The Obama administration calculates it is likely North Korea may test fire mobile ballistic missiles at any time based on the most recent intelligence showing it is likely Pyongyang has completed launch preparations, a U.S. official said.
“US: North Korea ready to attack”
N. Korea finishes preparations for missile launch: Seoul officials
By Kim Eun-jung
SEOUL, April 9 (Yonhap) — North Korea has completed preparations for a mid-range missile launch from its east coast, [...]
Ethan A. Huff
April 1, 2013
A key component of the government healthcare takeover known as Obamacare is already shaping up to be a complete failure, according to reports, and it has not yet even come into effect. An official in charge of the Obamacare insurance exchange program recently told guests at a conference that the federal government is working on contingency plans for the struggling program, which was insinuated as potentially [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military commander in Europe said Tuesday that several NATO countries are working on contingency plans for possible military action to end the two-year civil war in Syria as President Bashar Assad’s regime accused U.S.-backed Syrian rebels of using chemical weapons.
Top commander says NATO making contingency plans for possible military involvement in Syria
WASHINGTON — The top U.S. military commander in Europe said Tuesday that [...]
British Foreign Secretary William Hague says the UK and the US have seen evidence that Syria is preparing to use chemical weapons.
Mr Hague told the BBC there was “enough evidence to know that they need a warning”.
The foreign secretary did not give details, as he said the evidence had come from “intelligence sources”.
BREAKING | US INTELLIGENCE ON ASSAD WILLING TO USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS CAME FROM JIHAD MAKDISSI, WHO IS NOW [...]
Turkey will officially request deployment of NATO missiles on Monday: German daily
Sueddeutsche Zeitung: up to 170 German soldiers could be deployed in Patriot missile mission near Turkey Syria
Video: Panetta says U.S. supports deployment of Patriot missiles to Turkey | Atlantic Council
From Voice of America: Another area of special concern for [Secretary of Defense Leon]Panetta is Syria, where cross-border attacks have prompted Turkey to ask NATO for Patriot missiles to place along the Syrian border. Panetta says [...]
Morgan Stanley swings to third-quarter loss
Morgan Stanleyswung to a third-quarter loss as the investment bank was hit by a huge mark-to-market loss related to the value of its debt.
Results beat Wall Street expectations.
Morgan Stanley’s institutional-securities business, which includes investment banking and sales and trading results, posted a 79% decline in revenue to $1.38 billion from a year ago.
Fixed income and commodities sales and trading net revenue rose [...]
Greece is on brink of financial collapse and is expected to leave Euro
American banks with clients in the country are now preparing contingency plans for how to get money to employees if the country’s banks close
Bank of America Merrill Lynch is poised to send trucks filled with cash into Greece as part of plans being adopted by U.S. firms in the event of the country crashing out of the euro.
Jim Willie’s latest Hat Trick Letter, ‘Firestorms & Currency Twisters‘ is a MUST READ!!
Willie states that Morgan Stanley faces IMMINENT FAILURE & RUIN, that The older employees are selling all of their stock, and that Many workers are making contingency plans for their next positions in another firm.
He states that JP Morgan will devour the carcass, and that The Morgue may be preparing to execute the 1st ever private stock account vaporization/ rehypothecation.
Jim Willie CB – Firestorms & Currency Twisters
MORGAN STANLEY IMPLOSION
The insider conversation, often called chatter when it become deafening in tone, is that Morgan Stanley faces imminent failure and ruin. Almost two weeks ago, the Jackass provided a tip to Bill Murphy of GATA to post on his popular LeMetropole Cafe that Morgan Stanley fund managers and high ranking employees were preparing for the firm’s implosion. A subscriber to the [...]
David S. Cloud and Shashank Bengali
August 23, 2012
The Pentagon has made contingency plans to send small teams of special operations troops into Syria if the White House decides it needs to secure chemical weapons depots now controlled by security forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, senior U.S. officials said.
President Obama warned this week that any effort by Assad to move or use his arsenal of chemical munitions in the country’s [...]
WASHINGTON: Any discovery that Syria’s chemical or biological weapons are being moved or used might push the United States towards military intervention, says the US President, Barack Obama.
”A red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilised,” he said. ”That would change my calculus.”
Mr Obama said the US had ”put together a range of contingency plans” for how to deal [...]
President Barack Obama said any discovery that Syria’s chemicals or biological weapons are being moved or used may shift his position of not ordering U.S. military engagement in that nation’s upheaval “at this point.”
“A red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized,” the president told reporters yesterday in a news conference at the White House. “That would change my calculus.”
Obama said [...]
Obama threatens to attack Syria
US President Barack Obama has a stern warning for the country of Syria. In an address made early Monday, the commander-in-chief confirmed that he has not ruled out an offensive strike on Bashar al-Assad and his regime.
Speaking from the White House, President Obama said that if Syria is able to procure chemical or biological weapons, the United States will follow through with its threat of launching [...]
August 13, 2012
The biggest banks in the US have been given advisement by US regulators that they must make plans to stave off a complete financial collapse without relying on the US government. Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and other technocrats have secretly crafted worst-case scenarios in which they can continue to thrive during a full-blown domestic monetary crisis.
The Federal Reserve and the US Office of the Comptroller of the [...]
by Aaron Klein
JERUSALEM — The Obama administration did not present Israel with any actual plans to strike Iran, a top Israeli security official told KleinOnline.
The security official was responding to a well circulated report in Israel’s Haaretz newspaper quoting an American official as saying that at a recent meeting President Obama’s national security adviser, Tom Donilon, shared with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the U.S. contingency plans for a possible attack [...]
July 29, 2012
U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon shared Washington’s contingency plans for a possible attack on Iran with Israel’s PM, according to a senior American official.
The U.S. national security adviser has shared with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the United States’ contingency plans for a possible attack on Iran.
According to a senior American official, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon briefed Netanyahu on the plans during Donilon’s visit to Israel [...]
Romney camp asks Va. to probe voter forms
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign is asking Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to launch an investigation into voter-registration forms that are being sent to Virginia residents and addressed to deceased relatives, children, family pets and others ineligible to vote.
The errant mailings from the Washington-based nonprofit group Voter Participation Center have befuddled many Virginia residents, leading to hundreds of complaints.
The organization has been mass-mailing [...]
A report on state voter systems evaluates each state on five criteria: 1) paper ballots or a paper record of electronic votes; 2) paper backup for electronic return of overseas ballots; 3) contingency plans at polling places if machines fail; 4) reconciliation of voter lists with vote/ballot totals; and 5) post-election audit of vote tallies.
Orange: Good; Blue: Generally good; Green: Needs improvement; Red: Inadequate
Electoral College votes are shown in parentheses.
Source: Counting Votes 2012 [...]
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Finnish Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen set the scene for the long European summer break when shedeclared that Finland was a dedicated member of the Eurozone, eager to solve the crisis, but “not at any price”; it wouldn’t agree to take on “collective responsibility for debts and risks of other countries” via a banking union. And if push came to shove: “We are prepared for all scenarios, including abandoning the Euro.”
Turkey asks Nato about a no-fly zone as Syria makes it clear that it’s ready to fight dirty
According to a US government source privy to the Nato meeting called by Turkey on Tuesday, Ankara has requested that the alliance draw up contingency plans for a no-fly zone to protect Turkish territory in the event of further acts of Syrian aggression. Turkey invoked Article IV of the Nato charter, which calls [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — Covering all the bases ahead of a momentous Supreme Court ruling, the Obama administration plans to move ahead with major parts of the president’s health care law if its most controversial provision does not survive, according to veteran Democrats closely involved with the legislation.
Even if the requirement that nearly every U.S. resident have health insurance is declared unconstitutional, the remaining parts of the law would have far-reaching [...]
EU SOURCES HAVE DISCUSSED IMPOSING CAPITAL CONTROLS AS WORST CASE SCENARIO IF GREECE LEAVES EUROZONE – RTRS
IMPOSING BORDER CHECKS, LIMITING ATM WITHDRAWALS ALSO PART OF WORST-CASE SCENARIO PLANNING – EU SOURCES – RTRS
SUSPENSION OF SCHENGEN ALSO DISCUSSED
Major Italian Bank Freezes All Customer Accounts
On May 31st Bank Network Investments discretely posted an announcementon their website that they would be freezing all of their customers accounts for 1 month freeze on citing financial [...]
The Chinese government has called on key agencies including the central bank to come up with plans to deal with the potential economic risks of a Greek withdrawal from the euro zone, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday.
The sources said the plans may include measures to keep the yuan currency stable, increase checks on cross-border capital flows and stepping up policies to stabilise the domestic [...]
The euro has essentially broken down as a viable economic and political undertaking. The latest rush of events reeks of impending denouement.
Switzerland is threatening capital controls to repel bank flight from Euroland. The Swiss two-year note has fallen to -0.32pc, not that it seems to make any difference.
Denmark’s central bank said it was battening down the hatches for a “splintering” of EMU. It has cut interest rates twice in a [...]
Senior European officials last night issued a grave warning that the very survival of the euro is at risk as the crisis in Spain threatens to tear the region apart.
Politicians and central bankers said the situation in the eurozone was unsustainable and drastic action was needed to prevent the ‘disintegration’ of the single currency.
They spoke out as European leaders scrambled to stop the financial crisis in Spain spiralling out of [...]
Madrid. - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) puts forward plans to launch a rescue in Spain for 300,000 million, as anticipated the daily finances of New York The Wall Street Journal. Those involved were quick to deny the report, although it was installed the certainty that these contingency plans exist. Is that Spain is facing an increasingly more complicated with its banks, especially from the bailout announced by the State of Bankia, the [...]
President Barack Obama is confiding to Democratic donors that he may have to revisit the health-care issue in a second term, a position at odds with his publicly expressed confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the Affordable Care Act, according to three Democratic activists.
As he previewed his agenda for donors at a May 14 fundraiser, Obama said he may be forced to try to revise parts of his health-care plan, [...]
The Stockton City Council announced Wednesday that they will look at bankruptcy contingency plans after Wells Fargo seized the new city hall building.
The city paid $35 million to buy the 8-story building, but was not able to move in because of its money problems, and recently stopped making debt payments all together. This is the fourth building that was repossessed by Wells Fargo; the bank seized three city parking garages for the [...]