New York Subways at the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6)

How vulnerable are NYC’s underwater subway tunnels to flooding?Ashley Fetters
New York City is full of peculiar phenomena—rickety fire escapes; 100-year-old subway tunnelsair conditioners propped perilously into window frames—that can strike fear into the heart of even the toughest city denizen. But should they? Every month, writer Ashley Fetters will be exploring—and debunking—these New York-specific fears, letting you know what you should actually worry about, and what anxieties you can simply let slip away.
The 25-minute subway commute from Crown Heights to the Financial District on the 2/3 line is, in my experience, a surprisingly peaceful start to the workday—save for one 3,100-foot stretch between the Clark Street and Wall Street stations, where for three minutes I sit wondering what the probability is that I will soon die a torturous, claustrophobic drowning death right here in this subway car.
The Clark Street Tunnel, opened in 1916, is one of approximately a dozen tunnels that escort MTA passengers from one borough to the next underwater—and just about all of them, with the exception of the 1989 addition of the 63rd Street F train tunnel, were constructed between 1900 and 1936.
Each day, thousands of New Yorkers venture across the East River and back again through these tubes buried deep in the riverbed, some of which are nearing or even past their 100th birthdays. Are they wrong to ponder their own mortality while picturing one of these watery catacombs suddenly springing a leak?
Mostly yes, they are, says Michael Horodniceanu, the former president of MTA Capital Construction and current principal of Urban Advisory Group. First, it’s important to remember that the subway tunnel is built under the riverbed, not just in the river—so what immediately surrounds the tunnel isn’t water but some 25 feet of soil. “There’s a lot of dirt on top of it,” Horodniceanu says. “It’s well into the bed of the bottom of the channel.”
And second, as Angus Kress Gillespie, author of Crossing Under the Hudson: The Story of the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, points out, New York’s underwater subway tunnels are designed to withstand some leaking. And withstand it they do: Pumps placed below the floor of the tunnel, he says, are always running, always diverting water seepage into the sewers. (Horodniceanu says the amount of water these pumps divert into the sewer system each day numbers in the thousands of gallons.)
Additionally, MTA crews routinely repair the grouting and caulking, and often inject a substance into the walls that creates a waterproof membrane outside the tunnel—which keeps water out of the tunnel and relieves any water pressure acting on its walls. New tunnels, Horodniceanu points out, are even built with an outside waterproofing membrane that works like an umbrella: Water goes around it, it falls to the sides, and then it gets channeled into a pumping station and pumped out.
Of course, the classic New York nightmare scenario isn’t just a cute little trickle finding its way in. The anxiety daydream usually involves something sinister, or seismic. The good news, however, is that while an earthquake or explosion would indeed be bad for many reasons, it likely wouldn’t result in the frantic flooding horror scene that plays out in some commuters’ imaginations.
The Montague Tube, which sustained severe damage during Hurricane Sandy.
MTA New York City Transit / Marc A. Hermann
Horodniceanu assures me that tunnels built more recently are “built to withstand a seismic event.” The older tunnels, however—like, um, the Clark Street Tunnel—“were not seismically retrofitted, let me put it that way,” Horodniceanu says. “But the way they were built is in such a way that I do not believe an earthquake would affect them.” They aren’t deep enough in the ground, anyway, he says, to be too intensely affected by a seismic event. (The MTA did not respond to a request for comment.)
One of the only real threats to tunnel infrastructure, Horodniceanu adds, is extreme weather. Hurricane Sandy, for example, caused flooding in the tunnels, which “created problems with the infrastructure.” He continues, “The tunnels have to be rebuilt as a result of saltwater corroding the infrastructure.”
Still, he points out, hurricanes don’t exactly happen with no warning. So while Hurricane Sandy did cause major trauma to the tunnels, train traffic could be stopped with ample time to keep passengers out of harm’s way. In 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo directed all the MTA’s mass transit services to shut down at 7 p.m. the night before Hurricane Sandy was expected to hit New York City.
And Gillespie, for his part, doubts even an explosion would result in sudden, dangerous flooding. A subway tunnel is not a closed system, he points out; it’s like a pipe that’s open at both ends. “The force of a blast would go forwards and backwards out the exit,” he says.
So the subway-train version of that terrifying Holland Tunnel flood scene in Sylvester Stallone’s Daylight is … unrealistic, right?
“Yeah,” Gillespie laughs. “Yeah. It is.”
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Shaking Before the Sixth Seal: Revelation 6

Magnitude 2.2 earthquake recorded in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire


UPDATED ON: MAY 24, 2022 / 1:17 PM / CBS BOSTON

WOLFEBORO, N.H. – Did you feel it? A small earthquake shook New Hampshire just east of Lake Winnipesaukee around midnight.

The epicenter of the magnitude 2.2 earthquake was in Wolfeboro, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which received about 30 reports from people who felt the quake.

Wolfeboro resident Peter Galanis lives about half a mile from the epicenter. He was one of many who noticed the disturbance.

“My wife and I were both sound asleep and I heard a noise. It sounded like a rumble, it almost sounded like a tree had fallen in the woods or onto a house,” Galanis told WBZ-TV. “The next morning, one of my neighbors sent me a picture of a map that said the earthquake had occurred.”

The USGS says earthquakes of that magnitude rarely cause any damage. 

The Weak Russian Nuclear Horn: Daniel 7

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Putin humiliated as it emerges that ‘60 percent’ of Russia’s missiles ‘don’t work’

VLADIMIR PUTIN’s arsenal of missiles may not be as threatening as many feared after US officials claimed the majority of Russia’s warheads do not work.


08:00, Wed, May 25, 2022 | UPDATED: 08:06, Wed, May 25, 2022

Russia’s current plan ‘not sustainable’ says Sean Bell

The head of Russia’s space agency has issued a fresh threat to the West this week, claiming the country has 50 brand new nuclear missiles capable. Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos and a loyal ally of Vladimir Putin, said dozens of new Sarmat-2 missiles — measuring 14 storeys tall and weighing 208 tons — will be deployed by autumn to remind Russia’s enemies of its capabilities. Eerily, he added: “It remains only to advise the aggressors to talk more politely with Russia.”

Fear of nuclear-armed conflict has been one of the main themes of the debate about how to deal with Russia after the Kremlin ordered its invasion of Ukraine in February.

While warnings of full-blown nuclear war to tactical nukes being used on the battlefield in Ukraine have been widespread, some US officials are now suggesting that NATO should not be fearful of such scenarios.

In March, three US officials with intelligence on Russian warheads claimed that around 60 percent of Moscow’s missiles do not work.

According to Reuters, Russia launched more than 1,100 missiles between late February and the end of March.

But of these launches, Russian forces are seeing failure rates as high as 60 percent, two of the officials told the news agency.

The officials did add, however, that the failure rate depended on the type of missile being launched and varied day-to-day.

Putin news: Some of Putin’s missiles ‘don’t work’ (Image: getty)

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Putin news: Russia has thousands of missiles (Image: getty)

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Putin news: Romney is feaful Putin will use his weapons (Image: getty)

Their claims come with the backdrop of a potential global conflict and in effect World War 3, with Republican Mitt Romney this week saying that NATO “could engage” in Ukraine, “potentially obliterating Russia’s struggling military.”

Writing for the New York Times, he said: “You are either with us, or you are with Russia — you cannot be with both.”

“Russia’s use of a nuclear weapon would unarguably be a redefining, reorienting geopolitical event, Any nation that chose to retain ties with Russia after such an outrage would itself also become a global pariah.”

The former presidential candidate also said that a “cornered and delusional” Putin could use nuclear weapons on the ground against Ukraine.

Avril Haines, the director of national intelligence in the US, also believes Putin would use nuclear weapons if pushed into a desperate position.

Assassinations Won’t Stop the Iranian Nuclear Horn: Daniel 8

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at an exhibition on the Iranian nuclear program in Tehran last month

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Assassinations Won’t Stop Iran’s Nuclear Program

Iran hasn’t budged in the face of assassinations and public unrest, but continued demands for support in the fight against ‘the forces of arrogance and evil’ may prove difficult for the regimeShare in FacebookShare in Twitter

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May. 24, 2022

Those who assassinated Hassan Sayyad Khodaei waited for his return a few days ago from a mission in Syria. The information about his movements was up-to-date and accurate. His address was known, as was his routine. The reason for his elimination could be deduced from the reports in Iran’s media outlets.

According to Nasim, a network that belongs to the Revolutionary Guards’ intelligence service, Khodaei was the deputy responsible for the development of technology and war tools in the Quds Force. Among his tasks was the transfer of technology for improving the accuracy of Hezbollah rockets, in addition to the transfer of weapons and war material to both Hezbollah and Palestinian groups operating in Lebanon. The Ghadah Iran website added that Khodaei was involved in developing Iranian drones, with other sites noting that the information on his movements was obtained via the questioning of Mansour Rasouli by Mossad agents in Iran. He was suspected of planning to assassinate Israel’s consul in Istanbul. The wealth of information detailing Khodaei’s expertise and responsibilities attests to the intelligence-gathering capabilities of Israel in Iran, and to the existence of an effective infrastructure that can reach high-quality targets, be they nuclear scientists, senior commanders in the Revolutionary Guards or technologists.

However, there is a big gap between operational and intelligence capabilities used for tactical purposes, and the management of a strategic campaign meant to block Iran’s nuclear program or halt its assistance to terror organizations such as Hezbollah, Shi’ite militias in Iraq or the Houthis in Yemen. Even though Israel often declares that it will act according to its own national interests, it has committed itself not to take the U.S. by surprise. In other words, its freedom to maneuver will not be hindered as long as it doesn’t conflict with Washington’s interests. This means not dragging the U.S. into diplomatic or military involvement in operations it did not plan, or indirectly rendering the U.S. responsible for Israel’s actions.

Due to America’s need for “plausible denial,” the administration has on several occasions clarified its position regarding targeted assassinations of Iranian scientists or strikes on nuclear facilities by publicly declaring that such attacks are not necessarily useful to the larger campaign against Iran’s nuclear program. In internal discussions, the administration was less delicate, demanding that Israel desist from operations that could harm negotiations over the nuclear accord. Indeed, over the 18 months that have elapsed since the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the so-called “father” of Iran’s nuclear program, there has been no known attack or elimination of an Iranian nuclear scientist, and a close adherence to the red line that distinguishes between Iranians with direct involvement in the nuclear program and those involved in terror activity has been maintained.

Yet sometimes, it’s hard to make such a distinction, since the nuclear program is under the supervision of the Revolutionary Guard, who are also responsible for the Quds Force, which operates outside Iran and whose members are considered “legitimate” targets even by U.S. standards. According to these boundaries, targeting Quds Force commanders is permitted, as the U.S. made clear when they assassinated Qasem Soleimani, the force’s commander, in January 2020. Hitting the head of the Guards is not permissible, even though Soleimani was also involved in the nuclear program and was one of the decision makers in this matter.

So far, assassinating scientists and hitting nuclear facilities in Iran has not managed to halt the program’s progress, just like hitting Quds Force commanders has not stopped the organization’s operations on all its active fronts. In contrast, the restoration of diplomatic relations between the United Arab Emirates and Iran, and the rounds of talks between senior Saudi officials and the Iranians, have substantially reduced Houthi attacks on these countries. Regarding the nuclear program, the U.S. working hypothesis has remained unaltered. It states that only a nuclear accord can stop Iran’s progress, buying more time before it becomes a nuclear power.

It’s true that the talks in Vienna have ostensibly been suspended, but in practice, the U.S. is continuing to use mediators to reach an agreement. The visit by Qatar leader Sheikh Tamim al-Thani on May 10 and talks held by Qatar’s foreign minister with his Iranian counterpart indicate that Iran is willing to not only “re-examine” demands made by the Americans – it has also apparently made suggestions to the person responsible for negotiations on behalf of the European Union, Enrique Mora, who visited Iran at the same time al-Thani did.

Representatives at the nuclear negotiations in Vienna last month.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s visit to Oman on Sunday is also linked to the nuclear talks after Oman, a veteran mediator that hosted the first covert meetings between Iranian and American representatives prior to the first nuclear accord in 2015, has now offered its mediation services. The Americans are refraining from setting a target date after which there would be no point in continuing discussions. The removal of the Revolutionary Guards from the list of terror organizations remains speculation which awaits President Biden’s decision, although he is in no rush to make one.

Officially, Biden says the ball is in the Iranian court and that he is waiting for their response. But in light of reports on Mora’s visit, it seems that the Iranian offers are already on Biden’s desk. A decision may come within days over the most volatile issue hindering negotiations.

At the same time, there is growing pressure in Iran against Raisi and his government. Demonstrations in Iran’s cities over the cost of living, which included cries of “Death to Khamenei,” along with rumors of looming increases in food and fuel prices – a move that three years ago sparked huge demonstrations across Iran which led to 1,500 deaths – are now heating things up. Several motions have been introduced in parliament to oust Raisi, or at least the ministers responsible for the economy in his government.

There has also been scathing criticism by senior clerics, by media close to the regime and even by senior security officials, who have warned of mass demonstrations that would undermine the country’s stability. In some newspapers, writers wonder why Iran continues to drag its feet despite the fact that the supreme leader sanctioned the negotiations and a nuclear accord. “Will the Revolutionary Guards determine the state’s fate? We don’t want to continue being their hostages,” said one reader in response to a story on the Sharq website.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards at a rally in Tehran, Iran last month.

Experience shows that mass demonstrations and violent protests have not caused the regime to budge, but if the government doesn’t manage to compensate citizens for the big cuts in subsidies or to block rising prices and present an economic horizon – it will find it hard to demand that the public further tighten its belt in the face of “the hostility and aggressiveness of the forces of arrogance and evil.” Not only are there no further holes in the public’s belt, but in comparison to 2019, Iran now has an opportunity to extricate itself from the economic crisis. Mobilizing the public or placating it with hollow slogans may actually trigger the opposite reaction.

ISIS Plotting To Assassinate the Beast of the Sea: Revelation 13

President Bush assassination attempt by ISIS foiled

EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Plotting To Assassinate George W. Bush In Dallas

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Two confidential informants and surveillance of the alleged plotter’s WhatsApp account reveal plans to smuggle assassins into the U.S. to murder the former president, according to a search warrant application discovered by Forbes.

An Iraqi man in the U.S. accused of being linked to ISIS operatives was plotting to kill George W. Bush, going so far as to travel to Dallas in November to take video around the former president’s home and recruiting a team of compatriots he hoped to smuggle into the country over the Mexican border, according to an FBI search-warrant application filed March 23 and unsealed this week in the Southern District of Ohio.

The FBI said it uncovered the scheme through the work of two confidential informants and surveillance of the alleged plotter’s account on the Meta-owned WhatsApp messaging platform. The suspect, Shihab Ahmed Shihab Shihab, based in Columbus, Ohio, said he wanted to assassinate Bush because he felt the former president was responsible for killing many Iraqis and breaking apart the country after the 2003 U.S. military invasion, according to the warrant.

The case shows how federal investigators continue to monitor threats from ISIS even as the group has been severely weakened by American intelligence and military operations in recent years. It also shows how the FBI, despite its claims of being prevented from investigating major crimes because of Meta and other tech providers’ use of encryption, has been able to work around WhatsApp security by using old-school policing with sourcing of informants and tracking the metadata they can get from the messaging company.

A snippet from the search warrant uncovered by Forbes detailing the plot on George W. Bush’s life. The name of the suspect has been redacted.

Shihab is an Iraqi national who’d been in the U.S. since 2020 and had an asylum application pending, according to the FBI’s search-warrant application. Federal agents used two different confidential sources to investigate the plot, one who claimed to offer assistance obtaining false immigration and identification documents, the second a purported customer of the alleged people smuggler, who was willing to pay thousands of dollars to bring his family into the country.

(As the criminal complaint against the suspect has not been made public, Forbes is not publishing the full warrant. According to NBC, he was arrested earlier today, a fact later confirmed by the Department of Justice.)

Freddy Ford, chief of staff for the Office of George W. Bush, said, “President Bush has all the confidence in the world in the United States Secret Service and our law enforcement and intelligence communities.”

In November 2021, Shihab revealed to the FBI insider the plot to assassinate Bush and asked the confidential source if he knew how to “obtain replica or fraudulent police and/or FBI identifications and badges” to help carry out the killing, and whether it was possible to smuggle the plotters out of the country the same way they came in after their mission was complete, according to the warrant. The alleged smuggler said he also wanted to find and assassinate a former Iraqi general who helped Americans during the war and whom he believed was living under a fictitious identity in the U.S., investigators said.

The alleged plotter claimed to be part of a unit called “Al-Raed,” meaning “Thunder,” that was led by a former Iraqi pilot for Saddam Hussein who had been based out of Qatar until his recent death, the warrant said. As many as seven members of the group would be sent to the U.S. to kill President Bush, according to a conversation described in the warrant, and the Shihab’s job was “to locate and conduct surveillance on former president Bush’s residences and/or offices and obtain firearms and vehicles to use in the assassination.”

After traveling to Dallas with the informant to take video of Bush’s residence, the accused took more footage at the George W. Bush Institute, according to federal agents. The Texas city was the site of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Bush, a Republican who was in the news last week when he inadvertently referred to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in a speech about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, was president from 2001 to 2009.

In one conversation with a confidential FBI source, the suspect said he was planning to get four Iraqi national males located in Iraq, Turkey, Egypt and Denmark into the U.S., according to the warrant. In a later conversation, he claimed that one of the four was “the secretary of an ISIS financial minister,” the FBI said. The alleged smuggler described the men as “former Baath Party members in Iraq who did not agree with the current Iraqi government and were political exiles,” the FBI said. He was planning to charge each $15,000 to be smuggled into America, the FBI said. The Baath Party was the political organization of Hussein, who was deposed in the 2003 U.S. invasion.

His plan, according to the warrant, was to get Mexican visitor visas for the ISIS operatives, using passport information he would send to the informant over WhatsApp, before getting them over the border. Meanwhile, he was communicating with a contact in Egypt over a fake Facebook profile, which carried a profile picture of two individual hands each holding a rose, designed to look romantic and “not suspicious,” according to the FBI’s account. In 2021, the FBI got a warrant to search that Facebook account, though it’s unclear what they obtained.

Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, told Forbes, “It’s clear this was a sophisticated counterterrorism operation with a lot of moving parts. It was both far reaching and unique in its targeting.

“It also shows that while the debate on so called “going dark” can be overcome through the use of undercover operatives, it’s labor intensive but possible.” The term “going dark” is used by law enforcement to describe the inability to get to data that has been encrypted by software applications.

“Also, we haven’t seen a plot of this scale in a number of years. It shows that while domestic terrorism rightly takes a good amount of counterterrorism focus, the threats are not there alone.”

As part of its surveillance of the alleged plotters, the FBI recently received permission to acquire mobile location information from AT&T. It had already used what’s known as a “pen register” on the WhatsApp account believed to belong to the chief suspect, helping them determine how often the account was used, what numbers it was contacting and whether or not it was active.

Though Shihab seemed convinced his WhatsApp account was secure, he was unaware that the confidential sources were passing on messages to the FBI. Nor was he aware that starting in October he was using a phone that he was given by the informant at the FBI’s request. The informant noted that the target was a keen user of WhatsApp and was a member of Baath and ISIS chat groups on the app. In another conversation with an informant, the suspect claimed to have “been in recent communications with a friend in Qatar who was a former minister in Iraq under Saddam Hussein who had access to large quantities of money” and was messaging him over WhatsApp, the FBI said.

A mysterious group known as Al-Raed was allegedly plotting to kill former President George W. Bush, according to an FBI search warrant, shown here in redacted form.

While the sources were passing on what they learned over WhatsApp throughout 2021 and 2022, they were also secretly recording the in-person meetings with the alleged plotter in which additional startling details were revealed, according to the FBI. In one conversation from December, according to the warrant, the suspect claimed to have had just smuggled two individuals associated with Hezbollah — a terrorist organization, according to the U.S. — into the U.S. for a fee of $50,000 each.

Also in the FBI court filing, the alleged plotter claimed to be a member of “the resistance” and had killed many Americans in Iraq between 2003 and 2006, packing vehicles with explosives and detonating them when U.S. soldiers were near.

Updated at 1.50pm ET to publish the suspect’s name, following NBC reporting that he had been apprehended.Follow me on Twitter. Check out my website. Send me a secure tip.

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Pundit Says We Should Prepare for the Bowls of Wrath: Revelation 16

Lukashenko warns World War III
Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko, a key ally of Vladimir Putin, warned on Monday that Western countries have supplying military aid to Ukraine could lead to World War III. Above, Lukashenko is seen in Moscow on March 11.MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/SPUTNIK/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

Putin Ally Warns World War III Is Coming Unless West Stops Weapons Supply


Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has warned that Western countries supplying weapons to Ukraine could lead to World War III.

In a letter to United Nations Secretary General António Guterres released on Monday, Lukashenko warned that international efforts to bolster Ukraine’s security could lead to the conflict in that country expanding into another world war, according to Belarusian state media outlet Belta.

Lukashenko said Belarus “calls on the countries of the world to unite and prevent the regional conflict in Europe from escalating into a full-scale world war!”

Several world powers, including the United States, have recently supplied billions of dollars in aid, including weapons, to Ukraine, following Russia’s widely condemned invasion. But leaders have walked a thin line between supporting Ukraine and avoiding direct engagement with Russia in an effort not to escalate the conflict, specifically with regard to nuclear weapons.

As the Belarusian leader warned against the international community selling weapons to Ukraine, he accepted nuclear-capable missiles from Russia, an indication of just how close the two countries remain.

As most European countries condemned Russia’s invasion and supported Ukraine, Belarus has emerged as the Kremlin’s closest ally in the invasion. Lukashenko has remained relatively quiet about the war, offering only thinly veiled criticisms that the conflict is dragging on too long—a stark contrast from other European leaders who have wholeheartedly backed Ukraine.

In an English translation of his letter released on Monday, Lukashenko listed ways he said that the international community could help avoid escalating the conflict: “refrain from arms supplies, from information warfare and any provocations, from inflating hate speech in the media, from promoting racism and discrimination on the grounds of national, cultural, linguistic and religious affiliation, from legalizing and sending mercenaries.” He added, “We must jointly resist restrictive trade measures.”

He continued to advise that the United Nations play only a peacekeeping role throughout the conflict. Lukashenko also attacked Western leaders for their handling of Russia, appearing to cast blame on them for the invasion.

“The reluctance of Western countries to work to strengthen unified and indivisible security, their disrespect for legitimate interests and ignoring the concerns of other partners, primarily Russia, resulted first in trade, economic and information wars, and then provoked a heated conflict on the territory of Ukraine,” he wrote.

The Belarusian president’s letter came after the United States recently sent aid to Ukraine.

Among a Ukrainian aid package announced in April, the U.S. sent weapons including 72 155mm Howitzers, 144,000 artillery rounds, 72 tactical vehicles used to tow the Howitzers and more than 121 “Phoenix Ghost Tactical” drones. The U.S. Senate also passed a $40 billion bipartisan package last week.

Lukashenko’s letter was not the first time Russia and its allies have invoked World War III. In late April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned there is a “serious” risk of a global conflict, accusing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization of engaging in a proxy conflict with Russia. He said sending weapons to Ukraine “adds fuel to the fire,” a similar argument to the one used by Lukashenko.

Guterres’ spokesman Stéphane Dujarric de la Rivière confirmed to Newsweek he received the letter but declined to comment on its contents.

The Russian Horn Continues to Nuke Up With Satan: Daniel 7

Sarmat missile test launch on April 20, 2022.
Sarmat missile test launch on April 20, 2022.

Russia warns it will soon have 50 brand new ‘Satan-2’ nuclear missiles

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May 23, 2022 2:57pm 

The Kremlin continued threatening the West with potential nuclear strikes by boasting that Russia’s arsenal will soon include 50 new missiles, dubbed “Satan-2” by NATO.

Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia’s state space agency, Roscosmos — and a staunch ally of President Vladimir Putin — warned Sunday that the new Sarmat-2 intercontinental ballistic missiles, which measure 14 stories tall, will soon be combat-ready.

“I suggest that aggressors speak to us more politely,” Rogozin said.

He also tweeted a video showing a crater measuring 26 feet deep and 66 feet in diameter that was caused by a blank Satan-2 missile at the Kura Missile Test Range in Russia’s Kamchatka region.

“When equipped with a nuclear warhead, such a crater at an enemy target (geographic target) would be … very … very large and very deep and radioactive,” Rogozin warned. “And not just one, but exactly as many as the most powerful nuclear missile in the world will deliver to the territory of a hateful enemy.

Sarmat missile test launch on April 20, 2022.
Dmitry Rogozin warned Sunday that the new Sarmat-2 intercontinental ballistic missiles will soon be combat-ready.
The Yars mobile intercontinental ballistic missile launcher during the Victory Day military parade in Red Square marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II, on June 24, 2020 in Moscow, Russia.
Kremlin continued threatening the West with potential nuclear strikes by boasting that Russia’s arsenal will soon include 50 new missiles.

In the video shared by Rogozin, a journalist with the TV channel Zvezda, which is operated by Russia’s Ministry of Defense, descends into the chasm left by the 220-ton Satan-2 missile, which he says “strikes the imagination.

After a successful test launch of Satan-2 last month, Putin said in a televised address that the missile, officially known in Russia as RS-28 Sarmat, had no competition and would make Russia’s enemies “think twice” before issuing threats.

The Kremlin strongman also warned that the Satan-2 missile “is capable of overcoming all modern means of anti-missile defense.”

Rogozin, whose agency oversees the missile factory building the Satan-2, described the test of the “superweapon” as a “present to NATO.”

First introduced in 2018, Satan-2 has an estimated range between 6,200 and 11,800 miles, allowing Kremlin to launch the missile anywhere across the world, although the Pentagon previously downplayed the threat to the US and its NATO allies, reported Live Science.

Defense Department press secretary John Kirby said Russia “properly notified” the United States ahead of the April test launch, and that “such testing is routine and was not a surprise.”

TV Zvezda presenter inside the Sarmat missile body showing its huge size.
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TV Zvezda cameraman inside the crater left by Sarmat test launch at Kura landfill, Kamchatka.
A TV Zvezda cameraman inside the crater left by the Sarmat test launch at Kura landfill, Kamchatka.

Talk of nuclear missiles and threats against the West comes as the invasion of Ukraine is about to enter its fifth month. And while Russian state TV has been rife with propaganda, there have been some glimmers of dissent.

Cellphone video emerged on Twitter over the weekend showing a crowd of Russian concertgoers at a performance by the punk band Kis-Kis in Saint Petersburg chanting in unison, “F–k the war!”

The act of mass civil disobedience, which in Russia could be punishable by fines and jail time, took place at the A2 Green Concert venue Friday, according to Business Insider.

Head of Russian space agency Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin with Vladimir Putin at Vostochny cosmodrome on April 12, 2022.
Head of Russian space agency Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin with Vladimir Putin at the Vostochny cosmodrome on April 12, 2022.
Head of Russian space agency Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin
Head of Russian space agency Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin is a staunch ally of President Vladimir Putin.

The Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta has reported that since the start of the war on Feb. 24, 2,029 people have been charged with discrediting the Russian army by voicing their opposition to the invasion of Ukraine.