s dispute mechanism after accusing Iran of violating terms of the accords.

Iran batted back the allegations and said the trio were in the pocket of the US President.  

In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, chief author of the report Mr Baird, who steered Canada’s foreign policy from 2011 to 2015 said Iran was the ‘biggest terrorist organisation in the world’.  

He also said that, in light of Donald Trump’s isolationism and clarity over Brexit, Boris Johnson is best-placed to be the next ‘leader of the free world’ and spearhead the Western push-back against Iran. 

Mr Baird said: ‘I cannot tell you how strongly I feel that. This is a moment for Boris Johnson to lead the free world, Angela Merkel became leader of the free world ten years ago. I think Boris has the capacity to provide the Western leadership the world needs.’

An Iranian long-range Shahab-3 missile is fired in desert terrain at an unspecified location in Iran on September 28, 2009. New documents show the regime was trying to develop nuclear warheads

An Iranian long-range Shahab-3 missile is fired in desert terrain at an unspecified location in Iran on September 28, 2009. New documents show the regime was trying to develop nuclear warheads

Former Canadian foreign minister John Baird (centre) being briefed by Israel's former defence minister Moshe Ya'alon, on the Friends of Israel fact-finding mission

Former Canadian foreign minister John Baird (centre) being briefed by Israel’s former defence minister Moshe Ya’alon, on the Friends of Israel fact-finding mission

Mr Baird, who sensationally closed down the Canadian embassy in Tehran in 2012 and expelled Iranian diplomats from his country, urged UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab to consider the safety of his ambassador Rob Macaire who was temporarily arrested and whose effigy was burned in the street.

He said: ‘I would say to him do you feel confident your diplomats are safe in Tehran with this regime? 

‘We look at the situation after they ransacked your mission, and came to the conclusion “absolutely not”.

‘When they’re burning you an effigy and they regularly ransack diplomatic compounds… I just don’t think you can trust these people to protect diplomats.’

Mr Baird was accompanied on the fact-finding mission to Israel by ex-Italian foreign minister Giulio Terzi, former UK government counter-terrorism adviser and Army colonel Richard Kemp, and Spain’s former national security adviser Rafael Bardaji. 

The FOII is chared by former prime minister of Canada Stephen Harper and boasts members including former president of Spain José Aznar, former prime minister of Australia John Howard, former president of Colombia Andres Pastrana, former president of Uruguay Luis Alberto Lacalle and Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison.

Iran Likely To Field Nuclear ICBM In 2 Years: Israeli Intelligence

Once Iran builds such a warhead, Israeli experts told Breaking Defense that all Iranian ballistic missiles with at least a diameter of 4.1 feet can be fitted to carry one. An example is the Shahab-3, with a range of 620 miles. 

By   ARIE EGOZIon January 17, 2020 at 12:26 PM

TEL AVIV: Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) intelligence says Iran is two years from a capability to equip one of its ballistic missiles with nuclear warhead.

Such a development would constitute a red line, an Israeli official says: “The clock ticks toward this point, and Israel will know exactly when the foot will be put on the red line or very near to it.”

However, Iran has not yet built a nuclear weapon. And reducing a nuclear weapon to the size and weight allowing it to be carried on a ballistic missile is challenging, though Iran has demonstrated impressive engineering chops in some of its nuclear work.

Once Iran builds such a warhead, Israeli experts told Breaking D that all Iranian ballistic missiles with at least a diameter of 4.1 feet can be fitted to carry one. An example is the Shahab-3, a medium-range ballistic missile developed by Iran and based on the North Korean Nodong-1. The Shahab-3 has a range of 620 miles.

According to foreign sources, Israel’s intelligence apparatus is focused on the Iranian nuclear plan and does not need the data released from time to time by the UN officials that are supposed to monitor the country’s capabilities.

All signs indicate that Israel has been preparing a major plan if Iran attacks or gets to this red line.

Two nights ago, for example, “an unknown force” attacked an Iranian missile shipment at the largest Syrian air base, known as T-4, sources here say. So, while hostilities may get much hotter should Iran cross the red line, hostilities appear to be already playing out across the region almost day by day.

The question now is, will the U.S assist Israel if it decides to attack the Iranian nuclear facilities or will it have to retaliate after a direct Iranian attack probably with missiles?

On the record, Israeli experts say they believe that if Washington reaches the conclusion that Iran is an immediate nuclear threat, it will act with Israel.

But when talking off the record, some show great concern, especially if the coming elections in the U.S bring a Democrats to power. “They don’t like the fact that Benjamin Netanyahu puts all his cards on Trump and that may be reflected in the way they will conduct their relations with Jerusalem ” one expert said.

In the past, the U.S did everything it could to stop Israel from attacking the Iranian nuclear facilities.

Will the US allow Israel to use huge American stockpiles of weapon systems stored in Israel is another crucial question. The War Reserves Stock Allies-Israel program, capped at $1.2 billion, is composed of all types of weapons systems. The location of the stockpiles, along with the types and quantities of ammunition, are classified.

Israel in recent years has built the capabilities for a major blow to disable Iran’s nuclear facilities. Sources say the preparations include huge investments in highly classified “tools.”

And to add to the tension, some reports claim that Israel has asked the U.S for a “number” of air-dropped bombs that have the power to penetrate some of Iran’s underground nuclear facilities. It’s unclear if this refers to MOAB or to other US weapons designed to penetrate bunkers and deeply buried facilities.


While a majority of Americans stood firmly for the hostages and against their kidnappers, the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), a self-proclaimed Trotskyist revolutionary party, took the opposite position and insisted that the hostages were CIA agents, according to the Daily Beast. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined SWP in 1980 and served as a presidential elector in Vermont, advocating for the party’s candidates who ran on a platform that defended Iran’s keeping the hostages, the website reported. At a rally, SWP’s presidential candidate Andrew Pulley condemned “anti-Iranian hysteria around the US hostages.”

Bernie Sanders was in a party that supported Iran during hostage crisis

by Geoffrey GriderJanuary 18, 2020 NOW THE END BEGINS

In April 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini took over Iran; months later 52 American diplomats and citizens, as well as citizens of other nations, were kidnapped and held hostage for 444 days in the US Embassy in Tehran.

How far has America fallen in just 41 short years? We have fallen so far that the most popular Democratic candidate for president in 2020 is a hardcore Socialist Communist who sided with Iran and against America during the 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis. That same man in 2020 displays an open hatred for Israel and is still siding with Iranagainst America. Of course, I can only be talking about Bernie Sanders. The terror-supporting nation of Iran never had a better friend than Bernie Sanders, now imagine him as president.

Bernie Sanders has repeatedly stated that he will work to create a Palestinian state, that he thinks Israeli PM Netanyahu is a racist, and that as president he will divert US aid from Israel to Hamas. Now read today’s story about how Bernie Sanders conspired against the government of the United States and supported our enemy Iran at a time when they held Americans hostage, and understand that in 41 years, he hasn’t changed his mind one bit.

Bernie Sanders was a member of the Socialist Workers Party that supported Iran during 1979 Iranian hostage crisis

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: While a majority of Americans stood firmly for the hostages and against their kidnappers, the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), a self-proclaimed Trotskyist revolutionary party, took the opposite position and insisted that the hostages were CIA agents, according to the Daily Beast. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined SWP in 1980 and served as a presidential elector in Vermont, advocating for the party’s candidates who ran on a platform that defended Iran’s keeping the hostages, the website reported. At a rally, SWP’s presidential candidate Andrew Pulley condemned “anti-Iranian hysteria around the US hostages.”

Pulley often condemned “US President Jimmy Carter’s war drive against the Iranian people,” claiming that the US “was on the brink of war with Iran,” according to the Daily Beast. He also said that the war’s aim would be “to protect the oil and banking interests of the Rockefellers and other billionaires.”

On May 21, 1981, Sanders spoke at a Pulley rally saying: “For the last 40 years the Socialist Workers Party has… been harassed, informed upon, had their offices broken into, had members of their party fired from their jobs, and have been treated with cold contempt by the United States government,” the report said.


After US President Donald Trump ordered a strike to take out Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) commander Qasem Soleimani, Sanders spoke out against it. “Trump’s dangerous escalation brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars,” Sanders wrote in a statement.

Sanders has also spoken out in favor of the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). At a debate on Tuesday, Sanders said “We have got to undo what Trump did – bring that coalition together and make sure that Iran never gets a nuclear weapon.” According to Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), the Democratic presidential hopeful believes that rejoining the deal is a way of not escalating tensions beyond the nuclear issue.

In 1979, radicals of the Iranian regime took 52 Americans hostage. In 1979, Bernie Sanders was a member in good standing in the Socialist Workers Party who fervently supported Iran and spoke against the United States and the American hostages. 


Mike Pence’s office confirmed with the Catholic News Agency on Thursday that the Vice President is scheduled to be received by the Pope during his overseas trip next week. “The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See will continue to proudly support and promote these efforts advance the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative. We are committed to working with you to advance our shared goals of mutual respect, religious freedom, and peaceful coexistence.” says U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich.

Mike Pence to meet Pope Francis in Vatican next week to discuss the Chrislam Abrahamic Faiths Initiative.

by Geoffrey GriderJanuary 18, 2020 NOW THE END BEGINS

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to the Vatican next week to meet with Pope Francis in discussions on United States support of Chrislam Abrahamic Faiths Initiative

The woman in the main photo is U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich, wife of former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. She, on behalf of the United States, is spearheading what is officially known as the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative. Bible believers, of course, have a different name for it. We call this Chrislam, and so it begins. And just as we also told that Chrislam would include Judaism alongside of Islam and Catholicism, that has now been taken care of as well. All systems go for Chrislam.

“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.” Revelation 13:11,12 (KJV)

I knew it was not a matter of if, but only a matter of when the United States would get in line and support Pope Francis desire to further the One World Religion of Chrislam, and as you can clearly see, that day has arrived. In fact, it officially was last Tuesday. Here is a snippet from the official statement:


The coming One World Religion of Chrislam is the premier end times story of our day, and here at Now The End Begins, we have done more to inform, educate and expose on Chrislam that perhaps any other news agency in the world. Now that the United States in involved, expect things to increase dramatically. The Bible clearly tells us that Mother Rome is the Revelation 17 Whore of Babylon, and we are watching her stunning ascendancy to world spiritual religious and political domination in Chrislam.

Mike Pence to meet Pope Francis in Vatican next week to discuss United States support for Chrislam

FROM CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY: Mike Pence’s office confirmed with the Catholic News Agency on Thursday that the Vice President is scheduled to be received by the Pope during his overseas trip next week. No details have yet been released about the topics that might be discussed at the meeting.

The Vice President’s visit comes immediately after the U.S. religious freedom ambassador traveled to Vatican City for the launch of the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative, held on Tuesday at the official residence of the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich.CLICK TO VISIT THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF ARTICLES ON CHRISLAM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

Sam Brownback, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, was present at Tuesday’s opening session of the initiative, which was described by Ambassador Gingrich as “a dialogue designed to promote peace, religious freedom, and interreligious harmony” between Christians, Muslims, and Jews.

U.S. in Holy See@USinHolySee · Jan 16, 2020

Statement by Ambassador Callista Gingrich on the launch of the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative. #PathwaystoPeace #AFI2020Rome @MultiFaithNN @IRF_Ambassador https://va.usembassy.gov/statement-by-ambassador-gingrich-on-the-launch-of-the-abrahamic-faiths-initiative/ …Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on the Launch of the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative | U.S. Embassy to…STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR GINGRICH ON THE LAUNCH OF THE ABRAHAMIC FAITHS INITIATIVE January 16, 2020 On January 14, I was honored to host the opening session of the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative (AFI) at…va.usembassy.gov

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It was inspired, she said, by the 2019 document on “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” a joint statement of Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in Abu Dhabi that was signed in the United Arab Emirates.

That document, in part, stated that “the pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings.” Cardinal Miguel Ayuso, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, was present at the gathering, according to Gingrich’s remarks.


Quoting Pope Francis, Gingrich stated the questions that could be considered by the initiative: “‘How do we look after each other?  ‘How do we nourish a fraternity which is not theoretical, but translates into authentic fraternity?’ And ‘how can religions be channels of fraternity, rather than barriers of separation?’”

In her remarks at the launch, Ambassador Gingrich thanked Pastor Bob Roberts of NorthWood Church in Keller, Texas, Imam Mohammad Magid of All Dulles Area Muslim Society, and Rabbi David Saperstein, the former U.S. religious freedom ambassador from 2014 to 2017, “for making this gathering possible.”

During Brownback’s trip, he and Ambassador Gingrich also met with Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See Secretary for Relations with States. READ MORE

God’s Fury Unleashed as ICE, FBI, DOJ, and Dept. of Education Called in to Investigate Ilhan Omar

By Adam Eliyahu BerkowitzJanuary 17, 2020 , 11:29 am

“Who will take my part against evil men? Who will stand up for me against wrongdoers?” Psalms 94:16 (The Israel Bible™)

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) addresses speaks at a rally in Washington D.C. (Credit: Eli Wilson/Shutterstock.com)FacebookTwitterEmailWhatsAppPrintShare4,373

It was announced that notoriously anti-Semitic and anti-Israel Rep.Ilhan Omar will be the focus of multiple investigations by  FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Department of Education.

Investigative reporter David Steinberg has been uncovering disturbing information about the freshman congressman since before she was elected. Last month, he reported that the Department of Justice assigned a Special Agent in Charge (SAC) to investigate several possible felonies Omar was suspected of committing. The SAC concluded that the wide range of suspected criminal activity may lead to investigations by other branches of the federal departments. Steinberg reported on Thursday in the Blaze that the investigations have indeed been expanded to include at least the Department of Education and ICE.

David Steinberg@realDSteinberg

BIG Ilhan Omar update:

Federal investigators finally seem to be reviewing the overwhelming evidence against @IlhanMN.

And at least THREE agencies are considering her case:

1. The @FBI,
2. The DofEd. Inspector General,
3. … And @ICEgov.

The Department of Education is investigating claims that Omar married a citizen of the United Kingdom in 2009 in order to commit fraud in acquiring a federal student loan. Directly after getting married, Omar enrolled in  North Dakota State University in August 2009, receiving a degree in June 2011. Immediately upon graduating, Omar permanently separated from her husband. According to address records, and a statement from Omar herself, she was still living with her first husband and their two children throughout this second marriage.

In 2017, Omar filed for divorce, submitting a nine-question form to the court attesting to having lost all contact with her the husband she married during her time in University. In her signed testimony, she claimed to have lost all contact with him in June 2011. Based on evidence from social media and an interview with that husband, it now seems clear that Omar perjured herself in eight out f nine of her answers given to the court. Each instance of perjury in Minnesota can receive a sentence of five years.

Steinberg claims that “the only man on Earth with the same name and birthdate as Omar’s ex-husband ” was raised in the same home as Omar’s sister, seeming to indicate that he was, in fact, Omar’s brother.

It should be noted that sexual sins were particularly detested in the Bible.

 Cursed be he who lies with his sister, whether daughter of his father or of his mother.—And all the people shall say, Amen. Deuteronomy 27:22

“Concurrently — in August 2016 — Minnesota reporters Scott Johnson and Preya Samsundar were publishing extensive, verified, still-unchallenged evidence implicating Rep. Omar in multiple felonies,” Steinberg wrote. “Their exponentially more substantial evidence was ignored by the Democratic Party and supportive media. Their evidence was even ignored by law enforcement, per an extraordinary public dismissalshortly before Omar’s 2016 election to the Minnesota House of Representatives.”

Omar’s marital history is indeed incredibly convoluted. The Minnesota Star Tribune  reported the following timeline of Omar’s marital history:

  • 1982: Ilhan Omar is born in Somalia, the youngest of seven children.
  • 1997: Omar, still a teenager, settles in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis after fleeing Somalia’s civil war with her family and spending four years in a refugee camp in Kenya.
  • 2002: Omar, now 19, marries Ahmed Hirsi, 22, in their “faith tradition” in Minnesota, but they don’t legally marry.
  • 2008: Omar and Hirsi, now the parents of two children, reach an “impasse in our life together” and divorce in their faith tradition.
  • 2009: Omar, at 26, marries Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, 23, whom she identifies only as a “British citizen.” School records show he attended high school in St. Paul and studied art at North Dakota State University.
  • 2011: Omar and Elmi end their relationship and divorce in their faith tradition, but do not legally divorce until 2017.
  • 2012: Omar and Hirsi reconcile and have a third child together.
  • 2014–15: Omar files joint tax returns with Hirsi, though they are not yet legally married; she remains legally married to Elmi.
  • 2016: Omar, endorsed by the DFL over longtime incumbent Phyllis Kahn, is elected to the Minnesota House, becoming the first Somali-American, Muslim legislator in the United States. But her campaign is rocked by allegations in a Somali news forum and the conservative Power Line blog suggesting that Elmi is her brother and they married for unspecified immigration benefits.
  • 2017: Omar is granted a legal divorce from Elmi.
  • 2018: Omar legally marries Hirsi and is elected to Congress.

Relating to the sanctity of marriage in a frivolous manner is described in the Bible as having national implications.

Indeed, the land was defiled by her casual immorality, as she committed adultery with stone and with wood. Jeremiah 3:9

Steinberg maintains that Omar has gotten a free pass until now with many credible claims against her being ignored or buried. Omar has officially denied all allegations without offering any explanations.

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board found in June of last year that Omar had misspent thousands of dollars in campaign cash while she served in the Minnesota state legislature. She was ordered to pay back $3,469.23, plus a $500 civil penalty.

The expansion of the investigation to include ICE is ironic since Omar has been critical of the enforcement agency protecting American borders, going so far as to call for it to be abolished.

Ilhan Omar✔@IlhanMN:

ICE is militarized, brutal, and unaccountable. Immigration policy should be based in compassion. ICE is not the solution, we need to abolish ICE.

“In the past few months, ICE has carried out the three biggest workplace immigration raids of the past decade.” https://twitter.com/elisaslow/status/1013252275895263232 …Eli Saslow@elisaslow”Are you alone now?” After the latest immigration raid, a 12-year-old adjusts to life without parents in the American heartland, where family separation has long been a fact of life. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/national/wp/2018/06/30/feature/are-you-alone-now-after-raid-immigrant-families-are-separated-in-the-american-heartland/?utm_term=.ce21a6482d43 …5882:21 PM – Jul 2, 2018Twitter Ads info and privacy214 people are talking about this

At the trial of Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad al-Thani in Florida in November,Alan Bender, a Kuwait-born Canadian businessman, testified in a video deposition that Omar was paid by Qatar to be their asset operating within the U.S. government. That allegation has yet to be investigated.

Argentines rally to remember prosecutor killed while probing AMIA attack

Some 3,000 attend demonstration in Buenos Aires; Nisman led the investigation into presidential cover-up of 1994 bombing of Jewish community center that left 85 dead, 300 wounded

People hold signs during the commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the death of the special prosecutor in the AMIA case, Alberto Nisman, on January 18, 2020, in Buenos Aires. (RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP)

People hold signs during the commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the death of the special prosecutor in the AMIA case, Alberto Nisman, on January 18, 2020, in Buenos Aires. (RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentines paid tribute Saturday to a prosecutor on the fifth anniversary of his unsolved death while probing the bombing of a Jewish community center — an attack in which he alleged a presidential cover-up to shield Iran in exchange for trade.

Prosecutor Alberto Nisman led the probe of the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association headquarters, which left 85 dead and 300 wounded.

In 2015, his body was found in his Buenos Aires apartment with a gunshot wound to the head, delivered at close range from a handgun found at his side.

His death came days after he directly accused then-president Cristina Kirchner, now the vice president, and some of her top aides of covering up Iran’s alleged involvement in the bombing.

Kirchner, who was in office from 2007 to 2015, is accused of having attempted to conceal Iranian involvement in the bombing in return for lucrative trade deals with her government.

People hold signs during the commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the death of the special prosecutor in the AMIA case, Alberto Nisman, on January 18, 2020, in Buenos Aires. (RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP)

Nisman’s body was found on January 18, 2015, hours before he was to present evidence to back up his claim. His death was initially ruled a likely suicide but an Argentine federal appeals court later found that he was murdered.

On Saturday night, some 3,000 demonstrators at a commemorative rally in Buenos Aires shouted “murderer” every time Kirchner’s name was mentioned as their way of blaming her for Nisman’s death. They denied suggestions that he had committed suicide.

Kirchner, who was indicted in 2017 in connection with the alleged cover-up of Iran’s involvement in the bombing, denies any wrongdoing.

Nisman’s mother, Sara Garfunkel, said that in the past five years Argentina has failed to find justice for her son’s death.

“This prosecutor was murdered and we know nothing. I do not understand how a man of his strength and determination could commit suicide,” said another demonstrator, a 55-year-old woman who gave her name as Maria.

In this photo from July 18, 1994, a man walks over the rubble left after of the Argentinian Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) building in Buenos Aires after it was targeted in a deadly bombing. (Ali Burafi/AFP)

At the rally, the current president, center-left Alberto Fernandez, came in for heavy criticism. He said this month he doubts Nisman killed himself but said there is no evidence of murder.

Also Saturday, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo marked the five-year anniversary by calling “on all nations to designate #Hizballah as the terrorist organization it is.”

In Nisman’s investigation, he established that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group was responsible for the carnage

Russian sources: Moscow gave Iran the high precision tech for missiles that struck US bases in Iraq

 Jan 19, 2020 @ 9:37 F-35 planesIran missiles strike US base in IraqRussian GLONASS

The high precision technology accounting for the astonishing accuracy of Iran’s missile strike on the US Ain Al Asad air base in Iraq on Jan. 8 came from Moscow, say Russian media quoting local military sources. They name the technology as the GLONASS global navigation system, which corresponds to the American GPS, and had the effect of reducing the Iranian missiles’ targeting error to just 10 meters. 

The same sources report that the Iranians launched altogether 19 missiles against the Ain al Asad base n western Iraq, of which 17 struck dead center of their targets. 

DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the accuracy of impact amazed US and Israel intelligence, which had not been aware of this Iranian capacity. Its significance is such that – whether provided by Russia or self-made – Iran’s short- and medium-range missiles can reach any point in the Middle East that is unprotected by effective anti-missile systems within a 700km radius.

Still defending Russia’s downing of the Ukrainian airliner, killing all 176 people aboard, hours after the Iranian attacks on US bases in Iraq, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed there were “at least six F-35 fighters in the air in the Iranian border area at the time” when Iranian forces “were braced for some kind of US military retaliation.” Lavrov did not say whether the planes belonged to the US air force or Israel.

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US Military Jams GPS Across East Coast As FBI Seizes Night-Vision Devices

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by Tyler Durden

Authored by Mike Adams via NaturalNews.com,

In case you didn’t fully realize that something big is about to take place in America, file these two facts:

#1: The U.S. military, Carrier Strike Group Four (CSG4), is jamming GPS signals from Jan 16th – 24th

…which may overlap the planned deep state false flag event in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond is just at the margins of the range of the GPS jamming exercise map released by the military (see below). The epicenter of the so-called “exercise” is off the coast of Georgia. The official FAA announcement claims no jamming will take place on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday next week, but we don’t trust the FAA, so your mileage may vary. Remember, too, that 90% of the American population below the age of 30 has never read a paper map and can’t use a compass.

The GPS jamming exercise continues through Jan. 24th and effects South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Eastern Tennessee, Alabama and all of Florida. The AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) has posted details of the warning here.

The FAA has also issued a flight advisory warning aircraft pilots that GPS will fail for “several hours each day” during this military jamming exercise. See:

Map of the Carrier Strike Group Four GPS testing

Here are the areas that will be impacted:

Note that this is the U.S. military testing GPS jamming capabilities in anticipation of an event that would require such jamming (obviously). Consider the convergence of events now shaping up:

  • The impeachment trial of President Trump by the U.S. Senate, presided over by the treasonous sellout SCOTUS Justice Roberts, who already sold out America to Obama under the wildly unconstitutional “Obamacare” decision years ago.
  • The Jan. 20th “Lobby Day” event in Richmond, Virginia, where deep state operatives are absolutely trying to put together a false flag event to cause violence and blame gun owners.
  • The Mysterious drone flights over Colorado, Oklahoma and Nebraska, recently followed up by an emergency meeting with the Oklahoma legislature on a military base, where they were briefed about something “horrific” and “life altering.”
  • The FBI’s sudden attempts to confiscate high-end night vision tubes from distributors, indicating an emergency need for night vision capabilities in an agency led by a treasonous traitor (Chris Wray) and that has a long history of planning and carrying out terrorism plots across America, according to the New York Times and the Kansas City Star.

#2: FBI invokes “eminent domain” to seize high-end night vision tubes

The FBI is now claiming “eminent domain” to essentially seize high-end night vision tubes (that power night vision goggles) from distributors in the United States. This indicates the FBI has an emergency effort under way to acquire large numbers of night vision devices in anticipation of some urgent event which will take place at night (possibly another FBI false flag operation like Oklahoma City or the 1993 attempted World Trade Center bombing which was entirely masterminded by the FBI).

As Dave Hodges is reporting from The Commonsense Show, Bob Griswold from ReadyMadeResources.com relates a shocking event where he had already locked in the purchase of 70 night vision tubes from his distributor, and had those tubes invoiced and committed. Within hours, the FBI claimed eminent domain over the tubes, effectively “seizing” them from Ready Made Resources before they could even be shipped.

We reviewed a letter written to RMR by their distributor, confirming that the government preempted the order to RMR and claimed they had ownership over the gear because they were the government.

An hour ago, I spoke with Griswold on the phone to confirm the situation, and he told me he thought there were, “No more than 200 high-end night vision devices remaining in the entire country.” (This excludes the crappy gen 1 and gen 2 night vision devices, which nobody wants anyway.)

I’m told that inventory units are flying off the shelves and will be gone everywhere in the next 1-2 business days. Yes, there is a run on night vision in America, happening right now.

Here’s the relevant question: What is the FBI planning that would require hundreds of night vision devices?

Answer: Probably another bombing, mass shooting, mass casualty event or some other terrorism flashpoint that the FBI is famous for causing. Just ask the church members of Waco, Texas… or not, since they’re all dead, thanks to the FBI and ATF.

Earlier this week, Alex Jones declared on his broadcast that the deep state was going to “attempt to assassinate Trump next week.” Could this military exercise, and the FBI night vision devices, and the drones scanning the Midwest all be related?

Why Laws Against Hate Speech Are Dangerous

by Tyler Durden

Authored by Fjordman via The Gatestone Institute,

In November 2019, Germans celebrated the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany 30 years earlier. That same month, Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a speech to the German federal parliament (Bundestag), advocated more restrictions on free speech for all Germans. She warned that free speech has limits:

“Those limits begin where hatred is spread. They begin where the dignity of other people is violated. This house will and must oppose extreme speech. Otherwise, our society will no longer be the free society that it was.”

Merkel received great applause.

Critics, however, would claim that curtailing freedom in order to protect freedom sounds a bit Orwellian. One of the first acts of any tyrant or repressive regime is usually to abolish freedom of speech. Merkel should know this: she lived under a repressive regime — in the communist dictatorship of East Germany, where she studied at Karl Marx University.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects freedom of speech, specifically speech critical of the government, and prohibits the state from limiting free speech. The First Amendment was placed first in the Bill of Rights because the American Founding Fathers realized that freedom of speech is fundamental to a free society. US President George Washington said:

“For if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences… reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and, dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.”

Without freedom of speech, you cannot truly be free. Freedom of speech exists precisely to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority.

What exactly is “hate speech,” and who gets to define it? Those who love justice usually also hate injustice. But what is justice? Social justice? Economic justice? Ecological justice? Religious fundamentalist justice? Climate justice?

Hate may be a negative emotion, but you cannot ban emotions. Envy and jealousy are also widely considered negative feelings. Yet we do not ban them. Envy of people who are wealthier than you is arguably a component of Socialist and Marxist political parties everywhere.

The concept of a “hate crime” is also flawed. If you rob, assault or murder people, that is equally injurious regardless of the motivation of the assailant or of who the victim is. We should not have different penalties depending upon whether the victim is a gay black man, a straight white man, a Muslim woman or a Christian nun, or we will end up with a kind of a legal caste system.

Although the legal system should not be based on feelings or emotions, we see an increasing tendency toward this subjectivity. There is a tendency to censor certain viewpoints because they might “offend” others. The problem is, it is not the inoffensive things that need protecting; it is only the offensive things that do. When, in the US, the National Socialist Party of America wanted to march though Skokie, Illinois, home to many Holocaust survivors, the Supreme Court decided that the Nazis’ right of free speech overrode suppressing the marchers. According to the Bill of Rights Institute:

“In these cases, National Socialist Party of America v. Village of Skokie (1977), and Brandenburg v. Ohio (1968), the Supreme Court held that the First Amendment protects individuals’ rights to express their views, even if those views are considered extremely offensive by most people…

“American writer Noam Chomsky said ‘If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.’ Individuals who express unpopular opinions are protected by the First Amendment. The First Amendment prevents majorities from silencing views with which they do not agree—even views that the majority of people find offensive to their very core. “

Possibly many things people say will be considered offensive to somebody, somewhere. In 1600, Giordano Bruno was burned alive at the stake as a heretic for saying that the universe has no center, and stars are suns, surrounded by planets and moons. The findings of Charles Darwin were challenged by the “Scopes Monkey Trial” in 1925, when a high-school teacher in Tennessee, John T. Scopes, was charged with violating state law by teaching the theory of human evolution.

Just a few years ago, it was uncontroversial to state that there are only two biological sexes. After all, this is a fact that would seem pretty straightforward. Yet recently, even this simple statement has become explosive. When the tennis champion Martina Navratilova questioned the fairness of having transgender men compete in sports again women, but was eventually driven to “apologize.”

In the UK, a physician, David Mackereth, recently lost his government job as a medical assessor after more than three decades for refusing to renounce his view that gender is determined at birth.

People who claim to combat “hate” often seem to be quite full of hate themselves. Some Americans claim that US President Donald J. Trump is a racist, yet themselves express open hatred toward Trump, and those who vote for him. They do not object to hating. They just seem to believe that their hate is the only legitimate one.

The Koran sura 9:5 has verse stating:

“When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way. God is forgiving and merciful.”

The exact translation of this verse can be debated, but the Arabic verb qatala generally means to kill, slay or murder somebody. How come it is all right to publish the original source, prescribing murder, but that it is “hate speech” to point out that quote?

Many people have observed, for instance, that verse 9:5 and other intolerant verses in the Koran have been quoted repeatedly by militant Muslims to justify jihad attacks and violence (for instance herehere and here). Although other religious books also contain violence, as the scholar Bruce Bawer points out:

“Sometimes, when one points out these rules, people will respond: ‘Well, the Bible says such-and-such.’ The point is not that these things are written in Islamic scripture, but that people still live by them.”

Muslims in Britain and other Western nations are free to spread teachings that are hateful towards non-Muslims. Yet because non-Muslims have pointed out that some teachings are hateful and have inspired actual atrocities, UK authorities have banned them for spreading “hate.”

One sees, then, that restrictions against “hate speech” often do not really ban hate speech; instead they may actually be protecting certain forms of hate speech against legitimate inquiry.

Laws against “hate speech” and “racism” always lead to political censorship, because the definition of what constitutes “hate” is always influenced by politics and ideology. Laws against hate speech or racism should therefore be removed. No person has the right “not to be offended.” Freedom of speech means saying and hearing things with which you may disagree. What remains important is to be able to say and hear them.