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October 06 2018

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“The locals wanted to know technical details about the CV-22s, which arrived at Yokota in spring but departed for training outside Japan over summer and officially began their tenure at the base Monday.

There have been regular protests near the base this year by activists concerned about noise and safety issues that may be associated with the helicopter-plane hybrids.

In February, the commander of one of Okinawa’s two Marine Corps Osprey squadrons was fired, about six months after a crash off Australia’s eastern coast killed three Marines.

[Air Force Maj. Buckley] Kozlowski told the reporters that the CV-22 is an ‘extremely safe aircraft.’ The airmen who fly and maintain it are highly trained and skilled at accomplishing missions while keeping safety a priority, he said.

‘Yokota is the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for peacetime and contingency operations,’ he said. ‘Forward-basing the CV-22 at Yokota Air Base provides increased capability for the defense of Japan as well as capability for disaster relief and humanitarian assistance.’

Members of the unit were happy to see long lines of locals lining up to see and learn about the aircraft during Yokota’s recent Japanese-American Friendship Festival, Kozlowski said.

Reporters wanted to know about the unit operating the CV-22s and what sort of activities they’d be involved in. Officials didn’t provide detailed information about plans for the Ospreys.

‘All of our tactical training is conducted at approved locations coordinated between the U.S. government and the government of Japan,’ Kozlowski said. ‘The training we conduct is done with an eye towards maximizing safety.’”

Air Force gives Japanese reporters closeup look at Yokota’s Ospreys (Stars and Stripes, October 3, 2018)

October 05 2018

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stripes.com: The destroyer USS Decatur fires missiles during a live-fire evolution Aug. 24, 2018 while on routine operations in the Pacific Ocean.

June 12 2017

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“数週間前、アメリカ軍司令部は、初めて、爆弾の母と呼ばれる強力な爆弾をアフガニスタンへの攻撃で使用しました。その後、トランプ大統領がそれを行う権限を軍に委譲していたことが明らかにされました。そして今、イラクとシリアに派遣するアメリカ部隊の上限の決定権が国防総省に委譲されることになりました。

国防総省の権限拡大を支持する人々は、敵国との戦争では、現場の司令官が実戦の場で迅速な決断を下すことが必要になり、司令部からの指示を待っていては損害を蒙る可能性があると考えています。そのため、常に、アメリカ軍の司令部は、自分たちの権限を増やすために、国防総省や政府に働きかけています。

こうした中、軍の司令官の権限拡大は、現在、数カ国で戦闘を行っているアメリカのような国にとって、軍事的な挑発行為の危険を拡大するものです。また、一部の決定の軍への委譲は、軍事作戦に関する情報伝達の可能性を縮小します。1960年代のベトナム戦争の経験は、世論の目を離れた国外での軍の介入が、アメリカにどのような悪夢をもたらすかを示しました。この経験から半世紀が経った今、アメリカの現政権は、当時と同じような道をたどっているようです。

国防総省の統計によれば、現在、アメリカは、イラクに5262人、シリアに503人の部隊を保有しているはずですが、実際の数は、それを上回ると見られています。今回の国防総省への権限委譲により、国防総省は、シリアとイラクの部隊の数を増加することができます。また、国防長官は、この2カ国におけるアメリカ軍の駐留に関する情報を機密情報とし、世論への情報伝達を混乱させることができるようになります。

このような状況に注目すると、トランプ政権は西アジアの戦争にますます巻き込まれようとしているようです”

アメリカ国防総省へのトランプ大統領の権限委譲 (Pars Today 2017年4月27日)

May 19 2015

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US Marine Osprey crash in Hawaii sparks concern in Okinawa

from scmp.com (May 19 2015):

The deadly crash of a US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft in Hawaii at the weekend sparked further concern in Okinawa yesterday over the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft, 24 of which have been deployed at a marine base on the Japanese island prefecture.

"I've renewed my sense of fear that we don't know when an Osprey flying overhead might go down in a residential area," said Chieko Oshiro, a 61-year-old resident near the marines' Futenma Air Station in Ginowan on Okinawa's main island.

Hiroshi Ashitomi, the co-leader of a civic group opposed to the relocation of the marine air base to a coastal area of Nago on the same island, called the aircraft "defective", and said they should not be deployed anywhere in Japan.

In Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Japan had asked the United States to provide information about the crash as soon as possible.

"The government intends to steadily assert its stance to the US side that maximum care should be taken with regard to safety," Suga said.

News of the crash sent a shock wave through the Japanese Defence Ministry, coming just days after Japan and the United States announced that the US military would deploy 10 CV-22 aircraft, the air force version of the Osprey, at Yokota Air Base in a Tokyo suburb beginning in 2017.

"The crash occurred at the worst possible time," a senior ministry official said.

The crash also comes just over a week before Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga plans to visit Hawaii and exchange views with the Hawaii governor over base issues.

Onaga has vowed to stop the construction of a new air base off Nago's Henoko district to replace the Futenma base.

  • Pentagon Stands Firm on Safety of Osprey After Fatal Hawaii Crash (NBC News, May 18 2015)

    “The V-22 Osprey, built by Boeing Co. and the Bell Helicopter unit of Textron Inc., is officially neither a chopper nor a plane. It's what's called a VTOL — a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with short takeoff and landing capability.

    The Pentagon says the Osprey has had seven so-called hull-loss accidents with a total of 37 deaths in its history. Four of them, causing 30 of the 37 deaths, occurred during testing from 1991 to 2000. Most notable were two crashes of test flights in 2000 in which 23 Marines were killed.

    During that period, the aircraft came under intense congressional attack for its safety record and cost. But Boeing and Bell subsequently built in multiple redundant backup systems to monitor its engine and computers, and since the Osprey's official deployment in 2007, it has been a workhorse of the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some are in use in the U.S. earthquake relief mission in Nepal.

    The helicopter that crashed last week in Nepal, killing six Marines and two Nepalese service members, wasn't an Osprey.

    ‘I can tell you that MV-22s [the Marines' version of the Osprey] have been a very reliable aircraft,’ Capt. Alex Lim, a spokesman for the Marine Corps, told NBC station KHNL of Honolulu. ‘They're very reliable tilt-rotor aircraft.’

    Steve Warren, a senior Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Monday in Washington that ‘it's too soon to really raise questions’ about the Osprey's safety. He said there are ‘no plans to adjust our flight operations in Japan’ or anywhere else.”

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PressTV: “MV-22 Osprey takes off and lands like a helicopter and cruises like a plane.

The US Marine Corps initially said 12 Marines were injured. Later on, it confirmed one death, adding that all 21 of the others had been taken to hospitals for treatment.

‘An MV-22 Osprey from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit experienced a hard-landing mishap while conducting training aboard Marine Corps Training Area – Bellows at approximately 11:00 a.m., Hawaii time,’ the initial Marine statement said.

‘Twelve Marines have been transported to a local hospital for treatment. Emergency services are on-scene and responding,’ it added.”

May 17 2015

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There is a long history of incidents and alleged crimes committed by US soldiers in Okinawa. The current wave of anti-base sentiment on the island was sparked by a 1995 case, when three US marines were reported to have kidnapped and brutally raped a 12-year-old schoolgirl.

There were also less-publicized sex crime cases involving underage victims reported in 2001 and 2005, the fatal running over of a female high school student by a drunken US marine in 1998, and other crimes.
‘Okinawa without US bases’: 1000s march against foreign military presence in Japan (RT News, May 17 2015)

November 16 2014

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June 29 2013

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Retired US Gen. Suspected of Leaking State Secrets - Report | World | RIA Novosti

NBC reported citing its unnamed sources that Gen. Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff between 2007 and 2011, was notified that he was under an investigation for allegedly leaking classified information on covert US cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program.

Last year, the New York Times reported that in 2010 a cyber attack, which used a computer virus named Stuxnet, was launched against Iran and temporarily disabled 1,000 centrifuges Iranians used to enrich uranium.

Cartwright’s case comes in the wake of another high-profile case involving ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden, also accused of disclosing classified information.

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US Army restricts access to Guardian website over secrets in NSA leak stories — RT USA

Restricted access to the Guardian paper’s website in the US Army is part of the overall clampdown on freedom of speech and access to information, which is currently going on America, Rodney Shakespeare from the Global Justice Movement told RT.

“It has nothing to do with ‘network hygiene’. It’s a straight attempt to suppress and to control what is being read and understood by, in this case, the soldiers,” he said.

Shakespeare called the move “ridiculous” as the servicemen would still be able to read Guardian’s publications on their mobiles phones and computers outside the military facilities, but added that still illustrates the intentions of the Obama administration.

He believes that Snowden’s revelations made the US government panic as it switched from its usual tactics of omission to blaming the press.

“If you want to look at the attacks taking place on Edward Snowden – they’re going at him, but even more on the journalists, who talked to him. The bottom line of this is that they’re out to control the information. So you see it’s an attack that’s going on free speech,” Shakespeare stressed.

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