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Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Made Up Messiah

A "Peace Deal With Israel" could be Reached Just As The 2014 Blood Moons Appear!

Palestinian news agency Maan quotes British Consul-General to Jerusalem Sir Vincent Fean as saying next spring will be 'crucial' to the peace process • Palestinian Authority President Abbas: We have to make the most out of this historic opportunity.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in Washington in July

British Consul-General to Jerusalem Sir Vincent Fean hedged Saturday that "a permanent agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will be reached by the spring of 2014," the Palestinian news agency Maan reported.

According to the report, Fean said that the agreement will include joint Israeli-Palestinian sovereignty over Jerusalem.

The British consul-general was quoted as saying that the spring of 2014 is going to be "crucial to the inception of a Palestinian state on the basis of a political solution," adding that "Jerusalem will serve as the shared capital of Israel and the future Palestinian state and the agreement will also include land swaps."

Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas also commented on the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks over the weekend. Abbas, who slammed Israel's settlement policies in Judea and Samaria, said that "East Jerusalem will become the capital of the independent Palestinian state."

He added that the negotiations, which have been conducted in absolute secrecy, were "being held in a positive atmosphere and with respect. We have to make the most out of this historic opportunity. I call on the Israeli public and the Israeli government to act with us to realize the dream of comprehensive peace."

Credit to Israel Hayom

White House to push Senate to delay new Iran sanctions

The White House will host a meeting of aides to Senate committee leaders on Thursday seeking to persuade lawmakers to hold off on a package of tough new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, a senior Senate aide said.

The White House will press for another delay on a sanctions bill that had been expected to come to a vote in the Senate Banking Committee last month, but was held back after appeals from President Barack Obama's administration to let negotiations on Iran's nuclear program get under way.

The aide said Republicans would resist further delay, but that the decision was in the hands of Democratic Senator Tim Johnson, the committee's chairman, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, also a Democrat.

Aides to Johnson and Reid were not immediately available to comment.

Credit to Haaretz

French Unemployment Surges As Another "Technical Glitch" Crushes Hopes Of Recovery

When France released its August Jobseekers data in August, and it beat expectations dramatically reversing the trend of ongoing malaise with little to no supporting evidence of 'why', we were skeptical. 
Fast forward one month and we are almost speechless in that not only are European PMIs rolling over just as we warned but the French jobs data is totally screwed up as yet another technical glitch meant 20,000 'text' messages that went unreplied were responsible for the entire improvement. 
French Labor Minister Michel Sapin is back tracking fast, admitting pre-emptively that "September's data won't be good... due to the 'statistical incident'." The 50k drop last month has been was bettered by a 60k rise to a new record high for French unemployment.

France reported a big "improvement" on unemployment in August. Now the labor minister Michel Sapin had to backtrack. Apparently a significant part of the improvement (20,000) was due to the fact that network provider SFR "forgot" to send 20 000 SMS messages. As these folks didn't reply to the SMS, they assumed they were employed again...

The minister is quoted :

"the numbers won´t be good for a very simple reason : as you know we had a statistical incident with SFR. This incident INCREASED THE DECREASE IN AUGUST BUT WILL INCREASE THE INCREASE in September"

August jobseekers dropped 50k to 3.2357 million... but
September entirely reverses that HOPE +60k to a new record high 3.2957 million
Zero Hedge

Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas signs cooperation accord with Bashar Assad

They sign a secret deal behind everyone's backs

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas this week signed a secret cooperation agreement with President Bashar Assad, DEBKAfile reveals here for the first time from its exclusive military and intelligence sources. 

They concluded the deal unbeknownst to US Secretary of State John Kerry, shortly before he sat down in Rome Wednesday, Oct. 23, with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to discuss West Bank security arrangements and administer a push to Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Our sources reveal that Abbas, the first Arab leader to break ranks with the united Arab front against Assad, was also the first to deal with the Syria ruler on behalf of a minority fighting against the Damascus regime, i.e. the Palestinians.

Abbas signed a pledge that Palestinian fighters would withdraw from Syrian rebel ranks, lay down their arms and undertake to end their challenge to the Syrian president and his army.

The Abbas-Assad deal may bear on American and Russian efforts to convene Geneva 2 for a political solution of the Syrian conflict on Nov. 23. The Palestinian desertion from the Syrian opposition front alters its internal balance and may change the minds of some of the Syrian opposition groups which planned to boycott the conference.

Our sources confrm that the Palestinian leader made his move behind American backs. Kerry apparently went into his meeting with Netanyahu in Rome ignorant of what was afoot.

Assad too acted without the knowledge of his Iranian and Hizballah allies. Suspicions that something was up between Damascus and Ramallah started stirring only Tuesday night, Oct. 22.

Also Tuesday night, the draft of the accord signed in Damascus was delivered to Ramallah by the personal helicopter of Jordan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ensor. He arrived too together with Abbas’s special emissary to Damascus, who had signed the document in the name of the PA chairman.

DEBKA Weekly’s coming edition out Friday carries exclusive coverage of how the secret deal was negotiated between the Palestinian leader and the Syrian president and its terms

Credit to debka file

Obama the Lawless and the Day of the Lord!

Just in the last four years we have seen the Obama “regime” rejected and lawlessly over ride constitutional and moral laws on the verdicts on, balancing the budget, czars, Obama Care, drilling for oil, the protection of marriage, gays in the military, immigration, state law, the banking industry, the 2nd amendment, separation of powers issues etc.President Obama sees himself “above” the law and outside of its healthy restrictions. 

This addiction for power and control from this “pee-wee potentate” is plain to see for all. In the name of his subtle and deceiving concerns and personal causes, he is rapidly transforming our republic democracy into a tyrannical lawless state. Just as our founding fatherssternly warned us of what would be - when morality and sound biblical absolutes and principles were out right rejected by our leaders and the people - so has it become here in America today. 

Now... with the win of a second term even more delusional promises, non-fulfilling aspirations, hollow false solutions and a never ending tirade of bankrupt platitudes, talking points, slogans, slander and lawless remedies for America's woes, which have been purposely nurtured and stoked by our first Marxist President Obama for the radical transformation of our post Judeo/Christian nation. 

President Obama see’s himself “above” the law and outside of its healthy restrictions.
As Chancellor Palpatine (from the fictional Star Wars Saga) slowly and aggressively manipulated the masses, created straw men, manufactured crisis upon crisis, demonized the good with the end to destroy all opposition to his lawless designs and eventually seized absolute power and instituted himself as savior and emperor; so also can we see these traits in America’s “street organizer” and chief and his lawless minions on the Left.

It is this writer’s sound opinion that Obama and his leftist cohorts WILL succeed in their efforts. These "tools" of the Devil (John 8:44) will succeed in putting the final nails into the coffin of this once great Judeo/Christian society and nation which was established and founded on the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God. America is already far past the POINT OF NO RETURN; fiscally, socially, morally and spiritually and no Tea Party will save her from sinking to the bottom of the sea. The Day of the Lord is at the very door! Be NOT deceived!! See Chart

America is already far past the point of no return; fiscally, socially, morally and spiritually and no Tea Party will save her from sinking to the bottom of the sea.

Obama, like the countless others (Pharaoh, Cesar, Hitler, Stalin Mao, Mussolini, Castro etc.) of world's history who choose to out work a godless and lawless ideology (Rom. 1:18-32) have all been Lucifer's pawns and tools for setting the stage for his lawless masterpiece, the "Anti Christ" (Eph. 6:12, 2 Thess. 2:3-12, Rev.13). Once America isremoved and rendered useless on the world scene by our ever growing lawless nation and leadership, what will ever contain and stop mankind’s ever growing spirit of lawlessness from permeating through out the entire world and enslaving the inhabitants of planet earth to the despotic fascist reign of godless and lawless men? Nothing at all, for that is exactly where we are heading as a world today; straight into the"Day of the Lord" and "His Day of Wrath" upon the lawless designs and institutions of the world’s leaders and their inhabitants (Isa. 24:4-6, Mal. 4:1). – SEE Chart
 All Roads Today Lead to “The” Lawless One

Lucifer is “at present” setting the final global stage for the world’s reception and worship of “the” Lawless One (Eph. 6:12, 2 Thess. 2:3-12, Rev. 13) This man will be the lawless pinnacle of human depravity and will be exalted far above all the lawless ones that have ever existed before him - in the history of man - by Satan (2 Thess. 2:3-12, Rev. 13). Only one event, the Rapture of the Church of Christ prevents his unmasking and manifestation to a godless Christ rejecting world (2 Thess. 2:5-8, Rev. 6:1-2).

This masterpiece of Satan will absolutely despise ALL that is Almighty God; His ETERNAL Person, His ETERNAL sovereignty, His established ETERNAL RIGHTEOUSNESS, His OMNIPOTENT creative design, and His ordained and established laws and absolutes for time and ETERNITY (Dan. 7:25, Rev. 13: 5-6). Most of all, it will be this man’s burning passion to tyrannically oppose - lock stock and barrel during this seven year period - Almighty God’s Divine and angelic revelation, His signs and wonders, His godly messengers of the glorious gospel of Jesus Messiah and chiefly - Almighty God’s Christ “the Lamb of Almighty God” (Dan. 7: 25, 9:27, 11:36-39, Rev.17:12-14; Rev. 6-19).

This man will be the lawless pinnacle of human depravity and will be exalted far above all the lawless ones that have ever existed before him - in the history of man - by Satan.

This seven year period will be the junction station of the last 4300 years of the godless and lawless rebellion of Noah’s descendants (Gen. 9:1-19, 10, 11). The horrific devastation and global tribulation at this time will bring to the forefront man’s godless rebellion and rejection of Almighty God’s saving grace (2 Thess. 2:10-12). There is nothing like intense tribulation, oppression, and anarchy to bring out that which is in the heart of fallen man (Gen. 6:3, 5, Jer.17:9, Matt. 15:17-20, Gal. 5:19-21). These conditions will either open the eyes of sinful man to the realities and saving grace and love of Almighty God(Rom. 7:24-25, Eph. 2:1-10), or it will harden the lawless heart of fallen man solid as a diamond (2 Thess. 2:10-12, Heb. 3:15, Rev. 9:20-21, 14:9-11, 16:9). It will be at this time that one’s personal choice will be made abundantly clear. There will be absolutely no confusion or misunderstanding about the choice that one will make at this time. One will either choose to follow Almighty God and His RIGHTEOUSNESS(Rom. 5:1, 10:2-4) or one will follow the godless insanity of the fallen angel Lucifer and his delusional make believe that will lead all that follow him to ETERNAL damnation and desolation (Matt. 24:15, 25:41, 2 Thess. 2:10-12, Rev. 14:9-11, 20:10-15).

There will be absolutely no confusion or misunderstanding about the choice that one is to make at this time.

All that side with Lucifer (i.e., Satan) and his Anti Christ’s lawless rebellion at this time will indeed be doing so against the ETERNAL ESTABLISHED RIGHTEOUSNESS of Almighty God (2 Thess. 2:3-12, Rev. 14:9-11). These “hater’s of reality” will FOREVER share and align themselves with Lucifer’s godless lawless rebellion. These lovers of lawlessness will seal their fate in perdition and ETERNAL Fire (Matt. 25:41, Rev. 14:9-11, 20:10-15), for the anti Christ (the man of lawlessness) IS the abomination that will make all who follow him ETERNALLY desolate (Matt. 24:15, 25:41, 2 Thess. 2:10-12, Rev. 14:9-11, 20:10-15).

In this lawless one’s 3 ½ year autocratic despotic totalitarian fascist global reign, he will be absolutely invincible (Dan. 11:36-39, Rev. 13). He will seek the global worship not just of himself, but for his tyrannical angelic master Lucifer, the father and progenitor of all that is lawless (Isa. 14: 12-16, Ezek 28:13-18, Dan. 11:36-39, John 8:44, 1 John 3:8, Rev. 13). Those that will worship him – at this time – will worship him in a vile state of lawlessness.
The Righteous One
There is ONLY One who is RIGHTEOUS and gave himself for the sins and transgressions of the whole world. That One is the Son of Almighty God Jesus Christ. The Bible states;

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3:16-17).

"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit" (1 Peter 3:18).

As we see lawlessness abounding in these present days with no end in sight, may your heart be looking to the Savior of mankind.

Do you have a personal relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ in spirit and truth as the Bible clearly teaches (John 4:24)? If not, be sure to place your trust in Him today. It is absolutely crucial for your ETERNITY. He will deliver you from ALL of your transgressions against the ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS absolutes of Almighty God and the lawlessness of your heart (Jer 17:9). May you place your trust in Him today! You will NEVER be the same!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!


Credit to the ignorant fishermen Blog

Creating Hatred & Killers


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Evidence has surfaced indicating the Obama administration was prepared to suspend all food-stamp payments beginning Nov. 1 in a political move to pressure Republicans in Congress to reopen the government and agree to continued deficit spending.

On Oct. 11, while the government shutdown was in force, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, FNS, notified state directors of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, commonly known as the food stamp program, to suspend transmission of food stamp funds to the Electronic Benefit System, or EBS.

If the Obama administration were willing to issue such a directive in October, will it do so again when the debate over stopping the government and raising the debt ceiling is scheduled to resume in Congress in about three months?

The USDA shutdown letter, dated Oct. 11, first appeared on the website of the Crossroads Urban Center in Salt Lake City and was confirmed as authentic by the Fox affiliate in Salt Lake City in a report published on its website Oct. 14.

“This is going to create a huge hardship for the people we serve here in our food pantry,” Bill Tibbits, the associate director at Crossroads Urban Center told the station.

“What this means if there’s not a deal, if Congress doesn’t reach a deal to get the federal government back up and running, in Utah about 100,000 people won’t get food stamp benefits,” Tibbits said.

“In other words, tens of thousands of Utah families may not be able to feed their children come November,” the station concluded.

The Obama administration instructed state directors of the SNAP program to take the steps even though the likely consequences were that low-income households with children might not be able to buy food, with the added risk that a sudden suspension of food stamp payments might incite unrest across the nation.

Michigan state budget director John Nixon expressed his alarm to ABC 10 in Ishpeming, Mich. He said that also on the slate for suspension in the case of a government shutdown extending beyond Oct. 15 were food programs in the Woman, Infants and Children feeding program, or WIC, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, or TANF, cash-assistance program and the school-lunch program.

Nixon told ABC 10 that he expected WIC would be the first of the nutrition programs to be affected by the government showdown, with Michigan having to suspend nutritional benefits and education for around 200,000 Michigan women and children.

Approximately 20 percent of all American households on food stamps, amounting to 23.1 million households and 47.6 million individuals were recorded to be on the SNAP program as of July.

As WND reported yesterday, chaos erupted in two Louisiana Wal-Mart stores on Oct.14 when a temporary power outage caused the EBT to malfunction.

The computer glitch that affected food stamp shoppers in Louisiana evidently spread across 17 states, leaving millions without “funding” with which to purchase food.

WND also reported yesterday that according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, the benefit increase granted by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to help people adversely affected by the recession is scheduled to expire Nov. 1.

The USDA projects that the average monthly food stamp payment of approximately $272 per household will decline in November by $36 for a family of four.

This week, the Federal Business Opportunities website posted a notice that the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security was seeking to spend $80 million on hiring private armed guards to protect IRS and other government buildings in upstate New York during evidently anticipated “public demonstrations” and “civil disturbances.”

While DHS did not identify why the request was made, the agency is preparing for potential public protests against the IRS and other government facilities in upstate New York.

According to estimates drawn from the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Management and Budget, approximately 83 percent of government operations continued, with the shutdown affecting only approximately 17 percent of the federal funds scheduled to be spent during the time the “shutdown” was operative.

Soliders Warn of Coming Gun Confiscation and War Against Patriots

How to Take Your Money Out of the Bank Without Going to Prison

The banking industry is absolute chaos as their criminality is being exposed for the entire world to see.
It is now widely known that the derivatives debt is over $1 quadrillion dollars and some of the rank and file in this country are concerned that their bank accounts, 401K’s, IRA’s and pensions will be confiscated by desperate, tier two bankers, who are forestalling the inevitable currency collapse by stealing your money.
You could find yourself in this crowd, if you do not act soon.
You could find yourself in this crowd, if you do not act soon.
The time to have taken your money out of the bank was yesterday. There is very little time before theIMF’s plan to steal 10%, for starters, of all bank accounts in Europe.JP Morgan Chase is banning wire transfers from their bank to foreign banks to prevent American capital flight which will surely happen as America wakes up to the desperate situation that the banks are in. The bank is also prohibiting any cash withdrawals of $50,000 or more. This past Friday, HSBC (America) followed suit. It is highly likely that all 5 megabanks will enact the same policies in the near future.
Although, most Americans are free to leave the country, it is becoming exceedingly difficult for Americans to take their money with them. Preparing for expatriation is a daunting task and I do not believe that most of us have the time or the ability to get our assets out of the country as well as make detailed plans and implement those plans in advance of the coming crash as we attempt to leave the country. Therefore, most of us are going to be forced to adopt an adaptation strategy.
With all that is available to read on this topic, it is mind boggling regarding how few people are preparing to act to preserve what assets they have remaining by not removing their money from the bank. Because you have put your money in the bank, you no longer own your money. Taking what was your money out of the bank is no longer a matter of walking up to your friendly teller with a withdrawal slip and the teller cheerfully honors your request and you calmly exit the bank with your money in tow. In fact, your teller is trained to look for certain indicators in any cash withdrawal of any significance.
As you move to withdraw the bulk of your money, there are three federal banking laws that you should be cognizant of, namely, Cash Transaction Report (CTR), a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) and structuring.


Federal law requires that the bank file a report based upon any withdrawal or deposit of $10,000 or more on any single given day.The law was designed to put a damper on money laundering, sophisticated counterfeiting and other federal crimes.
To remain in compliance with the law, financial institutions must obtain personal identification, information about the transaction and the social security number of the person conducting the transaction.
Technically, there is no federal law prohibiting the use of large amounts of cash. However, a CTR must be filed in ALL cases of cash transaction regardless of the reason underlying the transaction.
Before proceeding with the planed withdrawal of your money, I would strongly suggest that you read the following federal guidelines as it relates to CTR’s as produced by the The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). All the federal regulations contained in this article are elucidated in this series of federal reports. 

Structuring and SAR

There will undoubtedly be some geniuses whose math ability will tell them that all they have to do is to withdraw $9,999.99 and the bank and its protector, the federal government will be none the wiser. It is not quite that simple. Here are a few examples of structuring violations that one should be aware of:
1. Joe has obtained $15,000 in cash he obtained from selling his truck. He knows that if he deposits $15,000 in cash, his financial institution will be required to file a CTR. Instead he deposits $7,500 in cash in the morning with one financial institution employee and comes back to the financial institution later in the day to another employee to deposit the remaining $7,500, hoping to evade the CTR reporting requirement. Joe should have used multiple accounts to conduct this transaction.
2. Sally needs $16,000 in cash to pay for supplies for her arts and crafts business. Sally cashes an $8,000 personal check at a financial institution on a Monday. She subsequently cashes another $8,000 personal check at the bank the following day. Sally is careful to have cashed the two checks on different days and structured the transactions in an attempt to evade the CTR reporting requirement. Sally should have made irregular deposits on staggered days.
3. A married couple, John and Jane, sell a vehicle for $12,000 in cash. To evade the CTR reporting requirement, John and Jane structure their transactions using different accounts. John deposits $8,000 of that money into his and Jane’s joint account in the morning. Later that day, Jane deposits $1,500 into the joint account, then $2,500 into her sister’s account, which is later transferred to John and Jane’s joint account at the same bank. Again, John and Jane should have used multiple banks.
The aggregate total of the three transactions totals more than the $10,000 threshold, therefore, a SAR would be filed by the bank and you would be the subject of a federal investigation as all three of the above cases clearly violate the federal banking laws related to structuring. It is a federal crime to break up transactions into smaller amounts for the purpose of evading the CTR reporting requirement. In these instances, the bank is required to file a SAR which serves to notify the federal government of an individual’s attempt to structure deposits or withdrawals by circumventing the $10,000 reporting requirement.   
Structuring transactions to prevent a CTR from being reported can result in imprisonment for not more than five years and/or a fine of up to $250,000. If structuring involves more than $100,000 in a twelve month period or is performed while violating another law of the federal government, the penalty is doubled.


Much like the enforcement of our tax laws, the federal government’s enforcement of its banking laws as it relates to CTR’s, SAR’s and subsequent structuring is quite draconian. Civilian asset forfeiture laws come into play. The government can seize your bank accounts while it determines if a crime has been committed. The government can literally seize your assets in perpetuity without an order of the court. Of course, you could try and sue but you will be up against the deep pockets of the federal government and the case could take years. By the time your case is decided, the financial banking crisis that you are so desperately trying to avoid by withdrawing your money, could be over.  So, proceed with caution.

Withdrawing Your Money From the Bank

cashThe best way to avoid getting your money caught in the bank in the midst of a bank run would be to not let the lion’s share of your money ever cross the bank. The simplest way to accomplish this is to prevent any form of deposit from going automatically into your account, as much as it is possible.
Secondly, you need to begin to pay cash for everything. Let’s say that every 30 days, Bob cashes his check at the bank from his work worth $5,000 net pay. Bob leaves just enough in the bank to be able to conduct normal banking business. Bob walks out of the bank every month with the majority of the cash from his check. Bob should begin to pay cash for as much as he can, such as eating out, paying the electric bill (pay the bill in person), buying groceries, etc. When it becomes necessary to make a “big ticket” purchase, Bob could temporarily leave more in the bank to cover the writing of a check.
You would also be wise to open multiple banking accounts ranging from the big five megabanks to your local credit unions. You could withdraw much smaller amounts until the sum total of your accounts is greatly diminished and is in your possession. To open the accounts, simply write a personal check from your home bank. Of course, in these cases, the bank could hold the check for 15-30 days.
I cannot promise you that if you become the target of federal investigators, that you will not have your every financial move scrutinized and the feds will eventually discover the aggregate patterns of withdrawal. People who I interviewed told me that they believe that the federal government is in the process of getting the banking computers to “talk” to each other in a way that would reveal structuring, but that technology is not yet online.
If you ever become the target of a federal investigation, do not, under any circumstances, allow yourself to be interviewed by federal officials without an attorney present. In many cases, people go to jail and pay huge fines, not because they have committed a federal crime, but because federal officials state that they have lied or misled them. And if you do not have an attorney present, it is your word versus the federal government.


In an upside-down world in which the banks legally own your money, getting your money away from these criminal banks has become an art form. I cannot promise you that you will be able to retrieve all of your assets, however, I can promise you that if you do not act, you will lose everything. Today and tomorrow (10/23 and 10/24) FEMA and DHS are engaged in part two of simulating a cyber terrorist attack upon the banking system. One thousand banks and all 50 governors are involved in this test. I would strongly suggest that you keep your gas tank filled and you have plenty of cash, food and ammunition on hand. I am not predicting a problem with this test, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
Grid Ex II, November 13-14
Grid Ex II, November 13-14
Although personally, I think we have some time to prepare before the currency is collapsed, the dates which have me most concerned are November 13th and 14th which are the dates coinciding with Grid Ex II in which a simulated continental power grid failure will be rehearsed. This opens a whole can of worms. For example, once you have the bulk of your money out of the bank, what should you replace the cash with? What should you be buying in anticipation of the currency collapse which is looming? These topics and more will be the subject of the next article.
Credit to The Common Sense Show

Gunderwater: Russia unveils first ever amphibious assault rifle

Fourth time in two years that Russia has carried out a missile launch

Russia’s latest flight of a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile this month appears to be another circumvention of a 1987 nuclear missile accord, U.S. officials and private arms specialists said.

A test of what the Pentagon calls the SS-25 road-mobile Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) took place Oct. 10 and traveled less than 2,000 miles, indicating it could be a missile banned by the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Russia’s military also failed to notify an international group set up in 2002 to prevent missile proliferation called the Hague Code of Conduct about the test.

The flight test two weeks ago was the fourth time in the past two years that Russia has carried out a missile launch that appears to violate or undermine the INF treaty, which bans nuclear missiles with ranges of between 500 kilometers and 5,500 kilometers.

The latest test prompted one U.S. official to question the administration’s continued pursuit of arms agreements with Moscow.

“Why do they continue to pursue talks when Russia is violating treaties,” the official said.

The comment reflects what officials said is growing concern from within the U.S. intelligence community over the failure of administration policymakers to take steps to address the treaty breaches.

Officials are uncertain why Russia appears to be violating the INF agreement. One theory is that it is a response to U.S. missile defenses planned for Europe. Russian officials have said they plan to target U.S. missile defense in Europe for attack, fearing they will be used against offensive Russian missiles targeted on the United States. To do so, the Russian military would need medium-range nuclear missiles.

Mark Schneider, an arms control specialist, said the recent SS-25 test does not appear to violate the INF treaty but raises questions about the use of long-range missiles in a theater missile configuration.

“An ICBM can be tested to INF range after its first test to ICBM range but that is unusual,” he said.

Russia announced that the purpose of the SS-25 test was to develop a new “combat payload.”

Credit to Washington Free Beacon