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The Internet Is A CIA Project: Russian President

What did you think? Really.
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Press TV — Apr 25, 2014 — Internet CIA project: Russian president
 http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/04/24/359943/putin-says-internet-cia-project/

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the Internet a project controlled by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), saying Russia needs to fight "for its interests" online.

The Russian president made the remarks on Thursday, stressing that the Internet was a special project by the CIA and "is still developing as such."

Putin also warned the Russian people against making Google searches, emphasizing that every entry made into Google goes through servers in the United States.
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Does this come as a big surprise?

And the voting machines are an NSA project.

Another big surprise?

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The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center 25.Apr.2014 08:44

James Bamford

The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
By James Bamford in wired.com 03.15.12
 http://www.wired.com/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/2/

UTAH DATA CENTER (Construction was completed in late 2013.)
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_Data_Center

Domestic Surveillance Directorate - Defending Our Nation. Securing the Citizens.  http://nsa.gov1.info/utah-data-center/

When construction is completed in 2013, the heavily fortified $2 billion facility in Bluffdale will encompass 1 million square feet.

Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world's communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital "pocket litter." It is, in some measure, the realization of the "total information awareness" program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans' privacy.

But "this is more than just a data center," says one senior intelligence official who until recently was involved with the program. The mammoth Bluffdale center will have another important and far more secret role that until now has gone unrevealed. It is also critical, he says, for breaking codes. And code-breaking is crucial, because much of the data that the center will handle—financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications—will be heavily encrypted. According to another top official also involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: "Everybody's a target; everybody with communication is a target."

The data stored in Bluffdale will naturally go far beyond the world's billions of public web pages. The NSA is more interested in the so-called invisible web, also known as the deep web or deepnet—data beyond the reach of the public. This includes password-protected data, US and foreign government communications, and noncommercial file-sharing between trusted peers. "The deep web contains government reports, databases, and other sources of information of high value to DOD and the intelligence community," according to a 2010 Defense Science Board report. "Alternative tools are needed to find and index data in the deep web ... Stealing the classified secrets of a potential adversary is where the [intelligence] community is most comfortable." With its new Utah Data Center, the NSA will at last have the technical capability to store, and rummage through, all those stolen secrets. The question, of course, is how the agency defines who is, and who is not, "a potential adversary."

The NSA'S SPY NETWORK

Once it's operational, the Utah Data Center will become, in effect, the NSA's cloud. The center will be fed data collected by the agency's eavesdropping satellites, overseas listening posts, and secret monitoring rooms in telecom facilities throughout the US. All that data will then be accessible to the NSA's code breakers, data-miners, China analysts, counterterrorism specialists, and others working at its Fort Meade headquarters and around the world. Here's how the data center appears to fit into the NSA's global puzzle.

— J.B.

Nasty Russians 25.Apr.2014 09:19

rAT

So then why does Russian pornography dominate the web? Putin is full of shit and, of course, so is "Blues", the human Wikipedia disinfo machine.

Thank you, Russia, for providing us with alternative media. 25.Apr.2014 09:59

Opposing Opinion

The Internet was famously developed by the CIA. Russia provides us with alternative media such as Russia Today and Pravda that present news and tell truths that our Western media won't ever mention or investigate. Kudos to Russia for not being a serial aggressor -- like the USA is. Russia should expand its Internet news and information services, and create a Russopedia. Westerners, fed up with US propaganda, would flock to it.

As for porn, what about Hollywood and Israel? Give women the opportunity for respectable jobs, education, and income, and then let them decide for themselves if they want to do porn or prostitution for a living.

Afghanistan 25.Apr.2014 10:26

rAT

Serial aggressor? Howzabout Afghanistan? Ukraine? geeeeez

pentagram 25.Apr.2014 10:37

rAT

Actually the internet was famously invented by The Pentagram, uhh...The Pentagon, a different creature entirely.

what? 25.Apr.2014 10:56

Clyde

"Kudos to Russia for not being a serial aggressor"

Right, except for threats, invasions, or suppporting instability and revolutions in Hungary, invading Czechoslovakia and strong-arming the rest of Eastern Europe during the cold war, various incursions and border disputes with China, Afghanistan, and several others that I can't think of off the top of my head.

The whole idea that you hate the US so much that you kiss the ring of any dictator who opposes the West is so absurd, but you continually do it.

If The Soviet Union Disappeared, The Western Oligarchs Would Rape The Poor 25.Apr.2014 12:09

blues

There would be no communist ideological competition to save American good jobs, industrial productionality, entitlements for the disadvantaged, access to education, etc., etc.

If the BRICs are beaten, there will be even less competition, more austerity, and total rape of the poor. There will be absolute abject feudalism.

not really 25.Apr.2014 13:18

Clyde

you speak of communism as though it is somehow better for the poor, when in actuality it has historically done nothing except drag everyone else down into poverty while a few party elite rake in the fruits of their labor. You want to criticise capitalism for the same thing? Go ahead, but don't pretend that the soviets ever offered a viable alternative.

If you have to build walls and checkpoints to keep your citizens from leaving, or they risk their lives to float themselves on shoddy rafts across the open ocean to escape, chances are you're doing something wrong.

History 25.Apr.2014 14:16

Garth

Blues, in case you missed the news, the Soviet Union is gone.

For frequency of aggression, there's none to match the USA and NATO. 25.Apr.2014 15:05

Barack Oggression

The former Soviet Union invaded and occupied Afghanistan -- not post-Soviet Russia.

The majority of the population of Crimea is of Russian origin; after the NATO-sponsored insurrection and instability in Ukraine, Russia annexed Crimea to protect its people and its bases there.

The Russian annexation of Crimea bears no comparison to the US rape of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. If you want a valid comparison, try the two Russian wars with oil-rich Chechnya.

For frequency and scale of aggression, there's none to match the USA and its NATO allies. Euro-American Colonialism never ended; it just changed its name to NATO.

be patient 25.Apr.2014 15:09

Clyde

He is just now coming to terms with the fact that Khrushchev is dead. He'll be in mourning for decades.

I invented the Internet. 25.Apr.2014 15:11

Al Gore

I invented the Internet.

in case you missed the news, the Soviet Union is gone. 25.Apr.2014 15:29

Falujah Massacre

"...in case you missed the news, the Soviet Union is gone."

Please explain that to rAT also.

Clyde - Stop Waving Your Fucking Flag Around and Open Your Fucking Eyes... 25.Apr.2014 15:43

Tracy Mapes

...Our Country has gone over the Fucking Edge.

The Soviet Block Countries are just Smoke Screen.

ok 25.Apr.2014 19:13

Clyde

There aren't any soviet bloc countries anymore Tracy, so maybe you could explain what you mean.

A handful of them (Latvia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and others) are now also NATO members. Just part of the smoke screen?

As for flag waving - i'm not a patriot of this country by any means. I am just disgusted with how people here grovel and bow at the feet of any country that happens to oppose the US, as though that automatically makes them better. People died trying to escape communism for a reason - it is an even bigger scam than the so-called free market. Anyone who thinks giving the state even MORE power over our lives (as is the case among any implementation of communism thus far) is more gullible than the neo-cons that they claim to despise.

haha 25.Apr.2014 19:14

Clyde

If you think Russia annexed Crimea to "protect" anyone aside from their naval base there, you are drinking Putin's kool-aid right from the tap.

Dear Clyde 25.Apr.2014 21:55

Tracy Mapes

America's Influence in that Region and Its Ability to Effectively wage a Meaningful Response to any Russian Incursion, Right or Wrong would not be a Viable or Sustainable Option. The U.S. Government has betrayed Our Own People, and if They think We Will Go to War over some Bullshit half a World away? ...They are Lost.

The Sphere of Russian Capability is only a Blitzkrieg Away. Due to Geographical Limitations, any meaningful response from the West would Most Likely Result in a Defcon 5 Situation.

As far as Bringing up Afghanistan? ...We've Been there for 12 Years without provocation or good results except to ensure the West was well supplied with Heroin. Even the Gas/Oil Industry has had to put their Goals on the Shelf, due to the Continued Corrupt Government waging War There.(The United States)

Countries are like Hookers, No Matter Who the Pimp is, That is the Position in which they will Remain. So, Saying NATO or Soviet really doesn't mean much when You consider the course over time.

How many Americans lived in Iraq and Afghanistan before the US invaded? 25.Apr.2014 23:17

Barack Oggression

What Clyde wrote: "If you think Russia annexed Crimea to "protect" anyone aside from their naval base there, you are drinking Putin's kool-aid right from the tap."

What I wrote: "Russia annexed Crimea to protect its people AND its bases there."

I also wrote: "The Russian annexation of Crimea bears no comparison to the US rape of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya."

How many Americans lived in Iraq and Afghanistan when the US invaded those two countries?

Map: Russian language dominant in Crimea
by Hashem Said - March 15, 2014
"According to the last census held by Ukraine in 2001, more than 58 percent of Crimea self-identified as ethnically Russian, and 77 percent of Crimeans said their native language was Russian. There is a huge gap in usage between Russian and the official state language of Ukrainian — which only 10 percent of Crimeans speak as a native language. The second most common language is Tatar, spoken by better than 11 percent of the population."
 link to america.aljazeera.com

97 percent back Russia in final Crimea vote count
By Associated Press - March 17, 2014
 link to nypost.com

"Russians in Ukraine form the largest ethnic minority in the country, and the community forms the largest single Russian diaspora in the world. In the 2001 Ukrainian census, 8,334,100 identified as ethnic Russians (17.3% of the population of Ukraine), this is the combined figure for persons originating from outside of Ukraine and the autochthonous population declaring Russian ethnicity." See Map.
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russians_in_Ukraine

What if the majority in Baja California or British Columbia were Americans... 25.Apr.2014 23:54

Barack Oggression

To Clyde: Do not mistake me for a Putin fan, or a fan of the Russian Oligarchy. I have done a great deal of research on Putin, and I know him to be a very corrupt official and a very dangerous FSB veteran. Putin HAD to know that the false-flag Moscow Apartment Bombings of September 1999 were perpetrated by the FSB. The murders of several Russian journalists were probably FSB hits that were approved by Putin.

However, there is a great deal of difference between Russia annexing Crimea and the USA invading Iran and Afghanistan, which are half a world away from the USA, and lack any substantial population of Americans.

If 58% of the population of Baja California or British Columbia were Americans who wanted to join the USA, there might be an excuse for annexation. That's basically what happened in 1836 when settlers from the USA declared the Republic of Texas, which was annexed by the USA as a Slave State in 1846. California's population was likewise tipped in the balance of US immigrants during the 1840s, and California was annexed in 1848 after the US-Mexican War.

The USA is in a poor position to argue that Russia cannot annex Crimea. 26.Apr.2014 03:32

Barack Oggression

The Oregon Country was disputed between Great Britain and the USA until the immigration of thousands of US citizens over the Oregon Trail to the Oregon Country demonstrated that the Americans, not the British, would be the main colonizers of the Oregon Country. The phrase "Manifest Destiny" was coined to describe the US aspirations for the Oregon Country.

US immigration into Texas, California, and the Oregon Country all resulted in a majority population of Americans in those regions, which led to their annexation as US States. There were also the multiple annexations of Native American lands by the USA.

Since the USA has enlarged itself many times through immigration and annexation, the USA is in a very poor position to argue that Russia cannot do the same with Crimea.

Israel is another example of immigration leading to 'regime change'. 26.Apr.2014 03:51

Barack Oggression

After World War Two, Jews from around the world swarmed into Palestine and wrested control of that nation, not by outnumbering the Palestinians, but by outgunning them. Today US Presidents and most US Congresspeople swear their allegience to Israel. Israel is yet another example of nation-building through immigration that is supported by the USA, which created its own continent-spanning borders through immigration and annexation.

If Russia should return Crimea, USA should return lands to Native Americans. 26.Apr.2014 04:22

Barack Oggression

If Russia should return the Crimea to Ukraine, shouldn't the USA return all of the land that it 'annexed' or siezed from the Native Americans? Of course it should.

Brooklyn Uber Alles? 26.Apr.2014 10:13

rAT

Maybe Putin should invade Brooklyn. I understand there are thousands of Russian speaking people living there. And don't forget Chicago and San Francisco. Hitler's biggest excuse for invasion was that there were "German speaking" masses that were under immediate threat from their OWN NATION and must be "protected" by actually INVADING that nation. Sorry I'm not politically correct on this issue, but almost anyone in Chechnya would probably agree. Remember CHECHNYA?

Barack Oggression 26.Apr.2014 10:54

Clyde

I may have misread your tone initially - i don't think we are really disagreeing that much. I am not defending the actions of the US, or Putin.

I was merely stating my disgust at how blues drops to all fours to lick the boots of any dictator or regime that is aligned against the US or NATO - as though that opposition alone gives them some kind of moral highground. See Syria and Libya for previous examples of this.

The Russian annexation of Crimea isn't all that different from the American annexation of Texas. The arguments and justifications were pretty similar - the rhetoric of "Protecting citizens" is just as much a farce as it was then.

Chechnya already mentioned. 26.Apr.2014 17:11

Barack Oggression

@rAT: I was the first one to remind people of Chechnya on this thread. I said that Russia's invasion of Chechnya is comparable to the USA's invasion of Iran.

Yes, it does matter that 58% of Crimea's population is Russian, and that 97% of Crimea's voters approved of the annexation by Russia. Brooklyn is not Crimea.

Mafias Rule the World 26.Apr.2014 17:40

Barack Oggression

To Clyde:

I see the USA and NATO, Russia, China, and India as spheres that are each ruled by their own wealthy elitist Mafia. Depending on who you are, there may be some advantages to living under the Western (USA and NATO) Mafia, but essentially it's just another Mafia. The hoy polloi are not Members of the Mafia Family, which treats us like livestock. Sometimes the various Mafias compete, and sometimes they cooperate. I don't know of any 'utopian' nation - that is, one that isn't ruled by a Mafia. The Mafias do a pretty good job of controlling their spheres of interest, and brainwashing the population into thinking that they are part of a common cause by promoting nationalism and patriotism. International relations and international conflicts are Mafia business. We probably won't be able to change this System of Mafias, but we need to study it and understand it if we don't want to get screwed by it.

97% Bullshit 27.Apr.2014 10:46

rAT

Over 10% of the Crimean population (Tartars, etc.) don't speak Russian at all and have been historically persecuted by Russia. They would NEVER vote for annexation and are way over "3%" of the population. Typical Communist "election" results. Putin fixed his own re-election too.

To Those Who Denigrate My Articles And Comments 27.Apr.2014 12:46

blues

The Internet was supposedly invented by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). But that's about the same thing as the CIA.

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 http://www.heise.de/tp/artikel/5/5263/1.html
How NSA access was built into Windows
Duncan Campbell 04.09.1999
Careless mistake reveals subversion of Windows by NSA.

A CARELESS mistake by Microsoft programmers has revealed that special access codes prepared by the US National Security Agency have been secretly built into Windows. The NSA access system is built into every version of the Windows operating system now in use, except early releases of Windows 95 (and its predecessors). The discovery comes close on the heels of the revelations earlier this year that another US software giant, Lotus, had built an NSA "help information" trapdoor into its Notes system, and that security functions on other software systems had been deliberately crippled.
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No, Vladimir Putin is many things but not a dictator:

Organizational Chart Of Current Russian Federation:
 link to www.zerohedge.com

(Source of above organizational chart of the current Russian Federation):
 http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-20/all-you-need-know-about-russia-charts


The US is no longer "free" nor a democracy. You really only get one single-selection vote for one of two deep state-selected candidates. And the US president can legally have you liquidated with no trial. Check out:

The Myth of American Democracy
 link to www.globalresearch.ca


Things said of me:
"The whole idea that you hate the US so much that you kiss the ring of any dictator who opposes the West is so absurd, but you continually do it."

"you speak of communism as though it is somehow better for the poor"

"He is just now coming to terms with the fact that Khrushchev is dead. He'll be in mourning for decades. "

These things are absurd. I don't hate the US, I merely state that it is a ruthless dictatorship. I never liked the USSR nor communism. I merely stated that freedom, justice, and prosperity for Americans began to vanish when the USSR collapsed.

I did like Muammar Gaddafi. Check out:

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Beyond Money — Devoted to the liberation of money and credit, and the restoration of the commons — by Thomas H. Greco
 http://beyondmoney.net/2011/04/07/what-is-the-truth-about-libya/

By retaining Libya's oil wealth for the benefit of all its people, Gadaffi had created a socialist paradise. There is no unemployment, Libya has the highest GDP in .Africa, less than 5% of the population is classified as poor and it has fewer people living below the poverty datum line than for example in Holland. Life expectancy is 75 years and is the highest in Africa and I0% above the world average.

With the exception of the nomadic Bedouin and Tuareg tribes, most Libyan families possess a house and a car. There is free health care and education and not surprisingly Libya has a literacy rate of 82%. Last year Gadaffi distributed $500 to each man, woman and child (population 6.5 million).

Libya has a tolerable human rights record and stands at 61 on the International Incarceration Index, comparable with countries in central Europe (the lower the rating, the lower the standing - the USA occupies the no.1 spot!). There is hardly any crime and only rebels and traitors are dealt with harshly.

Anyone who has read Gadaffi's little Green Book will realize that he is a thoughtful and enlightened leader. Libya has been accused of having committed numerous acts of terrorism in the past, but many of these have been perpetrated by foreign intelligence agencies as false flag operations - the Lockerbie bombing being a prime example.

The CIA and MI6 and their frontmen have been stoking up dissent in the east of the country for almost 30 years. Libya produces exceptionally high quality light crude oil and its production cost of $1 a barrel, compared to the current price of $115, is the lowest in the world.

Riba (usury) is not permitted. The Central bank of Libya is a wholly-owned by the Libyan Government and is run as a state bank, issuing all government loans free of interest. This is in contrast to the exploitative fractional reserve banking system of the West. The no-fly zone and the bombing of Libya have nothing to do with the protection of civilians. It is an act of war ­ a blatant and crude attempt by the oil corporations and international bankers to steal the wealth of Libya.
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Consortium News — by William Blum
 http://www.consortiumnews.com/2011/050311b.html

So why is only Libya the target for U.S./NATO missiles? Is there some principled or moral reason? Are the Libyans the worst abusers of their people in the region?

In actuality, Libya offers its citizens a higher standard of living. (The 2010 U.N. Human Development Index, a composite measure of health, education and income ranked Libya first in Africa.)

None of the other countries has a more secular government than Libya. (In contrast some of the Libyan rebels are in the habit of chanting that phrase we all know only too well: "Allahu Akbar".)

None of the others has a human-rights record better than that of Libya, however imperfect that may be — in Egypt a government fact-finding mission has announced that during the recent uprising at least 846 protesters were killed as police forces shot them in the head and chest with live ammunition. [Associated Press, April 20, 2011]
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True US History — Cynthia McKinney visits a hospital in Libya — by dondebar
 link to abundanthope.net

Video:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYoXwH5bu0E

[Comment by gerryhiles] This is all breaking my heart. I lived in Libya for a while and nothing being said about the country, nor Qadafi is true. Yes he is eccentric, including being eccentric-enough to have transformed Libyans from being amongst the most impoverished people on Earth, to having free education, free health care and even free housing if necessary.

Not the "American Way". He is a socialist, can't have that can we!!
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Associated Press — Adam Schreck — Diplomatic efforts heat up as bombs target Tripoli
 http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/06/16/general-ml-libya_8520904.html

One of Gadhafi's sons told an Italian newspaper that while his father would not seek exile, elections under international supervision could offer a way out. A vote could be organized within three months, he said.

The son, Seif al-Islam, told Corriere della Sera that Gadhafi would step aside if he lost, which the son said was unlikely. He acknowledged, however, that "my father's regime as it developed since 1969 is dead."

In Washington, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland rejected the idea of elections in Libya.

"It's a little late for any proposals by Gadhafi and his circles for democratic change," she said Thursday. "It's time for him to go."
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So what happened following the "humanitarian war" that was perpetrated by the globalist mafia?

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GlobalResearch.ca — September 21, 2013 — Welcome to the New Libya, a Country 'Liberated' by NATO: No Oil Revenues, No Security, No Water, No Electricity...
 link to www.globalresearch.ca


Welcome to the new Libya, a country 'liberated' by NATO which now finds itself without the oil revenues which could make it rich, with no security, no stability and assassinations and corruption at unprecedented levels.

Last Friday, the Economist magazine published a report about the implosion of Libya. My attention was caught by the pictures that illustrated the piece - particularly one of some graffitti on the wall of a sea front cafe in the capital Tripoli. 'The only way to Heaven is the way to the airport' it read.

The joke is indicative of the troubled state of Libya nowadays following 'liberation' by NATO warplanes in the sky and the revolution on the ground which toppled the dictatorial regime of Muammar al-Ghadaffi.

Recently I have met many people who are visiting London from Libya and they tell stories of life there which are hard to believe.

The capital Tripoli had no water or electricity for a whole week.

The armed militia dominate and rule the streets in the absence of a workable government, a national security establishment and basic municipal services.

Onoud Zanoussi, the 18 year-old daughter of Abdullah Zanoussi, the former chief of Ghadaffi's security establishment, was kidnapped on her release from prison following seven months behind bars accused of entering her country illegally. She was abducted in front of the prison gates and the abductor was one of the guards!

Two years ago, the British and French business community sharpened their teeth and rubbed their hands with glee in anticipation of their share of Libyan reconstruction. Now there isn't a single foreign businessman in Tripoli, all of them ran for their lives after the assassination of the American Ambassador and attacks on several foreign Embassies and Consulates.

During the NATO bombardment, news from Libya dominated the front pages and was the first news item on every Western and Arabic television station. There was 24-hour coverage about the Libyan Liberation miracle and the great victory achieved by NATO and the revolutionaries. Nowadays it is very rare to find a Western reporter there and even more rare to read a decent report about Libya and what is really going on there.

Oil was the main objective and the real reason for the NATO intervention; but oil production has all but ceased due to a strike by security guards on the oil fields and export terminal. The ostensible reason for this strike is the demand for a pay rise but there is another, equally powerful, motive - they are protesting the demands of various separatist movements who are calling for self-rule for oil-rich Barca (Cyrenaica) with its capital in Benghazi. Most of Libya's oil reserves are situated here.

Rather than the local or national government, a militia is in control of most of the oil fields and the export terminal; it has started to sell huge amounts of oil on the black market and is trying to expand these activities leading Ali Zidan, the Prime Minister, to threaten to bomb any unauthorized oil tanker going anywhere near these sites.
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rAT, you're right about the vote in Crimea. 27.Apr.2014 17:33

Barack Oggression

rAT: You're right about the 97% vote in Crimea for annexation to Russia. The 11-plus percent Tatar population would probably have voted against it, if they actually got the chance.

Since the US and NATO stoked the uprising in Ukraine with agitating NGOs, visits from US and NATO politicians, support for street gangs, and possibly mercenary snipers who shot at people on both sides of the barricades (as was also done in Tunisia), the Russian Government and the Russian people have a legitimate reason to be nervous about the Euro-Borg pacing and growling just outside their door.

I am not a lover of the Russian Government, but neither am I a lover of the US Government. I do like the idea of the USA having a few opponents who won't back down and can kick ass. The Russian Government often takes care of business in a very nasty way. Nevertheless, I'm glad that Russia opposes the USA.

As the former head of the FSB and a very wealthy man, Putin's position in the Russian power structure might be comparable to that of George Bush Senior, another wealthy man who was head of the CIA before he became VP, then POTUS, and then the father of the POTUS. Watch out for this guy:
 http://www.military-quotes.com/forum/putins-son-t90670.html