US Navy admiral sentenced to 18 months in ‘Fat Leonard’ bribery scandal

FORMER ADMIRAL ROBERT GILBEAU COULDN’T RESIST ASIAN HOOKERS.

Third world bribery proved too much for an American admiral when Asian prostitutes were dangled in front of him.

Excerpt from Navy Times

SAN DIEGO — Over two decades, Robert Gilbeau rose through the ranks to Navy admiral and earned a chest-full of honors for his service, including a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. During that period he also partied across Southeast Asia with a gregarious Malaysian businessman who paid for lavish dinners, drinks at karaoke bars and prostitutes.

That businessman, known as “Fat Leonard,” is the centerpiece of a massive bribery scandal involving Navy officers, and Gilbeau last year pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about their relationship. He was the first active-duty admiral convicted of a federal crime and on Wednesday he learned his penalty: 18 months in jail.

Acting U.S. Attorney Alana W. Robinson called it a “somber day.”

“When tempted by parties and prostitutes, one of our most respected leaders chose karaoke over character, and cover-up over confession,” she said. “In doing so he forever tarnished the reputation of a revered institution.”

Gilbeau acknowledged his wrongdoing in federal court in San Diego.

GUILBEAU GOING TO COURT WITH HIS SERVICE DOG.

He told the judge he is “deeply sorry” and cannot explain his actions. He stood in court with his fluffy white dog, which accompanies him as part of his treatment for post-traumatic stress. Gilbeau’s defense had argued that his PTSD and a traumatic brain injury from a blast in Iraq should be taken into account, though prosecutors said he was exaggerating his condition because he knew he was going to get caught.

“I never wanted to end my career this way,” said the 56-year-old Navy veteran, who earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in Iraq in 2007. “I’m still proud of my career and to be an American.”

Gilbeau wrote in a letter to the judge that “I have no one to blame but myself.”

He wrote that while his PTSD is not an excuse, it gave him a desire to “make self-destructive decisions.”

Gilbeau was convicted in June after admitting that he lied when he told federal agents that he had never received any gifts from Leonard Glenn Francis. The Navy allowed him to retire in October but reduced his rank from rear admiral to captain.

Nicknamed “Fat Leonard” because of his wide girth, Francis has admitted to bribing Navy officials with more than $500,000 in cash, prostitutes, and other gifts in exchange for classified information to help his company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia. He is awaiting sentencing.

Francis and his company that supplies food and fuel to ships overbilled the Navy by more than $34 million, prosecutors said.

FAT LEONARD.

It looks like Gilbeau got very little in return for whatever classified information he supplied to Fat Leonard. The half mil in bribes were spread out over several Navy officials. Gilbeau caught a break when he was allowed to retire. He’ll still get a fat Captain’s pension, which depending on years of service, can be up to $8,000 a month.

Fake News? Russia Says It Can Wipe Out Entire U.S. Navy with ONE Electronic Bomb

Fox News

Russia has claimed it can disable the entire US Navy in one fell swoop using powerful electronic signal jamming.

A news report from the country – where the media is essentially controlled by the state – said the technology could render planes, ships and missiles useless.

The newsreader says: “Today, our Russian Electronic Warfare (REW) troops can detect and neutralise any target from a ship’s system and a radar, to a satellite.”

The news report claims a single Russian war plane flew several times around American destroyer the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea several years ago, disabling its systems and leaving it helpless.

The report also claims they are capable to creating electronic jamming domes over their bases that make them invisible on radar screens.

The propaganda piece even quotes top US General Frank Gorenc as saying: “Russian electronic weapons completely paralyse the functioning of American electronic equipment installed on missiles, aircraft and ships.”

The reporter adds: “You don’t need to have expensive weapons to win – powerful radio-electronic jamming is enough.”

The news comes after Donald Trump dispatched the USS Carl Vinson, powered by nuclear reactors, carrying almost 100 aircraft and accompanied by destroyers, a cruiser, and a submarine to the Korean Peninsula.

And the commander-in-chief is said to be bolstering American deployment in the region by sending the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Nimitz to the Sea of Japan next week.

Russia, along with China, is said to have sent a spy ship to the area to ward off the task force amid rising tensions in the region.

And Putin urged the US to show “restraint”.

Meanwhile, in response to this story, Popular Mechanics reports that there is no electronic bomb.

The Russian TV report is an explainer on Russian Electronic Warfare (REW) troops, which the reporter claims can “neutralize any target” from “a ship’s system to a radar to a satellite.” This apparently includes synthetic aperture radars on NATO satellites, aircraft, and other platforms, which can form images of targets in the air and on the ground using radar waves. In this case, “neutralizing” doesn’t mean blowing something to bits, but rather jamming its radar sensors to effectively render it blind.

The Russian news report concludes with the bombastic line, “You don’t need to have expensive weapons to win – powerful radio-electronic jamming is enough.” That claim isn’t supported by the actual report, which says REW systems can only shut down enemy radars and hide friendly forces. To actually win a war, you need to kill the enemy and break stuff—something radio waves can’t do.

The Russian television and Sun tabloid story are both blends of real and fake news. Russia’s electronic warfare troops do indeed have some powerful electronic warfare systems—but pay no mind to oddball claims that they can make enemy sailors resign out of sheer fear or win wars singlehandedly.

U.S. Navy Redesigning Submarines to Accomodate Women

I’m shocked. Gender is supposed to be a social construct.

Excerpt from Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Every submarine in the U.S. fleet was designed with the height, reach and strength of men in mind, from the way valves are placed to how display screens are angled.

That’s going to change.

With women now serving aboard submarines, defense contractor Electric Boat is designing what will be the first Navy subs built specifically to accommodate female crew members.

The designers are doing the obvious things, such as adding more doors and washrooms to create separate sleeping and bathing areas for men and women and to give them more privacy. But they are also making more subtle modifications that may not have been in everyone’s periscope when the Navy admitted women into the Silent Service.

For example, they are lowering some overhead valves and making them easier to turn, and installing steps in front of the triple-high bunk beds and stacked laundry machines.

The first vessel built with some of the new features, the future USS New Jersey, is expected to be delivered to the Navy in 2021.

The Navy lifted its ban on women on submarines in 2010, starting with officers. About 80 female officers and roughly 50 enlisted women are now serving on subs, and their numbers are expected to climb into the hundreds over the next few years.

For now, the Navy is retrofitting existing subs with extra doors and designated washrooms to accommodate women. But Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut, is at work on a redesign of the Navy’s Virginia-class fast-attack subs and is also developing a brand-new class of ballistic-missile submarines, relying on body measurements for both men and women.

“We have a clean sheet of paper, so from the ground up, we’ll optimize for both men and women,” said Brian Wilson, Electric Boat director of the new ballistic-missile sub program.

Electric Boat officials had no immediate estimate of how much the modifications will cost.

As anyone who watches war movies knows, submariners are always turning valves, whether to operate machinery, redistribute water between tanks or isolate part of a system that has been damaged.

REEEEEEEEEE. THANKS DADDY. I CAN DRIVE A SUBMARINE.

Kim Jong-Un ‘orders IMMEDIATE EVACUATION of Pyongyang’ as tensions with US escalate

Regime change takes one bullet. It doesn’t take an army and it doesn’t take a war.

China is the wild card in this developing story.

No one knows whether this is a game of Trumpian chess or something of more substance.

express.co.uk

NORTH Korea leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly ordered residents of the country’s capital Pyongyang to leave the city immediately, sparking fears he may be preparing for war.

Reports in Russian newspaper Pravda Report claim more than 600,000 people – around 25 per cent of the city’s population – are being urgently evacuated, as tensions escalate between North Korea and the United States.

According to South Korean media, residents in the kingdom have said goodbye to each other, sparking concerns the tyrannical leader could be about to act after months of nuclear weapon testing.

Foreign reporters have been told to prepare for a “big and important event” on North Korea’s biggest national celebration, called ‘Day of the Sun’.

A tweet from Channel NewsAsia’s Beijing Correspondent Jeremy Koh said: “We’ve been told to be ready to move out at 6.20am, but no idea why. Also, no cell phones allowed.”

More than 200 foreign journalists are in Pyongyang as the country marks the 105th birthday of its founding president Kim Il Sung on April 15.

Officials in North Korea have already warned nuclear war could break out at any minute thanks to the “extremely tense” situation on the Korean Peninsula.

The US sent a navy strike group towards the Western Pacific in a show of force, with North Korea retorting with warnings of a nuclear attack in retaliation to any show of aggression.

China has also moved 150,000 soldiers close to the North Korean border in preparation for war.

The move comes after president Trump launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield in response for the country’s brutal chemical attack which left 79 civilians dead.

North Korean officials have given no clues as to the nature of the “surprise event” or where it would take place.

However, past announcements of a similar nature have turned out to be relatively low-key.

n 2016 foreign journalists underwent hours of investigation by North Korean officials ahead of what turned out to be a pop concert to mark the finale of a ruling Workers’ Party congress.

However, on the 100th Day of the Sun, held in April 2012, North Korea attempted to launch a long-range rocket.

With war tensions raging, officials worldwide are wondering whether Kim Jong-un will use the special date to strike America after months of threats over nuclear weapons.

Remember what good buddies Dennis Rodman and Kim became during his trip to the North? Let’s put him to work negotiating a peace.

Basketball diplomacy might not be such a bad idea.

North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike on U.S. Mainland as American Warships Approach

USS CARL VINSON.

When gooks aren’t creating trouble on American passenger planes, they’re really giving trouble in Asia.

We hear the term “regime change” a lot applied to Syria, but if American military leaders had their say, the man to be removed from power would be Kim Jong Un.

Reuters

North Korean state media warned on Tuesday of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression, as a U.S. Navy strike group steamed toward the western Pacific – a force U.S. President Donald Trump described as an “armada”.

Trump, who has urged China to do more to rein in its impoverished ally and neighbor, said in a tweet that North Korea was “looking for trouble” and the United States would “solve the problem” with or without Beijing’s help.

Tension has escalated sharply on the Korean peninsula amid concerns that reclusive North Korea may soon conduct a sixth nuclear test and after Washington said at the weekend it was diverting the aircraft carrier strike group Carl Vinson toward the Korean peninsula in a show of force.

“We are sending an armada. Very powerful,” Trump told Fox Business Network. “We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That I can tell you.”

Referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Trump said: “He is doing the wrong thing.” Asked if he thought Kim was mentally fit, Trump replied: “I don’t know. I don’t know him.”

SO MUCH FUN, COMRADE. I PLAY WITH YELLOW GOO.

North Korea said earlier it was prepared to respond to any U.S. aggression.

“Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the U.S. invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theater but also in the U.S. mainland,” its official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said.

In spite of the military rhetoric, U.S. officials have previously stressed that stronger sanctions are the most likely U.S. course to press North Korea to abandon its nuclear program. At the same time, Washington has said all options – including military ones – are on the table and that a U.S. strike last week against Syria should serve as a warning to Pyongyang.

The strike group heading toward Korea includes the nuclear-powered flagship aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, two destroyers and a cruiser. Such a strike group is generally accompanied by submarines, although the Pentagon does not normally publicize this.

“PRUDENT” MOVE

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the deployment was not tied to a specific event but a matter of prudence.

“She is just on her way up there because that is where we thought it was most prudent to have her at this time,” he said at a Pentagon news conference.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump had put North Korea “clearly on notice” that he would not tolerate certain actions but dismissed Pyongyang’s nuclear attack threat.

“I think there is no evidence that North Korea has that capability at this time,” he said. “Threatening something that you don’t have the capability of isn’t really a threat.”

North Korea remains technically at war with the United States and its ally South Korea after the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. It regularly threatens to destroy both countries.

However, North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, two of them last year, and is working to develop nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the United States, presenting Trump with perhaps his most pressing security headache.

IT GO BOOM!!!!!

Tillerson Talks Tough on North Korea

U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON VISITS THE BORDER BETWEEN THE TWO KOREAS.

Sabre rattling has been the order of the day in Asia.

War with North Korea does not appear to be imminent, but is in no way ready to be ruled out.

The difficulty is whether an American attack on North Korean military facilities would lead to deadly retaliation against South Korea. Then, there’s the question of whether China would join with North Korea. If so, we could be staring at World War III.

CBS News

In South Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. would not rule out use of force to confront a growing nuclear threat from North Korea.

The last two times North Korea fired off missiles – a multiple launch earlier this month and a more advanced model in February – U.S. intelligence was caught by surprise. North Korea’s increasing ability to launch without warning is one reason Secretary of State Tillerson overturned two decades of U.S. policy toward North Korea.

“Let me be very clear: The policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures,” Tillerson said Friday after visiting the heavily militarized border between the rival Koreas.

Strategic patience is the diplomatic way of saying the U.S. has relied on economic sanctions, covert sabotage, and cyber attacks to make it difficult for North Korea to develop nuclear weapons.

But as President Trump put it in a tweet: “North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been ‘playing’ the united states for years.”

Following a visit to the DMZ dividing the two Koreas, Secretary Tillerson said in effect “no more games” — and raised the threat of a pre-emptive strike against the north.

“If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table,” he said.

But a preemptive strike would almost certainly result in massive loss of life by triggering a North Korean artillery barrage on the South Korean capital of Seoul.

Secretary Tillerson will travel next to Beijing in an effort to convince President Xi to use his country’s economic leverage to pressure North Korea into giving up its weapons program.

But, according to the president’s tweet, “China has done little to help.”

Secretary Tillerson said “all options are on the table.” But a Defense Dept. official added “none of them are good options.”

This video offers the testimony of a North Korean woman about life in her country. Is she for real or an actress?

Henry Makow lays out Korean history and explains why the globalists have created the Korean schism in order to advance their cause.

Here’s a question for you to consider. Is this little fat boy really crazy or is he an actor playing a role, bought and paid for by (((them?))) Or do (((they))) want him gone in order to exploit his country?

Given what we’ve learned through Wikileaks, it’s clear that there’s layer upon layer of deception in the Deep State. It seems there’s no way to determine if we will ever reach the ultimate truth.

One more thing. This CNBC op-ed raises the question of whether the tough talk is aimed at China. The author notes that tougher sanctions on North Korea will force China to expend its resources on keeping North Korea afloat.

Congressional Speech: Trump Honors Tearful Wife of Slain Navy SEAL as Leftist Vermin Kvetch

The lowlife sewer rats who hate Donald Trump because he represents us have set about desecrating one of the most poignant moments in recent presidential history.

When Barack Obama tried to pull off the “concerned president” act, it fell flat because he had no idea what to say without his teleprompter. You can tell Trump’s words were heartfelt.

First, the story as reported by NBC, then we’ll take a look at the lowlife effort to downplay or distort this moment. You should watch the video first, if you didn’t watch Trump’s presidential address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night.

NBC News

In an emotional moment, President Donald Trump and Congress on Tuesday honored the wife of the first military service member killed in combat during the president’s administration.

While speaking about the need to increase funding for veterans during his joint address to Congress, Trump took a moment to pay tribute to his guest, the wife of slain Navy SEAL William Owens. Owens was killed in a raid on Yemen on Jan. 25, five days into the new administration.

“We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William ‘Ryan’ Owens,” Trump said. “Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero — battling against terrorism and securing our nation.”

Trump said Owens’ “legacy is etched into eternity.”

Looking at Carryn, the president joked that Ryan Owens would be very happy with the applause — the longest of the night — “because I think he just broke a record.”

All those present in the Capitol stood and clapped while Owens’ widow cried, clasped her hands and looked toward the heavens — mouthing the words “thank you” — in a poignant moment. Trump had previously met Carryn, who was seated next to Ivanka Trump, when he attended the arrival of her husband’s casket at the airport.

Not in attendance at the speech was Owens’ father, William, who has said the raid was unnecessary and needs to be investigated by Congress. William refused to meet Trump when the president met his son’s casket.

During the speech, Trump refuted critics of the mission.

“I just spoke to (Defense Secretary) General Mattis — just now — who reconfirmed that, and I quote, ‘Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies,'” Trump said.

Though the firefight led to the death of Owens and a number of local children, numerous Pentagon officials told NBC News that the raid bore no significant intelligence.

During an interview on “Fox and Friends” earlier Tuesday, Trump sidestepped any blame for Owens death, stating that the plan for the raid was made by military officials before he took the oath of office.

In a significant omission, NBC (Nothing But Crap, as Mark Dice says), this was left out:

Washington Examiner

“Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity,” Trump said. Turning towards Owens’ widow, the president said: “Thank you.”

“For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” the president said. “Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom — we will never forget him.”

NBC must have something against the Bible.

Now for the sewer rats. Slate’s headline describes Trump’s tribute as “crassly manipulative.” That’s what I call a smear job.

Breitbart looked at the celebrity response.

Celebrities such as Bill Maher and Michael Moore took the opportunity to criticize the president, with Maher saying he “wished [Owens] hadn’t allowed herself to be used as his prop like that,” while filmmaker Michael Moore claimed it was “a sort of a f you to the people who are criticizing Trump.”

Furthermore, left-wing Twitter users took the opportunity to attack Trump and the grieving widow, seeking to gain political points against Donald Trump in the process.

One twitter user, Dan Grilo, who revealed on his account he was a volunteer for Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign, said that “Sorry, Owen’s wife, you’re not helping yourself or your husband’s memory standing there and clapping like an idiot. Trump just used you.” He has since deleted his account.

Twicy reports that top Democrats refused to stand, but sat stone faced during the tribute.

Finally, fat, disgusting slob Michael Moore deserves to be singled out for his contempt for decent people. Breitbart devoted a whole article to the pig.

Moore said, “Ryan Owens, his death came as a result of a dinner Trump had with his son-in-law and a political hack. … And then the reporting here on NBC News, and other networks and papers, of how the intelligence community said we got nothing out of this. … But then why tonight to say, oh, we got all this treasure trove.”

He added that Carryn Owens was there “as a sort of a f you to the people who are criticizing him for this. And this poor woman, this widow, who has lost her husband. She is in desperate grief right now, and in love with her husband, and to use that as — [to] put another notch on his belt and what’s he thinking about? My ratings. Record applause. I’m going to get an Emmy for this, most applause for a dead soldier on my watch. I mean, this is the sickness of this man.”

Michael Moore has some nerve calling out any other human being as sick, unless it would be one of his liberal Hollyweird pals. He’s clearly projecting his own character on to President Trump.

Michael Moore is garbage. He’s nothing to me.