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7.23.2014 4:00 AM

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7.22.2014 4:00 AM

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7.21.2014 4:00 AM

C2 Monday Morning News


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7.20.2014 4:00 AM

C2 Above the Fold


Two soldiers killed by Hamas infiltrators Saturday morning

Two IDF soldiers were killed Saturday morning when Hamas terrorists infiltrated Israeli territory via a tunnel under the border fence from the central Gaza Strip and opened fire on a military vehicle that was patrolling on the Israeli side of the border, the IDF said Saturday evening

The two were named as Amotz Greenberg, 45, a major in the reserves from Hod Hasharon, and Sgt. Adar Barsano, 20, from Nahariya. The information was cleared for publication after the families were informed.

The deaths were the first of soldiers killed by Hamas since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8.

The terrorist cell infiltrated Israeli territory through a tunnel, in an apparent attempt to carry out a major attack on one of the nearby communities, the army said. The IDF vehicle was not the intended target. Its presence at the scene prevented a much larger planned attack, military sources said late Saturday.

The army believes there are 20 more such tunnels, and that further efforts to infiltrate and kill Israelis are likely. Larger contingents of soldiers were deployed to the Israeli side of the Gaza border area after the incident, military sources said, to guard against further such attacks.

An initial investigation indicated that eight or nine Hamas gunmen clad in IDF uniforms infiltrated beneath the border fence.

The gunmen encountered the IDF patrol and opened fire with machine guns and anti-tank weaponry, killing the two officers, moderately wounding two other soldiers and lightly wounding two others.

Troops returned fire, killing one of the terrorists; others fled back into Gaza.

Military sources said that material found at the scene, including plastic handcuffs, indicated that the terrorists intended to kill and kidnap Israeli civilians and/or soldiers.

Tens of thousands rally in London against Israel’s Gaza op

Tens of thousands protested in London Saturday afternoon against Israel’s military operations in Gaza, denouncing Israel as a terrorist state and castigating British Prime Minister David Cameron for backing Israel’s right to self-defense against Hamas rocket fire

Anti-Israel protesters rally across France, defying ban imposed after synagogue clash

REUTERS - Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched in French cities on Saturday to condemn violence in Gaza, defying a ban imposed after demonstrators marched on two synagogues in Paris last weekend and clashed with riot police.

Malaysia Airline Shootdown Should Turn Eyes To Putin's Long Negative Record

Geopolitics: With the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, all eyes turn to Vladimir Putin, whose role in arming Ukraine's rebels is known. Why is this man so aligned with the world's bloodiest causes?

To date, Russia's president has paid lip service to investigating Thursday's atrocity against a jetliner flying over a stronghold of pro-Russia rebels, Putin's proxies in slicing up Ukraine piece by piece. He's also sought a cease-fire.

But his sincerity has to be questioned given his resistance to the international investigation called for by the U.N., and Western investigators have been blocked from entering the crash site amid mixed reports about the fate of the flight's black boxes.

It also does not help that Ukraine has released what it says are intercepted telephone calls between gleeful rebels and Russian military intelligence officers, and bloggers have posted photos of what they say is the escaping surface-to-air missile launcher into Russia.

Meanwhile, Russia's lapdog press is releasing a stream of bizarre explanations for the shootdown designed to enrage the Russian public, none of them true.

In Masha Gessen's 2013 bio of Russia's leader, Putin says he grew up "a thug." Those words come into hard relief with the depraved cruelty of the airline shootdown. It's maybe the only way to understand his act — and the litany of global thuggery, listed just below:

Sen. Ted Cruz: Faith Fines Have No Business in Our Democracy


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7.19.2014 9:00 PM

The Official C2 Late Night Chill Thread

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7.19.2014 4:00 AM

C2 Saturday A.M. Bulldog

MH17: JCM Analysis.

What we know:

MH17 was shot down.

The airspace where MH17 was, was open to international flights.

It was shot down by a launcher located in Russian Separatist controlled region of Ukraine.  That launcher appears to have been moved back to Russian territory. 

There are audio intercepts of the Separatists talking about the shoot down.

Investigators are being denied access to the crash site.

Black boxes sent to Moscow.

The crash site is being looted.

The missile system consistents of the SA-11 missiles and launcher, the Snow Drift aquistion and targeting radar, and command and control tracked vehicle.

Let's start with the missile systems, this are complex and technical systems to operate. They are not just handed over to rebels off the street for use. The crews had to have extensive training to operate them. It's likely that the crew was either former Russian Air Defense Regiment troops or current Russian troops. Either way the hardware would have a senior Russian Officer in an advisory role or in command of the missile system. The speed with which the system was relocated back to Russia bolsters this idea.

Airliners have transponders which responded with digital information about the aircraft when interogated by a radar system. I can't find any information on whether or not Snow Drift radar is equiped to decode transponder data. Russians traditionally haven't put international common radio transeceivers in the warplanes, to prevent pilots from commincation with other forces. So a it's possible the Snow Drift wouldn't have such equipment, the Russian mindset is such that command and control wouldn't want the air defense troops decided not to shoot if they saw a commercial airline transponder code.

It's possible the Separatists thought they were shooting at either an IL-76 or TU-134. However if the Separatists, and Russians are going to be shooting, under international law, they are require to issue a Notice to Airman (NOTAM) that the airspace is a war zone. No such NOTAM was issued.

So not only weren't they supposed to shooting missiles, it's incumbent on the missile crews to confirm target identity. Something easily accomplished with transponder data transmissions.

The crash site is compromised as are the the flight and cockpit recorders. Any information coming from the crash site or recorders is now unreliable, and possibly forged, planted or manufactured.

Russia and it's agents were at best criminally negligent, at worst committed an intentional war crime, and are now engaged in a cover up. We will see shortly a dis-information campaign, involving falsefied and suppressed evidence from the crash site, altered flight data and voice recordings.

And Putin will get away with it.

California couple faces fine for brown lawn after complying with water-saving rules

HT:Pi Guy

LOS ANGELES – Laura Whitney and her husband, Michael Korte, don't know whether they're being good citizens during a drought or scofflaws.

On the same day the state approved mandatory outdoor watering restrictions with the threat of $500 fines, the Southern California couple received a letter from their city threatening a $500 penalty for not watering their brown lawn.

It's brown because of their conservation, which, besides a twice-a-week lawn watering regimen, includes shorter showers and larger loads of laundry.

They're encouraged by the state's new drought-busting, public service slogan: Brown is the new green.

The city of Glendora sees it differently.

"Despite the water conservation efforts, we wish to remind you that limited watering is still required to keep landscaping looking healthy and green," says the letter, which gives Korte and Whitney 60 days to restore their lawn.

In drought-stricken California, court rules smelt fish get water

(Reuters) - A California appeals court sided with environmentalists over growers on Thursday and upheld federal guidelines that limit water diversions to protect Delta smelt, in a battle over how the state will cope with its worst drought in a century.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court should not have overturned recommendations that the state reduce exports of water from north to south California. The plan leaves more water in the Sacramento Delta for the finger-sized fish and have been blamed for exacerbating the effects of drought for humans.

Reaction from both sides was swift in the national political issue. In a blog post, Damien Schiff, an attorney for growers, said the ruling "bodes ill for farmers, farm laborers and millions of other Californians dependent on a reliable water supply."

Efforts to save the Delta smelt, which lives only in the wetlands stretching north of San Francisco, have been described as a humans versus fish battle.

Highway to the danger zone? Obama picks non-pilot to head Air Force in Pacific

The White House has picked the first female general to head the Air Force in the Pacific, which will make her the first non-pilot to command air power in such a large theater of operation.

The Pentagon announced this week that Air ForceLt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson has been nominated for promotion to four-star general and as commander of Pacific Air Forces, the Air Force component of U.S. Pacific Command. It is a major combatant command whose air, ground and naval forces have broad responsibility for security in the Asia-Pacific region. Her nomination was sent to the Senate for confirmation.

Officials said pilots historically have commanded Air Force war-fighting components for the Pacific and for U.S. Air Forces Europe; Air Forces Central, which covers the Middle East and Afghanistan; and the 1st Air Force, which is part of Northern Command and protects U.S. skies.

Gen. Robinson is not a career pilot. Her military profession is air battle manager. She has served aboard the Air Force’s surveillance aircraft, the E-3 AWACs and E-8 JSTARS, and she was nominated for a promotion amid a drive for more diversity in the Pentagon.

A retired pilot said there is a reason the Air Force historically has put a pilot in charge of large combatant command Air Forces.

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