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  • When Egypt Has More Guts Than America

    10/30/2014 8:14:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/30/2014 | By Karin McQuillan
    Egypt responded strongly to a Hamas jihadi terror attack that killed 30 Egyptians soldiers, with helicopter strikes, a curfew of 100,000 people, and the announcement they are going build a security wall.  to control the border with Gaza.  Unlike President Obama, Egyptian President Al-Sisi has no trouble identifying the enemy and didn’t feel the need to assure people that Islamic terrorists are lone wolves, representing nothing and no one.  Instead he asserted the attack was supported by foreign forces.  He vowed to protect the lives of Egyptian military at home and to pursue an “extensive war” against the jihadists,...
  • Let Erik Prince and Blackwater Take on ISIS To Kill Them, Not Degrade Them

    10/29/2014 5:57:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 29, 2014 | Bob Barr
    Like many liberal criticisms of market-based solutions to public policy problems, the idea of privatized armies is likely to conjure images of rogue mercenaries advertising in the back of Soldier of Fortune magazine. However, many of todays paid civilian soldiers are highly skilled and professional former Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, and Marines. They often are employed by private contractors because of their effectiveness as support staff, training instructors, security personnel, and occasionally as combat-ready operators. They are trained and ready to kill the enemy, not degrade him. Such contractors have been instrumental in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; filling...
  • Russia to join coalition against ISIS in Iraq?

    09/26/2014 5:50:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/26/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    So they say… kind of. According to state-run TASS, Sergei Lavrov met with new Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi during the UN General Assembly currently taking place in New York, and pledged to support them against ISIS: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed Russia is ready to support Iraq in its efforts to fight the terrorist threat, first of all the one from the Islamic State (IS). Lavrov had meeting with Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday. …“During the meeting, Lavrov confirmed Russia’s support for Iraq’s independence, territory integrity and sovereignty,” the ministry said....
  • Blackwater Founder Wants to Fight Ebola, ISIS, and for the GOP to Get Off Their Ass

    09/20/2014 6:33:11 AM PDT · by McGruff · 26 replies
    THE DAILY BEAST ^ | 9/19/2014 | Asawin Suebsaeng
    Erik Prince says his old private army could have dealt with the Islamic State militants on their ownand that Republicans need to start fighting like we pay them to. Erik Prince has a message for ISIS: Youre lucky Blackwater is gone. On Friday night, the controversial founder of the private military company had plenty to say about what the organization he once ran could be doing in the fight against the so-called Islamic Stateand also why Republicans need to stop being such losers. Its a shame the [Obama] administration crushed my old business, because as a private organization, we couldve...
  • Somebody Tell Kerry: White House Says We're at War with ISIS

    09/12/2014 2:37:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | September 12, 2014
    The United States is at war with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), the White House and Pentagon said Friday, a day after Secretary of State John Kerry repeatedly declined to use that phrase. In the same way that we are at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates around the globe, we are at war with ISIL, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at the White House. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby echoed that sentiment, telling reporters that while the effort was "not the Iraq war," they should "make no mistake, we know we...
  • Top Obama Officials Disagree Over Whether U.S. At War With ISIS

    09/12/2014 2:32:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    TIME ^ | September 12, 2014 | by Zeke J Miller
    The use of the W-word could have both legal and political implications. Top Obama Administration officials have publicly given conflicting accounts in recent days over a fundamental question of the new U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria: Is the nation at war? With 158 airstrikes carried out on ISIS targets and more than 1,600 troops deployed to Iraq in various capacities, Secretary of State John Kerry told ABC News Thursday that the nation was not in fact at war with the militant group. But by Friday afternoon, the White House and the Pentagon were...
  • White House: Yes, this is a war against ISIS

    09/12/2014 4:11:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    cbs ^ | 9/12/14 | Stephanie Condon
    A day after Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned against "war fever," administration officials on Friday said the U.S. is indeed waging a war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, otherwise known as ISIL). However, the administration is still trying to draw a distinction between this new "war" and the previous war the U.S. waged in Iraq, which included putting American troops on the ground in Iraq for combat operations. "The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with al Qaeda and its al Qaeda affiliates all around...
  • Obama Administration Says U.S. Is 'At War' With ISIS (until tomorrow)

    09/12/2014 3:52:30 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    nbc ^ | 9/12/2014 | staff
    The Obama administration said for the first time Friday that the United States is at war with ISIS militants. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, used the language at least three times during his daily briefing with reporters. The U.S. is at war with ISIL in the same way the U.S. is at war with al Qaeda, he said, using an alternate acronym for the group. Minutes earlier, a Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, used similar terminology. This is not the Iraq war of 2002, he told reporters. But, make no mistake, we know we are at war...
  • President Obama's Politically-Driven, Hastily Taped-Together, Counterterrorism Strategy

    09/12/2014 3:12:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    (P) resident Obama came into office in 2009, telling the American people he would end the wars against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. Six years later, facing a broader and more lethal terrorist threat, he is now telling us why we need to go to war again. To say Obama can't seem to make up his mind in the war on terrorism (a designation his administration stopped using the day he entered the Oval Office), is putting it mildly. If anything, his naive plan of withdrawal and retreat and the way it was carried out in the face of a...
  • Obama: 'We Tortured Some Folks' [Go Tell That To Daniel Pearl's Family]

    08/01/2014 5:41:13 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 62 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 1, 2014 | KATHLEEN HENNESSEY
    Obama: 'We Tortured Some Folks' By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY In startlingly blunt phrasing, President Obama on Friday acknowledged the CIAs use of brutal interrogation tactics in the years after the Sept. 11 attack, even as he defended the agencys top spy, who is a veteran of the era. We tortured some folks, Obama said to reporters during a news conference Friday. We did some things that were contrary to our values.
  • Obamas counterterrorism director resigns

    07/09/2014 2:49:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 9, 2014 4:55 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama is thanking the outgoing director of the National Counterterrorism Center as he wraps up a 24-year career in the federal service. Obama says most Americans may not know Matt Olsens name, but he says they are safer because of his dedicated service.
  • We Kill People Based on Metadata, Admits Former CIA/NSA Boss

    05/13/2014 4:04:19 PM PDT · by robowombat · 60 replies
    New American ^ | Tuesday, 13 May 2014 11:00 | Alex Newman
    We Kill People Based on Metadata, Admits Former CIA/NSA Boss Written by Alex Newman font size decrease font size increase font size Print E-mail We Kill People Based on Metadata, Admits Former CIA/NSA Boss Essentially confessing to mass murder and multiple other crimes, retired Gen. Michael Hayden, the former boss of both the NSA and the CIA, admitted that the Obama administration has been murdering people around the world based solely on the so-called metadata collected by U.S. intelligence agencies. The controversial insiders remarks confirmed growing fears and warnings by critics of the out-of-control federal government that, despite efforts to...
  • The Words "Boko Haram" Have Become Nigeria's National Synonym for Fear

    05/10/2014 5:05:03 PM PDT · by Enchante · 20 replies
    National Geographic ^ | May 8, 2014 | James Verini
    One Nigerian official's wish for Boko Haram: "Find them, kill them." ....... "I love this about America," he said with a tone of, if not love, then certainly reverence. "Find them, kill them. Don't wait for judicial manipulation." As the parents of the kidnapped schoolgirls become more desperate, and their protests in Abuja grow larger, he may be repeating those four words to himself like a mantra.
  • Egypt's Counterterrorism War Undermined by US Insistence on Muslim Brotherhood

    05/04/2014 4:37:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/4/14 | Tera Dahl
    On a recent trip to Egypt with a delegation of national security experts and journalists we had the opportunity to meet with senior-level Egyptian security officials, as well as several members of the countrys various religious and civil society movements. The message being disseminated in the Western press about Egypt is contrary to the reality on the ground. A recent Los Angeles Times article repeats the accusation that Egypts response to terrorism is in fact the reason Egypt is in such trouble. This narrative has become entrenched in some circles of the US foreign policy establishment. To quote directly from...
  • Spain arrests French 'Al-Qaeda' terror suspect

    05/04/2014 6:53:31 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin
    the local (France) ^ | 01 May 2014 10:44 GMT+02:00
    Police in Spain arrested a French-Algerian man suspected of fighting for Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria, the Spanish interior ministry said on Wednesday. Spanish officers with the help of French police seized Abdelmalek Tanem, 24, in the southern city of Almeria on Wednesday afternoon, the ministry said in a statement. They said he was thought to have carried out "terrorist activities" in Syria with two jihadist factions: the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and the Al-Nusra Front. He is suspected of serving as a "combatant" as well as a "facilitator" on the Syria-Turkey border helping other Europeans travel...
  • Eleven Arrested over Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight

    05/04/2014 1:22:20 AM PDT · by moose07 · 50 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/4/2014 | By Tova Dvorin
    Eleven Al Qaeda-linked terrorists were arrested in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, according to the Daily Mail, in connection to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March. The eleven, whose ages range from 22 to 55 and include students, business professionals, odd-job workers and even a young widow, are being questioned intensively over the flight after an investigation by several intelligence organizations. Despite repeated denials that the flight's disappearance was a terror attack, Malaysian officials finally admitted after the arrests that the new development raises the possibility of Al Qaeda's involvement. "The possibility that the plane was diverted by...
  • Palin: If I were president, 'Waterboarding is how we'd baptize terrorists'

    04/28/2014 6:33:37 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/28/14 | Dylan Stableford
    Sarah Palin would like all terrorists to know that if she were in charge, waterboarding is how the United States would baptize them. At least that's what the former Alaskan governor and ex-vice presidential nominee told thousands of attendees this weekend at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Indianapolis. "If I were in charge," Palin said Saturday during a Stand And Fight rally at Lucas Oil Stadium, "[our enemies] would know that waterboarding is how we'd baptize terrorists." Palin mocked what she called the Obama administration's coddling of suspected terrorists
  • Israel arrests Al-Qaida recruits trying to bomb U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv

    01/22/2014 12:21:28 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 35 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 22.01.14 | Amos Harel
    Shin Bet officials announced on Wednesday that they have arrested three Palestinians, two of them East Jerusalem residents with Israeli identification cards, for alleged involvement in an Al-Qaida plan to carry out terror attacks in Israel. The group had planned two simultaneous suicide attacks, the Shin Bet said, one at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem and the other at the United States embassy in Tel Aviv. The three men were arrested on December 25, a gag order on the case lifted Wednesday revealed. A high-ranking Shin Bet official told reporters in Tel Aviv that a member of one of...
  • Russian police kill Islamist militant leader before Olympics

    01/21/2014 3:50:09 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 32 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Jan. 21, 2014 | Reuters
    MOSCOW - Police have killed a senior Islamist militant in Russia's North Caucasus ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, where security forces searched on Tuesday for a woman they fear is planning an attack during the Games. Eldar Magatov, a suspect in attacks on Russian targets and alleged leader of an insurgent group in the Babyurt district of Dagestan, died in a shootout, the National Anti-Terror Committee said on Tuesday.
  • U.S. Offers Russia High-Tech Aid to Thwart Sochi Terror

    01/21/2014 12:23:42 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 21, 2014 | By Thom Shanker
    BRUSSELS The United States and Russia have opened discussions about using sophisticated American electronic equipment, developed by the Pentagon to counter improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and Iraq, in a new effort to help secure the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi next month. The potential for a technological exchange was part of an extensive discussion here Tuesday when Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held his first face-to-face meeting with his Russian counterpart, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the general staff. The Defense Department would be willing to provide equipment designed to detect...
  • Man Posts On Facebook About Police State And Guess Who Shows Up?

    01/19/2014 8:44:49 AM PST · by lowbridge · 109 replies
    http://freepatriot.org ^ | january 18, 2014 | sean brown
    We use Facebook for many things, some of us use it for posting pictures of our food, others for posting the infamous selfie, and some of us to vent our frustrations with thegovernmentand politics as a whole. No matter the reason you use Facebook, you expect to be able to post just about anything you want(aside from death threats to the President) without being hassled since our right to free speech is protected. Well thats not the experienceBlaine Cooper from Humboldt, AZ had. The 34 year old posted a rant on Facebook showing his frustration with the country and within...
  • I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on

    01/01/2014 2:29:20 PM PST · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 79 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/29/13 | Heather Linebaugh
    Comment is free I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on Few of the politicians who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have a real clue how it actually works (and doesn't) Share 51006 117 inShare158 Email Anonymous woman on grey Heather Linebaugh theguardian.com, Sunday 29 December 2013 07.30 EST Jump to comments (2811) Hermes 450 drone An Elbit Systems Hermes 450 drone. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program aka drones I wish I could ask them a...
  • Emir of Abdullah Azzam Brigades detained in Lebanon

    01/01/2014 11:37:46 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | January 1, 2014 | By Bill Roggio
    Lebanese security forces have captured Majid bin Muhammad al Majid, a Saudi jihadist who leads the al Qaeda-associated Abdullah Azzam Brigades, according to reports. The Abdullah Azzam Brigades has stepped up attacks against Hezbollah for its involvement in the Syrian civil war. Majid was reportedly detained on or before Dec. 29, according to Reuters, but the circumstances of his capture were not disclosed. Lebanon's defense minister told AFP that Majid is in custody and is being interrogated. US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal said that Majid is in Lebanese custody and was detained in early December. The...
  • Vladimir Putin vows 'total annihilation' of terrorists after Volgograd bombings

    12/31/2013 8:51:55 AM PST · by MarkBsnr · 101 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 31 Dec 2013 | Roland Oliphant
    Vladimir Putin has vowed to pursue terrorists to total annihilation, in his first public comments since the Volgograd suicide bombings. In his traditional New Year's Eve address, which was broadcast at midnight from the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk, (5pm in Moscow), he praised Russias unity in the face of both terrorism and natural disasters and promised to continue an unrelenting fight against the bombers. In the past year we have faced problems and serious challenges including the inhuman terror attacks in Volgograd and unprecedented disasters in the Far East, he said. Dear friends, we bow our heads in memory...
  • NSA program stopped no terror attacks, says White House panel member

    12/20/2013 7:24:27 PM PST · by Utilizer · 28 replies
    NBC news investigations ^ | DEC 20 2013 | Michael Isikoff
    A member of the White House review panel on NSA surveillance said he was absolutely surprised when he discovered the agencys lack of evidence that the bulk collection of telephone call records had thwarted any terrorist attacks. It was, Huh, hello? What are we doing here? said Geoffrey Stone, a University of Chicago law professor, in an interview with NBC News. The results were very thin. While Stone said the mass collection of telephone call records was a logical program from the NSAs perspective, one question the White House panel was seeking to answer was whether it had actually stopped...
  • Judicial Watch Obtains Transcript Revealing that CIA Director John Brennan was Behind

    12/17/2013 8:31:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/17/13 | Bryan Preston
    Judicial Watch has obtained a full transcript of a teleconference between then White House top counterterrorism adviser John Brennan and members of the media. Brennan is now the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. During the May 7, 2012 conference call, Brennan twice told TV terrorism consultants that US intelligence had inside control of a May 2012 terror plot. Brennans disclosure made headlines quickly, with Reuters reporting a few days later: The next days headlines were filled with news of a U.S. spy planted inside Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), who had acquired the latest, non-metallic model
  • The Militarization of Law Enforcement - Were Not in Mayberry Anymore

    12/11/2013 12:40:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 160 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2013 | Bob Barr
    The University of the Incarnate Word is a highly-rated Catholic college in San Antonio, Texas. It is hardly a hot bed of campus violence. When senior Robert Cameron Redus was pulled-over last Friday by campus police for erratically speeding, it is unlikely he had any clue of how tragically the stop would end. The campus police department contends Redus, an honors student set to graduate in May, grabbed the officers steel baton during a struggle. Not in dispute, however, is that Redus was shot five times by the officer, at close range, leaving him dead and the University scrambling to...
  • NBC News Exclusive: How the SEAL Raid on Somalia Went Bad (Obama Sets up SEAL Team 6?)

    10/07/2013 3:32:36 PM PDT · by kristinn · 133 replies
    NBC News ^ | Monday, October 7, 2013 | Matthew Cole and Jim Miklaszewski
    The team of less than two dozen Navy SEALs from Seal Team 6 huddled in one fast boat and headed toward the Somali shoreline under the cover of darkness in the early hours of Saturday morning. Three more small boats with additional SEALs flanked the assault teams craft, to provide back-up and assist with the planned extraction of an al Shabaab warlord named Ikrima. According to multiple U.S. military sources, the lead boat landed, and the assault team hit the beach near the Southern Somali town of Barawe, headed for the fortified seaside compound of their target. U.S. intelligence had...
  • Official: Navy SEAL team pulled out when it couldn't capture suspect alive

    10/07/2013 10:14:26 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 11:28 AM EDT, Mon October 7, 2013 | Barbara Starr
    (CNN) -- U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six pulled out during a raid to capture suspected Al-Shabaab leader Ikrima when it became clear that he couldn't be taken alive, a senior U.S. official told CNN. "Their mission was to capture him. Once it became clear we were not going to able to take him, the Navy commander made the decision to withdraw," said the official, who has direct knowledge of the entire Somalia operation but declined to be identified publicly.
  • Failed Navy SEALs raid on Somali target could bolster Al Shabab (Today)

    10/06/2013 11:50:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 6, 2013 | Mike Pflanz
    Past US strikes on Al Shabab leaders, even successful ones, have not diminished the group.A commando unit from the US Navys Seal Team Six launched an amphibious raid on a Somali town, but failed to confirm a capture or kill of their Al Shabab target, suspected to be linked to Nairobis Westgate mall terror attack. The operation could have opposite its intended result of discouraging further attacks. Analysts warn that even earlier successful targeted strikes against Al Shabab, a Somalia-based Islamist militant group, failed to curb the group's capacity to carry out international terror attacks, and that failed missions could...
  • Muslims Must Fight Terrorism

    10/06/2013 10:37:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Arab News ^ | Sunday 6 October 2013 | Safi H. Jannaty
    In his article Gulf between perception and reality of Muslims (Oct.3), Aijaz Zaka Syed has once again echoed the feelings of all Muslims around the globe who feel bad about the way the entire community is being blamed for the wrongdoings of a few, who in the name of Islam are wreaking havoc around the world and giving a bad name to Islam and Muslims at large. It is sad to hear and read reports about killings and violence perpetrated by deviant groups who claim to be waging a holy war. The writer has rightly stressed that the word Islam...
  • (R.I.P. Tom Clancy) Spies & Secrets: 4 True Stories From Tom Clancy's Novels

    10/02/2013 7:49:11 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Live Science ^ | October 02, 2013 | Denise Chow
    Spies & Secrets: 4 True Stories From Tom Clancy's Novels Sometimes truth may be stranger than fiction, but for best-selling author Tom Clancy, the two are often more closely paralleled. Clancy died Tuesday (Oct. 1) at the age of 66, but his thrilling, espionage and military-inspired novels helped him become one of the most well-known American authors. From a dramatic Soviet-era defection to a high-profile assassination plot, here are four true stories from Clancy's novels. The Hunt for Red October Clancy's first novel, "The Hunt for Red October," was published in 1984. The book introduced Clancy's most famous fictional...
  • U.S. Malls on Alert After Al-Shabab Assault in Nairobi

    09/24/2013 11:40:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 24, 2013 | Miranda Green and Eli Lake
    The Department of Homeland Security is urging shopping malls in the United States to increase security in the aftermath of the carnage wrought by al Qaedas Somalia affiliate over the weekend in Nairobi. Malachy Kavanagh, a spokesman for the International Council of Shopping Centers, told The Daily Beast on Monday that the department contacted shopping malls Sunday to check on the precautions they were taking against mass shooters. U.S. intelligence officials say there is no specific threat information suggesting that al Qaeda is planning a similar kind of mass shooting in American shopping malls. Nonetheless, security experts worry about copycats....
  • Outgoing Director Robert S. Mueller III tells how 9/11 reshaped FBI mission[Admits Fort Hood terror]

    08/22/2013 9:35:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Thursday, August 22, 3:30 PM | Billy Kenber
    “You have one metric, and that is preventing all attacks. . . . If there’s one attack, you are unsuccessful,” he said. By that measure, the FBI’s record has been stained in recent years by April’s Boston Marathon bombing and by the deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Tex., in 2009. Asked what he would consider to be his least-proud moment, Mueller cited those two atrocities. “I hate to lose people, and I would say you feel most pain from what happened in some place like Fort Hood or what happened up in Boston,” he said.
  • New NFL Ban: No Purses, Backpacks, Coolers in Stadiums (Reaction to Boston Bombing)

    08/07/2013 4:44:47 PM PDT · by xzins · 64 replies
    BCN ^ | Aug 7, 2013 | Teresa Neumann
    Be forewarned before heading out to watch your favorite teams play this season. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and increased chatter of terrorist attacks, it should come as no surprise that the NFL is clamping down on what fans can bring into stadiums. The NFL Committee on Stadium Security is said to have voted unanimously to institute the new policy which bans purses (not clutches), backpacks, and coolers from stadiums. Instead, only clear gallon bags are allowed. Much like airport security restrictions, there are a host of specifics fans will have to sort out before heading out...
  • Al Qaeda Conference Call Intercepted by U.S. Officials Sparked Alerts

    08/07/2013 5:54:15 AM PDT · by don-o · 66 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 7, 2013 | Eli Lake and Josh Rogin
    t wasnt just any terrorist message that triggered U.S. terror alerts and embassy closuresbut a conference call of more than 20 far-flung al Qaeda operatives, Eli Lake and Josh Rogin report. The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaedas senior leaders and representatives of several of the groups affiliates throughout the region. snip Several news outlets reported Monday on an intercepted communication last week between Zawahiri and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al Qaedas affiliate based in Yemen. But The Daily Beast has learned that the discussion...
  • Commander of 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit relieved of command

    07/19/2013 7:08:13 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 87 replies
    Marinecorpstimes | 07.19.13 | Dan Lamothe
    Go read the url http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20130718/CAREERS03/307180027/Commander-22nd-Marine-Expeditionary-Unit-relieved-command
  • Report: Blogger gets visit from cops for Googling pressure cookers and backpacks?

    08/02/2013 7:28:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/01/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    This story got a lot of buzz on the Internets today, as it seemed to suggest that the dragnetting of America’s phone metadata and browsing habits via Prism by NSA might be resulting in young couples with simultaneous interests in new pressure cookers and backpacking were being raided by armed law enforcement.The blogger in question is Michele Catalano, who some of you may remember from her blog, “A Small Victory,” on which she wrote during the mid-2000s. As the story evolved throughout the day, police released a statement clarifying that it wasn’t NSA’s dragnetting that got her family ensnared but...
  • 60 Terrorist Plots Since 9/11: Continued Lessons in Domestic Counterterrorism

    07/23/2013 7:39:36 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 8 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | July 22, 2013 | Jessica Zuckerman, Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D. and James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
    Abstract The Heritage Foundation has tracked post-9/11 terrorist plots against the United States in an effort to study the evolving nature of the threat and to garner lessons learned. The best way to protect the United States from terrorism is to ensure a strong and capable domestic counterterrorism enterpriseand to understand the continuing nature of the terror threat. The Boston Marathon bombing was the 59th publicly known terror plot against the United States since 9/11. In a political environment of sequestration on the one hand, and privacy concerns on the other, there are those on both sides of the aisle...
  • How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

    07/12/2013 7:52:46 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12 July 2013 | Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, Laura Poitras, Spencer Ackerman and Dominic Rushe
    Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.
  • Officials: How Edward Snowden Could Hurt the U.S.

    06/24/2013 4:08:31 PM PDT · by NCjim · 54 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 24, 2013
    As the U.S. intelligence community struggles to complete a damage assessment over the secret information allegedly stolen by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, sources told ABC News there is a growing consensus within the top circles of the U.S. government that the 30-year-old contractor could deal a potentially devastating blow to U.S. national security. ... Before he fled Hawaii for Hong Kong in late May, Snowden allegedly downloaded significant amounts of information about some of the countrys most sensitive secrets specifically how the U.S. government does surveillance abroad. One source told ABC NEWS that as an information specialist with security...
  • FBI director admits domestic use of drones

    06/19/2013 8:09:22 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 89 replies
    Rusiia Today ^ | 6/19 | rt
    The FBI uses drones for domestic surveillance purposes, the head of the agency told Congress early Wednesday. Robert Mueller, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, confirmed to lawmakers that the FBI owns several unmanned aerial vehicles, but has not adopted any strict policies or guidelines yet to govern the use of the controversial aircraft. Does the FBI use drones for surveillance on US soil? Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Mr. Mueller during an oversight hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Yes, Mueller responded bluntly, adding that the FBIs operation of drones is very seldom....
  • NSA head: Surveillance helped thwart more than 50 terror plots

    06/18/2013 7:15:31 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 101 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 18 Jun 13 | Sean Sullivan
    Intelligence officials said Tuesday that the governments sweeping surveillance efforts have helped thwart potential terrorist events more than 50 times since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and the officials detailed two new examples to illustrate the utility of the programs. In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, officials cited a nascent plot to blow up the New York Stock Exchange and a case involving an individual providing financial support to an overseas terrorist group.
  • Lindsey Graham: "If I thought censoring the mail was necessary, I would suggest it"

    06/11/2013 12:49:03 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 82 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 6/11/13 | Chris Moody
    Sen. Lindsey Graham would propose censoring Americans' "snail" mail if he thought it would help protect national security, the South Carolina Republican said Tuesday. But for now, he says he doesn't think it's necessary. Faced with questions about the disclosure that the National Security Agency has been collecting phone and email records of citizens, Graham pointed to a World War II-era program in which the federal government censored mail. He said it was appropriate at the time and that he would support reinstating the program if it aided security efforts. "In World War II, the mentality of the public was...
  • NSA Whistleblower Speaks Out on Verizon, PRISM, and the Utah Data Center

    06/07/2013 9:09:15 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 86 replies
    Libertas Institute ^ | June 7, 2013 | William Binney (interview)
    Editors note: The following is a lightly-edited transcription of an interview with William Binney, a former employee with the NSA who after over 30 years with the agency quit and became a whistleblower, bringing to light many of their illegal activities and mass surveillance of American citizens. Libertas Institute: Please describe your work experience with the NSA. William Binney: For approximately 28 years, I was primarily involved in breaking codes and dealing with ciphers and data systems and solving those, and working with data, trying to do threat assessment with all of that data that we had. After a while,...
  • TSA removes nude scanners from airports

    06/03/2013 10:39:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 2, 2013, 8:00 a.m. | Hugo Martin
    The nude scanners are gone. The full-body scanners that used X-rays to create what looks like a nude image of passengers have been packed away and removed from airports across the country. The 250 or so machines were removed about two weeks ago, before the June 1 deadline set by Congress. But privacy advocates arent satisfied, noting that the Transportation Security Administration is still using full-body scanners that employ a different technology. The TSA now relies solely on millimeter wave scanners, which previously generated similar nude images but have been upgraded to portray a generic figure on which they...
  • Obamas Defense Policy Speech Was Untrue, Incoherent, Foolish, and Dangerous

    05/31/2013 1:01:31 PM PDT · by RightSideNews · 12 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 5/31/13 | Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)
    President Barack Obama is abysmally ignorant of what every first year ROTC student knows, that is, war only ends when the enemy no longer has the motivation and/or capability to continue the war. The presidents ignorance was embarrassingly on display in his May 23rd National Defense University counterterrorism policy speech. This speech was untrue, incoherent, foolish, and dangerous. With appropriate deference for this concept to the master warfare theoretician, Carl von Clausewitz and his seminal work, On War, war reduced to the most fundamental equation is: MOTIVATION(S) + CAPABILITY = WAR. Various historical war motivations or causes have been religious,...
  • Obamas Cynical War Speech

    05/26/2013 5:25:48 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/25/2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Two plus two equals five. I mean, I really want it to be five. So lets just pretend its five and, before you know it, itll be five. After all, we are the ones (or is it the fives?) weve been waiting for. My narrow-minded opponents, stuck in the mathematics of a bygone time, would have us make a false choice between elementary addition and our values. But as James Madison or James Rosen or somebody said, The arc of arithmetic is long, but it bends toward, um . . . five. That, it seemed to me, was about what...
  • Obama Heckled. 'Let Me Finish, Ma'am,' President Responds.

    05/23/2013 12:32:42 PM PDT · by oxcart · 41 replies
    Weeklystandard.com ^ | 05/23/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Obama was heckled during his national security speech today: "Why don't you sit down," the president told the heckler. "You should let me finish my sentence. Code Pink's Medea Benjamin. video, c/o Drudge
  • MSNBC consensus: Obamas speech was historic, amazing, one of the best of his presidency

    05/24/2013 1:56:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 24, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    In case you missed it, Allahpundit had President Obamas number on the recycled rehash that was his big speech yesterday which was epic only in the sense that it was an egregious nothingburger of bromides about what were told are President Foreign Policys miraculous yet still oddly unmaterialized abilities to move us drastically closer to world peace. But, if we could count on anybody to still be gushing about it more than six hours later, we know where to look. I have to give the president some credit: It was of course nothing doing to dissuade conservatives from the...