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Video: Intelligence Head Admits Warnings Before 9/11 Were NOT …

This post 1 was originally published on this site 2 Hayden claims it would not have been politically acceptable to up security Steve Watson Prisonplanet.com February 25, 2016 In a remarkable admission, the former head of the NSA and the CIA under President George W. Bush has stated that there were good enough warnings from the intelligence community about a coming terror attack in the months before 9/11, but that no action was taken for political reasons. Gen.

Michael Hayden (USAF Ret.) who was in charge of the NSA when 9/11 happened, appeared on MSNBC s Morning Joe , Wednesday. Hayden was there to promote a book, but was asked about the pre-9/11 warnings in relation to Donald Trump s recent raising of the issue 3 . Pre-9/11, the intelligence was good enough that we knew something was coming.

Hayden admitted. George Tenet s phrase, it s blinking red. We all knew that.

Hayden continued, claiming We did not have sufficient insight to see it was coming here. That s a game of expectations. That was nothing they had done before.

We just assumed it was going to be against American interests. Joe Scarborough then asked if Hayden disagrees with Trump s assessment that 9/11 was George Bush s fault. It wasn t his fault.

Even if we had the data to be more specific, which we didn t, what s the politically acceptable mechanism that George Bush does? If he imposes a TSA thing on August 15th, what s the attitude of the American ? What are you ?

He actually may have caused more harm. Hayden responded. Hayden s claim that there was no knowledge of an attack on US soil is bogus.

The CIA 4 , as well as multiple foreign intelligence agencies warned the US of impending 5 attacks at home 6 , and even that terrorists working under Osama Bin Laden planned to strike in downtown Manhattan 7 using aircraft. According to Cofer Black, then chief of the CIA s counterterrorism center, in the Summer before 9/11, officials gathered at the White House with the head of the CIA s Al Qaeda unit, Richard Blee, telling CIA head George Tenet, and Bush s National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice There will be significant terrorist attacks against the United States in the coming weeks or months. The attacks will be spectacular.

They may be multiple. Al Qaeda s intention is the destruction of the United States. Blee told the officials.

When asked by Rice what action should be taken, Black advised We need to go on a wartime footing now! General Hayden, while adding in a huge bogus caveat, is still admitting that warnings were ignored and security was not upped because, he claims, it would not have been politically acceptable to the American people. Would it have been more politically acceptable than thousands of dead Americans, a decimation of liberties domestically, and endless subsequent war in the Middle East?

Even if one plays devil s advocate and accepts there was no specific intelligence, it is totally inconceivable that airport and border security would not have been heightened. – Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones Infowars.com 8 , and Prisonplanet.com 9 .

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Lifeboat at centre of famous rescue starts new life as Highland home …

A CENTURY-old lifeboat which once battled the elements to save sailors in peril has been transformed into a Scottish Highland home where you can stay the night for just 50. The Alexandra was built in 1903 and was initially stationed with the RNLI in Cromer, Norfolk. She was involved in the rescue of the 65-ton Sepoy in 1933, a dramatic incident which made front-page headlines at the time.

After her retirement in 1934 she was brought to Scotland and has since been passed to the hands of the Fothergill family, who live near Oban.. They spent years lovingly converting the ship into accommodation and now have listed the unusual property on AirBnb so that visitors can stay. The lifeboat sits on the picturesque shore of the Cuan Sound, a channel of water which separates two islands on Scotland s west coast.

Pictures show the red and blue vessel nestled among trees and grass, facing across the bay towards the Isle of Luing. The listing states that the boat has six berths set around a central table, which serve as beds for guests, as well as a small kitchen area complete with a hob, kettle and cutlery. The owners have also installed reading lights, charger points, a fridge and a microwave to bring the boat into the 21st century.

There is also a toilet, shower, scullery and drying facilities in a timber cove situated 25m from the accommodation. It costs 50 a night to stay in the unique listing, with a discount if guests decide to book for longer than a week. The tranquil final resting place of the boat is a far cry from the extreme weather and dramatic rescues it was once involved with.

Its most notable life-saving attempt was in 1933, when it was called out to help rescue a stricken sailing barge whose anchors had been ripped off in a storm. The Sepoy barge had run into trouble off the coast of Cromer, with its two-man crew left clinging to the mast for dear life as the large waves pounded the ship. A motor-driven lifeboat was launched to sea, but had trouble getting near the boat due to the fierce waves.

It was decided that the oar-powered Alexandra lifeboat may stand a better chance, and pictures taken at the time show local townsfolk dragging it along the beach and into the water. The rescuers tried desperately to bring the Alexandra close to the ship, by pulling on a line fired onto the barge by the Rocket Brigade. They had reached the stern of the Sepoy when the line snapped and they were swept all the way back to shore.

The two Sepoy crew members were only saved when the skipper of the motor-powered lifeboat managed to drive his vessel onto the deck of the barge and carry out the rescue. Michael Fothergill, 47, who owns the boat, said: Alexandra has been in our family for over 40 years, but sadly in that time we have never sailed her only worked on her. A photograph of the 1933 rescue.

The Alexandra is visible bottom left near the shore while the stricken ship can clearly be seen in the surf The previous owner sailed her in these waters and I think it was he who brought her up north a number of years after she was retired from the RNLI. Her most notable well-documented lifesaving attempt was that of the Sepoy in 1933, and she was retired the year after. She is the initial phase of our proposed development, Argyll Kayaker Cove, on the edge of Cuan Sound.

We re trying to create facilities for kayakers, walkers, or anyone who appreciates our beautiful surroundings.

Police ask Milton Keynes residents to surrender knives for art …

Thames Valley Police is to take part in a national project to create a work of art which symbolises the country s stand against knife violence. The Force is to join more than 30 police forces already contributing to the project by the British Ironwork Centre. Knives surrendered to police from across England and Wales are being repurposed into a magnificent piece of art which it is hoped will be displayed on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square in London.

Knife surrender bins will be in a number of police front counter offices across the Thames Valley from today (8/2) to Sunday (14/2) in support of London Metropolitan Police s initiative Operation Sceptre. Supt Richard James from Neighbourhood Policing and Partnerships said: Taking part in the British Ironwork Centre project illustrates how we in the Thames Valley are part of the nation s collective stand against knife crime and violence. In Thames Valley we do not experience knife crime on the levels seen in similar communities and areas elsewhere in the country.

From January to December 2015 Thames Valley Police received reports of 485 crimes in which a bladed or pointed article was used compared to 496 during the same period the year before, a two per cent reduction. The figures refer to sexual and violent offences, including robbery, where a pointed or bladed implement is recorded as being used in the offence and it was capable of piercing or puncturing the skin. A pointed or bladed implement could include items such as knives, pens, screwdrivers and broken bottles.

The item could have been used to threaten or injure. It is important that we continue to ensure people understand that carrying a knife makes an individual more likely to be a victim of knife crime themselves. We are proud to be able to take part in such an inspiring project alongside police forces and colleagues nationwide.

Clive Knowles, of the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, Shropshire, said: The whole initiative aims to remove 100,000 knives from our streets and do some good. We are using knives collected from police forces across the country. The art piece shows that we can all work together and shows that as a nation we are against knife violence.

It is going to be quite something.

Knife surrender bins will be in front counter offices at the following locations from today (8/2) until Sunday (14/2): Milton Keynes, Bletchley, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Amersham, Oxford, Abingdon, Banbury, Henley, Cowley, Didcot, Witney, Bicester, Reading, Loddon Valley, Maidenhead, Windsor, Newbury, Slough, Wokingham and Bracknell.

Knives should be wrapped in cardboard or something similar before placing in a bin.

Bowl of petunias found stranded on Norfolk beach.

A Forensic Artist s rendering of how the bowl of Petunias might have looked, before impact As if dealing with stranded sperm whales wasn t enough, bewildered Norfolk locals were today confronted with an angry looking bowl of petunias on a beach near Hunstanton. Cockle picker Silas Thurlby found the unusual item after hearing what a long wailing noise which he describes as sounding like someone shouting Oh no, not again while falling from a great height. Police have cordoned off the area after a man wearing a dressing gown and carrying a towel following an early morning swim was viciously attacked by the bowl of petunias.

Inspector Flinch of Norfolk constabulary has so far been unable to give an adequate explanation for these events.

When asked where he thought the item came from he said Where do any of us come from?

I mean, that s the ultimate question isn t it?

I will start tomorrow…

We ve all said it. I will start tomorrow or it will wait until tomorrow. But tomorrow isn t promised us.

As far as the days that we live on this earth, we only have today. And the whole day isn t even promised to us. In the picture, a photo I call my Alive picture, I am shown lying at the edge of the street about 10:30 the night of 14 November, 2009.

I had been struck down by a hit and run driver while walking home. I had been laying in the street for 20-22 minutes before being reported to police dispatch and the photo was taken a minute after the dispatcher had placed the radio call to a deputy. The deputy took the picture while the ambulance was on the way.

The responding EMTs have told me I had 12-15 minutes of blood left in me before I would have bled out. When I woke up that morning I had no idea what might happen and it never occurred to me that my tomorrow might never come to me. Now listen, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

Instead, you ought to say, If it is the Lord s will, we will live and do this or that. As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.

If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn t do it, it is sin for them. ~ James 4:13-17 +++ Without our tomorrow promised to us, wouldn t that make today more important to us? As the Scripture in James says to us, You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Each one of us needs to take that Scripture truly to heart and open up to our Lord God and welcome Him into our hearts, literally into our hearts.

I can honestly say that on that morning of the 14th of November 2009, when I walked out the door of my home I had told my wife I loved her. With both of my kids away to college I m not sure when I had told them or even sent them a text that I loved them but I do know that they were sure that I did as I have a tendency to let them know periodically, although it is usually with a text message with them working many hours away then and now. Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. ~ Proverbs 27:1 With the New Year recently passed us, many probably tried to promise themselves with a New Year s resolution of some sort A resolution to start something new with the coming of tomorrow ..and the clock is ticking.

I hope and pray that those who read these words of mine today will look into their own life and recognize and learn that today is the most important day of our lives.

And each and every day we should open ourselves up to prayer to our Lord Jesus and thank Him for those wonderful blessings of time and fellowship that God has given us with our loved ones.

Sanders proposes tax hike to pay for universal health care

HARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Vowing to achieve universal health care, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders released a sweeping proposal hours before Sunday s Democratic presidential debate to create a new single-payer health care system in the United States paid for by a variety of higher taxes. Sanders Medicare for all plan was poised to play a starring role in the final Democratic debate before the leadoff Iowa caucuses and came as rival Hillary Clinton has ramped up her critique of Sanders health care plans.

Clinton has pressed Sanders for details on whether middle-class families would face a higher tax burden under his plan, which she has warn would undermine President Barack Obama s signature health care overhaul. Her campaign did not immediately comment on his proposal, which was released at little more than two hours before the debate. Sanders campaign said his system would provide health care coverage to all Americans, eliminate co-pays and deductibles, and bring health care spending under control.

Universal health care is an idea that has been supported in the United States by Democratic presidents going back to Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, Sanders said in a statement. It is time for our country to join every other major industrialized nation on earth and guarantee health care to all citizens as a right, not a privilege. His campaign said the plan would cost $1.38 trillion a year, but would save $6 trillion over the next decade compared to the current health care system, citing an analysis by Gerald Friedman, an economist at University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

But much of the cost would be paid for through a 6.2 percent payroll tax paid by employers and a 2.2 percent health care premium on workers. It also relies on taxing capital gains and dividends on families earning more than $250,000 a year, eliminate deductions for wealthy Americans and raising the estate tax. The plan would also raise income taxes on Americans making more than $250,000 a year, including a top tax rate of 52 percent for those earning $10 million annually or more.

While Sanders proposal is similar to the single-payer health care plan that he has introduced nearly a dozen times since joining Congress in 1991, it is a reversal of his campaign rhetoric. In December, he promised to raise taxes on the middle class only to pay for a plan to provide paid family leave. His other programs, like tuition-free college and health care, would be paid for with higher taxes on the wealthy.

I think it is appropriate to ask the wealthy and large corporations to start paying their fair share of taxes, he said on NBC s Meet The Press. Some liberal activists said Sanders plan, like other federal programs such as Social Security, would deliver a better value for low and middle income taxpayers. If you had a universal health care plan people wouldn t have to pay premiums.

They would gain far more than they would shell out in taxes, said Roger Hickey, a co-director of the Campaign for America s Future.

Social Security wouldn t have existed if FDR had said, I m not going to raise anyone s taxes.’ ___

Hit-and-run appeal after man's body is found on A47 near Norwich …

Police are appealing for witnesses after the body of a man was found on the side of the A47 carriageway near Norwich this morning. The man is believed to be in his 40s and from the Norwich area. His next of kin are being informed.

Police said it appears to be a fail to stop collision . The body of the man was discovered on the side of the carriageway about half a mile past the B1108 eastbound on the A47 Officers are still trying to piece together what happened. The A47 eastbound carriageways will remain closed between the B1108 and the Thickthorn roundabout while police enquiries continue.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact the SCIT on 101. The incident has caused major disruption to commuters, with up to an hour s delay on adjoining roads and around the city. Highways England said the A47, between its junctions with the A1074 and A11, is expected to be clear by 3.30pm.

Live traffic map 1 It said a local diversion was in place and described the incident as serious . Traffic is queued back to Easton and police are directing motorists on to Earlham Road. Queues are believed to be stretching as far back as Tuddenham, while there are similar delays caused by congestion on Dereham Road and Watton Road.

There are long delays between Longwater and the B1108 junction, and reports suggest parts of the city are virtually gridlocked. The incident has caused delays to konectbus services. Service numbers 4, 8, 53, 510, and 511 are all affected and experiencing delays.

A fire crew from Earlham was called to the scene at around 6.20am to screen off the carriageway.

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Falkirk midfielder Will Vaulks 'flattered' by …

BY IAIN COLLIN @CCP_sport 1 Will Vaulks admits he s flattered to be linked with a host of top clubs but insists he is happy at Falkirk. Celtic, Rangers, Norwich City and Sporting Lisbon have all been credited with an interest in the 22-year-old in recent days, whilst it is understood Hibernian made an approach to the Bairns last summer. It is recognition for a string of top performances from the lad from the Wirral, who joined Falkirk in 2013 and remains under contract until May 2017.

But the midfielder is adamant he is content with life with the Bairns and will not have his head turned by speculation over his future. Vaulks said: I ve seen it, but I don t know anything about it. I m happy here, I m enjoying my football and hopefully we can try and get promotion.

You would like to think it shows I m doing something right when I m being linked with clubs like that. But if they were there on Saturday I don t think they ll be coming back! It s flattering, yes, but I don t know here it s come from and I m happy at Falkirk.

The 22-year-old helped Falkirk maintain their title push with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Alloa Athletic at the weekend. The Bairns, who have played one more game, are sandwiched between league leaders Rangers and Hibs, who they have relegated to third with three victories in the last week. And Vaulks has shrugged off disappointment over Saturday s performance to hail the grittier side of his team as they bid to keep themselves in the hunt with the big two at the top of the Championship.

He added: It was one of those days. I don t think anyone really had a great game but, at the moment, the way it s going, the three points is massive whether it s 5-0 or 1-0. I ve been here for three years now and in the two previous seasons we ve given away too many late goals.

We seem to be improving at that and seeing it out. We re a strong unit, I think. We ve just got to keep winning.

We ll see where that takes us. @IainCollin 2 References ^ @CCP_sport (twitter.com) ^ @IainCollin (twitter.com)