Dockside Chat - Why the National Defense Autorization Act was updated.....

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Mardi-Gras
03-30-2012, 02:04 PM
This was posted here a few weeks ago and the naysayers spoke up that it meant nothing to update this.....

So the US Govt. has open ended contracts fro hundreds of millions of handgun and rifle rounds....

There is a shortage of Nomex and Kevlar (we use the nomex and kevlar threads for some products and we have to take second seat to US Govt. Contract and we have first dibs on Govt. rejects....


My GPS variation has increased, notice this other day.


Is it me or am I caught up in conspiracy theories....and why the hell is Long Colt 45 rounds on a 4 month wait for quantities greater than a 1,000 rounds?



http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/30/obama-imposes-sanctions-to-squeeze-irans-oil-exportation/

President Obama agreed Friday to tough, new sanctions to slow Iran’s oil exportation by targeting the financial institutions that purchase the country’s oil.

The president said he made the decision after determining world markets have enough crude oil that such sanctions would not hurt U.S. allies.


“There is a sufficient supply of petroleum and petroleum products from countries other than Iran,” the president said. “I will closely monitor this situation to assure that the market can continue to accommodate a reduction in purchases of petroleum and petroleum products from Iran."

Obama got the authority to impose the sanctions through the National Defense Authorization Act.

The sanctions aim to further isolate Iran's central bank, which processes nearly all of the Islamic Republic's oil purchases, from the global economy.

U.S. officials hope ratcheting up economic pressure will push Iran to abandon its disputed nuclear program and convince Israel to give sanctions time to take hold before pursuing a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. The U.S. and allies suspect Iran of pursuing a nuclear bomb. Iran denies that.

The congressionally mandated sanctions target foreign financial institutions that do business with Iran's central bank -- barring them from operating in the U.S. to buy or sell Iranian oil.

The penalties are to take effect at the end of June, around the same time Europe's embargo on Iranian oil kicks in. Countries can still avoid the sanctions if they take steps to significantly reduce their imports before then.

Under a sweeping defense bill Obama signed at the end of December, the president had until Friday to determine if there was enough oil supply on the world market to allow countries to cut their oil purchases from Iran. A formal White House statement was expected later Friday.

A congressional source briefed on Obama's determination spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity ahead of the formal White House announcement.

Domestic and foreign policy concerns have complicated the administration's decision to pursue the oil sanctions.

Many of the countries that buy oil from Iran are U.S. allies, including several European Union nations, Japan, South Korea and India. In order to provide flexibility to countries friendly to the U.S., the sanctions bill allows the U.S. to grant waivers to nations that significantly reduce their purchases of Iranian oil.

Even before Friday's decision, the State Department announced that it would grant waivers to 10 European Union countries and Japan because of steps they have already taken to cut back on Iranian oil. An E.U. oil embargo, approved in January, is set to take effect in July.

The United States has not said what constitutes a significant reduction in Iranian oil purchases, and analysts think the administration could use different metrics for different countries.

With oil prices already rising this year amid rising tensions over the nuclear dispute between Iran and the West, U.S. officials have sought assurances that pushing countries to stop buying from Iran would not cause a further spike in prices.

That's particularly important for Obama in an election year that has seen an increasing focus on gas prices.

Administration officials say a February report from the Energy Information Administration shows there is excess oil supply on the global market. But the report also showed that prices are high.


Eyeball
03-31-2012, 08:25 AM
If I remember correctly, there was some question regarding the legality of holding American citizens indefinitely without charges or a trial. Obama said it would never apply to American citizens. Well, quietly, a second piece of legislation slid in behind this one that allows any America citizen to be stripped of their citizenship, without trial or charges.

Not to suggest paranoia or anything, but the huge ... I mean REALLY HUGE data processing center for the govt being built in Utah is almost complete. When finished it will be able to collect, store, and analyze anything and everything you post anywhere on the web, anything you buy, every website you look at, every cellphone call you make or receive ... Give it a little time and I bet everywhere you car goes will be included in that data collection effort.

yarcraft91
03-31-2012, 09:08 AM
Not to suggest paranoia or anything, but the huge ... I mean REALLY HUGE data processing center for the govt being built in Utah is almost complete. When finished it will be able to collect, store, and analyze anything and everything you post anywhere on the web, anything you buy, every website you look at, every cellphone call you make or receive ... Give it a little time and I bet everywhere you car goes will be included in that data collection effort.

Like in Person of Interest?


jrolin1
03-31-2012, 09:51 AM
Like in Person of Interest?

Shhh! The black helicopters might hear you. ;)

Eyeball
03-31-2012, 11:49 AM
Shhh! The black helicopters might hear you. ;)


I don't think it has anything to do with helicopters. ;) You should read the whole article ... it's an eyeopener.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/



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.




http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/wp-content/gallery/20-04/ff_nsadatacenter2_f.jpg

1 Visitor control center

A $9.7 million facility for ensuring that only cleared personnel gain access.

2 Administration

Designated space for technical support and administrative personnel.

3 Data halls

Four 25,000-square-foot facilities house rows and rows of servers.

4 Backup generators and fuel tanks

Can power the center for at least three days.

5 Water storage and pumping

Able to pump 1.7 million gallons of liquid per day.

6 Chiller plant

About 60,000 tons of cooling equipment to keep servers from overheating.

7 Power substation

An electrical substation to meet the center’s estimated 65-megawatt demand.

8 Security

Video surveillance, intrusion detection, and other protection will cost more than $10 million.


Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Conceptual Site plan

NJFISH
03-31-2012, 02:07 PM
Apparently a lot of people are still drinking the kool-aid. This govt cannot be trusted.

Eyeball
04-01-2012, 10:59 AM
China can do it. Russia can do it. Now the UK is (publicly announcing it is) going to do it. Is there anyone that really believes the US can't or isn't doing it, also?



UK ‘to announce’ real-time phone, email, Web traffic monitoring

Summary: UK government plans to allow the intelligence services analyse call, email and Web traffic in “real-time” could be announced by the Queen as early as May.

Under new UK legislation, Internet service and broadband providers will be obligated to pass personal browsing, email and call data to the intelligence services for real-time processing.

“Internet firms” could also include social networks and search engines, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google — all of which have a presence in the UK — along with broadband providers. Access to ISP logs will be opened up to the government on-demand.

The ‘third’ UK intelligence service, GCHQ, the signals and electronics eavesdropping station based in Cheltenham, currently process call, web, and email data, such as when communications were made, but not the contents of such data.

ISPs, however, do process this data at their facilities and datacenters. These new plans would force ISPs to ‘mirror’ all traffic through GCHQ allowing for more detailed inspection on a law enforcement level to quickly process information as it happens. ...


http://www.zdnet.com/blog/london/uk-8216to-announce-real-time-phone-email-web-traffic-monitoring/3751

capecuddy
04-01-2012, 03:36 PM
Apparently a lot of people are still drinking the kool-aid. This govt cannot be trusted.

Here's the deal....NO administration's government can be trusted. It's not because of diabolical conspiracies, however. It is due to incompetence, mismanagement and a lack of visibility/accountability slathered with a layer of pork barrel politics.

Solid modern business practices in the operation of government is the only thing likely to fix that.

Obama has fewer business-expereinced people in his administration than any prior administration in modern (20th century to now) times.

Mitt may not be Warren Buffett or Donald Trump or Steve Jobs, but he at least has business experience and more importantly has the business connections to bring players in to make the gov run better. A monumental task but one that needs tackled.

Conspiracy implies an intelligence that is just not there...

ladyjane
04-01-2012, 03:46 PM
this president needs to go. He is weaking the country by any means he can. When he talks he lies.

Uncas
04-01-2012, 03:56 PM
A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them......P.J. O'Rourke

jrolin1
04-01-2012, 04:34 PM
While I don't trust everything our government does I trust China's and others even less. If they have similar capabilities I want our country to have more. Just for defensive purposes. Cyber-warfare is still warfare.

Eyeball
04-02-2012, 11:12 AM
Here's the deal....NO administration's government can be trusted. It's not because of diabolical conspiracies, however. It is due to incompetence, mismanagement and a lack of visibility/accountability slathered with a layer of pork barrel politics.



Well, at least you're supposed to think it is due to incompetence. To quote the Roman statesman and philosopher, Cicero (106BC - 43BC)

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.

Uncas
04-02-2012, 12:20 PM
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.




That's racist......!!!!!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:



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