Council of Worlds at WAR re Announcement Delays

Note the location of “Planet 9” and the inbound path for Nibiru provided by the Zetas in 1997. Nibiru arrived, right on schedule in 2003, and right where predicted a full 7 years earlier. Where the Zetas provided the location of the gravity draw represented by the Sun’s dark unlit binary and the inbound Nibiru in 1983, when the IRAS team lofted its infra-red balloon in search of the inbound Nibiru, this location was not provided to the public. All articles in print at that time only referring to the location as the “western edge of the constellation Orion”, quite vague, and the “western edge” is vast. Yet the Zetas pinpointed the location as being just outside the lower bow of Orion. Such is the accuracy of ZetaTalk. How would the public eventually become “aware of the history and accuracy of ZetaTalk predictions” as predicted by the Zetas on April 16, 2016? ? It would seem this is already in process.


SOZT March 19, 2016

So what happened to the announcement? Obama lacked the courage. As a result of this colossal failure,  having to disband the Jade Helm structure, the US military reacted. Obama is no longer running the country. Chief of Staff General Dunford is. Ben Fulford has for months been referring to Obama as the US “spokesperson”. Is this true, and how does this work? In that the Middle East, under the direction and press from Israel, Turkey, the Jewish bankers of the Federal Reserve, and the Saudis were supporting ISIS and this threatened to create a force that would not only invade Europe but also create an endless terrorism threat to the US, the military did indeed effect a silent coup. Russia needed to enter the fray, and Dunford, but not Obama, agreed. This will never be admitted, publicly, nor do the parties want this.
EOZT


SOZT October 1, 2015
The three major social media outlets in use around the globe all had significant, and simultaneous outages between September 20-24, 2015. Skype had complaints from the UK, Australia, and Japan. Twitter received reports from the US, Australia, and Singapore. FaceBook had the loudest howls, primarily from the US and Europe. Notably these downtimes, some lasting for hours or even days, got no attention in the major media, and there was no real explanation for the outages.  Every Skype user has an account and a password, as do their contacts. Every Skype user can broadcast messages to their contacts, even if these contacts are not presently online. Every twitter use likewise has an account and a password, and by sending a tweet passes information along to subscribers, who can retweet the info in the future. FaceBook users likewise have an account and a password, with many friends who pick up info from each other and pass it along on their FaceBook accounts.  In all of this, the networks themselves are AWARE of the accounts and passwords, and could do a broadcast to all in the event of an announcement. Check your user agreements. This is legal!
EOZT


SOZT April 25, 2015
When we announced that the Council of Worlds would be going to war with the elite over their blockage of the announcement, the tools available to the Council were not immediately apparent. Early in the campaign the Sony hack showed one such mechanism, whereby an anonymous hacker revealed embarrassing information about Sony executives. Similarly exposing pedophile activities by Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton and blatant lies by self-promoting media talking heads such as Brian Williams and Bill O’Reilly required nothing more than encouraging contactees to step forward.  In many, many cases a financial loss sufficient to trigger a clash among the elite is a result of an electronic delay during trades. 
EOZT


SOZT July 4, 2015
What is the message here? As with other failed launches, this most recent failure is a definitive message from the Council of Worlds. Space X has had success in resupplying the ISS, though has flounded on landing on a floating ocean platform.  Resupply of the ISS is OK, reuse of their launch equipment so as to help the elite escape, not OK. The message now is that the elite should not expect to get into space at all. No escape. The message here is to take all hope away from such plans among the elite. They are to remain on Earth with the common man. We expect the battle to shift from attempts to block the announcement, or deny its meaning, to attempts to enslave the common man in some way. That is another fight, on another day.
EOZT


SOZT November 1, 2014
The elite – the wealthy and politically powerful in the world – have continued in their attempts to thwart the announcement by Obama and his partners admitting that Nibiru, aka Planet X exists. We have long stated that the announcement date was set by Obama and Xi at their June 7-8, 2013 meeting in Santa Monica. The flustered slip given by the French Foreign Minister on May 13, 2014 re “500 days
http://www.zetatalk.com/ning/17ma2014.htm
until climate chaos” was in reference to this, as the date set was to be 500 days from the 2013 meeting, ie October 20, 2014.
EOZT


SOZT November 8, 2014
Relying solely on Russia or China to proceed would get the truth out BUT since the block had always been on the US end, via Reagan’s national security directive, without a confirmation from Obama this is awkward and subject to being countered. If true, where is the confirmation from Obama? It would be packaged as some odd communist attack against Obama going into the elections, to make him seem weak, almost comical. So where is this going now? For us to comment would be to empower the enemy, which of course we will not do. Your curiosity is not as important as having the announcement succeed.
EOZT


SOZT December 10, 2014
We have stated that the public will see only the flash and parry of swords from a distance during the Council of Worlds war with the cover-up crowd. Meanwhile, periodic tests of the Emergency Broadcast System in the US are done, to see if the channels are open. As of this writing, they are not yet open. The war is still on, full press. Meanwhile, during the flash and parry of swords, one can see resistance, pleading, panic, and capitulation.
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Comment by SongStar101 on March 20, 2017 at 8:42am

http://presstv.ir/Detail/2017/03/18/514842/Hezbollah-Nasrallah-West...

The secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, says Israel seeks an end to Russia's military campaign against the Daesh terrorist group in Syria to avert the Tel Aviv regime’s collapse.

Nasrallah said on Saturday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had recently met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to express his deep concern over the likely collapse of Daesh in Syria since such a development would mark a great triumph for the resistance front in the Middle East region.

The Hezbollah chief added that the defeat of the Daesh Takfiri group in Syria would be tantamount to the fall of Netanyahu himself.

Russia launched a military campaign against the terrorist groups in Syria in late September 2015 at the official request of the Damascus government.  

Nasrallah made the comment at a ceremony held in the Lebanese capital city of Beirut to commemorate the birthday anniversary of Hazrat Fatima Zahra (PBUH), the daughter of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

Elsewhere in his remarks, Nasrallah said that Western powers were drawing on Takfiri terrorists in order to carry out their schemes in conflict-ridden Syria.

“I have repeatedly called on Syria militants not to put trust in [the] West and implement their plots in Syria, because the US and its allies are only using them as cannon fodder and will abandon [them] as soon as they are defeated,” he said.

He added, “I am telling militants fighting within the ranks of the enemies that you are only serving Israel, and shedding the blood of innocent people.”

The Hezbollah leader noted that the days of Daesh, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as the al-Nusra Front, and other terrorist groups fighting to topple the Damascus government are numbered as Syrian army forces continue to achieve victories across the country.

Even those Arab and Western countries that once supported these terror outfits are now fighting them, Nasrallah pointed out.

The Hezbollah chief argued that all the Arab money spent to fan the flames of militancy in Syria over the past six years could have been used to eradicate poverty and illiteracy in the Arab world, feed starving Somalis, and accommodate homeless Palestinians.

Nasrallah said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had recently visited Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to express his deep concern over the likely collapse of Daesh in Syria since such a development would mark a great triumph for the resistance front in the Middle East region.

The Hezbollah chief added that the defeat of the Daesh Takfiri group in Syria would be tantamount to the fall of Netanyahu himself.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Hezbollah leader said that the United Nations could not be trusted to defend the Arabs’ rights in the wake of the resignation of a UN official for refusing to withdraw a damning report against Israel.  

Rima Khalaf, the executive secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), resigned from the UN post after refusing to withdraw a report that concludes "Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole.”

Rima Khalaf, the executive secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) speaks during a news conference announcing her resignation from the United Nations in Beirut, Lebanon, March 17, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)

On Friday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had asked that the report be removed from the ESCWA’s website, a UN official said on condition of anonymity.

Read more: 

Israel lauded the move, with its envoy to the UN, Danny Danon, thanking Guterres.

Danon said in a statement that “the time has come to put an end to those using their status within the UN to promote anti-Israel activity.”

'Some Arab states funding Syria crisis'

In an interview with PressTV, Ibrahim Mousawi, a political commentator from Beirut, said it is a very important theme that Nasrallah has highlighted in his speech that some Arab states are financing the wars that are being waged by foreign powers such as the US.

Turkey, the US, Britain and France were only orchestrating, organizing and giving the green light to the war in Syria, he said, adding that most of the money and the finance for the crisis comes from Arab budgets, mainly Saudi Arabia.

On the resignation of Khalaf, Mousawi said, "She never accepted to withdraw the report,...[which] is well-documented, it has all the proofs that Israel is an apartheid state, it (Israel) is discriminating against the Palestinians." 

"One of the important things that I want to say is that the United Nations itself has betrayed the very basic essentials and principles that it was built upon or established for... It is standing with the oppressor against the oppressed."

"The basic role, all the anticipated results from the United Nations are not there anymore," he stressed.

Comment by Stanislav on March 8, 2017 at 9:32pm

WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 Password Is A Nod to Anti-CIA JFK Quote

On Tuesday WikiLeaks began releasing a series of encrypted documents dubbed “Vault 7,” detailing the surveillance activities of the CIA. As part of the release, the organization posted to Twitter a password for “Vault 7” that read as follows: “SplinterItIntoAThousandPiecesAndScatterItIntoTheWinds.”

That password was a subset of words spoken by President John F. Kennedy 54 years ago, only a month before he was assassinated: “I will splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the wind,” were his exact words, according to a Kennedy administration official who spoke with The New York Times for a report published three years after JFK’s death.

Speaking in a History Channel program several years ago, Samuel Halpern, author of “The Assassination of JFK,” claimed that the threat stemmed from Kennedy’s frustration with the CIA, which he believed was becoming a “state within a state.”

It also originated, in part, with the then-president’s vehement opposition to Operation Northwoods, a CIA-bred plan that called for “the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities” — all to manipulate the American people into supporting a war against Cuba.

“I will splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the wind,” were his exact words, according to a Kennedy administration official who spoke with The New York Times for a report published three years after JFK’s death.

Speaking in a History Channel program several years ago, Samuel Halpern, author of “The Assassination of JFK,” claimed that the threat stemmed from Kennedy’s frustration with the CIA, which he believed was becoming a “state within a state.”

It also originated, in part, with the then-president’s vehement opposition to Operation Northwoods, a CIA-bred plan that called for “the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities” — all to manipulate the American people into supporting a war against Cuba.

How exactly does this all tie in with WikiLeaks? Conspiracy theorists have long believed that JFK’s assassination was orchestrated by the CIA as retaliation for him preventing Operation Northwoods from being carried out and out of a desire to stop him from clamping down on the agency’s growing power.

The theory is that CIA officials killed the president to protect the agency’s position. This brings us back to WikiLeaks, which has begun releasing documents that purport to expose the CIA’s shady behavior — and at a time when it seems much of the intelligence community is hostile to President Donald Trump, trying to undermine him at every turn. Coincidence or conspiracy? You tell me. Source: conservativetribune.com

Comment by SongStar101 on March 8, 2017 at 11:31am

What is Vault 7? WikiLeaks releases 'Year Zero' files as part of 'largest ever' CIA leak

WIKILEAKS has released its new series of leaked documents, mysteriously known as Vault 7, and it is the "largest intelligence publication in history". But what is Vault 7 and what does the Year Zero part of the series reveal?

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/776066/Vault-7-what-is-Year-Zer...

In the build-up to the bombshell announcement today, WikiLeaks’ Twitter account posted a cryptic question: “What is Vault 7?"

A statement from WikiLeaks announced: “Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the US Central Intelligence Agency. 

“Code-named ‘Vault 7’ by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.

“The first full part of the series, ‘Year Zero’, comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virgina."

WikiLeaks said: “‘Year Zero’ introduces the scope and direction of the CIA's global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal and dozens of ‘zero day’ weaponized exploits against a wide range of US and European company products."

It added that the products included Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows and even Samsung TVs, "which are turned into covert microphones”.

In a statement, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said: "There is an extreme proliferation risk in the development of cyber 'weapons'. 

“Comparisons can be drawn between the uncontrolled proliferation of such 'weapons', which results from the inability to contain them combined with their high market value, and the global arms trade. 

“But the significance of ‘Year Zero’ goes well beyond the choice between cyberwar and cyberpeace. The disclosure is also exceptional from a political, legal and forensic perspective."

Internet users around the world are now able to download the Year Zero documents after the passphrase was made public earlier today. 

Mr Assange was not able reveal the contents of Vault 7 during a online press conference because the live stream fell victim to a cyber attack.

WikiLeaks tweeted: "As Mr Assange's [Periscope]+Facebook video stream links are under attack, his video press conference will be rescheduled."

Here are a series of questions and answers given by the WikiLeaks statement today:

What time period is covered?

“The years 2013 to 2016. The sort order of the pages within each level is determined by date (oldest first).”

What is Vault 7?

"Vault 7 is a substantial collection of material about CIA activities obtained by WikiLeaks.”

When was each part of Vault 7 obtained?

“Part one was obtained recently and covers through 2016. Details on the other parts will be available at the time of publication.”

What is the total size of Vault 7?

“The series is the largest intelligence publication in history.”

WikiLeaks noted: “The quantity of published pages in Vault 7 part one (Year Zero) already eclipses the total number of pages published over the first three years of the Edward Snowden NSA leaks.”

How did WikiLeaks obtain each part of Vault 7?

“Sources trust WikiLeaks to not reveal information that might help identify them.”

Isn't WikiLeaks worried that the CIA will act against its staff to stop the series?

“No. That would be certainly counter-productive.”

Why are the Vault 7 files being released now? 

“WikiLeaks published as soon as its verification and analysis were ready.

“In February the Trump administration has issued an Executive Order calling for a ‘Cyberwar’ review to be prepared within 30 days.

“While the review increases the timeliness and relevance of the publication it did not play a role in setting the publication date.”

Comment by SongStar101 on February 22, 2017 at 8:45pm

SpaceX aborts approach to space station, delivery delayed

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/russian-supply-ship-laun...

A navigation error forced SpaceX to delay its shipment to the International Space Station on Wednesday, following an otherwise smooth flight from NASA's historic moon pad.

SpaceX's supply ship, the Dragon, was less than a mile from the orbiting outpost when a problem cropped up in the GPS system. The approach was aborted, and the Dragon backed away. NASA said neither the station nor its six-person crew was in any danger, and another attempt would be made Thursday.

"As a pilot it is sometimes better to accelerate and circle around than attempt a difficult landing," French astronaut Thomas Pesquet said in a tweet from the space station. "Same in space — we'll be ready tomorrow!"

Just a few hours earlier, Russia successfully launched a cargo ship from Kazakhstan, its first since a failed launch in December.

SpaceX launched the Dragon capsule Sunday from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A, out of action since NASA's space shuttle program ended in 2011. It's the same spot where astronauts flew to the moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s. SpaceX has a 20-year lease with NASA for 39A; besides launching station cargo from there, the company hopes to send up astronauts as early as next year.

Everything was going well with this latest SpaceX flight until the GPS issue. The Dragon's computers halted the rendezvous from just seven-tenths of a mile away. SpaceX said the problem is well understood and can be fixed before Thursday morning's delivery attempt. The Russian supplies should arrive Friday.

This was the first time that SpaceX had to abort a shipment at the last minute like this. The private company, led by tech billionaire Elon Musk, has been making station deliveries since 2012.

In December, Russia lost a load of station supplies shortly after liftoff. The upper stage of the Soyuz rocket and the cargo ship ended up in pieces over Siberia.

It's the same kind of rocket used for launching crews, and the accident ended up delaying the return of three space station astronauts and the launch of two others. Russian investigators concluded there was a manufacturing flaw in the third-stage engine.

The 250-mile-high station is home to two Americans, three Russians and France's Pesquet.

Comment by SongStar101 on February 8, 2017 at 10:58am

Japanese mini-rocket launch fails

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/14/asia/japan-mini-rocket-launch/

(CNN)Japan's attempt to launch one of the smallest-ever rockets into space has ended in failure.

The 9.5-meter (32-foot) rocket lifted off around 8:30 a.m. local time Sunday from the Uchinoura Space Center in southwestern Japan, according to state broadcaster NHK.
The rocket was carrying a micro-satellite that is 35 centimeters (13 inches) tall and weighs 3 kg (6.6 lbs.).
However, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), communication systems malfunctioned after the rocket launched, causing the ignition of the second booster to be terminated. The rocket fell into the sea southeast of Uchinoura.
The launch, which was delayed from earlier this week because of weather, was supposed to be a proof of concept for Japan's micro-satellite and mini-rocket technology, which JAXA hopes to commercialize as private companies seek cheaper options that are easier to put into orbit.
"Several Japanese firms joined this rocket project," JAXA public relations officer Takayuki Tomobe told CNN prior to the launch, adding that the agency also hopes to share test results with other private entities in future.
"This is still a small step and we expect more impediments, but once the launch succeeds, we see a potential for making the rocket launch cheaper and shorter in project time," Tomobe said.
SpaceX returns to flight, nails rocket landing 01:12
JAXA's aborted launch was in stark contrast to Space X's attempt this weekend. The private space exploration company successfully sent a Falcon 9 rocket into space with 10 satellites o....
The launch's success Saturday was made even sweeter by a smooth return landing for the Falcon 9 rocket's first-stage booster. It safely returned from space and glided to a landing on a seafaring platform, known as a drone ship.
Comment by Matt B on January 30, 2017 at 10:43pm

Light-hearted banter or ominous dog whistle? An interesting choice of phrase directed at Senator John McCain from President Trump.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/825822320128303110

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/825823217025691648

ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for December 24, 2016

Ambassador Karlov assassination

http://zetatalk.com/ning/24de2016.htm

The timing of the Karlov assassination is very significant. It was on the day the US electors were confirming Trump as president, in fact hitting the news just ahead of the voting process! Nevertheless, neither the electors nor Putin have been fooled, played as fools, and will not react as Hillary or those wanting World War III had hoped.

ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for January 7, 2017

Obama reputation

http://zetatalk.com/ning/07ja2017.htm

Why has the crime cabal - composed, in part, of the Hillary crowd, Soros billions, the Jewish bankers, Netanyahu, and various remnants of the Bush cabal such as McCain - been so intent on starting war with Russia?
...
Even with their loses this past year - Federal Reserve branches taken from Jewish banks and returned to the control of the US government, and stolen Fort Knox gold being retrieved by secret court action, and the utterly unexpected loss of Hillary during the 2016 election to Trump - this elite cabal still hopes to pull off a win. If only they could incite war with Russia! Thus McCain was in the Ukraine beating the war drums.

Comment by SongStar101 on January 19, 2017 at 10:03am

Netanyahu's media manipulation revealed

The tale of the tape that puts the lie to the Israeli PM's media narrative. Plus, the Zimbabwean journalists' dilemma.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2017/01/netanyahu...

On The Listening Post this week: Netanyahu's media scandal - the story of the tape that caused "explosions" across Israel. Plus, the dilemma Zimbabwean journalists face when covering Mugabe.

Netanyahu's media games exposed 

Leaked audio tapes have allegedly revealed how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to negotiate a deal with Arnon Mozes, the owner of the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, and the man Netanyahu has repeatedly called his media nemesis. The extra twist in the tale is that Netanyahu was seemingly willing to sell out Israel Hayom - the newspaper that's been most favourable towards him.

Talking us through the story: Anat Balint, writer, Seventh Eye; Rafi Mann, associate professor, School of Communication, Ariel University; Anshel Pfeffer, writer, Haaretz; Rottem Danon, editor-in-chief, Liberal.

On our radar:

  • BuzzFeed publishes a dossier full of bombshell allegations - ones they admit are unverified - about President-elect Donald Trump
  • Facebook hires a former CNN anchor to improve its relationship with the media
  • Five outspoken activists and bloggers go missing in Pakistan with fears that they were abducted by the government

Zimbabwe: Succession, factions and the media

President Robert Mugabe still rules Zimbabwe, but his party, the Zanu-PF, is in strife over who will come after him. The state media's dilemma is how to report the succession battles when talking about Mugabe's succession is an editorial red line.

Comment by Carlos Villa on January 16, 2017 at 10:30pm
This is a question for the Zetas.
Prime minister Justin Trudeau made the following remark just a few days ago

We need to realize that we are in a time of transition right now, that the world is moving off of fossil fuels. The extreme weather events that are coming are going to be incredibly expensive not just for our communities but for our agriculture, for people in the north, people right across the country,” Trudeau said. “We are not taking any money outside of the jurisdictions that pay those carbon taxes.”

https://www.google.ca/amp/globalnews.ca/news/3179769/justin-trudeau...

Then at around the same time the Canadian vice chief gets removed from command

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/vice-chief-of-...

Are we being set up for an announcement regarding planet x here in Canada? The prime minister definitively made a reference to severe climate change coming.
Comment by SongStar101 on January 16, 2017 at 10:16am

JAXA fails in bid to launch world’s smallest satellite-carrying rocket

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/15/national/science-health...

JAXA terminated a satellite launch in mid-flight Sunday after a communications malfunction forced the space agency to abort ignition of the host rocket’s second stage.

The No. 4 vehicle of the SS-520 rocket series lifted off at 8:33 a.m. from Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture carrying a miniature Earth observation satellite, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said. The rocket was touted as the smallest one capable of launching a satellite.

But the agency aborted ignition of the second stage three minutes into the launch after discovering a glitch in the communications system. The rocket and its tiny payload then tumbled into the sea.

“It’s very regrettable. We’d like to determine the cause” of the failure, said Hiroto Habu, an associate professor at JAXA, said later in the day.

The space agency said the rocket stopped sending signals to its operations center just 20 seconds after liftoff. It has no further plans to launch a rocket of this size, it said.

Resembling a utility pole at 10 meters long and 50 cm in diameter, the rocket was developed as a potential vehicle for launching minisatellites, a growing segment of the space industry.

Roughly one-fifth the size of JAXA’s mainstay H-IIA rocket, the SS-520 is a three-stage type based on a two-stage model used by JAXA. It was designed to place a satellite weighing up to 4 kg in orbit at an altitude of up to 2,000 km.

“The cause of the failure is not known at all yet. All we can do is just analyze the data we got until communications were disrupted,” said Shinya Matsuura, a writer familiar with rocket development. “I hope they won’t be discouraged and will try another launch, because demand for launches of minisatellites is growing worldwide.”

Matsuura said China has made significant progress in rocket development in recent years. He said Japan should invest more in fundamental research and development so it will not get left behind.

The rocket was carrying Tricom1, a 3-kg satellite developed by the University of Tokyo that measured 10 cm by 10 cm by 35 cm. It was designed to transmit images of Earth’s surface for about a month before re-entering the atmosphere and burning up.

JAXA, which undertook the mission to demonstrate the cost-cutting potential for satellite launches, used commercially available devices found in home electronics and smartphones to inspire private firms keen on entering the space launch business.

It cost an estimated around ¥500 million ($4.3 million) to produce and launch the slender rocket.

Comment by SongStar101 on January 14, 2017 at 8:05am

Head of D.C. National Guard to be removed from post in middle of inauguration

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/commanding-gener...

From left, Brig. Gen. William J. Walker, Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker and Brig. Gen. George M. Degnon during a news conference on Dec. 14 at the armory in Washington. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

The Army general who heads the D.C. National Guard and has an integral part in overseeing the inauguration said Friday that he will be removed from command effective at 12:01 p.m. Jan. 20, just as Donald Trump is sworn in as president.

Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz’s departure will come in the middle of the presidential ceremony — classified as a national special security event — and while thousands of his troops are deployed to help protect the nation’s capital during an inauguration he has spent months helping to plan.

“The timing is extremely unusual,” Schwartz said in an interview Friday morning, confirming a memo announcing his ouster that was obtained by The Washington Post. During the inauguration, Schwartz will command not only members of the D.C. Guard but also 5,000 unarmed troops dispatched from across the country to help. He also will oversee military air support protecting Washington during the inauguration.

“My troops will be on the street,” said Schwartz, who turned 65 in October. “I’ll see them off, but I won’t be able to welcome them back to the armory.” He said he would “never plan to leave a mission in the middle of a battle.”

Unlike in the states, where the governor appoints the National Guard commander, in the District that duty falls to the president.

Military officials and Trump transition officials provided contradictory versions of the decision to replace Schwartz. As is customary for presidential appointees, the general submitted a letter of resignation to give the new administration a clean start.

Two military officials with knowledge of the situation said the Trump team decided to accept the resignation. A person close to the transition said transition officials wanted to keep Schwartz in the job for continuity, but the Army pushed to replace him.

Schwartz, who was appointed to head the Guard by President George W. Bush in 2008, maintained the position through President Obama’s two terms. He said his orders came from the Pentagon in the form of an email that names his interim successor, a brigadier general, who takes over at 12:01 p.m. next Friday.

Army Maj. Jamie Davis, a spokesman at the Defense Department, said Schwartz is classified as a “non-career status employee.” He noted that the interim commander “is ready to assume complete mission” and handle the inauguration.

One of the military officials said the Trump transition team receives lists of political appointees and can decide which resignations to accept. All resignations are effective at 12:01 p.m. on Inauguration Day.

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) blasted the decision to remove Schwartz, particularly during the inauguration.

“It doesn’t make sense to can the general in the middle of an active deployment,” Mendelson said. He added that Schwartz’s sudden departure will be a long-term loss for the District. “He’s been really very good at working with the community, and my impression was that he was good for the Guard.”

Schwartz said he will work up until that moment, and then plans to retire from the Army. “I’m a soldier,” he said. “I’m a presidential appointee. Therefore, the president has the power to remove me.”

Like other deployments, Inauguration Day will be a complicated one for the D.C. National Guard — at least on paper. Since the District is not a state, its mayor cannot call up Guard members to active duty as a state governor can.

The District must send a letter to the secretary of the Army requesting the support. The District and the Army must then go through a seven-step process to initiate the deployment, during which Guard members carry out duties at the request of the mayor and city homeland security officials.

The two entities have been able to work together to make that happen quickly in response to unfolding natural disasters, such as last year’s record January snowfall. During that storm, which dumped 22 inches of snow, the Guard was activated in anticipation of the storm’s arrival, and troops helped shuttle officials, plow drivers and supplies back and forth across the city.

Schwartz began his military career in 1976 by enlisting in the Guard, formally called the Militia of the District of Columbia National Guard. He also oversees the Air National Guard, which combined with the Army Guard has an authorized strength of 2,700. He has served in several leadership positions, notably commanding the 372nd Military Police Battalion.

He graduated in 1980 from the University of the District of Columbia with a degree in electrical engineering and received a master’s degree in business management from Central Michigan University and in national security strategy from the National Defense University at Fort McNair in the District.

Schwartz said that he is most proud of the Youth Challenge Academy, a school for teenage dropouts run by the Guard with an infusion of federal money. The school, separate from D.C. public and charter schools, is located at the former Oak Hill facility, the District’s old juvenile jail. Schwartz said that about 60 percent of the student body have obtained high school diplomas, and some have gone on to college.

“These are kids with high potential,” Schwartz said. “They just need to be steered a little bit. That’s what guardsmen can do.” He said he has told his wife that he might stay active in the school.

“I don’t mind walking the halls and knocking on doors wearing a suit and tie,” he said.

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