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South Korean Military Prepares Largest Live-Fire Military Drill Ever

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December 23, 2010: Voice Of America Editors / Voice Of America (VOA) – December 22, 2010

South Korea’s army and air force are preparing to hold their largest-ever live-fire exercise on Thursday near the inter-Korean border, as Seoul remains on high alert for any attacks by North Korea.

A South Korean officer says the drill at the Pocheon firing range, 20 kilometers south of the border, is a response to North Korea’s deadly shelling of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong island last month.

South Korean General Ju Eun-shik says Seoul will “completely punish” the North if it retaliates militarily for the drill.

In Washington, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the military exercise planned by U.S. ally South Korea has been well publicized and is defensive in nature. He says there is “no way” that it should “engender a response” from North Korea.

South Korean officials say Thursday’s live-fire exercise will involve jet fighters, helicopters, tanks, self-propelled K-9 guns and 800 soldiers. South Korea has staged more than 40 similar drills this year, but the scale of the upcoming exercise is unprecedented.

South Korean naval forces also began three days of exercises off the nation’s east coast Wednesday, aimed in part at preventing infiltrations by North Korean submarines. The naval drill involves six warships in waters 100 kilometers south of the eastern maritime border of the two Koreas.

Seoul staged a live-fire artillery drill on Yeonpyeong on Monday, repeating an exercise that prompted North Korea to shell the island on November 23, killing four South Koreans.

Pyongyang had threatened a catastrophic response if Seoul went ahead with Monday’s drill, but later backed down, saying it saw no reason to retaliate for every perceived South Korean provocation. South Korean officials say they remain concerned about the risk of a surprise attack by Pyongyang.

RT: Video Of Largest-Ever South Korea War Games

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: It’s only a matter of time before a false flag is blamed on North Korea, hidden amidst all the chaos of multiple military drills being carried out by the South! – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/South-Korean-Military-Prepares-for-Largest-Ever-Live-Fire-Drill-112320294.html

Three Blind Mice? US Intel Chief Is Clueless On London Terror Plot

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December 23, 2010: Brett Michael Dykes / Yahoo News (The Lookout) – December 22, 2010

Surely with so many terror plots developing around the world in recent days, it’s understandable that someone might miss one, right? Well, for ordinary Americans, sure — but you’re held to a different standard if you’re the head of U.S. intelligence. That’s why U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is having a very bad day Wednesday. Clapper appeared to draw a blank when ABC’s Diane Sawyer asked him about the arrests hours earlier of 12 men accused of plotting an al-Qaida-type attack in London.

“First of all, London. How serious is it? Any implication that it was coming here?” Sawyer asked at the start of an interview that also included chief counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Clapper, puzzled by Sawyer’s question, responded, “London?” and turned to Brennan for help responding to Sawyer’s questions about the arrests that had occurred several hours before the interview took place. Later in the interview, Sawyer told Clapper that she was “a little surprised you didn’t know about London.”…”Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t,” Clapper replied. You can watch video of the interview below, courtesy of ABC News [via YouTube] – the initial exchange with Sawyer occurs at the 3:56 mark.

Clapper’s office initially suggested that he had merely been confused by Sawyer’s “ambiguous” question. Later, though, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence acknowledged in a statement to the press: “Director Clapper had not yet been briefed on the arrests in the United Kingdom at the time of this interview taping.”

She added that Clapper had been “working throughout the day on important intelligence matters, including monitoring military and political developments on the Korean Peninsula, providing answers to questions concerning the ratification of the START nuclear treaty, and other classified issues. He wasn’t immediately briefed on London because it didn’t appear to have a homeland nexus and there was no immediate action by the DNI required. Nevertheless, he should have been briefed on the arrests, and steps have been taken to ensure that he is in the future. The intelligence community as a whole was fully aware of this development and tracking it closely.”

Diane Sawyer Stumps Director Of National Intelligence – Priceless!

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Three blind mice? Not a chance! These are the rats in the sewer! But also pay attention to the continued rhetoric of “homegrown terrorists.” This is COINTELPRO directed at us! – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20101222/ts_yblog_thelookout/u-s-intelligence-chief-draws-blank-on-london-terror-plot-in-interview