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  • Counter-terrorism police arrest schoolboys in Sydney

    10/12/2016 12:47:38 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies ^ | 13th October 2016
    ONE of two schoolboys ­arrested yesterday as they were allegedly preparing to behead someone in Sydney’s southwest is the son of a convicted terrorist. Police swooped on the 16-year-olds in a laneway behind a Bankstown mosque about midday, hours after the pair allegedly bought two bayonets at a gun shop. The threat of an attack was considered imminent and police wearing protective vests descended on the prayer hall after officers received information about the alleged purchase of the knives. The pair allegedly also had pieces of paper with religious statements written on them that were to be read out while...
  • Bill De Blasio and Progressives Want Terrorism Normalized

    09/26/2016 8:21:28 AM PDT · by OddLane · 6 replies
    Splice Today ^ | September 26,2016 | Chris Beck
    New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced a couple of days after U.S. citizen and Afghani immigrant Ahmad Khan Rahami’s terrorist attack had injured 29 in his city that this was the time to bring in more Muslim immigrants. The timing of the Mayor’s immigration comment, which had a forced, agenda-driven quality was odd. Many New Yorkers certainly wished for a brief period of reflection, at least, before plunging willy-nilly back into the quixotic pursuit of the multicultural dream. The Mayor had just met with his London political and ideological counterpart, Sadiq Khan, who’d stated that terrorism was part...
  • Why Won’t You Believe Me When I Say I Want to Kill You?

    09/21/2016 9:28:35 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 7 replies ^ | 09/21/2016 | Leslie-Ann Stoffel
    There were six global Islamic jihad attacks in Israel over the weekend, a knife attack in a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and a bombing attack in the city of New York, with other bombs found in New York and New Jersey, and yet the elites in the media and the government who hold authority over us insist on covering up the truth and doing everything in their power not to admit that we’re at war with the global jihad. Of course, those in charge waste no time coming on the “news” to spew platitudes at us such as “if...
  • Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump Is A Traitor, And These Attacks Are His Fault

    09/21/2016 5:16:22 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 52 replies ^ | Bre Payton
    After multiple terrorist attacks launched across the U.S over the weekend, Hillary Clinton placed blame at the feet of the man she says is responsible for recruiting ISIS terrorists across the globe: Donald Trump. Then she accused him of treason, a capital crime that carries the penalty of death under federal law. “Donald Trump is being used as a recruiting sergeant for ISIS,” Clinton said on Monday morning. “The kind of language and rhetoric Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries.” *snip* Clinton, who previously served as U.S. Secretary of State for four years and as...
  • FBI Lies Again: NYC Bomber Was On FBI "Radar" After All

    09/20/2016 10:18:43 AM PDT · by Lera · 56 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | Sep 20, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    During a press conference yesterday morning, amid desperate efforts to placate political pressure to maintain the narrative of a lone-wolf bomber - not terrorist - who may have "had a beef" and just happened to be a muslim, William Sweeney, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's New York division, stated unequivocally: "There is no indication that the suspect was on the FBI's terror radar" adding that there was "no indication that there's a [terrorist] cell operating" in the New York area and had no information about Ahmad Khan Rahami's "path to radicalization." Phew - so we can rest...
  • New York Names Person Of Interest In Chelsea Bombing: Ahmad Khan Rahami

    09/19/2016 6:19:42 AM PDT · by Lera · 52 replies
    NPR ^ | September 19, 2016
    Speaking after multiple bombs either exploded or were found in the New York and New Jersey area, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says authorities are seeking Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28. Both the FBI and NYPD want to question Rahami about Saturday night's explosion on West 23rd Street in Manhattan. Rahami "should be considered armed and dangerous," according to the FBI. "The important thing is to get this individual quickly and to continue to be strong and vigilant," de Blasio said via Twitter. He urged anyone with knowledge about the case to call 1-800-577-TIPS. Saturday night's blast wounded 29...
  • Officials probe bombings, stabbings in three U.S. cities in a 12-hour span (Made by same person)

    09/18/2016 6:01:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 18, 2016
    <p>Police believe the two devices that were detonated in New Jersey and New York were made by the same person, a law enforcement source told Fox News on Sunday, as authorities move forward with investigations into the incidents as well as the ISIS-backed stabbing rampage in Minnesota — separate incidents that have cemented fears the United States is still a prime terror target.</p>
  • America is no longer guaranteed military victory. These weapons could change that.

    08/17/2016 5:36:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 16, 2016 | David Ignatius
    The fight against the Islamic State may get the headlines. But it’s the military threats from Russia and China that most worry top Pentagon officials — and are driving a new arms race to deter these great-power rivals. This question of how to deal with Russian and Chinese military advances has gotten almost no attention in the 2016 presidential campaign. But it deserves a careful look. The programs begun in the waning days of the Obama administration could potentially change the face of warfare, in the United States’ favor, but they would require political support and new spending by the...
  • Trump Speech - The Threat: Radical Islam And The Age Of Terror

    08/15/2016 2:46:39 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 80 replies ^ | Aug 15, 2016 | Donald J. Trump
    Understanding The Threat: Radical Islam And The Age Of Terror Thank you. It is great to be with you this afternoon. Today we begin a conversation about how to Make America Safe Again. In the 20th Century, the United States defeated Fascism, Nazism, and Communism. Now, a different threat challenges our world: Radical Islamic Terrorism. This summer, there has been an ISIS attack launched outside the war zones of the Middle East every 84 hours. 1 2Here, in America, we have seen one brutal attack after another. 13 were murdered, and 38 wounded, in the assault on Ft. Hood. 3...
  • How attacks are forcing Germany to examine civil freedoms

    08/13/2016 10:03:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    BBC News ^ | 13 August 2016 | Jenny Hill
    “Germany remains a safe country with a strong police force, with well-organized security agencies… We are good [at security], but we want to be better.” Germany’s interior minister, Thomas de Maizičre, has recently unveiled a long list of anti-terror measures: thousands of new police officers, billions of euros for the security services, better cyber intelligence and faster deportation of foreign criminals. This was, of course, in one sense about reassuring the German public. It is not the first time the government has announced anti-terror measures. But it is also the response to what are thought to have been the first...
  • [From August 10, 2014] Clinton faults Obama for rise of ISIS

    08/11/2016 9:20:33 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 10, 2014 | By Jesse Byrnes
    ”Clinton faults Obama for rise of ISIS””Foreign policy decisions under President Obama have allowed Islamic terrorists to gain a better footing in the Middle East, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said this week.”
  • Are Cruise Ships Prepared for ISIS?

    08/07/2016 12:45:40 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 43 replies
    Cruise Law News ^ | 3 Aug, 2016 | Jim Walker
    Are cruise ships prepared for the threat of terrorism? As I have contended for a long time, in my opinion no. Cruise lines are still calling on dangerous ports. They are still sending passengers on unescorted shore excursions in buses without armed security personnel. Cruise ships can't prevent terrorists from overpowering their unarmed security guards on most cruise ships and running up the gangways. (Some European cruise lines, like Costa, have weapons). Few lines are conducting anti-terrorist drills. The rare anti-terrorism training drill conducted by local and federal agencies are not even conducted on cruise ships. Few lines have installed...
  • 'Tear up Texas,' undercover FBI agent told Islamic State shooter before Garland attack

    08/05/2016 3:57:52 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 93 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 05 August 2016 | Avi Selk
    An undercover FBI agent claimed to be the Islamic State's "eyes" when they attacked Garland last year, and even goaded one of the shooters to "tear up Texas," according to federal court records. ... "Tear up Texas," the agent wrote. "That goes without saying," Simpson replied. It's unclear how much the FBI knew about the plot against the contest, but Hendricks told the agent to attend it, according to court records. So on May 3, when blogger Pamela Geller flew in to host the event, the undercover agent was in Garland, too. "If you see that pig make your 'voice'...
  • What it’s now like to holiday in France: Armed soldiers patrol the beaches after terror..

    07/31/2016 1:38:31 PM PDT · by PROCON · 37 replies ^ | July 31, 2016 | ALEX MATTHEWS
    Full Title: What it’s now like to holiday in France: Armed soldiers patrol the beaches after terror attacks leave country on high alertArmed police have been seen patrolling the beaches in St Tropez as security is ramped up in the light of the latest terror attacks to hit France. Patrols of officers carrying rifles were seeing walking between sun-worshippers at the popular southern French resort just days after Cannes had banned all bags big enough to conceal a weapon. French authorities are taking the extreme measures amid fears that the nation could be hit with further terror attacks.
  • Switzerland, land of peace, sees gun sales soar after terror attacks

    07/28/2016 1:48:47 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 10 replies
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  • France's Bleeding Heart

    07/28/2016 12:19:37 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 24 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | July 28, 2016 | Stephen Brown
    The meaning behind Islamic terrorists invading a church, murdering a priest and giving a sermon in Arabic afterwards.For centuries, France has always proudly borne the title “Eldest Daughter of the Church.” But two days ago, the Roman Catholic Church’s beloved child was barbarically violated and desecrated in a manner probably unseen since Clovis I was baptised in Reims on Christmas Day in 496 C.E. Striking at France’s religious heart and traditional roots, two Islamic terrorists invaded the sixteenth-century St. Etienne church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, a town of about 30,000 near Rouen in Normandy, Tuesday morning after 9:00 a.m during mass. Eighty-four...
  • US Preparing for Islamic State's ‘Terrorist Diaspora'

    07/27/2016 11:56:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies ^ | 07/14/2016
    "We all know there will be a terrorist diaspora out of the caliphate," FBI Director James Comey told the House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday. "Those thousands of fighters are going to go someplace," he said. "Our job is to spot them and stop them before they come to the United States to harm innocent people." As many as 40,000 foreign fighters from more than 120 countries are believed to have flocked to the conflict in Syria, with a majority of them joining IS while the group grew and saw its fortunes rise as it advanced across Iraq. Now, Comey...
  • Arab Americans Join With Tech, Privacy Groups to Fight Surveillance - Morning Consult

    07/27/2016 12:06:39 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 8 replies
    Morning Consult ^ | 07/26/2016 | Amir Nasr
    Arab Americans Join With Tech, Privacy Groups to Fight Surveillance - Morning Consult Arab Americans Join With Tech, Privacy Groups to Fight Surveillance Amir Nasr   |   July 26, 2016 Privacy advocates in the technology space have a new ally in Arab American groups to help with their fight to keep U.S. surveillance at bay. They are spurred on by anti-Muslim rhetoric from Republicans. In December, Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown” of U.S. borders to Muslim immigrants. In March, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said the country needed to “empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim...
  • Normandy church knifeman was 'convicted terrorist monitored with electronic tag'

    07/26/2016 5:28:31 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 48 replies
    Express ^ | July 26, 2016 | TOM BATCHELOR
    ONE of the two knifeman who murdered a priest during morning mass at a church in Normandy was a convicted terrorist who was known to the French authorities and should have been monitored with an electronic tag.
  • US to send ship in first naval visit [New Zealand] in three decades

    07/21/2016 6:23:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies ^ | 6:29 pm on 21 July 2016
    The United States will have to comply with New Zealand law when it sends a naval ship here in November, Prime Minister John Key says. ... A surface vessel, which would not be nuclear-powered or carry nuclear weapons, would be the most likely US ship to come, Mr Ayson said. "That doesn't mean that New Zealand has got some sort of victory here over American policy. It just means the two sides are finding another way to work around this." Greenpeace, however, hailed the announcement as a victory for New Zealand, echoing the sentiments of investigative journalist Nicky Hager who...
  • Newt’s Right. Cull and Deport Sharia Muslims.

    07/19/2016 9:44:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 19, 2016 | J. Robert Smith
    Lies have ways of being ground to dust by cruel realities. The liars, when it comes to the jihad against us, principally, are Democrats, though they have some enablers among the Republican establishment. Paul Ryan needs to zip his lip about compassion for Syrian refugees. The blood of innocents just spilled in Nice -- and in Orlando, San Bernardino, and Paris -- all within the span of less than a year -- tells a horrific tale. The killers do so for Allah. Misfits some of the killers may be, but misfits of a certain faith and similar cultural backgrounds, they...
  • France: Another truck bomb parked near Nice defused, Muslim arrested

    07/16/2016 1:26:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 117 replies
    Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs ^ | July 15, 2016 | Pamela Geller
    While Western elites are flapping their tongues praising Islam and warning us to do the same, jihadis are setting the world on fire. The blood is still in the streets of Nice and Muslim soldiers are setting off bombs. “France: Another truck bomb parked near Nice defused, Muslim suspect arrested,” ... All-out war. All-out jihad. But France, says its Prime Minister, is just going to have to get used to it. ... The French Special Forces defused an explosive-laden truck parked on a highway near Nice, local media reports. A bomb disposal operation was conducted on a highway near Nice...
  • Time to Launch an All-Out War Against ISIS and the Global Jihad

    07/15/2016 5:53:02 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/15/16 | Joseph Klein
    It is time to give ISIS the final “end of days” battle with the infidels it so desperately wants and bring their own days to an end. The latest terrorist attack in France, which has taken at least 84 lives and injured scores of other people, has all the hallmarks of an ISIS operation. The jihadist group’s supporters sadistically celebrated the carnage left by a truck turned into a killing vehicle by its Tunisian-born driver. He barreled down the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice and deliberately rammed into people whom had just enjoyed a fireworks display celebrating Bastille Day....
  • Trump on Nice Attacks: "Extreme Vetting" Of Immigrants

    07/14/2016 5:34:58 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 82 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 14, 2016 | RealClearPolitics
    "I would be so extreme in terms of documentation," Trump told FOX News' Greta van Susteren on Thursday. "I would not allow people to come in from terrorist nations. I would do extreme vetting. I would call it extreme vetting, too. And, you know, our country has tremendous problems. We don't need any more of the problems."
  • Senate Intelligence Committee to Investigate 'Known Wolf' Terrorism Problem

    07/14/2016 3:18:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 14, 2016 | Patrick Poole
    Why do Americans keep getting killed in terrorist attacks by individuals already known to and investigated by the FBI?That's the question that the Senate Intelligence Committee will look at over the next six months in the wake of the largest terror attack on American soil since 9/11 that killed 49 and wounded 53 more, where the Orlando killer had already been investigated twice before by the FBI.As I've reported here at PJ Media for nearly two years, the "Known Wolf" terrorism problem has extended to virtually every Islamic terrorist attack inside the U.S. occurring during the Obama administration.The New York...
  • CIA chief Brennan looks at Turkish attack and sees a warning for Americans

    06/29/2016 6:34:23 AM PDT · by detective · 69 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 29, 2016 | Daniel Klaidman
    Four hours after three suicide bombers killed at least 41 people and wounded hundreds more at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, CIA Director John Brennan said the attacks bore the grim hallmarks of ISIS and warned that the fanatically violent Islamic terrorist group wants to conduct similar large-scale attacks in the United States. “I am worried from the standpoint of an intelligence professional who looks at the capabilities of Daesh … and their determination to kill as many as people as possible and to carry out attacks abroad,” Brennan said in an exclusive interview at CIA headquarters with Yahoo News. Brennan credited...
  • 3 arrested in New York’s Holland Tunnel with loaded rifles, body armor - report

    06/21/2016 8:59:10 AM PDT · by paulcissa · 154 replies
    rt ^ | 21 Jun, 2016 | Staff
  • Biden on Orlando: ‘Terrorism Can Happen Anywhere’

    06/20/2016 5:22:43 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 59 replies
    Biden on Orlando: ‘Terrorism Can Happen Anywhere’ Madeleine Weast BY: June 20, 2016 4:39 pm In the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, Vice President Joe Biden said violent extremist acts require a global response during a speech at the Center for New American Security’s national security conference. Biden said al Qaeda and the Islamic State’s terror attacks are a real threat that needs to be dealt with before listing five cities the terror organization ISIS has already attacked. “Terrorism and violent extremism is yet another example of the virulent, transnational dangers that require a sustained global response,”...
  • Poll: After Orlando, Huge Spike in Voters’ Concerns About Security (Clinton 38 Trump 38 Johnson 10)

    06/20/2016 10:52:30 AM PDT · by usafa92 · 89 replies
    Morning Consult ^ | 6/20/2016 | Cameron Easley
    A new Morning Consult poll shows national security is back at the forefront of voters’ minds following the mass shooting in Orlando that left dozens dead and injured. In a national survey taken in the days after Omar Mateen’s attack on Pulse, a gay nightclub, almost three out of 10 voters (29 percent) said security was their top issue under consideration when casting their vote — a 10-point increase from a poll in early June. Similar spikes in voters’ concerns about national security were observed following the attacks in Paris, San Bernardino and Brussels. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump...
  • Gohmert on Anti-Terror Bill: ‘It Never Mentions The Term Radical Islam’

    06/20/2016 8:04:55 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies ^ | June 20, 2016 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – In the aftermath of the Orlando terrorist attack, the vast majority of House Republicans voted in favor of legislation designed to enhance efforts to combat “violent extremism,” but one of the three who voted against it, Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, said he did so because it fails to identify “radical Islam” as the problem. “It never mentions the term ‘radical Islam,’ and after the Orlando shooting, we have an obligation when the administration won’t call it what it is, to start calling it what it is,” he said on the House floor on Thursday. GOP leaders hailed...
  • Ooops! Sec of Defense Ash Carter: ISIS Was Connected To Orlando Terrorist Act

    06/20/2016 11:18:47 AM PDT · by WayneDupreeShow · 33 replies
    Newsninja2012 ^ | 6-20-16 | Wayne Dupree
    As you know on Monday the Obama administration decided to release partial transcripts of the Orlando terrorist shooter's 911 call. They did the American people an injustice by removing some of the references of how the killer pledged allegiance to ISIS. Yes that's right, your government redirected all mention to the radical Islamic terrorist group called ISIS to help spare the hurt for some of the victims of the attack. Then Obama's Secretary of Defense Ash Carter gives a speech that includes how the shooter was directly connected with ISIS. How stupid can they keystone cops be? Carter gave information...
  • Obama Atty General: Muslims "Under Our Protection"

    06/20/2016 7:39:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | June 19, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    It had to be either Muslims or Americans. And Obama and his people certainly aren't keeping Americans under their protection. Lynch said it's also important to maintain good relations with the Muslim community to ensure they are treated fairly. "Those communities are targeted as well, they are often swept up in this," she said. "And so we want to make sure that every community in the United States knows that they are under our protection." Swept up in what? Muslim mass shootings? Or that dreaded imaginary backlash which the left pivots to pretending is a more serious issue than the...
  • Orlando fallout: Mateen’s family put on no fly lists

    06/18/2016 11:38:14 AM PDT · by orchestra · 21 replies
    RT ^ | 6/18/2016 | RT
    Omar Mateen’s father and wife were added to the US’ no-fly list as investigators try to determine what role they played in the Orlando massacre in which 49 club-goers were killed and 53 injured. Federal officials have added Omar’s father, Seddique Mateen, and his wife, Noor Salman, to the government’s no-fly list, according to NBC News, although a spokesman for the US Government Terrorist Screening Database would not confirm that. “Disclosure of an individual’s inclusion or non-inclusion in the TSDB or on the No Fly List would significantly impair the government’s ability to investigate and counteract terrorism and protect transportation...
  • Donald Trump gets LGBT support boost after Orlando shooting

    06/14/2016 8:38:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | June 14, 2016 | Tara Dodrill
    Donald Trump appears to have lured a growing number of LGBT voters away from his Democrat challenger, Hillary Clinton. Trump’s speech after the Orlando shooting by a self-avowed ISIS terrorist has earned him the steadfast loyalty of gay Americans who are now keenly focused on national security, immigration, and terrorism matters. A Newsmax report about the surging Donald Trump gay support offered a roundup of both social media and editorial pieces detailing why they will not be casting a ballot for Hillary Clinton in November. The refusal by progressive or liberal politicians to utter the phrase “radical Islamic terrorist” is...
  • U.S. Senator Ted Cruz Addresses Florida Terrorist Attack

    06/12/2016 2:47:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 156 replies
    KTXA-TV ^ | June 12, 2016
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz issued a statement Sunday regarding the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando. Ted Cruz’s statement: “Our nation is at war. From 9/11 to the Boston Marathon, from Fort Hood to Chattanooga, from San Bernardino to last night’s horrific attack in Orlando, radical Islamic terrorism has declared jihad on America,” Sen. Cruz said. “Early reports indicate the Orlando terrorist had pledged his allegiance to ISIS, and he had previously been investigated by the FBI. And yet, as with the prior attacks, we were not able to act to stop this act of vicious terrorism that has now murdered...
  • P_resident Obama Ignores Cold War Lessons for Counterjihad at America’s Peril

    05/15/2016 6:50:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | May 15, 2016 | Sebastian Gorka
    If you want to understand why 15 years after 9/11 the West is still fighting the Global Jihadi Movement, look no further than President Barack Obama’s recent comments in the Atlantic. During a conversation with columnist Jeffrey Goldberg, the President argued that analogizing between the Cold War Communist threat and today’s jihadist threat is detrimental to America’s cause – that we must not “paint with a broad brush” lest we create a “clash of civilizations.”The President’s remarks illustrate two points: his apparent ignorance of the nature of the Communist and Islamic extremist threats, and his greater concern with not offending...
  • Paul Ryan Kills Another Innocent American

    04/21/2016 6:03:24 AM PDT · by xzins · 24 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 4/21/2016 | George Rasley
    Last November, the day before the Muslim terrorist attack in Mali that killed 27 innocent civilians, including one American, former Peace Corps volunteer Anita Datar, Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan shot down the idea of a religious test for refugees coming to America at taxpayer expense. Ryan said, "We will not have a religious test, only a security test," before touting his bill, the SAFE ACT of 2015, that allegedly gave extra scrutiny to those “refugees” coming to the U.S. from Syria and Iraq. Paul RyanAs we pointed out at the time, the bill was nothing more than...
  • Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others express ‘deep concerns’ over controversial encryption bill

    04/20/2016 10:14:22 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 20, 2016 04:37 am | By Amar Toor
    Coalitions representing major tech companies warn of 'unintended consequences' in letter to US senators Four coalitions representing Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and other major tech companies have published an open letter expressing their concerns over a controversial US bill that would require smartphone makers to decrypt data on demand. The letter, published this week, is addressed to the bill's sponsors, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and signed by four industry groups: Reform Government Surveillance, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, the Internet Infrastructure Coalition, and the Entertainment Software Association. In addition to Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon,...
  • Bono thinks telling jokes will make ISIS stop killing people

    04/13/2016 5:17:26 AM PDT · by dennisw · 78 replies
    NY POST ^ | April 13, 2016 | By Joe Tacopino
    Bono has identified a new weapon in the war on terrorism: “Borat.” The U2 frontman told the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee in Washington, DC, Tuesday that jokes could combat ISIS. “I think comedy should be deployed,” he said. “I am suggesting that the Senate send in Amy Schumer and Chris Rock and [“Borat” star] Sacha Baron Cohen . . . You speak violence, you speak [terrorists’] language. But you laugh at them . . . and it takes away their power.”
  • FBI Scores a Hollow Victory in Apple iPhone Unlocking Fight

    04/11/2016 4:27:57 PM PDT · by Coronal · 13 replies
    The Mac Observer ^ | April 11, 2016 | Jeff Gamet
    The FBI won what amounts to a hollow victory in its fight to force Apple to break its own iPhone encryption. A Federal Judge in Boston an order compelling Apple to help recover data from an iPhone, but stopped short of forcing the company to break its own encryption or hack the lockscreen passcode, effectively telling the company to do exactly what it already does to help out law enforcement agencies. Federal Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler's order stated, "To the extent that data on the device is encrypted, Apple may provide a copy of the encrypted data to law enforcement...
  • Obama: No President Has ‘Taken More Terrorists Off the Field Than Me’

    04/11/2016 4:41:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 11, 2016 | 11:37 AM EDT | Melanie Hunter
    In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” President Barack Obama defended his response to terrorist attacks, saying, no one has “taken more terrorists off the field” than he has in his two terms in the White House. “I would say this — there isn’t a president who’s taken more terrorists off the field than me, over the last seven-and-a-half years. I’m the guy who calls the families, or meets with them, or hugs them, or tries to comfort a mom, or a dad, or a husband, or a kid, after a terrorist attack. So, let’s be very clear about how...
  • Chase freezes man's bank account because his dog's name, 'Dash,' looked like 'Daesh'

    03/31/2016 9:55:23 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 66 replies
    BoingBoing ^ | cory doctorow
    Bruce Francis transferred some money to his dog walker to pay for services to his pit bull, and wrote the dog's name, "Dash," in the notes field. The processors at Chase Bank thought that Dash might be a sneaky way of spelling Daesh (which is the mocking, insulting nickname used by critics to refer to "ISIS"), decided that this was possible terrorist money-laundering, and stopped the payment, froze his account, and notified the Treasury Department that he was a suspected terrorist. It's hard to know what's stupidest about this: that the bank thought that Daesh was the kind of thing...
  • FBI breaks into San Bernardino gunman's iPhone without Apple's help, ending court case

    03/28/2016 3:36:30 PM PDT · by McGruff · 146 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 28, 2016
    The U.S. Justice Department announced Monday it has successfully accessed data stored on the iPhone that belonged to the San Bernardino gunman without Apple's help, ending the court case against the tech company. The surprise development effectively ends a pitched court battle between Apple and the Obama administration. The government told a federal court Monday, without any details, that it accessed data on gunman Syed Farook's iPhone and no longer requires Apple's assistance.
  • It's Over: The FBI says it has hacked into the San Bernardino shooter's phone without Apple's help

    03/28/2016 4:42:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/28/2016 | Kif Leswing
    Apple won a major victory in its showdown with the government when the US Justice Department (DOJ) abandoned its plans on Monday to force the company to write software to bypass iPhone security measures. The Justice Department told a federal court on Monday that it no longer needed Apple's help to access data on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, and requested that its original order for Apple's technical assistance be withdrawn. According to the DOJ, the reason it withdrew is because it was successfully able to access the data on the iPhone without Apple's help....
  • The Bombers Who Weren't

    03/28/2016 3:18:40 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 8 replies
    SOTT ^ | 3/28/16
    Words fail us. Well, not really. Here are some words: BS, Farce, Con job, Sham, Travesty, Mockery. We could go on, but those should suffice for now to describe the official narrative around the Brussels bombings last week. Suicide bombers, they told us, were behind the blasts in the airport and metro station. Yet a preponderance of lower leg injuries at both sites argued strongly for bombs that were placed on the floor, not attached to the chest of some wild-eyed jihadi of the type that appears only in the best wet dreams of NATO officials. But we have proof!...

    03/27/2016 6:39:17 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 88 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 27 March 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Much of counterterrorism is really security theater. TSA searches that have yet to stop a terrorist. Bombing raids that don't drop bombs. Soldiers standing with rifles that have no bullets in them. It looks impressive. But there's no substance behind it. Rabbi Menachem Hadad of Brussels’ Shomre Hadas haredi Orthodox community said that soldiers who were posted outside a synagogue and the city’s Chabad House following the slaying of four Jews in Brussels’ Jewish Museum of Belgium in 2014 told him that for months, they used to guard the area with no bullets in their rifles. “It was just a...
  • Belgian police arrest six in bombing probe, French foil Paris plot

    03/24/2016 8:08:09 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 25, 2016 | Alastair Macdonald, Ingrid Melander and Foo Yun Chee
    Belgian police arrested six people in their probe of Tuesday's Islamic State suicide bombings in Brussels, while authorities in France said they thwarted a militant plot there "that was at an advanced stage." The federal prosecutor's office in Belgium said on Thursday that the arrests came during police searches in the Brussels neighbourhoods of Schaerbeek in the north and Jette in the west, as well as in the centre of the Belgian capital. The arrests came days after suicide bombers hit the Brussels airport and a metro train, killing at least 31 people and wounding some 270 in the worst...
  • Poll: Support for another Crusade at highest level since 14th century

    03/24/2016 8:11:12 AM PDT · by rey · 30 replies
    Duffleblog ^ | 24 March 2016
    VATICAN CITY — For the first time in seven centuries, support for a new Crusade topped all other economic, religious, and foreign policy concerns, according to yesterday’s Vatican/CNN survey of “self-identified” Christians in Europe and the United States. Nearly 95 percent of respondents reported that they “strongly supported” the building of an army to place the entirety of modern day Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon under the banner of the Holy See. Those polled indicated that though they “sort of” enjoyed the basic tenets of democracy, the terror attacks in Belgium made them willing to cede all political and military...
  • Brussels attacks: Why can't Europe close the gap in its intelligence sharing?

    03/24/2016 2:11:14 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 24, 2016 | Sara Miller Llana and Elisabeth Braw
    Paris and London — Four months ago, in the aftermath of the deadly Paris attacks, there was widespread agreement among European leaders that the continent’s intelligence agencies needed to share more information to prevent radicals’ future attacks. Today, the disconnect between intelligence agencies still gapes. According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish authorities deported Brussels attack suspect Ibrahim el-Bakraoui to the Netherlands last summer – and warned Belgium of his terrorist ties. Yet Bakraoui, a Belgian national, was released without charge. He is believed to have been a suicide bomber in Tuesday's attacks in Brussels which left more than...

    03/24/2016 2:15:41 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 212 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 24, 2016 | Reena Flores
    DONALD TRUMP OPEN TO NUCLEAR RETALIATION AFTER BRUSSELS ATTACK Reena Flores CBS News March 24, 2016 Donald Trump is not ruling out the use of nuclear weapons in the U.S. fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to an interview with the GOP front-runner that aired on Bloomberg TV Wednesday. Asked if he would consider nuclear retaliation after this week's terror attacks in Brussels, Trump responded: "Well, I'm never gonna rule anything out. And I wouldn't wanna say. Even if I felt -- it wasn't going -- I wouldn't wanna tell you that because, at a...