Monday, April 17, 2017


Bertrand Daily Report 
The War For Our Mind & Soul Continues

Subject: Your Morning Intelligence Brief (April 17th, 2017)

April 17th, 2017

Ed Note: We all remember the movie "The Hunt For Red October," a dramatic search for one rogue sub, but consider that we are now looking at with 'The Hunt For Red April,' a real life problem (currently) in the search of North Korean subs that have a history of moving around quietly and without detection. In 2015, a hunt for 50 North Korean subs, that went quiet for a while, had the U.S. Navy baffled, considering the NK subs were mostly diesel/electric generated, very noisy under water.

However, the 50 missing subs says a lot more about North Korea's technology, of which a handful are considered armed with nuclear warheads (SLBMs). It should be of concern that North Korea is number two in the world of having the most subs (70), second only to the United States with 75 last reported.

The links below (here) are very informative and pay close attention to the "Nuclear Secrecy" link, an interactive map with a list of all known nuclear weapons around the world and what each one's affect would be on any particular city you select, along with the estimated amount of deaths and injuries. Once you select the parameters, you can zoom-out and see the downwind affected areas for your actual location.--Dave Bertrand  (Twitter) #Dave Bertrand (@bertranddave1) 

See Also.....

North Korea's Current Military Strength

Interactive Nuclear Blast Map and Areas Affected


Today's Featured Article / Report

North Korea's hidden submarine threat is another worry as regime warns it's 'ready' for war

A nuclear attack threat from a North Korean submarine is one of the nightmare scenarios facing Japan and South Korea.
The chilling thought of North Korea's fully submersible submarines firing a nuclear ballistic missile isn't as far-fetched as some might think. Pyongyang has made major advances in weapons in recent years and shown a willingness to use its submarines for offensive military actions.

Indeed, last month was the seventh anniversary of the sinking of South Korea's Cheonan navy ship by a North Korean submarine torpedo attack. That aggression killed 46 sailors and wasn't the first time the reclusive North had made incursions into South Korean waters.

The submarine threat adds to growing fears in the region as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's nuclear weapons ambitions show no signs of slowing. It also comes as a U.S. carrier strike force led by the USS Carl Vinson sailed toward the Korean Peninsula.

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Russian missiles spotted moving to North Korean border as US edges towards warDaily Express - Video has been released allegedly showing a mass military mobilisation in Vladivostok, Russia, just eight miles from the border with North Korea…. Russia has reportedly moved military vehicles towards the city, which is within striking distance of North Korea…. Since the emergence of the Vladivostok footage, fears have grown that North Korea could become the trigger for a conflict involving the US, China and Russia. Both China and Russia consider North Korea as a necessary buffer state, which they need to keep stable for their own national security. According to the reports, a military convoy of eight surface-to-air missiles, part of Russian Air Defence, were on the move. The S400 anti-aircraft missiles were moved to Vladivostok, where Vladimir Putin already has a major navy base…. China has pleaded for the US and North Korean to back down from the war-footing…. Air China, owned by the Chinese government, decided to end its service between Beijing and Pyongyang, amid fears of an escalation. 

North Korea Attempts To Launch Missile In Show Of Strength, Fails Epically 
The Daily Caller - North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile Sunday morning. The missile was launched from Sinpo at 6:20 A.M. KST; however, the missile is believed to have failed, reports the South Korean military. U.S. Pacific Command says that the missile “blew up almost immediately” after launch. The launch comes one day after North Korea revealed several new weapons systems, including what appear to be new intercontinental ballistic missile models (ICBM), during a military parade in Pyongyang. This provocation also comes as Vice President Mike Pence travels to Seoul, South Korea…. The military is still determining the missile type; however, initial reports suggest it was likely not an ICBM. The latest launch marks the fifth ballistic missile test since Trump took office and the eighth missile launch.

Le Pen Faces Disaster In Election After "Monumental" Computer Error
Zero Hedge - Despite leading in the polls for Round One, The Express reports that a monumental computer blunder could cost Marine Le Pen the French general election as 500,000 citizens living outside of France have the chance to vote twice. The election has become extremely close with just 4.5 percentage points separating Macron, Fillon, Mélenchon, and Le Pen... Which is why this shocking error in election procedures could be the swing to crush Le Pen's hopes. As The Express reports, half a million people received duplicate polling cards in the post, which would allow them to cast two votes at the first round of the election, held on April 23. French authorities confirmed they would not be investigating the potential electoral fraud until AFTER the election, when retrospective prosecution may take place. We are sure this is a simple 'accident', but coincidentally (for the establishment), this could crush Ms Le Pen’s dreams of surging to power, as most French nationals living outside of their country are not right wing - demonstrated by the fact many feel they depend on the European Union (EU) to guarantee their stay in foreign countries…. Voting twice is a crime, but police will only find out if they run a check on the individual through their computer systems. France’s Interior Ministry has said it will not be invalidating the election because of the duplicate voting glitch.

Le Pen blasts Trump for reversing stance on NATO
Fox News - Le Pen said in a radio interview with France Info that Trump may have been swayed by his administration to change his mind. Trump made his comments at the White House in a press conference after a meeting with NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg. “Undeniably he is in contradiction with the commitments he had made,” Le Pen said. “I am coherent, I don’t change my mind in a few days. He had said he would not be the policeman of the world, that he would be the president of the United States and would not be the policeman of the world, but it seems today that he has changed his mind.” The far-right French candidate has made terrorism and immigration key parts of her campaign and wants France to quit NATO despite calling for a “big coalition of countries which fight Muslim fundamentalism in which there will be of course the U.S., Russia, countries like Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Chad.”

Le Pen: Pope 'Asks that States Go Against Their Own People' by Opening Borders
Breitbart - In an interview with La Croix International, the leader of the Front National chided Pope Francis for asking “that states go against the interests of their own people by not placing conditions on the acceptance of significant numbers of migrants”. The 48-year-old added that, in her view, the Argentine cleric’s pronouncements on immigration exceed his role as a religious leader. “To me, this falls within the realm of politics and even interference, since he is also a head of state.” Pope Francis is technically a foreign leader as Sovereign of the Vatican – a walled city-state with some of the strictest immigration and citizenship rules in the world. Asked about her own religious views, Ms. Le Pen said: “I have a strong faith and I am fortunate in that I have never doubted it. “However, I admit that I am angry with the Church because I think that it interferes in everything except what it should really be concerned with,” she added.

Sweden Won't Deport Asylum Seekers Accused of Broadcasting Gang Rape on Facebook
Heat Street - The alleged rapists, aged 18 and 21, will not be deported if found guilty, after the prosecution withdrew their previous claim, according to Swedish news outlet 24 Uppsala. “The prosecutor has taken a wise decision. It is against the Aliens Act, which I pointed out here before,” said lawyer Stefan Wallin defending one of the two men accused of the rape. According to Wallin, his 21-year-old Afghan client and 18-year-old co-defendant arrived in Sweden when they were under age of 15. There is a third defendant in the case, a 25-year-old Iranian immigrant with Swedish citizenship. He’s being tried for filming the rape and not reporting it to the police. In addition, he also being charged with defamation as he livestreamed the ordeal on Facebook. Because he’s a Swedish citizen, he cannot be deported. Prosecutor Pontus Melander claims the men will be found guilty due to overwhelming evidence showing the crime. “We have an incredibly good evidence in the form of film material, but it is always up to the district court.” He added that the two men who committed the rape will be looking at around 3 years in prison, while the man who filmed the incident could receive one-year sentence.

Czechs take in a dozen refugees, but no more – minister
RT - The Czech Republic has only accepted 12 refugees out of its quota of around 1,600 set by Brussels and does not intend to take in any more – even if that means suffering penalties, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec has said. Speaking to the site Parlamentni listy, Chovanec said his country would be willing to face any sanctions imposed by the EU…. The EU may launch proceedings against the Czech Republic in September if it continues to turn down refugees. Hungary and Poland are facing similar action from the EU. In May 2016, the European Commission put forward a proposal to fine countries €250,000 ( $290,000) per asylum seeker if they refuse to take in their share. The proposal was dismissed by Hungarian officials as “unacceptable”. Chovanec added that vetting refugees is a long and troublesome process that can sometimes take months. “And these people [refugees] were not willing to wait in the place they arrived – either Greece or Italy.” The Czech Republic, along with Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, have been the countries most opposed to the mandatory refugee quotas set by the EU.

We "Liberated" Libya from an "Evil" Dictator. Now It's Openly Trading Slaves
The AntiMedia - This week, new findings revealed another unintended consequence of “humanitarian intervention”: the growth of the human slave trade. The Guardian reports that while “violence, extortion and slave labor” have been a reality for people trafficked through Libya in the past, the slave trade has recently expanded. Today, people are selling other human beings out in the open. “The latest reports of ‘slave markets’ for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages [in Libya],” said Mohammed Abdiker, head of operation and emergencies for the International Office of Migration, an intergovernmental organization that promotes “humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all,” according to its website…. The North African country is commonly used as a point of exit for refugees fleeing other parts of the continent. But since Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011, “the vast, sparsely populated country has slid into violent chaos and migrants with little cash and usually no papers are particularly vulnerable,” the Guardian explains.



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Sierra Vista Herald / Review        Blurring the line in the sand  
When a problem is shared, a solution should be as well. -- And when it comes to safety and security issues faced on both sides of the border, in recent years, that line that separates Mexico and the United States has opened another line that many might not expect: communication. -- “[Our communication] is the best we've had in recent years,” explained Michael Hyatt, who serves as the patrol agent in charge with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection out of the Brian A. Terry Station in Naco, during an interview with the Herald/Review and tour of the construction along the border.......
NoozHawk -- Santa Barbara        Diane Dimond: Sanctuary Cities Ignore Donald Trump's Presidential Threat 
President Donald Trump recently said of the state of California: “I don't want to defund the state or city. But if they're going to have sanctuary cities we may have to do that --- certainly, that would be a weapon.” -- It has been said we are a nation of laws and laws must be followed to ensure an orderly society. That's the ideal upon which America was established. But today, laws of the land are frequently ignored.......
Breitbart          How Federal Agencies Keep Americans in the Dark About Crime Statistics 
The Department of Justice should keep the public informed about the results of former President Barack Obama's decision to grant early releases to 1,715 convicts, says a former federal prosecutor. -- “What [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions Justice Department needs to do now is track the hundreds of fellows who got these pardons and commutations,” said former federal prosecutor Bill Otis. “With overall recidivism rates for drug offenses already being 77 percent, I think we have a pretty good idea, but [the public] should get specifics: How many of these guys re-offend; what's the nature of the new crime; were there related violent crimes in the mix as well; and how many victims (including but not limited to addicts and overdose victims) were there?”......

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