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February 20, 2019

Trump Tried To Rush Nuke Technology to Saudis in Potential Violation of The Law


The Trump administration sought to rush the transfer of American nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of the law, a new report from the House Oversight and Reform Committee alleges.
Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings' staff issued an "interim staff" report Tuesday, citing "multiple whistleblowers" who raised ethical and legal concerns about the process.
"They have warned about political appointees ignoring directives from top ethics advisers at the White House who repeatedly and unsuccessfully ordered senior Trump administration officials to halt their efforts," the report states. "They have also warned of conflicts of interest among top White House advisers that could implicate federal criminal statutes."
A new interim report from the House Oversight Committee details Trump administration officials' efforts to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, pictured here, visited the U.S. in March 2017..Andrew Cabellero-Reynolds/AP

The committee's report alleges that the major drivers behind the effort to transfer U.S. nuclear technology were retired Gen. Michael Flynn, who served as the president's national security adviser, and Thomas Barrack, who chaired Trump's inauguration committee. Flynn was fired in February 2017 for lying about conversations with the Russian ambassador to Vice President Pence and the FBI.
For about seven months in 2016, including during the presidential transition, Flynn served as an adviser to IP3 International, a private company seeking to build nuclear plants in Saudi Arabia.

The whistleblowers told the committee that Flynn continued to advocate for IP3's plan even after he joined the White House as the president's national security adviser in 2017.
The Atomic Energy Act requires that Congress approve any transfer of nuclear technology to a foreign country. The committee's report states that a senior director at the National Security Council (NSC), Derek Harvey, "reportedly ignored ... warnings and insisted that the decision to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia had already been made."
The NSC's lawyers realized that Flynn had a possible conflict of interest that could violate the law, the whistleblowers said, and told NSC staff to stop working on the nuclear technology transfer plan. Despite Flynn's firing in February 2017, the plan appeared to continue to progress with Barrack's support.
The committee announced that it intends to launch an investigation into this matter "to determine whether the actions being pursued by the Trump administration are in the national security interests of the United States, or, rather, serve those who stand to gain financially as a result of this potential change in U.S. foreign policy."
Shortly after the release of the report, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., announced that his panel would be coordinating with Cummings' staff to explore these allegations.
Tuesday's disclosure of a plan to sell nuclear technology comes as the United States considers its relationship with the Saudi government in the wake of the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi
Following his death, the House and Senate have both passed resolutions to limit U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led coalition fighting in the Yemeni civil war. The Senate also passed a resolution by voice vote — reflecting unanimity — that was fashioned to "hold Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi."
The report also comes as President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is scheduled to travel next week for a trip to the Middle East that includes a stop in Riyadh, the Saudi capital. 
The White House did not immediately respond to a request to comment on the committee's report.
NPR's Ayesha Rascoe contributed to this report.

June 28, 2018

North Korea is Rushing The Upgrading of Nuclear Reactors, Despite Trump Summit

Part of North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear research site, in a satellite image captured on June 21 by Airbus Defence & Space.
Part of North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear research site, in a satellite image captured on June 21 by Airbus Defence & Space. PHOTO: AIRBUS DEFENCE & SPACE/38 NORTH
SEOUL—North Korea is continuing to develop infrastructure at its nuclear research center at a rapid pace, according to new satellite imagery of the facility, even as the U.S. looks for concrete steps by Pyongyang toward denuclearization.
The analysis, published by 38 North, a North Korea-focused website published by the Stimson Center in Washington, found that Pyongyang appeared to have modified the cooling system of its plutonium-production reactor and erected a new building near the cooling tower. New construction could also be observed at the site’s experimental light-water reactor, based on the images captured last week.
While the images appear to show no immediate effort by the North to begin denuclearization at its key nuclear research site, experts cautioned against relying solely on the satellite pictures as proof of duplicity on the regime’s part.

The Trump-Kim Summit: Big Promises, Little Substance
At an unprecedented summit in Singapore, Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un displayed friendliness, but talks offered few specifics on denuclearization. WSJ's Eun-Young Jeong reports from the city-state. Illustration: Sharon Shi


President Donald Trumpsaid after meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore that he believed Mr. Kim had committed to complete denuclearization and that “he will start that process right away.”
“We will do it as fast as it can mechanically and physically be done,” he said at the time.
The 38 North analysts, Frank Pabian, Joseph Bermudez and Jack Liu, said that while construction has proceeded after the North’s latest commitment to disarm, they expected it to be “business as usual” at the nuclear facility “until specific orders are issued from Pyongyang.”
“These infrastructure developments provide limited insight into the future direction of North Korea’s nuclear program,” said Andrea Berger, a London-based senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Calif. “However, they highlight the likelihood that North Korea has not pressed pause on its general nuclear and missile activities while talks are ongoing.”
Among the findings of the 38 North report was that the necessary infrastructure for the North to begin operations at its experimental light-water reactor “appear externally complete,” though it wasn’t clear whether operations had begun. The analysis was based on commercial satellite imagery of the North’s Yongbyon nuclear research site captured on June 21 by Airbus Defence & Space.
Ahead of the Singapore summit with Mr. Trump, North Korea invited journalists to watch it blow up its Punggye-ri nuclear test site in its mountainous northeast as a show of its good faith. North Korea didn’t invite any experts, some of whom had previously said that the site was likely already unusable.
Mr. Kim had said in April that he considered the country’s nuclear program complete, and that no further tests were needed.
Separately, Mr. Trump told reporters in Singapore that Mr. Kim had told him North Korea was destroying a “major missile-engine testing site,” which he described as another sign of North Korea’s sincerity in denuclearizing.
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November 9, 2017

Sen. Corker Schedules Meeting to Asses Trump's Authority to Initiate a Nuclear Attack


Sen. Bob Corker, who has previously expressed concern about President Trump’s capacity to start World War III, will hold a hearing assessing Trump’s authority to do just that. On Wednesday night, Corker, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced a “long overdue” discussion on the executive’s authority to launch a nuclear weapon. 
“A number of members both on and off our committee have raised questions about the authorities of the legislative and executive branches with respect to war making, the use of nuclear weapons, and conducting foreign policy overall,”

Corkers announcement said. There are, of course, many reasons why Corker might want to question Trump’s nuclear authority, not least of which is the Commander in Chief’s impulsive, reactionary temperament. Just a few long months ago, in August, Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury” like the world has never seen. Speaking to the United Nation in September, Trump ramped up his bellicose warnings and said the U.S. would “totally destroy” North Korea if provoked. Then there’s the whole Trump-can’t-stop-threatening-nuclear-war-over-Twitter thing.
No word on whether Trump’s around-the-clock team of aides (also referred to as child care providers) have informed him of Corker’s hearing. It seems unlikely, though, given that Trump has yet to fire off a tweet about Liddle Bob Corker as of publication.

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November 2, 2017

Can Anybody Stop Trump from Nuclear Striking North Korea?

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testify before
 the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on Monday. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Short Answer; 
Long answer:
 No one! This is the Presidents power to make war even though the constitution says only Congress can declare war. Then Why would the prsident do it?
Short Answer: 
He belongs to the same party that control all congress.
Long Answer: 
U.S. most be more discerning of the people they elect because it not only can cause them to save or pay a couple more dollars in taxes but it could cost the whole economy if not death or an early cancer do to low or high levels of radiation exposure.  The Constitution gave the power to amke war and the impeachment carrot and stick to make the President follow the Constitution.
"In testimony Monday, top Trump administration officials confirmed that if President Trump decided to strike North Korea, even with a nuclear weapon, there likely would be no way Congress or anyone else would be able to stop him. For at least some in Congress, that’s a matter of urgent concern."Reuters

October 12, 2017

Trump Threatens to Fill The US Thus The World with Nukes,Threatens to Sue Reporters

There are two issues someone should clarify to Trump now:

1. The Presidency is not Royal and He is Not King that Can Just Step on The Freedom of Press just to name one.

2. Where was he planning to use all of those thousand of Nukes. He only needs one for North Korea, let's say and also will kill any Northern Spies in the South Peninsula which will probably kill half of the South population too. Yes, China will get some of that Nuke too.

Then to close the conversation with him since he seems to have attention deficit, how much $money$ will that cost (probably will close the government except for immigration, policing and war making)??? I forgot one, AirforceOne

 The Castle Romeo nuclear test on Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, in 1954. That was a tiny baby compared to today's' warheads


President Donald Trump has threatened to challenge the broadcast licenses of NBC and other networks in a series of tweets posted Wednesday morning.

The tweets were apparently spurred by a report from NBC News that said Trump expressed a desire to increase the U.S. nuclear arsenal by tenfold.

“Fake [NBC News] made up a story that I wanted a ‘tenfold’ increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN!” Trump tweeted. “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for the country!” 

Trump’s threat to challenge the broadcast licenses that NBC holds with the FCC for its owned-and-operated stations recalls President Richard Nixon’s similar threats against the Washington Post’s parent company at the height of the Watergate scandal in the 1970s. However, Nixon’s threats were made in private, not for public consumption on social media.

In reality, a challenge to NBC’s broadcast licenses would be a lengthy process involving petitions at the FCC. But Trump’s statement predictably raised hackles in media circles as it raised the specter of government censorship of a news organization. The National Association of Broadcasters was quick to issue a statement after Trump’s tweet.

“The founders of our nation set as a cornerstone of our democracy the First Amendment, forever enshrining and protecting freedom of the press,” NAB president Gordon Smith said. “It is contrary to this fundamental right for any government official to threaten the revocation of an FCC license simply because of a disagreement with the reporting of a journalist.”

One question for the public because I have never been pro making holes in the earth and special planes in the skies to save the first family and most of the government as possible (no fun being commander in chief of just your own family): 
Why do we let the government fund nuclear proof undisclosed locations to save the first family? The President is not needed to conduct a war once started.

I think it will make someone think twice about even using nuclear weapons first if he knew he and his family will be wiped out along with mine. Commanders fight in front of the troops they don't hide behind nuclear blasts doors, particularly if you are "Commanding in Chief." Presidents are what we make them and Trump was elected, just like Hitler and every despot in the,20, 21 century in the world stage. I wish we will complaint less about things we let happen and are too late to undo and get information about these people that make promises that if you look at their background are people that are failures and don't keep thpromisesmies.

Trumps Failures before the RW House:
Failures: Airlines, Casinos, Marriages, Mortgage University, Vodka, Bankruptcies

August 21, 2017

Trump Talks A LoT About Nukes But He Only Knows We have Plenty of Them

This Page appeared yesterday in  the New Yorker and it was written b

 under the title: "Trump Thinks About Nuclear Annihilation a Lot, But Doesn’t Know Much About It" 

Trump has had nuclear war on the brain for decades. Photo: United States Department of Energy
Earlier this month, Americans had a chance to examine what was arguably the scariest question of the 2016 campaign: do you really want Donald Trump to have the nuclear codes?
Thankfully both President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un dialed back their threats this week, and in America, the focus has shifted to terrifying domestic issues. But North Korea still appears to be on track to develop a nuclear-tipped long-range missile in the next few years. There’s little hope that this will be the last time we’ll have Trump at the helm during a nuclear scare, so it’s worth examining what we’ve learned about how the president views the most terrifying weapon at his disposal. 
Hearing the U.S. president promised last week to respond to any North Korean threats with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” was astounding – though perhaps it shouldn’t have been. Trump has been publicly discussing his vivid fears about nuclear weapons for decades, predating any serious talk of him running for president. These comments suggest that Trump thinks about nuclear annihilation far more than the average American – but he simultaneously has a particularly weak understanding of how the strategy surrounding them works. That’s created the frightening mix that was on display last week: it appears that Trump is well aware of the awesome threat posed by nuclear weapons, but he thinks it can be addressed like a problem in the boardroom (of a reality TV show).
There’s one person who significantly influenced President Trump’s thinking about nuclear weapons: his uncle John Trump, who was an MIT research scientist. Just as President Trump frequently cites his degree from the Wharton School of Business to show he’s “like, a really smart person,” he often mentions his Uncle John as proof that this intelligence is the result of “very good genes.”

John Trump in MIT’s high voltage research lab in 1949. Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
By all accounts John Trump actually was brilliant. He designed one of the first million-volt X-ray generators in 1937 and did radar research for the Allies during World War II. When John Trump died in 1985, his lab director, James Melcher, said that over three decades he “would be approached by people of all sorts because he could make megavolt beams of ions and electrons – death rays. What did he do with it? Cancer research, sterilizing sludge out in Deer Island (a waste-disposal facility), all sorts of wondrous things. He didn’t touch the weapons stuff.”
Yet, John Trump’s nephew mainly mentions what he learned from him about nuclear weapons – which is basically, that they’re bad. “My uncle used to tell me about nuclear before nuclear was nuclear,” Trump told the Boston Globe in 2015. “He would tell me, ‘There are things that are happening that could be potentially so bad for the world in terms of weaponry.’”
Back in 2004, Trump mentioned his uncle when a Playboy interviewer asked him to explain why he doesn’t think his buildings will still be standing in 100 years:
I had an uncle who was a great professor and a brilliant man—Dr. John Trump, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His whole life was devoted to the study and eradication of cancer, and sadly, he died of cancer. But he was a brilliant scientist, and he would tell me weapons are getting so powerful today that humanity is in tremendous trouble. This was 25 years ago, but he was right. The world is rocky, and some terrible things are going to happen. That’s why I lead the life I do. I enjoy it. I know life is fragile, and if the world looks like this a hundred years from now, we’ll either be very lucky or have found unbelievably good leaders somewhere down the line.
A month before Trump was inaugurated, Mother Jones looked at Trump’s many public remarks about nuclear war and noted that he’s often spoken as if he thinks nuclear war is inevitable. Here’s Trump in a 1990 Playboy interview:
I’ve always thought about the issue of nuclear war; it’s a very important element in my thought process. It’s the ultimate, the ultimate catastrophe, the biggest problem this world has, and nobody’s focusing on the nuts and bolts of it. It’s a little like sickness. People don’t believe they’re going to get sick until they do. Nobody wants to talk about it. I believe the greatest of all stupidities is people’s believing it will never happen, because everybody knows how destructive it will be, so nobody uses weapons. What bullshit.
This is a frightening thing to hear (Trump has admitted “Look, I’m very much a fatalist,”) but as the New York Daily News reports, over the years he has actually laid out what he believes is the path to our salvation. Unsurprisingly, it involves Trump single-handedly saving humanity with his superior negotiation skills. Here’s an excerpt from a 1984 New York Times profile, in which a young Trump once again raised concerns about a nuclear holocaust:
His greatest dream is to personally do something about the problem and, characteristically, Donald Trump thinks he has an answer to nuclear armament: Let him negotiate arms agreements - he who can talk people into selling $100 million properties to him for $13 million. Negotiations is an art, he says and I have a gift for it.

The idea that he would ever be allowed to got into a room alone and negotiate for the United States, let alone be successful in disarming the world, seems the naive musing of an optimistic, deluded young man who has never lost at anything he has tried. But he believes that through years of making his views known and through supporting candidaes who share his views, it could someday happen.
Later that year a Washington Post piece noted that Trump hoped to “perhaps one day fulfill his fantasy of becoming the U.S. negotiator on nuclear arms limitation talks with the Soviets.”
“It’s something that somebody should do that knows how to negotiate and not the kind of representatives that I have seen in the past.”

He could learn about missiles, quickly, he says.

“It would take an hour-and-a-half to learn everything there is to learn about missiles … I think I know most of it anyway. You’re talking about just getting updated on a situation … 
The problem, in addition to Trump’s overestimation of his negotiating skills, is that it doesn’t seem he’s devoted much effort to learning anything about missiles, or nuclear strategy in general. During the campaign, he repeatedly demonstrated a lack of familiarity with some very basic concepts surrounding nuclear weapons.
During a Republican primary debate, Trump could not answer a question about his “priority among our nuclear triad” (the nation’s lands, sea-, and air-based systems for delivering nuclear weapons). It was clear from the context of the question that it was about maintaining our aging weapons systems, but Trump answered, “Well, first of all, I think we need somebody absolutely that we can trust, who is totally responsible, who really knows what he or she is doing. That is so powerful and so important.”

A candidate with no government experience might be excused for not knowing the term “nuclear triad” (Senator Marco Rubio jumped into explain). But last August, Joe Scarborough claimed on Morning Joe that Trump asked an adviser why the U.S. can’t use its nuclear weapons:
Several months ago, a foreign policy expert on the international level went to advise Donald Trump, and three times he asked about the use of nuclear weapons. Three times he asked, at one point, “If we have them, why can’t we use them?” 
Several weeks later during his first debate with Hillary Clinton, Trump said he would not conduct a nuclear “first strike” – but in the same breath, he said he would leave all options open. “I would like everybody to end it, just get rid of it. But I would certainly not do first strike. I think that once the nuclear alternative happens, it’s over,” Trump said, adding moments later, “At the same time, we have to be prepared. I can’t take anything off the table.” 

Several times during the campaign, Trump suggested that Japan and South Korea should get their own nuclear weapons if they aren’t willing to pay the full cost of having U.S. military personnel stationed in their country. In a May 2016 interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Trump described the situation like a business negotiation.
“They have to pay. And you know what? I’m prepared to walk, and if they have to defend themselves against North Korea – we have a maniac over there,” Trump said. “In my opinion, if they don’t take care of us properly, if they don’t respect us enough to take care of us properly, then you know what’s going to happen, Wolf? Very simple: they’re going to have to defend themselves.”

 The president, people close to him say, believes he has a better feel for Mr. Kim than his advisers do. He thinks of Mr. Kim as someone used to pushing people around, and Mr. Trump thinks he needs to show that he cannot be pushed.
During the campaign, Joseph Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, an anti-nuclear proliferation initiative, said Trump’s comparisons to the business world don’t make sense, and his view of nuclear weapons is deeply troubling.
“He understands something, that there is something special about them, but what he has to understand is what’s beyond [that]; their awesome destructive power,” Cirincione told NBC News.
“He doesn’t understand their role in our security policy. What he’s saying? He argues purely from a good gut instinct. Is that the way you make nuclear policy?”
Under President Trump, apparently, the answer is yes.

August 20, 2017

How Was North Korea Allowed to Go Nuclear? The Road to The Nuke

Tensions between the United States and North Korea appear to be reaching a boiling point.

On the one hand, President Donald Trump made it clear that America will respond with “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” should North Korea continue its threats. On the other hand, North Korea is reportedly examining Guam as a potential target for a missile attack.

There are currently six thousand U.S. military personnel on Guam — an island 2,231 miles away from North Korea.

Further, a report came out on Tuesday indicating that North Korea successfully developed miniaturized nuclear warheads capable of fitting inside their missiles... and reaching the U.S.

The Arms Control Association estimates that North Korea has up to ten nuclear weapons in its stockpile. But the path to them becoming a nuclear threat began long before the Trump, Obama, or Bush administrations.

In 1993, a U.S. satellite picked up an image at a facility in Yongbyon that gave cause for alarm. The image revealed a plant with the capability to develop weapons-grade plutonium — a vital ingredient in nuclear weapons.

As a result — William Perry — Clinton's Secretary of Defense drew up a plan to take out the Yongbyon plant with F-117s — which at the time was the primary stealth aircraft in the U.S. arsenal. In 1994, it appeared that the decision to strike might be given the green light.

The attack never happened, though. Perry had concerns about the blowback that would fall on South Korea following such an operation.

At the time, North Korea was ill-prepared for any military engagement, as its chief economic supporter, the former USSR, had greatly reduced its financial relationship with the East Asian state. Moscow itself was still reeling from the collapse of the Soviet Union two years prior, and North Korea was about to face another beast in itself: a famine that would kill one-to-three million of its people.

After weighing the options for about a year, the Clinton administration picked diplomacy. On October 18, 1994, Clinton announced the United States had made a deal with North Korea. In exchange for freezing its nuclear program, Clinton offered 4 billion in energy aid to the struggling nation (costs which Japan and South Korea would later fulfill) and two state-of-the-art nuclear electric generating plants.

Clinton said:

Good afternoon. I am pleased that the United States and North Korea yesterday reached agreement on the text of a framework document on North Korea's nuclear program. This agreement will help to achieve a longstanding and vital American objective: an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula.

This agreement is good for the United States, good for our allies, and good for the safety of the entire world. It reduces the danger of the threat of nuclear spreading in the region. It's a crucial step toward drawing North Korea into the global community.

But North Korea never planned to keep to the terms of the deal. The agreement crumbled in 2002, and in 2003, North Korea withdrew from Non-Proliferation Treaty, echoing the position it had in 1994, before Clinton's failed diplomatic effort was put into play.

Its first nuclear test happened in 2006 with materials produced from the facility Clinton's senior military leaders were thinking of destroying in 1994 — Yongbyon.

Following the test in 2006, the New York Times reported:

Three years ago, just as President Bush was sending American troops toward Iraq, the North threw out the few remaining weapons inspectors living at their nuclear complex in Yongbyon, and moved 8,000 nuclear fuel rods they had kept under lock and key.

Those rods contained enough plutonium, experts said, to produce five or six nuclear weapons, though it is unclear how many the North now stockpiles.

In fact, the Yongbyon site would become the beacon of North Korea's nuclear program. The biggest concern regarding the facility is its desire to produce a uranium-based device.

At this time, there is no evidence to back up North Korea's claim of possessing thermonuclear weapons. To confirm such a claim, air particles in the atmosphere would need to be analyzed. Regardless, North Korea claims to have a hydrogen bomb after its 2016 underground nuclear test, though, U.S. intelligence only believes they have atomic weapons in their possession.

Such news would be cause for concern, as hydrogen bombs are much deadlier and destructive than atom bombs.

According to The Diplomat, North Korea's nuclear efforts rely on Yongbyon:

An assessment by experts from the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University and the National Defense University released last year outlines several scenarios for nuclear stockpile growth in North Korea, most hinging on the country’s ability to steadily use Yongbyon and other facilities to generate plutonium and possibly uranium.

A U.S. intelligence analyst, who asked to remain anonymous, emphasized just how significant the Yongbyon site is.

“The DPRK is a state with few resources. They have little to trade, and land is at a premium. Though they can squirrel some things around, the country['s] resources limit that ability. Effectively they have to put most of their most valuable eggs into one, vulnerable and well-known basket: Yongbyon.” The analyst continued, “Yongbyon is absolutely critical. Take it out, and it's game over for North Korea's nuclear program.”

While we can't go back and change the past, we can learn from it. The Clinton administration put a Band-Aid on an arterial bleed. 23 years later, here we are with a nuclear-armed North Korea and tensions on the peninsula at a fever pitch.

Independant journal Review

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