Recently Declassified Files from The DoD & CIA Paint an Interesting Portrayal of Middle Eastern History & The Bible

This article isn’t really “news,” so to speak, but rather an opportunity to consume some recently declassified files from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). More specifically, below you can find declassified files which contain information on ancient historical buildings, landmarks, infrastructure and mythology – including the Bible itself. Honestly, who isn’t interested in that? And if that doesn’t draw you in to want to read more then honestly, what are you even doing on my site?

The first document I would like to share is a release from the Department of Defense  yesterday, actually, showcasing aerial footage and photography of historical architecture and world heritage sites across Iraq – ancient Babylon. While the photos were originally assembled in the 1950’s to track enemy ground movements across the country, they do provide an interesting and unique perspective in terms of Middle Eastern history. Perhaps some of this is even more interesting given the fact that many world heritage sites across Iraq have since been lost forever – destroyed by the Islamic State over the course of the last decade.

Download Full Declassified Release/Study from DoD: https://roguemedia.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/near_eastern_landscapes_and_declassified_u2_aerial_imagery.pdf

Browse Release:

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The second release of documents I would like to share were included in a treasure trove of leaked documents released by the CIA in 2017 – the result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. However, the subject of these particular documents is extremely peculiar. For example, they discuss the stories of Genesis, Adam and Eve and the Great Flood of Noah in terms of both history and climatology. Honestly, I have never come across anything like them in all of my years of academic study or online activism. Consequentially, this is why I am featuring them here today – simply to share interesting information with the world – you’re welcome!

Full CIA Reading Room Database: https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/home
Download Release from CIA: https://roguemedia.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/CIA-RDP79B00752A000300070001-8.pdf

Browse Documents:

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Representative Ted Lieu Introduces US-Israel Directed Energy Cooperation Act, Authorizing Pentagon To Begin Testing/Deployment of Direct Energy Weapons Across Middle East

I am writing this article here today because I was fooled, and have been fooled all along. For those of you whom are not been aware, something referred to as “Direct Energy Weapons” have long since been rumored to have existed, but only on fringe back-page style websites – often peddled by end-timers and/or conspiracy theorists alike. For this every reason, I have always dismissed the notion of them as nothing more than nonsense –  but apparently I was wrong.

I bring this up because last week, March 15th 2019, representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) officially introduced a new bill entitled the “United States-Israel Directed Energy Cooperation Act” – otherwise known as H.R.6725. According to a press release dated March 14th made available on his website “the legislation authorizes the Department of Defense to carry out bilateral cooperation with Israel to develop directed energy capabilities that address threats to both nations.” More specifically, the bill provides a significant budget for the Pentagon “to carry out research, development, test, and evaluation activities, on a joint basis with Israel, to establish directed energy capabilities that address threats to the United States, deployed forces of the United States, or Israel, and for other purposes.” Specifying that “Directed energy weapons include laser weapons and particle beams; they are highly destructive but embraced by militaries for their infinite magazines and incredible speed and range.”

Ted Lieu’s Press Release: https://lieu.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/reps-lieu-and-stefanik-reintroduce-bill-develop-directed-energy-defense
Track Bill: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/6725/text?format=txt
Copy of Bill: https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hr6725/BILLS-115hr6725ih.pdf

Full Text of Bill:

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White House Releases Budget for Fiscal Year 2020

The title is self explanatory, really, I just wanted someplace to put the document to make it easily browse-able in the future. Honestly, I’m not going to sit here and pretend to be some great expert on the minutia of trillions of dollars being spent/allocated by the US Government, but some of the major highlights I’ve taken from it are another dramatic increase in military spending allocated to the US Department of Defense, and a major decrease to the budget allocated to the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) – literally putting future projects/operations on hold.

More specifically, according the budget itself, the DoD Budget for the Fiscal Year 2020 will be increased another 5% from 2019, an increase of approximately $33 billion dollars, bringing it to a combined yearly total of $781 billion dollars – yet another all time record under Donald Trump, a total little more than 15x higher than the annual operating budget of Russia, by comparison.

Download Budget Doc for Yourself: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/budget-fy2020.pdf

Browse Through Full 2020 White House Budget:

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Pentagon Releases 2019 Artificial Intelligence Directive, Outlining Extensive Investment In AI Technologies for Autonomous Weapons Development Throughout the Future

(HRW) – As the United States Department of Defense releases a strategy on artificial intelligence, questions loom about whether the US government intends to accelerate its investments in weapons systems that would select and engage targets without meaningful human control.

The strategy considers a range of potential, mostly benign uses of AI and makes the bold claim that AI can help “reduce the risk of civilian casualties” by enabling greater accuracy and precision. The strategy commits to consider how to handle hacking, bias, and “unexpected behavior” among other concerns. Scientists have long warned about the potentially disastrous consequences that could arise when complex algorithms incorporated into fully autonomous weapons systems created and deployed by opposing forces meet in warfare. How would the use of such learning systems conform with current US policy, which commits to “to exercise appropriate levels of human judgment over the use of force?

Fully autonomous weapons raise so many ethical, legal, technical, proliferation, and international security concerns that Human Rights Watch and other groups co-founded the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots in early 2013 to push for a preemptive ban. At the end of that year, governments launched diplomatic talks on what they called lethal autonomous weapons systems. Yet progress towards addressing concerns has been hampered by the refusal of the US, Russia, and a handful of other states to work towards a concrete outcome.

Despite diplomatic setbacks, it’s clear that the notion of removing human control from weapons systems and the use of force is becoming increasingly unpopular or stigmatized. The United Nations secretary-general is urging states to prohibit such weapons before they are introduced, calling them “morally repugnant and politically unacceptable.” A new poll of 26 countries shows public opposition to fully autonomous weapons is rising rapidly and with it the expectation that governments will act to prevent the development of such weapons systems.

Yet the US remains steadfast in its refusal to consider any move to negotiate a new treaty to prevent the development of fully autonomous weapons. There are fears that an already meek 2012 Pentagon policy directive on autonomy in weapons systems could be overridden or replaced by a much weaker policy.

Download 2012 Pentagon Directive Regarding Autonomous Weapons: https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodd/300009p.pdf

The AI strategy pledges that the Defense Department will only develop and use artificial intelligence in an “ethical” and “lawful” manner for “upholding and promoting our Nation’s values.” Yet such promises ring hollow at a time when the US continues to steadfastly resist efforts to regulate fully autonomous weapons through new legal measures. Without regulation in the form of a new treaty to ban fully autonomous weapons, policy pledges of self-restraint are unlikely to last long.

View Full Department of Defense Strategy 2019:

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