After 52 years of armed conflict inside the country, Colombia’s Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or ‘FARC’ marxist rebels, have reached the final stages of weapons hand-over to a United Nations at multiple designated ‘demobilization’ camps across the country. According to UN officials, as of this week the weapons transfer is nearly complete. As the UN closed the doors of one of many full shipping containers of weapons, FARC leader Rodrigo ‘Timochenko’ Londoo (image, left) could be heard shouting to his fighters, ‘Goodbye, weapons! Goodbye, war!’ This latest watershed in negotiations is part of a long-running peace deal with the Columbian government.
‘Reducing barriers to arms manufacturing’ is just one of the consequences playing out from the adoption of revolutionary 3D printers. The price of printers has come down from half a million dollars to less than $10k, and the expiration of several key patents is making much more possible. It has the power to decentralize production and, powered by robotic factory work, forever alter the economics of manufacturing. 3D printing may even have the power to undermine the reach of defense contractors, who build weapons, tanks, planes and more that reach American troops, and through foreign aid and weapons transfers, foreign military forces – friend and foe alike – around the world as well. Already, a true next-gen entrepreneur named Cody Wilson has caused a stir with his plastic 3D printed gun known as the ‘Liberator.’ The blueprint for this legal, lethal do-it-yourself weapon was downloaded over 100,000 times and can be built from any location with a consumer-grade 3D printer. It became something of a philosophical threat to the establishment. Homeland Security, the FBI, the ATF, the Joint Regional Intelligence Center and others took notice. News outlets like ABC News highlighted it as a threat to security, labeling the ‘invisible, nearly untraceable’ weapon an ‘assassin’s dream’:
This post was published at shtfplan on January 6th, 2015.
Militarized police pose greater threat to students than terrorists Law enforcement units policing public schools in Texas have acquired tons of used military gear, including M16 rifles, armored vehicles and scores of ‘high capacity magazines,’ all in alleged efforts to keep students safe. Citing the shootings at Columbine and Sandy Hook as pretexts for the need to militarize school police, an investigation launched by CBS affiliate KHOU recently found that cops in at least 10 different Texas school districts are seemingly gearing up for war. ‘In all, the departments received 64 M16 rifles, 18 M14 rifles, 25 automatic pistols, and magazines capable of holding 4,500 rounds of ammunition as well armored plating, tactical vests, and 15 surplus military vehicles,’ reports KHOU. It’s likely schools across the state and as far south as the Rio Grande Valley have been equipped, at little or no cost, through the Department of Defense’s Section 1033 weapons transfer program, which has also facilitated the distribution of used high grade weaponry, such as grenade launchers and tracked tank vehicles, to various local police departments in the U. S.
This post was published at Info Wars on SEPTEMBER 5, 2014.
Why are officials in high places, from the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David Petraeus to the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton (and now the current Secretary of State, John Kerry) either refusing to testify, or being blocked from testifying in a congressional hearing aimed at finding out what really happened on September 11, 2012, when 4 US diplomats, including US Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed during the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya? CBS news provides a comprehensive timeline of the events, as they unfolded and the US responses as officially reported. However, mounting evidence shows there’s much more at stake here, and those at the top have strong motives to keep it covered up. As CNBC reports in the clip below, “Benghazi is about the NSC directing an operation …. that takes arms and men and puts them into Syria in the guise of the Free Syrian Army.”