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Tensions With Russia Flare
Dec 20, 2014

On Dec 16, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
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12/16 – POTUS to sign bill adding sanctions on Russia and providing LETHAL AID to Ukraine. Russia threatens possible preemptive use of full military force in Ukraine.

What You Need To Know
On Tues of this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding an announcement by the White House that President Obama would be signing a bill from Congress which adds new sanctions on Russia and would codify into law the provision of lethal aid to the Ukrainian government.

Known as the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014, the bill is intended to “assist the government of Ukraine in restoring its sovereignty and territorial integrity in order to deter the government of the Russian Federation from further destabilizing and invading Ukraine and other independent countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.” .

Even before the bill made it out of Congress, at least one member of Russia’s Duma called the bill “extremely dangerous” and suggested the decision to arm Ukraine should prompt ‘adequate measures’ from Russia, such as the use of military force on Ukrainian territory preemptively. “We should not wait until Ukraine is armed and becomes really dangerous.” Similar warnings were issued in late November during a visit to Ukraine by Vice President Joe Biden.

Readers might find it interesting to note that documents released late last month by the Ukrainian hackers group CyberBerkut reveal that the US may in fact already be providing substantial lethal aid to Ukraine’s armed forces. According to CyberBerkut, during Vice President Biden’s two-day trip to Kiev in November, they were able to gain access to confidential State Department files that had been stored on American delegation member’s mobile device.

Those documents show that the Obama Administration has been supplying Ukraine with lethal aid as far back as the August, including sniper and assault rifles, grenade launchers, mortars, stinger missiles and anti-tank weapons.Read the here. See the docs here.

AlertsUSA advises readers that while the American public is being distracted with all manner of mainstream media fluff stories, be advised that our world is becoming more and more dangerous by the day.

From the surge of U.S. and NATO forces in Eastern Europe over the past year, the increasing number of tense encounters between armed NATO and Russian aircraft (more than 400 times this year – see this, this, and this) and a declining Russian currency resulting from a collapse in oil and gas prices just to name a few, tensions between the U.S., NATO and Russia are at an extremely dangerous level.

In a recent interview with the German publication Der Spiegel, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger gave a chilling assessment of a new geopolitical situation taking shape, calling the West’s approach to Ukraine a “fatal mistake.” He characterized the tense relations as exhibiting the danger of another Cold War and warned that ignoring this danger any further may result in a “tragedy.”

We also remind readers that while the Obama Administration and U.S. media paint Russia as the aggressor in this situation, in Feb of this year a video was leaked showing Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, giving a presentation before a private group at the National Press Club in Washington within which she openly admits that the U.S. government has spent five BILLION dollars in an effort to subvert the Russian friendly Ukrainian government in order to bring into power the country into the U.S. sphere of influence (also see this).

DIRECT STRATEGIC THREATS

The resulting riots and change of government, in turn, posed a number of direct strategic threats to Russia, ultimately forcing them to move on Crimea in order to protect access to their naval base at Sevastopol, as well as to the Black Sea in general.

As an example, consider the geography of the region. Looking at a map you will see that the Black Sea is Western Russia’s singular warm-water access point. All other ports in the North of the country, with the exception of Murmansk near the northeast corner of Finland, are blocked by ice at least 6 months out of each year. The only reason Murmansk remains ice free is due to the warm waters of the N. Atlantic current. Although 9 time zones in size, more than 90% of Russia’s population lives in the Western third of the country.

Additionally, although Crimea was/is recognized as a part of Ukraine, it was/is actually an autonomous region . The Russian Navy has kept its Black Sea Fleet stationed at a naval base on the peninsula since the late 1700s and the time of Napoleon and Catherine the Great. The Port of Sevastopol has a large, deep, defensible harbor and is accessible in all seasons. In 2010, Russia negotiated an agreement with Ukraine that allows use of the strategically located Sevastopol naval base through 2042 in exchange for discounts on natural gas.

While Crimea is physically detached from Russia, it is connected by those parts of eastern and southern Ukraine that contain a large Russian speaking, pro-Russian population.

FOLLOW THE MONEY

We would be remiss if we did not also play “follow the money” and point out that Ukraine is a critical corridor for oil and gas pipelines from Russia and the Caspian region into Europe. These pipelines and the product they carry generate huge profits for Russia and directly compete with the planned Southern route which is at the heart of the instability in Syria .

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With just these few items (there are many more), it is easy to see how Russia is being backed into a corner. Their strategic interests and national security are directly threatened.

JOE BIDEN’S SON ON BOARD OF UKRAINE’S
LARGEST INDEPENDANT NATURAL GAS PRODUCER

It is also important to note that in May of 2014, near the height of the Ukraine crisis, Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Burisma Holdings, Ukraine’s largest independent producer of natural gas.

You can read more on this aspect of the story here.

Hunter Biden’s appointment came just weeks after being dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Navy Reserves after testing positive for cocaine use.

You can read more on this aspect of the story here.

DANGER AHEAD

It would be naive to think that Russia is going to allow Ukraine to fall into the arms of NATO without a vigorous fight. The strategic importance of the country is far too great. Additionally, readers are reminded that Russian President Putin, Prime Minister Medvedev and the Chief of the Russian General Staff Gen. Nikolai Makarov, have on multiple occasions in the last 3 years made explicitly clear that Russia would use nuclear weapons, including in a preemptive capacity, if there is a threat to the integrity of the Russian Federation (see this, this, and this). These scenarios include conventional attacks on Russia or it’s strategic partners, placement of missile shield installations in former Soviet-bloc countrie s and more.

AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor growing tension in Eastern Europe and the Ukraine and will issue additional alert messages to subscriber mobile devices as threats and events warrant .

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OTHER ALERTS ISSUED THIS WEEK BUT
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12/14 – AlertsUSA monitoring ongoing hostage situation(s) in Sydney, AUS. Reports of Islamic black flag of jihad being flown. Airline flts being diverted. Developing…

12/14 – AUS gunmen claim there are 4 explosive devices hidden around Sydney. US consulate evacuated. US citizens urged to be on high alert.

12/14 – You can follow the ongoing situation in AUS LIVE using the following links: News 9 – http://bit.ly/134V0PL ,
News 24 – http://ab.co/1zcq9Of

12/15 – Moments ago AUS security forces stormed Lindt Cafe in Sydney Central Business District. Hostage situation concluded.

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USGOV Issues Worldwide Travel Alert
Following Sydney Terror Attack
Dec 19, 2014

On Dec 19, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
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12/19 – USGOV issues worldwide travel alert in aftermath of AUS terror incident. US citizens urged to remain vigilant over holidays and to enhance personal security.

What You Need To Know
On Friday of this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding a new Worldwide Travel Alert issued by the U.S. State Department in the aftermath of the lone wolf Muslim terror attack in Sydney, Australia on December 15, 2014, which resulted in the deaths of two hostages in addition to the perpetrator.

An analysis of past attacks and threat reporting strongly suggests a focus by terrorists not only on the targeting of U.S. government facilities but also on hotels, shopping areas, places of worship, and schools, among other targets, during or coinciding with this holiday period. U.S. citizens abroad should be mindful that terrorist groups and those inspired by them can pose unpredictable threats in public venues. U.S. citizens should remain alert to local conditions and for signs of danger.

You can read the full alert message HERE

As has been the case for over 12 years, AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor the overall domestic terrorism threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture as events warrant.

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Travel Security Update

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.
Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

Mali 12/18/2014
Worldwide Alert 12/19/2014
Worldwide Caution 10/10/2014
Ebola Travel Alert 12/02/2014

See all USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings HERE.

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Dec 06, 2014 Threat Journal

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Holiday Terror Threats Mounting,
Aircraft, Soldiers and Police Targeted
Dec 06, 2014

On Dec 1, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
related Flash messages to subscriber mobile devices:
12/1 – Aviation security incr in run up to xmas due to terror threat. Partic emphasis on EU carriers & airports. Expect delays. New carry-on restrictions forthcoming.

12/1 – FBI warning “current and former members of the military” to review social media accounts and exercise OPSEC online to avoid tracking by the Islamic militants.

What You Need To Know
Twice this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding increasing terrorism threats here in the U.S. as well as Europe.

AVIATION THREAT

On Monday, subscribers were notified of an aviation security increase in run up to the Christmas holiday due to an evolving terror threat. Specifically, British media outlets are reporting, and AlertsUSA has confirmed, intelligence reports that the al Qaeda terror organization is plotting to blow up multiple European passenger jets before the end of the year and is thought to involve radical Muslims smuggling bombs onto planes bound for major EU destinations. So serious is the threat that aviation authorities are considering a ban on carry-on luggage.

While U.S. officials are oddly tight lipped on the European plot, readers will recall that it bears a striking similarity to a threat we reported on in September involving al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, the al Nusra Front, as well as the Khorasan group, to bomb commercial airliners using explosive materials which can evade detection and be smuggled onboard aircraft hidden in electronic devices. It was also this plot which was said to be the impetus for U.S. air and cruise missile strikes against al Qaeda positions in Syria. Those strikes were subsequently reported as having failed.

DOMESTIC THREAT TO ARMED SERVICES MEMBERS

Also on Monday, subscribers were notified of an intelligence bulletin issued by the FBI warning current and former members of the military to review their social media presence for any information that might serve to attract the attention of ISIL and its supporters and to, overall, exercise “operational security” online to avoid tracking by the Islamic militants.

This is just the latest in a recent series of warnings and orders to U.S. and Canadian military personnel regarding individual protective measures at home. In October, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned about the Islamic State’s calls for attacks on police, soldiers and government officials. Shortly thereafter, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency issued a security advisory to all members of the U.S. Armed Services warning of the threats, calling for an increased level of situational awareness, urging a low public profile and providing a list of individual protective measures.

And this was not just U.S.. Soldiers in Britain, the Netherlands, and Australia have also received similar guidance and directives.
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DO NOT BECOME COMPLACENT

We strongly urge readers to not become complacent regarding the terrorism threat facing this country during the end of year holidays. This is a very dangerous time for the country and despite a seeming lull in domestic terror attacks, it is important to realize this is not for lack of trying. There exist dozens of counter terrorism operations constantly underway in the U.S. and Europe, the details of which are rarely paraded. Doing so serves no public, tactical or strategic benefit and actually makes it more difficult for the intelligence, investigative or protective services to operate.

If you feel the need for additional insight, we encourage you to strike up a friendly conversation with any federal agent or member of the special operations community. If specifically asked, they will, without hesitation, reveal that there are a near constant stream of active threats facing the homeland, from lone individuals all the way through to well organized, state sponsored operations, and that their tempo is increasing.

Take your vacations this holiday as planned and have a great time, but keep in mind that the U.S. is still at war, the current battle is with Muslim fanatics and this conflict will, for sure, be expanding. The simple reality is that U.S. citizens and interests both at home and abroad are targets. You would do well to carefully read the full text of U.S. government’s Worldwide Caution below to understand the scope of this threat.

WORLDWIDE CAUTION

On October 10, 2014, the U.S. State Department issued a new Worldwide Caution to American citizens warning of the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.

OTHER RESOURCES

On nine separate instances over the past 6 months, AlertsUSA and Threat Journal have reported on the growing terror threat facing the United States. These past newsletter issues provide extensive background information to help round out your understanding of the threat and are worth a few minuets of your attention.

Feds Warn of Domestic Terror Attacks (9/27/2014)

Multiple New Plots Against the U.S., Aviation Sector Targeted (9/20/14)

U.S. to Launch Airstrikes in Syria, Terror Threat Remains High (9/14/14)

Missing Planes Raise Additional 9/11 Terror Fears (9/6/14)

U.S. and Britain on High Alert, Possible ISIS Cell in Mexico (8/30/14)

FBI and DHS Warn Police To Be Alert (8/23/14)

ISIS Threatens Terror Attacks on U.S. (8/8/14)

SecDef: Islamic State Poses “Imminent” Threat to the U.S. (7/12/14)

Aviation Sector Targeted for Attacks (7/5/14)

As has been the case for over 12 years, AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor the overall domestic terrorism threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture, as events warrant.

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OTHER ALERTS ISSUED THIS WEEK BUT
NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER

12/3 – NYC grand jury returns no indictment in NYPD choke hold death case. High potential for protests in urban areas. Media again stoking flames. Vigilance urged.

12/3 – State Dept. issues new alert re travel to Ebola affected W. African countries. Warns of forced travel restrictions or quarantine in foreign nations if required.

12/2 – Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston) Public Affairs confirms they treating a patient suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus. Developing situation.

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CDC Warns Flu Vaccine a Poor Match,
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Dec 6, 2014

On Dec 4, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
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12/4 – CDC warning 2014/15 flu vaccine a poor match for the most common strain (H3N2) in circulation. Higher hospitalization rates and flu-related deaths expected.

What You Need To Know
On Thursday of this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices of a new CDC warning that this year's flu vaccine has ended up being a poor match for the primary influenza strain in circulation this season.

The CDC Health Alert Network advisory is reporting a predominance of Influenza A (H3N2) strain thus far for the 2014-2015 flu season. This strain of flu has historically been associated with an increased number of hospitalizations and deaths, particularly in the elderly, young children and those with chronic medical conditions. Unfortunately, approximately half of the H3N2 isolates identified from this year's flu cases have shown a modest “drift” away from the flu antigens in the current flu vaccine.

Readers are reminded that traditional flu vaccines, known as trivalent vaccines, are made to protect against three influenza strains; two influenza A strains and one influenza B strain. Given the amount of time necessary to develop and mass produce hundreds of millions of doses, and then distribute them nationwide to hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies, the selection of the specific strains takes place around February of each year. Well, this year a new, antigenically drifted H3N2 virus has begun to circulate more widely, something beyond the control of the CDC.

AlertsUSA cautions readers that despite the development of this mismatch and reduced effectiveness of the vaccine, the CDC indicates that some protection, or a reduction in the severity of illness, may still result. In addition, there are also two other influenza antigens provided for within the vaccine.

Further, the CDC is reminding clinicians of value of prescribing antiviral medications such as Tamiflu or Relenza for treatment of influenza, as well as for patients with conditions that raise their risk of seeing serious complications.

With this in mind, if your physician counsels you to not get vaccinated this season because of a reduction in the effectiveness against the primary strain, or refuses to prescribe antivirals if you do come down with the flu, you would do well to either force the issue or seek a second opinion.

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AlertsUSA continues to monitor the spread of influenza in N. America and will immediately notify service subscribers of major changes in the severity of the outbreak, as well as provide regular updates, as events warrant.

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Travel Security Update

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.
Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

Haiti 12/04/2014
Worldwide Caution 10/10/2014
Potential Implications
for Travel Because
of Ebola 12/02/2014

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AlertsUSA: “USGOV In New Scramble to Prepare for Ebola; 50 Ebola Treatment Centers Planned For The U.S., CDC: Ebola From a Handshake”

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USGOV In New Scramble to Prepare for Ebola
50 Ebola Treatment Centers Planned For The U.S.
CDC: Ebola From a Handshake
Nov 8, 2014

Between Nov 4-5, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
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11/5 – The Ebola threat is not over. Obama Admin seeking $6B in emerg funds to boost Strategic Nat’l Stockpile readiness for domestic outbreak + overseas efforts.

11/4 – A major national nursing strike is taking shape for next Tues/Wed over insufficient protocols, training & protective gear for handling Ebola cases.

What You Need To Know
Twice this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via text messages to their mobile devices regarding the latest moves on the part of the U.S. government and the private sector in relation to the ongoing Ebola crisis.

AMERICA’S NURSES TO STRIKE OVER EBOLA PREPS

On Tuesday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of an upcoming nurses strike scheduled for Nov. 11-12th in at least 14 states to press demands for tougher Ebola safety precautions in the nation’s hospitals, as well additional training and the provision of optimal personal protective equipment.

What independent nurses and nurse’s unions nationwide are demanding are optimal personal protective equipment including full-body hazmat suits meeting top standards for the prevention of blood and viral penetration, as well as National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) approved powered air purifying respirators. They are also demanding that all facilities provide rigorous training for health workers who might encounter an Ebola patient, including practice donning and doffing hazmat suits which is where some of the greatest risk of infection can occur.

CDC CHANGES EBOLA CASE DEFINITION AND RISK FACTORS

Late last week, the CDC quietly changed their Ebola Case Definition, replacing the specification of a fever above 101.5 with the simple phrase “elevated body temperature”. The differences in this definition are dramatic when considering the topic of quarantines.

OLD EBOLA CASE DEFINITION (LINK)

Person Under Investigation (PUI)

A person who has both consistent signs or symptoms and risk factors as follows

Clinical criteria, which includes fever of greater than 38.6 degrees Celsius or 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhage;
AND
Epidemiologic risk factors within the past 21 days before the onset of symptoms, such as contact with blood or other body fluids or human remains of a patient known to have or suspected to have EVD; residence in—or travel to—an area where EVD transmission is active*; or direct handling of bats or non-human primates from disease-endemic areas.

NEW EBOLA CASE DEFINITION (LINK)

Person Under Investigation (PUI)

A person who has both consistent signs or symptoms and risk factors as follows:

Elevated body temperature or subjective fever or symptoms, including severe headache, fatigue, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhage;
AND
An epidemiologic risk factor within the 21 days before the onset of symptoms.

Perhaps more importantly, the CDC also added new risk factors to their Ebola Case Definition, including being in the same room for a brief period of time with an individual who was merely symptomatic, which would suggest potential for infection via respiratory means without actually saying the dreaded word “airborne”, as well as brief contact, such as a simple hand shake, with an individual in the early stages of the disease.

OLD EBOLA RISK FACTORS (LINK)

Person Under Investigation (PUI)

A low risk exposure includes any of the following

Household contact with an EVD patient
Other close contact with EVD patients in health care facilities or community settings. Close contact is defined as

being within approximately 3 feet (1 meter) of an EVD patient or within the patient’s room or care area for a prolonged period of time (e.g., health care personnel, household members) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment (i.e., standard, droplet, and contact precautions; see Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations)
having direct brief contact (e.g., shaking hands) with an EVD patient while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment.
Brief interactions, such as walking by a person or moving through a hospital, do not constitute close contact

NEW EBOLA RISK FACTORS (LINK)

Low (but not zero) risk includes any of the following:

Having been in a country with widespread Ebola virus transmission within the past 21 days and having had no known exposures
Having brief direct contact (e.g., shaking hands) while not wearing appropriate PPE, with a person with Ebola while the person was in the early stage of disease
Brief proximity, such as being in the same room for a brief period of time, with a person with Ebola while the person was symptomatic
In countries without widespread Ebola virus transmission: direct contact while using appropriate PPE with a person with Ebola while the person was symptomatic
Traveled on an aircraft with a person with Ebola while the person was symptomatic.

Here again, this is all very different than the standard line still being fed to the American public by politicians and public health personalities that there is nothing to worry about and that you have to come into contact with bodily fluids.

OBAMA ADMiN SEEKS 6 BILLION FOR EBOLA PREPAREDNESS

Perhaps in response to the looming nursing strike, as well as the CDC’s changing view on potential risk factors, this week the Obama Administration announced it would be seeking an additional $6 BILLION dollars in emergency funding to fortify domestic Ebola preparedness efforts as well as overseas operations.

According to White House documents, a sizeable portion of the request would boost domestic readiness by funding 50 Ebola treatment centers across the U.S., providing protective equipment and training to healthcare workers, increased monitoring of travelers entering the homeland from abroad and to fortify supplies within the Strategic National Stockpile.

FIVE U.S. MILITARY BASES DESIGNATED AS QUARINTINE SITES

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, has signed off on a plan to use five U.S. military bases as locations for the quarantine and monitoring of U.S. forces serving in Ebola-affected countries as well as outbreak areas in the U.S.. The bases selected are Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; and Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

UNIFORMED SERVICE MEMBERS TREATING EBOLA PATIENTS

Despite Obama administration assurances that no U.S. forces serving in West Africa will be treating Ebola patients, it turns out that this is not quite the case. It is being reported this week that in fact 70 uniformed officers of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) will be treating local healthcare workers who become infected.

PHSCC is the federal uniformed service of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States, consists of only commissioned officers and has no enlisted or warrant officer ranks. While regarded as noncombatants, they can be detailed to a service branch of the armed forces by the President. Members of the PHSCC wear the same uniforms as the U.S. Navy with special corps insignia and hold ranks equivalent to those of naval officers.

Additionally, the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, Maryland has deployed two mobile testing labs to Liberia to support Operation United Assistance. Both labs, operated by naval officers, provide Ebola diagnostic services for local hospitals.

WHAT HAPPENED TO MAINSTREAM EBOLA COVERAGE?

On Tues of this week, AlertsUSA subscribers were sent a special update discussing the dramatic drop off in news stories and media reports on the topic of Ebola and the near nationwide halt in reports of suspected cases.

Readers will recall that on October 21, AlertsUSA subscribers received the following SMS message on their mobile devices:

10/21 – FLASH: CDC insider tells AlertsUSA that U.S. hospitals being advised to NOT publicly report suspected / confirmed Ebola cases using privacy laws as shield.

Early this week we were informed by other sources in Washington that the Obama Administration was hard at work attempting to tamp down mainstream reporting on the topic. This was followed by a single line appearing in a Forbes magazine article:

“The Associated Press and other press outlets have agreed not to report on suspected cases of Ebola in the United States until a positive viral RNA test is completed.”

(While the statement has since been retracted, considering the information from other sources and the fact that most other mainstream outlets, as if in unison, have dramatically cut back reporting on the topic, the retraction is at the very least highly suspect.)

And there you have it.

1.) Control the source of the news (hospitals and health departments)

2.) Control the propagation of the news (news outlets and wire services)

It should come as no surprise that these efforts were undertaken in the final two weeks leading up to the midterm elections.

Despite this blackout of sorts, AlertsUSA receives a steady stream of information from other sources nationally and globally. Before anything is reported to you, we always seek secondary and tertiary confirmation so as to maintain accuracy. As AlertsUSA subscribers are well aware, we deal in black and white facts. No gray matter. No rumors. That said, healthcare workers, public health professionals and members of the armed services have privately informed us of numerous additional laboratory-confirmed cases of Ebola in the U.S. or involving U.S. citizens. But without solid confirmation upon which we can stake the reputation of the company, we can not send this information out as an alert message. The blowback could be significant.

In a strange twist of irony, what do most members of the general public consider solid confirmation? A hyperlink to a story by mainstream news outlets or wire services who regularly lie and twist facts about most other topics OR who agree to not publish stories at the request of politicians or for political expedience. Go figure…

Given this environment, AlertsUSA has established a web-based resource listing some of these tips, but which are marked out as UNCONFIRMED. No details will ever be publicly revealed alluding to the sources of the information, but if it is listed, you can expect that it meets a certain threshold of validity. This list can be found on the EbolaReady.com website.

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In summary, we urge readers to not grow complacent because mainstream coverage has dropped off. We are now at the start of flu season and the government is going to great lengths to make Ebola a non-story while scrambling behind the scene to prepare a stronger domestic response. This should speak volumes to anyone paying attention.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

1. If Ebola is not a threat, why the overriding effort to stamp out reporting?

2. If Ebola is not a threat, why have more soldiers been deployed to West Africa than to Iraq to face the growing threat from the Islamic State?

3. If Ebola is not a threat, why is the government suddenly establishing 50 Ebola treatment centers around the country?

4. If Ebola is not a threat, why is the government outfitting and/or retrofitting many VA medical centers to accommodate Ebola patients? (Here are just a few examples: See this, this,and this)

OTHER RESOURCES

For 14 of the past 15 weeks, AlertsUSA and Threat Journal have been warning of the progression of the West Africa Ebola outbreak, the danger posed to the continental U.S., and documenting the overall developments and response (See 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14). A wealth of information is available within those past issues.

As always, AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor developments with the spread of this virus and will immediately notify service subscribers of major changes in its spread to different regions, important notices and warnings by government agencies or any other major changes in the overall threat environment as events warrant

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OTHER ALERTS ISSUED THIS WEEK BUT
NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER

11/6 – DHS warns industry of dangerous Russian malware inserted into software used to control key critical infrastructure, incl power grids & municipal water systems.

11/6 – Pentagon to announce deployment of more U.S. forces to Baltic states and Poland in resp to incr threatening Russian military activity and aerial incursions.

11/5 – Pres. Obama to seek Congressional approval for expanded military role against Islamic State. DoD sources say poss combat role for US soldiers. Developing..

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Travel Security Update

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.
Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

Central African
Republic 1/30/2014
Burkina Faso 10/31/2014
Worldwide Caution 10/10/2014
Potential Implications
for Travel Because
of Ebola 10/24/2014

See all USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings HERE.

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