Jake's Take: Sochi Olympics

By: Jacob M. Keck
With the up coming Olympics in Sochi, Russia, I figured I'd give my two cents on the event. Many issues can be raised about having the Olympics in Russia and in Sochi in particular, from the significant terror threat to the recent anti-gay laws as well as state supported physical attacks on gays. So lets look at these two major issues and why I could not care less about this years Olympics in Sochi.

First, lets take a look at the safety issues of the event. Just last month a group of Chechen rebels sent two suicide bombers that killed at least 31 Russians in response to the Olympic Games being held in, as they see them, their ancestral lands. Also, the Chechen rebels take exception to Russia turning this area into a tourist destination. This has lead to the promise of terror attacks on the games and the millions expected to visit in the coming weeks. 

The terror threat doesn't look to deter athletes or spectators, even as there have been reports of weapons caches found in and around the Olympic Village area. Also, the Russian authorities are looking for so called "Black Widow" bombers ,who according to the rebels have been sent as a gift for visitors. If any of these bombers were to set off a device the result could and likely would be catastrophic. The argument could be made to not go to these Olympics out of fear of these terrorist, but in my view this lets the terrorist win, so do not let these killers be what deters you from the Sochi Olympics.  
The other issue is the recent law created in Moscow that attempts to marginalize people simply based on their sexual orientation. The law known by many as the "Anti-Gay Propaganda law" is one of the most archaic laws ever made. Not only does the State ban medical professionals, such as psychologists, from providing physical and mental care to gay people. It bans police and others from helping a gay person if they are being attacked or even in the event it could lead to their death. 

Under international pressure Vladimir Putin has said that gay people can feel safe in Sochi as long as "they leave the kids alone", as this law is to "protect" the kids. Many things like this were passed to attack and marginalize Jews in the lead up of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Hitler made it clear he only wanted whites at his Olympic Games and that Jews along other non-white races should be banned, until he caved to international pressure. 

The fact they say this law is to "protect" the kids is just as asinine as the draconian law itself. By saying the law is to "protect" kids is simply saying if you are gay you are a pedophile. This line of thinking is so outdated and wrong that it makes me sick. 

Pedophiles are the lowest scum because the prey on children and they should be held accountable for crimes against our children. 
Just because you are attracted to adults of the same sex, does not mean you want to shag kids. Pedophiles on the other hand are attracted to prepubescent youth, not the adults that most people are no matter their sexual orientation. There are just as many if not more hetero-sexual pedophiles as gay pedophiles, so their entire argument is moot. This is the issue that should give people pause before going to or supporting the Sochi Olympic Games. 

It would appear the Russian government has found themselves a scapegoat for all that ails Russian society and unfortunately they have made gays the target of their hate and bigotry. This is something the international community should not and cannot just sit and watch happen. If we say this is okay now, what can we say if gays start being sent to death camps just because of who they love? 


The Benghazi Report

The four Americans killed in the Benghazi 9/11-12/2012
After a rather long long wait in the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks of 9/11-12/2012, the Senate intelligence Committee released it's findings on this tragic event. In the report the committee made recommendations on 13 findings from communication between the State Department and the Intelligence Community to better equipping US embassies and the like to defend themselves against deadly terrorist attacks. In this article we will look at the findings that have been of the most contention the so called Stand Down order, the Talking points and what some see as a lack of response of the Obama Administration.

The Talking Points:

The Senate report finds fault with the way the CIA handled the dissemination and the content of the Talking Points. The Intelligence Community moved slowly to update and change the Talking points, thus leading to confusion and many misstatements by those in congress and the news media. The report says the CIA left out details from the security teams on the ground before and during the attacks from their analysis. Instead, the CIA relied too much on open source press and social media of which little was analysed. 

"Although the IC relied heavily on open source press reports in 
the immediate aftermath of the attacks, the IC conducted little analysis of open source extremist-affiliated social media prior to and immediately after 
the attacks."-The Senate Report

This led to the comments Susan Rice made in the days after the attacks. This includes the idea that the attack on the Mission was sparked by a protest of a video, showing Muhammad in a bad light, as had been the case in Cairo, Egypt and other US Embassies around the world. This idea has since been proven wrong. The attacks had nothing to do with any protest of a video and may have had some pre-planning behind them. The report does not find any intentional misinformation from any party the CIA, State Department or the White House. It did find fault in the slowness in which the CIA moved to change the Talking Points to better show the real events of that night.  Also,The report says the Administration moved to slowly on explaining the process of creating the talking points. This lack of speed not only led to misstatements by government officials, but also bred the conspiracy theories of these terrorist attacks that are still being spread to this day. 

"Stand Down" Order and Response: 

First, lets clear up the so called Stand Down order, according to the report this never happened. In fact, many moves were made to try to get aid to the Temporary Mission and the CIA annex. Sadly most help was simply to far away to make it in time. 

One, when the call went out from the mission to the CIA annex for help, help was on the way in Approximately 20-25 minutes as they had to prepare and were 2 miles away. Two, unarmed surveillance drones were moved into position to help coordinate assistance at the Temporary Mission. Three, many assets, such as Marines were moved toward Benghazi while the attacks were in progress, but were unable to make it in time to help. 

"There were no U.S. military resources in position to intervene 
in short order in Benghazi to help defend the Temporary Mission Facility and its Annex on September 11 and 12, 2012."-The Senate Report 

The report went on to say:

"DoD moved aerial assets, teams of Marines, and special operations forces toward Libya as the attacks were ongoing, but in addition to the seven-man reinforcement team from Tripoli, the only additional resources that were able to arrive on scene were unmanned, unarmed aerial surveillance assets."

Others have reported the Ambassador Stevens was just left to die for several hours. The facts do not support this notion. When the team from the CIA Annex arrived at about 10:10pm, roughly 25-30 minutes after the attack started on The Mission compound, the team joined the search for the Ambassador. 

"During this time, State and CIA personnel re-entered the burning compound numerous times in an attempt to locate Ambassador Stevens, but to no avail. Under the impression that the Ambassador had already been taken from that compound and that he'd been 
kidnapped, the leader of the Annex security team decided that U.S. personnel needed to evacuate to the Annex for their safety."
-The Senate Report 

Much of the confusion seems to stem from bad reporting by the Mainstream Media. Many outlets reported as if the attacks all took place at one location and were contentious with no stop. This is not the case. In fact, there were three attacks on two different locations the Temporary Mission and the CIA Annex about 2 miles away. These attacks took place at three different times as well. The first attack started at about 9:40pm at the mission and by 11:30pm all US personal, except the missing Ambassador, including the body of Sean Smith had departed for the Annex thinking Ambassador had been kidnapped. 

At about 11:56pm there was an attack at the CIA Annex this attack lasted for about an hour and dispersed at 1am after the people at the Annex returned fire. Then at 5:15am there was another attack at the Annex in which Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed. After this attack, that lasted only 11 minutes, the decision was made to call for an evacuation. They waited less than an hour and were evacuated to the airport.

"According to testimony by the Chief of Base, it was only 
after this third wave of attacks, when the mortars hit, that he decided it was necessary to evacuate the personnel from the Annex."-The Senate Report 

They were evacuated and locals had helped recover the body of Ambassador Stevens and by 10am US personnel and the bodies of the four Americans killed in the attacks were on their way to Tripoli. Reports later concluded that Ambassador Stevens had died of smoke inhalation, pointing to the idea he died in the first attack, before help had time to arrive even though much effort went in to finding him.


West Virginia Chemical Spill

Over 300 thousand Americans have been without usable tap water since last Thursday. It is not due to a lack of water or failed water system, but rather due to human negligence. The water has been poisoned by an unknown amount of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol used by the coal industry for coal washing. A report from says at least 70 people have visited local hospitals. This should never happen in this day and age.

The spill happened at a facility in Charleston West Virginia owned by Freedom Industries. The question remains how a chemical company was allowed to set-up shop so close to such a vulnerable and vital water way. Latest reports say it was only a mile away from a major source or water and water plant. This question has not and may not be answered for some time. This spill highlights the need for more regulation on dangerous chemicals and how they are stored. Check back here at 

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