Governors in six states declared emergencies, but shortly afterwards weather forecasters began to see that they had gotten it wrong. Initially, the National Weather Service said a monster storm would bring up to three-feet of snow, powerful winds and widespread coastal flooding along a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast.
This caused people to rush to local stores to stock up on supplies, transit systems closed down, and the airlines grounded their fleets. Then near-marshal law, keeping people inside and vehicles off of the street was enacted.
This cost NYC businesses over $7 million in lost revenue.
News of this monster storm led the evening newscasts on all the major networks. And by the time it was over only a few inches fell in New York’s Central Park while another few inches dropped on Long Island.
These are the same people who claim they can predict climate change, 100-years from now, but can’t get a 24-hour forecast correct.
But there’s story far more important than the threat of a few snowflakes. The federal government charged Russian three men with operating a spy ring operating in New York City.
Evgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy are charged with gathering economic intelligence for Russia’s foreign intelligence service, Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation. Buryakov posed as a banker for Russia’s Vnesheconombank, while both Podobny and Sporyshev worked for the Russian Federation in New York.
‘Economic intelligence’ concerns production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services, as well as labor, finance, taxation, and other aspects of a nation’s economy or of the international economic system. It also allows a nation to estimate the size of possible military threats and is also valuable in estimating the intentions of a potential enemy.
And this isn’t the first time this has happened. In June 2010, federal agents broke up a 10-person Russian sleeper cell embedded in various U.S. communities. That operation was also managed by two Russian intelligence agents posing as low-level Russian diplomats.
Going a step further — it isn’t a far stretch to think ‘Radical Islamic’ sleeper-cells are already operating within the U.S. After all, a member of ISIS/ISIL admitted to the Jerusalem Post last August, following the murder of American journalist James Foley, that they are already within our borders.
“They infiltrated us with those who pretend to be Muslims and we have also penetrated them with those who look like them,” he claimed.
We’re being snowed when it comes to what is and is not important.