Photographer hikes Maui’s 220-mile King’s Highway to capture 16th century coastal trade route before it disappears

Royal mission: Photographer hikes Maui’s 220-mile King’s Highway to capture 16th century coastal trade route before it disappears

  • Daniel Sullivan has photographed the King’s Highway in Maui, Hawaii, in a bid to preserve its heritage
  • The trail was built 500 years ago by King Pi’ilani, but is now being left to decay and disappear
  • Sullivan is compiling a book of 100 images from his journeys on the trail to record its legacy 

Photographer Daniel Sullivan endured a blistering 220-mile hike to document Hawaii’s ancient King’s Highway, a landmark withering away with time that he hopes to immortalise with his remarkable images. 
Sullivan, 39, walked the once popular coastal route in Maui during the summer of 2013 and is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund a book of 100 pictures of the trail entitled The Maui Coast – Legacy of the King’s Highway. 
He crossed sheer cliffs, battled white water and dense jungle to uncover the amazing island scenery of the King’s Highway, which was built over 500 years ago by King Pi’ilani who ruled the island during the 16th Century. 
Turtles make their way across Ho‘okipa Beach, Maui, as photographed by Daniel Sullivan on his journey along the King's Highway

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Turtles make their way across Ho‘okipa Beach, Maui, as photographed by Daniel Sullivan on his journey along the King’s Highway
The Hui Aloha Church in Kipahulu stands out like a beacon along the train, the white building among the bright green foliage among them

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The Hui Aloha Church in Kipahulu stands out like a beacon along the train, the white building among the bright green foliage among them
The sun spectacularly sets behind a preserved section of the King's Highway, a road of jagged stone built by King Pi'ilani in the 16th Century

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The sun spectacularly sets behind a preserved section of the King’s Highway, a road of jagged stone built by King Pi’ilani in the 16th Century
‘I’ve always been interested in Hawaiian culture. And since I moved to Maui 10 years ago, I’ve been searching for the Kings Highway,’ said Mr Sullivan.
‘Several years ago a Hawaiian man by the name of Eddie Pu’u died. He was a legend here among the Hawaiian’s as he used to walk the King’s Highway every year barefoot because of a dream he had once had about having to preserve the Aina, or the “sacred land” as the Hawaiians call it.
‘He was the only person I had ever heard of who knew the ancient trail, who had actually hiked it. The next summer my wife and two children were leaving for a 10-day trip to visit their grandparents in Idaho and I decided to walk around the island.’
Mr Sullivan battled through pain as he woke up at 5am every morning and hiked until the dark of night.
He said: ‘Physically the hike was a bit of a challenge for me. By the end I had layers of blisters and my calves were really swollen.
An oasis-like scene at the Twin Falls in Maui alongside the disappearing King's Highway that Sullivan is aiming to immortalise

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An oasis-like scene at the Twin Falls in Maui alongside the disappearing King’s Highway that Sullivan is aiming to immortalise
An exposed section of the King's Highway in Kanio, Maui, that Sullivan hiked during the making of his book about the ancient trail

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An exposed section of the King’s Highway in Kanio, Maui, that Sullivan hiked during the making of his book about the ancient trail
‘Water was also a challenge. The summer before I left, a hiker had died of dehydration on the trail past Kanio, which is where the lava fields are.
‘I was especially nervous about this section. The lava rocks are like razors and can cut easily through skin.
‘Unfortunately, I ran out of water here and was forced to make a decision to hike along the coast or climb up several miles to the road at Ulupalukua where I could find water. I decided to hike up, over the sharp rocks. The detour took me a while and by the time I reached the road, I was dizzy and exhausted.

‘The first car I saw I flagged down to ask for help. It turns out it was a good friend of mine and her mother who had set out to find me and bring me food and water.’
The Highway was once considered the artery of the island for commerce, trade and protection from invasion.
Today, large sections of the King’s Highway have disappeared into the jungle or have been completely destroyed.
Mr Sullivan said: ‘Along the way I stopped and asked locals and elders about the Kings Highway. 
The sun rises over Oluwalu, Maui, in this serene image that will feature in his book, The Maui Coast - Legacy of the King's Highway

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The sun rises over Oluwalu, Maui, in this serene image that will feature in his book, The Maui Coast – Legacy of the King’s Highway
A stark example of the blue stone at Gorge Kaupo, Maui, that locals told Sullivan to follow in his quest along the King's Highway

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A stark example of the blue stone at Gorge Kaupo, Maui, that locals told Sullivan to follow in his quest along the King’s Highway
‘Look for the blue stones’ is what they told me, so I set out looking the blue stones. Everywhere I walked I would find ancient heiau or temples coved up in the jungle, pieces of the Highway.
‘In some sections the road had been covered up, by jungle, and vines, in some areas it had been paved over or developed but in others the road stood out as if each stone had been laid out yesterday.’
Despite being a landmark on the island, there is no preservation or protection for this valuable historical relic, which was once at the heart of Hawaiian culture.
Mr Sullivan said: ‘I think much more could and should have been done to preserve the King’s Highway. Large sections have been paved over, bulldozed or left neglected. The trail was an amazing feat of craftsmanship 500 years ago, laying hundreds of thousands of small stones through cliffs and gorges. 
The palette continues to change with the position of the sun and the scenery in this photo at Wailea in Maui

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The fishing stone shrine in Kanio

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Another beautiful sunset scene on the Maui trail, this time at Wailea (left) and the fishing stone shrine in Kanio
‘The fact that sections of it still remain is a testament to the people who built it. The King’s Highway should be protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site, but sadly there is no state of federal protection or funds to protect most of it.
‘There are so many sacred sites here in Hawaii that are not protected. Some are on private land some are in the rain forest and jungles.’ 
For the past 20 years, Mr Sullivan has been taking photographs in Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, documenting the human spirit.
His photographs and essays have explored Afghanistan’s refugees, the tribes of Ethiopia’s Omo River and the eagle hunters of Mongolia.
Mr Sullivan added: ‘When I graduated from college in 1999, I sold my car and bought a one way ticket to Jerusalem for the New Year Celebration. I spent the next year photographing in Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
‘From early on I believed in getting close to my subjects. In Peshawar, Pakistan, I lived for six weeks with a family of Afghan refugees. In Syria I lived with a group of Jesuit Monks at a sixth century monastery in the desert. I learned a lot about cultures, religion and people.’

The world’s most opulent overwater getaways

From the first-ever spa on stilts to five-star dining under the sea: The world’s most opulent overwater getaways

  • French Polynesia’s Bora Bora offers some of the most stunning bungalow getaways in the world 
  • Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers deluxe dining in the world’s first underwater restaurant 

As the cold weather firmly sets in, you may feel those winter blues creeping up on you with a vengeance.
The perfect cure? Escaping to a tropical ocean villa, situated off the coast of a remote island, propped up over crystal-clear seas.
Take inspiration from Trivago‘s top overwater getaways, from the bungalows of Bora Bora to an underwater restaurant in the Maldives and where Tom Hanks filmed his film blockbuster Castaway.
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The Intercontinental Le Moana in Bora Bora, French Polynesia boasts two restaurants, a cocktail lounge and spa services nearby

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The Intercontinental Le Moana in Bora Bora, French Polynesia boasts two restaurants, a cocktail lounge and spa services nearby
Intercontinental Le Moana – Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora in French Polynesia is undeniably home to some of the most picturesque above-water bungalow resorts, pioneered in the region by Intercontinental.
Suspended on stilts between the ocean and the lagoon, Intercontinental has secured the best location in the archipelago – and Le Moana is no exception.
Complete with two restaurants, a cocktail lounge and with spa services nearby, the hotel is certainly among one of the most beautiful in the world.
And the luxurious resort has also managed to stay true to its Polynesian roots, with hats, baskets and mats created from coconut palm leaves the sort of souvenirs on sale. Additionally, guests can shop for Monoi oil (renowned for its medical properties) and even scoop up some loose pearls from vendors nearby. 
Above-water bungalows were pioneered in the region by Intercontinental - and as such, the hotel has nabbed some of the most prime areas

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Above-water bungalows were pioneered in the region by Intercontinental – and as such, the hotel has nabbed some of the most prime areas
There are 63 guest-rooms situated throughout the resort, each with a fantastic view of the crystal-clear ocean right outside the door

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There are 63 guest-rooms situated throughout the resort, each with a fantastic view of the crystal-clear ocean right outside the door
There is an outdoor pool at the Intercontinental Le Moana, which, of course, overlooks the lagoon and the stilted hotel bungalows

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There is an outdoor pool at the Intercontinental Le Moana, which, of course, overlooks the lagoon and the stilted hotel bungalows
Float House River Kwai – Kanchanaburi, Thailand
For a completely different overwater experience, the Float House River Kwai offers bungalows that appear as though they are floating above the famous Khwae Noi in Thailand.
There are 18 villas to rent, each constructed from bamboo and teakwood, offering a truly traditional Thai experience.
Perfect for those who enjoy activities above simply lounging, there are many excursions offered – from elephant riding and canoeing down the river to visiting an indigenous Mon village and exploring the nearby temple.
And what better way to wrap up a full day of sightseeing than by coming home to the comfort of a private water-front view and indulging in a Thai massage?
Best of all, stays at this resort are relatively affordable, beginning at £118 per night, including breakfast.  
For a completely different - and very traditional - Thai experience, head to Float House River Kwai resort in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

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For a completely different – and very traditional – Thai experience, head to Float House River Kwai resort in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

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Each of the 18 bungalows appear as though they are floating above the famed Khwae Noi and are constructed out of traditional materials

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Each of the 18 bungalows appear as though they are floating above the famed Khwae Noi and are constructed out of traditional materials
The bathroom features bamboo and teakwood accents and Thai massages are readily available to be booked in the privacy of your villa

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The bathroom features bamboo and teakwood accents and Thai massages are readily available to be booked in the privacy of your villa
For those who'd prefer a bit of adventure, the hotel also offers excursions such as elephant riding and canoeing down the river

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For those who’d prefer a bit of adventure, the hotel also offers excursions such as elephant riding and canoeing down the river
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island – Alif Dhaal Atoll, Maldives
This opulent resort is certainly not the cheapest option, but can you really put a price on luxury?
The five-star Conrad Rangali is accessible only by boat and is spread out across two private islands.
There are 150 different guest-room options, from beach bungalows to – of course – above water villas.
The resort’s most noteworthy feature? The world’s first all-glass underwater dining experience, the aptly-named Undersea Restaurant, serves up fine European cuisine five metres below sea level, surrounded by unique coral reefs and marine life.
The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort is certainly not the cheapest overwater hotel option, but can you put a price on luxury?

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The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort is certainly not the cheapest overwater hotel option, but can you put a price on luxury?
With over 150 different guest-room options, the resort is spread out across two islands and offers activities for all tastes

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With over 150 different guest-room options, the resort is spread out across two islands and offers activities for all tastes
The Undersea Restaurant is one of the resort's most noteworthy features as diners can eat five metres below sea level, surrounded by fish

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The Undersea Restaurant is one of the resort’s most noteworthy features as diners can eat five metres below sea level, surrounded by fish
The five-star Conrad Rangali is accessible only by boat and offers unobstructed sea views from every vantage point

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The five-star Conrad Rangali is accessible only by boat and offers unobstructed sea views from every vantage point
Likuliku Lagoon Resort – Mamanuca Archipelago, Fiji 
Another expensive but unique option, the Likuliku Lagoon Resort is situated in the stunning Mamanuca Archipelago, near Nadi, in Fiji.
Like the resort itself, the bungalows were all designed using traditional Fijian architecture and built using materials native to the region.
The area is perhaps most-known for Modriki Island, where the Tom Hanks film Castaway was filmed. In fact, guests can even travel there from the resort via jet-ski.
If simply relaxing isn’t enough, there are a range of activities available, including Fijian body treatments at the spa and windsurfing on the Pacific Ocean. 
The Likuliku Lagoon Resort in the Mamanuca Archipelago in Fiji boasts bungalows decorated using locally-sourced materials

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The Likuliku Lagoon Resort in the Mamanuca Archipelago in Fiji boasts bungalows decorated using locally-sourced materials
The traditional Fijian architecture offers a relaxing environment for guests to relax - and there are even see-through glass bottom floors

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The traditional Fijian architecture offers a relaxing environment for guests to relax – and there are even see-through glass bottom floors
The area is best known for Modriki Island, where the Tom Hanks film, Castaway, was filmed and yes, guests can visit - via jet-ski!

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The area is best known for Modriki Island, where the Tom Hanks film, Castaway, was filmed and yes, guests can visit – via jet-ski!
Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge – Bocas del Toro, Panama
Bocas del Toro is one of the most popular backpacker destinations on the Caribbean Sea, renowned for its colourful nightlife, national parks and plethora of beaches.
The majority of the province is based on the water, with boats ferrying tourists to and from restaurants and bars – all perched on stilts over the sea.
And those looking for a bit of luxury? They head to the Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge, which has nine overwater huts with thatched palm roofing.
It’s the perfect base from which guests can immerse themselves in the local culture, with trips to indigenous villages, hikes through the rainforest and fishing trips with locals available daily.  
Looking for a bit of luxury in Panama? Head to the Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge, which has nine overwater huts with thatched palm roofing

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Looking for a bit of luxury in Panama? Head to the Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge, which has nine overwater huts with thatched palm roofing
Bocas del Toro is a region almost entirely based on the water, with boats ferrying tourists to and from restaurants and bars perched on stilts

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Bocas del Toro is a region almost entirely based on the water, with boats ferrying tourists to and from restaurants and bars perched on stilts
Berjaya Langkawi Resort – Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands and is called the ‘Jewel of Kedah,’ hardly surprising considering the exotic jungle, pristine beaches and clear Andaman Sea that are located just steps away.
The Berjaya Langkawi Resort, spread across 28 hectares of tropical rainforest, encompasses every one of these ‘jewels,’ easily accessible from its 50 rooms, suites and chalets. (There are both above-water and in-rainforest options available.)
Guests can also partake in a game of tennis, try their hand at fishing, scuba diving or windsurfing and hit up one of the nine bars and restaurants in the evening.  
For an incomparable Malaysian retreat, head to the Berjaya Langkawi Resort, located on an archipelago of 99 islands

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For an incomparable Malaysian retreat, head to the Berjaya Langkawi Resort, located on an archipelago of 99 islands
With 50 guest rooms available, travellers have the choice between suspended overwater bungalows or chalets situated in the rainforest

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With 50 guest rooms available, travellers have the choice between suspended overwater bungalows or chalets situated in the rainforest
There are also nine bars and restaurants on site, as well as tennis courts and plenty of opportunities for scuba diving and windsurfing

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There are also nine bars and restaurants on site, as well as tennis courts and plenty of opportunities for scuba diving and windsurfing
Song Saa Private Island – Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia
This all-inclusive, and all expensive, resort is a testament to just how special it really is.
It’s actually the country’s first all-inclusive private island resort and claims that it can provide anything your heart may desire.
Spread across two pristine islands, known as Song Saa (‘The Sweethearts’), the resort is as seductive – with its crisp white accents – as it is luxurious.
There is a large infinity swimming pool, a yoga and meditation centre and an exclusive island boutique.
And if that’s not enough to convince you, the resort has even established a marine reserve in order to safeguard the nearby reef and allow guests to observe turtles, seahorses and tropical fish.
This all-inclusive private resort is Cambodia's first of its kind and claims to be able to provide 'anything your heart desires'

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This all-inclusive private resort is Cambodia’s first of its kind and claims to be able to provide ‘anything your heart desires’
Song Saa actually means 'The Sweethearts,' which is appropriate considering that the hotel is spread across two pristine islands

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Song Saa actually means ‘The Sweethearts,’ which is appropriate considering that the hotel is spread across two pristine islands
The all-white interiors are as seductive as they are luxurious. Can you think of a more beautiful location for a romantic getaway?

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The all-white interiors are as seductive as they are luxurious. Can you think of a more beautiful location for a romantic getaway?
The resort is also mindful of the environment, having built a marine reserve to safeguard the nearby reef and the underwater animals

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The resort is also mindful of the environment, having built a marine reserve to safeguard the nearby reef and the underwater animals
Constance Le Prince Maurice – Poste de Lacq, Mauritius
Tucked away in Poste de Lacq, the secluded Constance Le Prince Maurice is home to 64 suites, 12 luxury overwater villas and the extraordinarily opulent Princely Suite.
And after seeing their sprawling villas, it’s hard to imagine just how much more extravagant the Princely Suite could possibly get.
The resort prides itself on its luxury and intimacy, with private terraces, infinity pools, an outdoor spa and alfresco dining.
It was designed by Jean Marc Eynaud, who built the resort in harmony with its surroundings – and yes, that includes the suites and villas on stilts.
This is about as tranquil as it comes.  
Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius is home to 64 suites, 12 luxury overwater villas and the extraordinarily opulent Princely Suite

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Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius is home to 64 suites, 12 luxury overwater villas and the extraordinarily opulent Princely Suite
Designed by Jean Marc Eynaud, all of the rooms are built with the themes of harmony, tranquility and intimacy in mind 

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Designed by Jean Marc Eynaud, all of the rooms are built with the themes of harmony, tranquility and intimacy in mind 
The resort boasts private terraces on its overwater villas, as well as infinity pools, an outdoor spa and alfresco dining around the property

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The resort boasts private terraces on its overwater villas, as well as infinity pools, an outdoor spa and alfresco dining around the property
Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang – Nha Trang, Vietnam
Private island resort Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang lies on the Hon Tre Island and is accessible only by a seven minute luxury yacht transfer.
From the boat, guests will spot 84 villas dotting the shoreline – each with terraces overlooking the white sand beaches and distant mountains.
The resort, however, is most famed for having the only overwater spa in the world.
Called the Vincharm Spa – and yes, it lives up to its name – it features private massage huts suspended above the ocean, providing stunning views for guests experiencing complete relaxation.   
The resort features 84 luxury villas, which dot the shoreline, looking onto the pristine white sand beaches and mountains in the distance 

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The resort features 84 luxury villas, which dot the shoreline, looking onto the pristine white sand beaches and mountains in the distance 
Private island resort Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang lies on the Hon Tre Island in Vietnam and is accessible only by luxury yacht transfer

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Private island resort Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang lies on the Hon Tre Island in Vietnam and is accessible only by luxury yacht transfer
Although the rooms are appropriately luxurious, it's the famed overwater spa, Vincharm Spa, that is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience

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Although the rooms are appropriately luxurious, it’s the famed overwater spa, Vincharm Spa, that is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Admirals, generals: Pentagon tapes Indict Hillary

NEW
YORK – Recordings of top Pentagon officials in 2011 strongly
criticizing Hillary Clinton for leading a State Department “march to
war” against Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi in 2011 and for working
with the Muslim Brotherhood confirm the conclusions of the Citizens’
Commission on Benghazi, according to members who spoke to WND.
CCB members said the recordings revealed by the Washington Times
provide additional evidence to support the group’s interim report
concluding the Obama administration “changed sides” in Libya, rejecting
an effort by Gadhafi to abdicate and choosing instead to arm
al-Qaida-affiliated militia seeking to forcibly oust the dictator.
Last week, WND reported retired Adm. James
Lyons’ conclusion the Obama administration could have ousted Gadhafi
peacefully by accepting a deal brokered in March 2011 by retired Rear
Adm. Chuck Kubic with AFRICOM in Germany.
“The release of the Pentagon secret tapes by the Washington Times
today validates the CCB interim report that the Libyan war was totally
unnecessary, since it now has been validated that Gadhafi was willing to
abdicate and that he had no intention of causing a humanitarian crisis,
as promoted by Hillary’s State Department,” said Lyons, a former
four-star admiral who served as the commander in chief of the U.S.
Pacific and a founding member of the CCB.
The CCB – comprised of 17 retired admirals and
generals; former intelligence agents; active anti-terrorist experts;
media specialists; and former congressmen – has been conducting its own
investigation and working behind the scenes for the past year-and-a-half
to ensure Congress uncovers the truth of what happened in Benghazi and
holds people accountable.
“It is long past time that the Obama
administration and especially his then-Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton come clean about why they were so determined to turn on Gadhafi –
our ally in the war against al-Qaida – and instead chose to arm and
support al-Qaida militias fighting to overthrow him,” said Clare Lopez, a
former career operations officer with the CIA and currently vice president for research at the Washington-based Center for Security Policy.
Lopez said it’s “critical to note that Gadhafi
was actively engaged with Department of Defense officials to arrange
discussions about his possible abdication and exile when that promising
development was squashed by the Obama White House.”
“The Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi has been
asking ‘Why?’ for well over a year now,” she said. “It is time the
American people and the families of those who fought and gave their
lives at Benghazi in September 2012 were told why those brave Americans
had to die at all, much less die alone with no effort made to save
them.”
Retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, another CCB founding member, told WND in an email that the Washington Times
disclosure puts additional pressure on Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to
subpoena Clinton and other key Obama administration officials to testify
soon in public before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. 

Whistleblower: US Navy Flight Engineer States ‘Silver Discs and Entrance to ET Base in Antarctica’

Linda
Moulton Howe – U.S. Navy Flight Engineer saw Silver Discs and Entrance
to Alleged E.T. and Human Collaboration Base in Antarctica
Coast To Coast AM – January 29, 2015 South Pole UFOs, & Secret Memos
Linda starts at the 39 minute mark talking about the recent ‘loud booms’ heard around the US.. The Antarctic report starts at the 58 minute mark. 

Transcript here at Earthfiles
If that youtube video gets taken down, you can find the audio HERE

David Icke Two Hour Special Royal Political Paedophilia How the Global Pieces Fit

Published on Jan 29, 2015
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“The Most Important Document That Has Ever Been Put On The Internet” [text video]

Published on Sep 4, 2013
Donald Marshall’s original letter also known as The Most Important Document
That Has Ever Been Put On The Internet. This video displays the letter
in text form while an audio version of the letter is played
simultaneously.
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Illuminati insider Donald Marshall exposed the Illuminati: Human Cloning, Cloning Centers, Vril Lizards, Parasited Human Hosts/Hosts Of Vril/Drones and Dead Chipheads.
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MILITARY AC-130 GUNSHIP PLANE TO BE EQUIPPED WITH AIRBORNE LASERS

MILITARY AC-130 GUNSHIP PLANE TO BE EQUIPPED WITH AIRBORNE LASERS

Michael Janitch posted: “The famous AC-130 gunship plane is about to get a few upgrades. Laser cannons (guns) are to be installed soon. Most people have heard of (or seen) these aircraft at some point or another.  Usually this military workhorse plane is equipped with large mac”

New post on Dutchsinse

1/31/2015 — Military AC-130 Gunship Plane to be equipped with airborne lasers

by Michael Janitch

The famous AC-130 gunship plane is about to get a few upgrades.
Laser cannons (guns) are to be installed soon.
Most people have heard of (or seen) these aircraft at some point or another.  Usually this military workhorse plane is equipped with large machine gun cannons which can be deployed out the side of the aircraft.
AC130J-Ghostrider
This new laser system will be based on the US Navy’s electric laser program (as opposed to chemical lasers).
Quote Forbes:
“The top brass in the U.S. Air Force wants to put laser weapons on ground-attack aircraft.
Speaking at a conference in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, the head of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command, said he wanted to explore the possibility of outfitting an AC-130 Ghostrider aircraft with laser weapons.
What he didn’t say was whether the airborne laser would be powered by chemical or electric energy?
The Ghostrider is a heavily armed ground-attack aircraft manufactured by Lockheed Martin. The gunship is designed so that weapons are fired from a single side. By circling stationary targets, the aircraft can sustain persistent fire for an extended period of time.
Here is how Tyler Rogoway at Foxtrot Alpha described the AC-130:
The AC-130 flying gunship fleet is one of the most fabled and feared assets in the entire USAF inventory. Known for its ability to unleash a broadside of cannon fire in the dead of night, the newest of the AC-130 lot is more about smart bombs than raining lead and howitzer shells down on the enemy.
The Air Force spent about $4.3 billion pursuing airborne lasers that could destroy ballistic missiles between 1994 and 2007, according to the Congressional Research Service. In particular, the Air Force focused primarily on chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL) systems, which could be mounted in the aft section of a modified Boeing 747 aircraft. Northrop Grumman was the key company leading the COIL effort.
In 2009, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates killed the Air Force’s airborne laser program as part of an effort to reduce spending and reform the military’s acquisition process.
Unlike the chemically-powered lasers pursued by the Air Force, the U.S. Navy has focused on electrically powered lasers. The latter have proven to be far more successful than the former. In December, the Navy completed the first successful deployment of an electrically-powered laser weapon system aboard the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf.
The US Navy has been leading the way in the US DEWO program.  The Directed Energy Warfare Office of the US Navy has been developing multiple new weapon systems for ship based warfare (lasers).
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The new electric powered lasers are now reaching a point where their power can surpass any former chemical laser.  This new step forward is due to more advanced electrical systems being developed which increase the overall wattage output of the laser itself.
The Navy LaWS (laser weapon system) has been installed on a ship deployed in the Middle east, and has undergone extensive trials via land/sea based tests.
Two of the tests are seen below:

No doubt the new Navy railgun system could also be installed in one of these gunships!
The railgun will be rolled out later this year on a special new vessel designed to be quick and maneuverable.  If they can stabilize this railgun for aircraft, it could take out anything below.
Here is a test firing of the new railgun system, even in ultra-slow motion its fast.
Using the same kind of lasers, the US Army is able to shoot down incoming MORTARS, drones, and aircraft !
The Army created the HEL-MD (high energy laser mobile device), which is a truck mounted laser system, capable of targeting from near ground to full 90 degree angle upwards.
Watch the mortar , and drone shootdown tests here: (super-mega death ray is the new slang name for this device)
Overall, lasers make up just one component of the next generation weapons being developed by the military.
To understand what is going on, where we are going, and more importantly to understand how we are at a point in history (like the switch from swords to guns in the 1600’s)…… I suggest watching my 4 part series on “Directed Energy Weapons”:
We are literally at a turning point in history for weaponry.   Directed Energy Weapons, lasers, High Power Microwaves (HPM), electromagnetic weapons, and even plasma weapons are being developed.   If the Army can melt incoming mortars, this makes howitzer type cannons useless.
If they can melt mortars now, sooner or later they will be able to melt incoming bullets.   When that day comes, guns will be as useless as an arrow against a tank.
The ‘future’ of weapons is officially here.
Keep in mind, High Power Lasers can be used to control the weather, per Dr. Michio Kaku himself!

Read much more on weather modification via high power lasers here:
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This Is What A Real-Life Economic Collapse Looks Like….

This Is What A Real-Life Economic Collapse Looks Like….

empty store shelves
Did you ever think about what your life would be like if the stores were closed? I’m not talking about a post-apocalyptic Mad Max scenario or a winter storm that clears the shelves. I’m talking about a long-term disruption of services caused by an economic collapse.
What if you couldn’t run to Wal-Mart to get soap?  What if the grocery store had supplies so limited that they were rationed out to people in such small amounts that the food you got was not enough to meet your needs? What if there were no diapers for your baby or aspirin to cure a headache?
This is exactly what happens in a serious economic collapse. It happened a couple of years ago in Greece, and it’s happening right now in Venezuela. Bloomberg.com reports a scene of desperation:
Long lines, some stretching for blocks, formed outside grocery stores in the South American country’s capital as residents search for scarce basic items such as detergent and chicken.
“I’ve visited six stores already today looking for detergent — I can’t find it anywhere,” said Lisbeth Elsa, a 27-year-old janitor, waiting in line outside a supermarket in eastern Caracas. “We’re wearing our dirty clothes again because we can’t find it. At this point I’ll buy whatever I can find.”
Inside a Plan Suarez grocery store yesterday in eastern Caracas, shelves were mostly bare. Customers struggled and fought for items at times, with many trying to skip lines. The most sought-after products included detergent, with customers waiting in line for two to three hours to buy a maximum of two bags. A security guard asked that photos of empty shelves not be taken.
Police inside a Luvebras supermarket in eastern Caracas intervened to help staff distribute toilet paper and other products.
“You can’t find anything, I’ve spent 15 days looking for diapers,” Jean Paul Mate, a meat vendor, said outside the Luvebras store. “You have to take off work to look for products. I go to at least five stores a day.”
“This is the worst it has ever been — I’ve seen lines thousands of people long,” Greisly Jarpe, a 42-year-old data analyst, said as she waited for dish soap in eastern Caracas. “People are so desperate they’re sleeping in the lines.”
So what a real economic collapse looks like is  actually this:
empty-shelves-in-venezuela
photo credit: Bloomberg.com
Here’s a video via The Dave and Chad Show:
The situation is dire, and shows no signs of improvement on the horizon.  Why is the economy so bad in Venezuela? A report by JD Heyes of Natural News gives a snapshot:
A combination of economic factors has all contributed to Venezuela’s disintegration — a lack of foreign capital and declining oil prices among them — but the country’s socialist economic policies are at the root of every problem.
There are shortages of virtually everything, from car batteries to toilet paper — even McDonald’s french fries. Annual inflation rose to 64 percent in November.
The government there sounds a lot like the government here.  Military forces have deployed to the nearly barren stores to “protect” shoppers and store employees. Meanwhile, like something out of a dystopic movie, Interior Minister Carmen Melendez took to the airwaves to utter blatantly untrue propaganda in an attempt to assuage the hungry and increasingly desperate citizens.
“Don’t fall into desperation — we have the capacity and products for everyone, with calmness and patience. The stores are full.”
This reminds me of that scene in “The Interview” where one of the main characters, Dave Skylark, discovers that the abundance he was assured of wasn’t real and that the food in the grocery store window was actually made of plastic.
If you’re paying attention, you’ll be able to see the writing on the wall. More and more businesses are closing here in America, and we could soon be going down the same chaotic path as Venezuela, and Greece before them.

Prepping Is Not the Answer

You probably never expected to read that on a preparedness website, did you?
You might think that if you’re a prepper, you’re immune to all of this. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.  In the case of Venezuela, prepping became illegal last fall.
Today’s lesson is that when times get tough, the government can and will persecute those who have planned ahead.
The Attorney General of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Díaz, called on prosecutors to target people who are “hoarding” basic staples with serious sanctions.
She called on prosecutors to seek their detention.
The attorney general called on people to remain calm, not to fall for provocations, and not to be afraid of the “alleged” food shortage.
Based on the figures provided by the Central Bank of Venezuela, shortage hit 20% in August; in other words, 20 out 100 items are missing from the shelves.
According to a press release, the Attorney General Office has designated an ad hoc group of prosecutors to work nationwide with other authorities and cope with the threats against food security and, consequently, against the State. (source)
So basically, the Venezuelan government intends to treat those who prepared ahead of time like domestic terrorists…sound familiar?
Executive orders are already in place to crack down on preppers should the government decide to do so. The game pieces have already been moved into place to ban “hoarding” in America.  In 2012, President Obama signed an executive order that gives the federal government authority over every resource and infrastructure element in the United States. And “every resource” includes your pantry.
Michael Snyder recently wrote about the war on preppers on his site, The Economic Collapse Blog:
There are approximately 3 million preppers in the United States today, and often they appear to be singled out for punishment by bureaucratic control freaks that are horrified at the thought that there are families out there that actually want to try to become less dependent on the system.  So if you use alternative methods to heat your home, or if you are not connected to the utility grid, or if you collect rainwater on your property, or if you believe that parents should have the ultimate say when it comes to health decisions for their children, you could become a target for overzealous government enforcers.  Once upon a time, America was the land of the free and the home of the brave, but now we are being transformed into a socialist police state where control freak bureaucrats use millions of laws, rules and regulations to crack down on anyone that dares to think for themselves.

So, what can you do?

“What can you store?” is not the answer to this conundrum.
“What can you make?” – that’s the answer.
Your focus has to be on long-term sustainability, frugality, and self-reliance.  Don’t get me wrong – a stockpile is sensible and an important course of action. It should definitely be part of your preparedness plan.
However, you need to also be ready for the time when the supplies in your well-stocked pantry are no longer available.  You need to be able to meet as many of your own needs as possible or you’ll end up being one of those people wearing dirty clothes because you can’t find laundry soap or going hungry because you can’t find any food at the stores – or can’t afford it if you can find it.
Lots of us have taken steps to free ourselves from the chains of the local Wal-Mart, but we can take it a step further.
We can learn to be self-reliant.
This means:
It’s only by reducing your need for the things sold in stores that you can exempt yourself from the chaos and desperation that will erupt when or if an economic collapse situation occurs here.
Take the time to revisit the situation in Greece a couple of years ago. Families were so desperate they gave up their children to be raised by the state when they could no longer afford to feed them.  People worked longer hours for less money, while the cost of everything went up, causing instant crippling poverty for the former middle class. Suicide rates sky-rocketed and the country’s lifestyle changed dramatically – and not for the better.

Books can be your best pre-collapse investment.

Knowledge and skills are among the most important things you can “collect” to prepare for an economic collapse. However, if you haven’t been at it your entire life, it’s difficult to remember everything. Create a library of references to help you in your quest for self-reliance.  These are some of my favorites:

Here’s the challenge.

I’d like to issue a challenge. What can you do right now to reduce your reliance on the stores?  How can you take your prepper skills to the next level? Can you start making your own soap? Heat exclusively with wood? Grow sprouts in your windowsill? How long can you go (dipping too deeply into your stockpile is cheating) without a trip to the store for consumer goods? How can you stretch your groceries and make your supplies go further? Can you cut down on the supplies that you require from the store? Pick one thing (at least) and let us know about it in the comments.
This isn’t just for people who live in farming communities or for those who are off-the-grid already. Nearly anyone can lower the amount of consumer goods they require, regardless of their living situation. Please share your ideas  – the challenge you take on might help someone else in a similar situation see a way to reduce their dependence too, when they previously felt there was nothing they could do.  None of us are trapped in a hopeless situation. We can prevent ourselves from being those desperate people being policed and rationed in the near-empty stores by learning self-reliance skills today.


Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives in a small village in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States. She is the author of The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom. Daisy is a co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

Police Buy, Return Wedding Ring After Husband Sells It To Feed Ailing Wife…..

Posted in: Human Interest Posted: January 31, 2015

Police Buy, Return Wedding Ring After Husband Sells It To Feed Ailing Wife…..

Wedding Ring Returned

<img width=”665″ height=”385″ src=”http://cdn.inquisitr.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Wedding-Ring-Returned-To-Old-Man-Who-Had-To-Sell-It-665×385.jpg” data-attID=”1803031″ class=”single-leader wp-post-image” alt=”Wedding Ring Returned” /> A wedding ring belonging to a couple that has been together 54 years is back in its rightful place: on the hand of the man who sold it.

Police in Cornwall, Ontario, thought they were responding to a domestic assault case on January 24, 2014, but when they arrived, they found something much different (and even more heartbreaking).
An elderly man and his wife, who were not named to the media in order to protect their identities, were barely surviving. The husband was caring for his ailing wife, who suffered from dementia, and they had very little money.
In fact, times had become so desperate that he sold his wedding ring in order to feed her.
The police officers were immediately moved. Chief Dan Parkinson explains.
“It struck a chord with our officers,” Parkinson said. “It wasn’t a normal call. It was an emotional time for all once they determined what had happened.”
Parkinson described the husband as a “very proud man” in comments to the Ottawa Citizen, but proud or not, the responding officers and other police personnel weren’t about to turn their backs on the couple.
A dozen officers and civilian employees pooled their money and organized an effort to track down the wedding ring to buy it back.
When they were able to locate the ring, they found an inscription on it that read, “Together Forever.” They were also able to get in touch with the Alzheimer’s Society and the Community Care Access Centre, and put the couple on the organization’s radar for help with food and other health needs.
Chief Parkinson said he was proud of his staff for stepping up and taking initiative in the manner that they did.

“Believe it or not, they don’t do this for the recognition. They did it because it’s what they do best, which is to respond compassionately.”

Since the wedding ring story was picked up by local media, it has shot across the world resulting in additional offers to help from locations like Texas and the United Kingdom. Parkinson said the police officers aren’t accepting any money, but that these types of requests will be forwarded along to the victims services unit.
While 2014 was a more cynical year than usual when it came to public stories about the police, it’s good to see reports like this one where officers go above and beyond the call of duty to help the helpless.
What do you think about this police department, readers?
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1803018/police-buy-return-wedding-ring-after-husband-sells-it-to-feed-ailing-wife/#ra1ov0cAfVmV0FlS.99

Kristiana Coignard: Teen Girl Walks Into Police Station, Cops Shoot Her Dead — What Happened?

Posted in: News Posted: January 25, 2015

Kristiana Coignard: Teen Girl Walks Into Police Station, Cops Shoot Her Dead — What Happened?

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Kristiana Coignard police shoot

<img width=”665″ height=”385″ src=”http://cdn.inquisitr.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Kristiana-Coignard-mystery-teen-killed-by-police.jpg-665×385.png” data-attID=”1786432″ class=”single-leader wp-post-image” alt=”Kristiana Coignard police shoot” /> Kristiana Coignard, a 17-year-old girl who until recently had been a high school student in Longview, Texas, walked into the Longview Police Station at about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening. She picked up the courtesy phone for after-hours visitors and asked to speak to an officer. Moments later, she was dead — shot “multiple times” by police.

But why? Three officers have been placed on paid leave by the Longview Police Department in connection with the shooting that killed Kristiana before her life had a chance to begin. What led them to open fire on the lone teenage girl remains unclear.
UPDATE January 28: Surveillance video of the Kristiana Coignard killing has now been released. The full video may be viewed at this link.
According to police, when the officers went out to the lobby in the police station located at 302 West Cotton Street, in the East Texas city of about 80,000, Coignard “came at” the officers with some sort of weapon.

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<img src=”http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/marshallnewsmessenger.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/66/0667ddf3-dcce-58ed-bd83-ec9e8e1ba14c/54c31fead4562.image.jpg?resize=760%2C498″ /> Neither Longview police nor the Texas Rangers, who are now in charge of investigating the fatal shooting, would say what the alleged weapon actually was. But Longview Mayor Jay Dean described the slain teen as “a female wielding a knife.”
“When police arrived to assist her, that’s when she confronted them,” said police spokesperson Kristie Brian, quoted in the Longview News-Journal newspaper. “She did brandish a weapon. I don’t know what kind it was. She came at the officers and was shot.”

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<img src=”https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/64342_381302372036420_2813040223270325384_n.jpg?oh=36860af7c9ae62436716bbc9f4ecefde&oe=552A39E7&__gda__=1432621752_63218d10dd28d5b30275fb2015d0645d” /> Calls made from the lobby courtesy phone are recorded, just like 911 emergency calls, but police have not released the recording of Coignard’s brief call from the lobby, nor have they commented on what the teen said during the call, except that she said she needed to see a police officer.
Longview Police say they do not even know how Coignard got to the police station. Did she walk? Take public transportation? Did someone drive her and drop her off? There are no answers yet known publicly.
Also a mystery is why the teen, a former student in Longview’s Pine Tree Independent School District, would have attacked the officers with some sort of knife or other weapon.
Equally puzzling is why three police officers believed that they could not defend themselves against a lone teenage girl, who was apparently not armed with a gun, without shooting her dead.
Little is known so far about Kristiana Coignard herself. The Pine Tree ISD confirmed that she was a student there as recently as 2013, but did not say whether she had graduated high school or not.
Her Facebook page reveals little about the teen, but does contain a haunting final posting, made on January 12, of what appears to be a stock image of a young girl and boy stepping through a circular portal into the heavens.

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Kristiana Coignard Facebook

<img src=”http://cdn.inquisitr.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Kristiana-Coignard-Facebook.jpg” alt=”Kristiana Coignard Facebook” class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-1786511″ height=”392″ width=”500″ /> Kristiana Coignard also posted an image of clouds opening above an Egyptian pyramid, with the inscription, “We are in this world, but not of it,” as well as an illustration of a stereotypical extraterrestrial alien. Both images appeared to have been reposted from elsewhere on the internet.
The investigation into why police felt they had to shoot 17-year-old Kristiana Coignard remains ongoing.
[Images: Facebook]
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1786390/kristiana-coignard-police-shoot/#e252RO2w1ZedhpM1.99