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  • 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 isnt a president whos taken more terrorists off the field than me, over the last seven-and-a-half years. Im 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, lets 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!...
  • BELGIAN SOLDIERS DEPLOYED TO FIGHT TERRORISTS HAD NO BULLETS IN RIFLES

    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 citys 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 yesterdays 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...
  • DONALD TRUMP OPEN TO NUCLEAR RETALIATION AFTER BRUSSELS ATTACK

    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...
  • Brussels attacks: How presidential candidates differ on US security

    03/23/2016 6:24:50 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    CSMonitor.com ^ | 3-22-2016 | Josh Kenworthy
    Many voters have already heard of Donald Trumps plan toban all Muslims entering the country until we can figure out whats going, as hesuggestedin December. His other ideashave includedbombing oil fieldscontrolled by the Islamic State, shutting down portions of the Internet used by the Islamic State for recruiting, and going after the family members of the Islamic State. ... This is, as I understand it, a war for the soul of Islam and if that is the case, the Muslim countries in that area have got to stand up and they have got to fight. They have got to provide...
  • Anti-terrorism crackdowns may have spurred attackers, Belgian prosecutor says

    03/23/2016 5:36:39 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | March 23, 2016 | Michael Birnbaum and Souad Mekhennet
    BRUSSELS The four men two of them brothers who turned ordinary morning commutes in Brussels into blood-soaked nightmares may have been spurred into action by fears that authorities were closing in on them, according to a note left by one of the attackers that was described by a prosecutor Wednesday. Days before the attacks on Tuesday, counterterrorism police had raided their Brussels safe houses. An ally who took part in Novembers Paris carnage was shot and captured by authorities. And Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, a 29-year-old Belgian with a thick rap sheet, wrote that he did not want to...
  • Court Requires NYPD to Purge Docs on Terrorists Inside U.S.

    03/23/2016 5:33:01 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 34 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 18, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    The New York Police Department has been directed by a U.S. court to remove from its online records an investigation pertaining to the rise of Islamic extremists in the West and the threats these individuals pose to American safety, according to legal documents. As part of a settlement agreement reached earlier this month with Muslim community advocates in U.S. District Court, the NYPD will purge from its website an extensive report that experts say has been critical to the departments understanding of radical Islam and its efforts to police the threat. The court settlement also stipulates that the NYPD make...
  • Ted Cruz Is Right About Policing Muslim Neighborhoods

    03/23/2016 1:35:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 23, 2016 | David Marcus
    The tragedies in Paris and Brussels show us that we need more, not less, of former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelley’s approach to counter-terrorism.Yesterday, in the wake of the horrific Islamic terrorist attack on Brussels, Ted Cruz said we must ignore political correctness and “empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslims neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” As has often been the case this election cycle, Cruz’s measured and rational words have been twisted into some kind of fascistic call for rounding up Muslims. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Later in the day Cruz clarified his comments, citing the...
  • John Kasich Warns Against Singling Out Muslims for Monitoring

    Gov. John Kasich of Ohio on Tuesday cautioned against monitoring Muslim-Americans after the attacks in Brussels, saying that such a step would create division and harm the countrys ability to gather intelligence.
  • KING: Ted Cruz calls for apartheid of American Muslims after Brussels attacks

    03/22/2016 2:16:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | March 22, 2016 | Shaun King
    In one simple sentence, Ted Cruz just advocated an American apartheid of Muslims in our country. "We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized," the Texas senator said in a statement Tuesday, as news of the Brussels attack came out. Sen. Ted Cruz's call to patrol Muslim American neighborhoods after the Brussels attacks is ridiculous and dangerous. It is despicable. It is xenophobic. It is ridiculous. It is dangerous. To be clear, the attacks in Brussels earlier today were terrible. I say that without the slightest equivocation. ISIS has taken responsibility for...
  • Trump on Brussels Attack I Would Close Up Our Borders to People Until We Figure Out What Is Going On

    03/22/2016 6:44:52 AM PDT · by detective · 152 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Mar 2016 | Jeff Poor
    Tuesday on Fox News Channels Fox & Friends, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump reacted to the apparent terrorist attack that resulted in at least 28 dead and 130 injured in Brussels earlier in the day. Trump made the case to close the U.S. borders until we figure out what is going on.
  • Trump On Brussels Attack: "I Would Close Up Our Borders To People Until We Figure Out (Shortened)

    03/22/2016 7:13:35 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 22, 2016r | Jeff Poor
    Tuesday on Fox News Channels Fox & Friends, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump reacted to the apparent terrorist attack that resulted in at least 28 dead and 130 injured in Brussels earlier in the day. Trump made the case to close the U.S. borders until we figure out what is going on.
  • Why Apple is right to resist the FBI

    03/13/2016 1:21:37 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 75 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | March 13, 2016 | by John Eden
    The FBI wants Apple to do something no private company has ever been forced to do: break its own technology. Specifically, the FBI wants Apple to build a new version of its mobile operating system (iOS, or GovOS) so that the contents of an iPhone can be removed from an iPhone used by Syed Farook, one of the gunmen in the San Bernardino shooting.A magistrate judge recently ordered Apple to comply with this request; Apple in turn filed a Motion to Vacate (MTV) the magistrate’s order. The key point made in the MTV — and the key issue on which...
  • Why you should side with Apple, not the FBI, in the San Bernardino iPhone case

    02/21/2016 11:37:27 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 94 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 02/21/2016 | Robert Spencer
    What the FBI wants to do would make us less secure, even though it’s in the name of keeping us safe from harm. Powerful governments, democratic and totalitarian alike, want access to user data for both law enforcement and social control. We cannot build a backdoor that only works for a particular type of government, or only in the presence of a particular court order.” In the age of Obama and Hillary Clinton, that is a very serious concern. What the FBI wants to do would make us less secure, even though it’s in the name of keeping us safe...
  • Decrypting a Government Agenda

    02/21/2016 8:22:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2016 | Paul Jacob
    The Apple-FBI squabble over encryption signals a new age dawning. One of the dead San Bernardino mass murderers, a terrorist committed to Islamic jihad, possessed a password-locked Apple iPhone. The FBI claims that it has not been able to crack it. A judge has ordered Apple to do the job. Apple CEO Tim Cook resisted, in an open letter, directed mainly at his company's clientele. "The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand." Some folks...
  • Trump's pigs blood solution! :-)

    02/20/2016 7:36:39 PM PST · by foundedonpurpose · 72 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/20/2016 | Tyler Durden
    Muslims Should Be Executed With Bullets Dipped In "Pig's Blood," Trump Says Tyler Durden's picture Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/20/2016 13:26 -0500 Donald Trump MSNBC None South Carolina Donald Trump has no filter - and that’s served him well. Much to the chagrin of the GOP establishment and much to the horror of voters who believe America’s commander-in-chief should aspire to some modicum of political correctness, an endless stream vitriol emanates from Trump’s mouth and none of it, no matter how inflammatory, dents his poll numbers. Over the last nine months, Trump has called Mexicans rapists, derided John McCain’s...
  • Trump cites story of general who dipped bullets in pigs’ blood to deter Muslims

    02/20/2016 5:33:52 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 52 replies
    koh am 780 ^ | 2-20-2016 | cnn
    Donald Trump on Friday cited an apocryphal story about a U.S. general who purportedly dipped bullets in pigs' blood to execute Muslim prisoners a century ago in an effort to deter Islamic terrorism. Speaking at a rally in North Charleston, South Carolina, Trump reiterated his claim that the U.S. should "go much further" than waterboarding suspected terrorists, telling the story of Gen. John Pershing in the Philippines, who Trump said captured 50 Muslim prisoners a century ago and dipped 50 bullets in blood. "And he lined up the 50 people and they shot 49 of those 50 people, and he...
  • The Paris Massacre Sunk Dr. Ben Carson

    02/10/2016 12:32:09 PM PST · by drewh · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 hours ago | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich seized second place in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday evening, in a race Donald Trump had dominated since the fall. But others had also spent time in the second place slot behind Trump, including former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina after her strong undercard debate performance in September; and Dr. Ben Carson, who was in second for much of the autumn, but finished in last place on Tuesday evening. What happened? A look at the RealClearPolitics averages allows us to pinpoint the exact moment when Carson began to fade, never to recover: Nov. 13, 2015....
  • Police disrupt terror plot by Muslim biker gang (Belgium)

    12/31/2015 3:36:17 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    Police arrested several members of a Muslim biker gang in Belgium who they say planned to strike terror in the heart of Brussels during New Year's celebrations. The men are members of a Muslim biker gang called the Kamikaze Riders and are suspected to have discussed attacking Brussels' Grand Place square and other crowded sites as well as police and military facilities, a senior Belgian counter-terrorism official told CNN on condition of anonymity. The plot appears to have been "inspired but not directed," by the Islamic State, also called ISIS, the counter-terrorism official said. This is the exact terminology -...
  • China’s New Counter-Terrorism Law

    12/30/2015 4:59:21 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/30/15 | Joseph A. Klein
    Obama would prefer to remain in the dark as ISIS and other jihadist groups use American-made technologies to plan and carry out their deadly attacks China has just passed a new law requiring technology firms to provide “technical means of support” for the government’s counter-terrorism activities, including to help de-crypt information if the government demands them to do so. The firms are also enlisted in efforts to prevent the spread of incendiary materials that could incite acts of terrorism. Responding to a question regarding earlier criticisms of the law in some Western countries, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang replied: “I...
  • Obama’s Denial of Jihad’s Ideological Roots Gravely Endangers the Nation

    12/22/2015 2:11:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 22, 2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The Obama administration calls its national security strategy "Countering Violent Extremism." In the benighted times before January 20, 2009, we used to call it counter-terrorism. Why does Obama insist on the more fuzzy "extremism"? Because "terror" has its roots in Islamic scripture. This fact ought to be undeniable, but Obama denies it -- and in Washington, he's far from alone in that. It is not just that the word terror appears several times in the Koran; it is that the word appears in a particular context: The duty of Muslims to act as Allah's instrument to terrorize non-Muslims is...
  • Tip Leads Bomb Squad To Man Suspected Of Making Bombs In Richmond Home To Harm Muslims

    12/21/2015 2:25:42 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 16 replies
    A neighborhood in Richmond had to be evacuated Sunday when police say a man was making explosives in his home with the intent of harming the Muslim community. Police received a tip from a caller on December 17th who said a man was making the devices and threatening to harm Muslims.
  • Air Force to allow non-officers to fly drones for first time

    12/19/2015 9:58:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | December 19, 2015 | W.J. Hennigan
    IRBIL, Iraq — The Air Force will allow enlisted personnel to become drone pilots for the first time to help meet demands for increased surveillance over global hot spots, according to a new policy announced Thursday. The decision, which follows months of study, is the latest Air Force effort to overhaul the growing drone program, which has struggled to recruit and retain enough officers to serve as drone pilots. Counterterrorism operations including the battle against Islamic State have created constant demand for aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR. Drone pilots say they are overworked and badly stressed. “This group...
  • Fighting Terrorism: French Edition

    12/13/2015 6:21:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    The French have been the subject of ridicule regarding their military capabilities. We, at some point, have poked fun of the French for their disasters abroad to the point where calling someone French insinuates the recipient of the slur is either weak, aloof, or both. Yet, to the contrary, the French military is quite capable to delivering devastating blows. Moreover, they've been at the forefront in combating terrorism long before our respective intelligence and law enforcement saw radical Islam as a threat to the United States; the 9/11 attacks electroshocked our national security apparatus into action. Then again, the...
  • US Dept of State Bureau of Counterterrorism Notice of Funding Opportunity [resettling terrorists]

    09/13/2015 1:09:43 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    US State Dept ^ | May, 2015
    U.S. Department of State Bureau of Counterterrorism Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Engaging Civil Society in Rehabilitation and Reintegration Estimated Number of Awards: One Deadline for Submissions: September 18, 2015 SUMMARY The U.S. Department of States Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT) announces a Notice of Funding Opportunity for organizations interested in strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremist offenders and the reintegration of returning foreign terrorist fighters. CT invites organizations to submit proposal applications outlining a project concept and capacity to develop and manage such a program across three or more geographic...
  • LA Deputy Chief to CNN: Terror Threat Hasnt Been This High Since 9/11′

    07/04/2015 9:00:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 3, 2015 | Andrew Husband
    On Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Police Department announced it would be on high alert for the July 4th weekend. As local ABC 7 reporter Leanne Suter notes, “There are no credible or specific threats, but there is serious concern of a potential homegrown attack.” So nothing “credible” or “specific” — just “serious concern” about “potential” attacks. Sure, maintaining alertness during periods of vulnerability can be a good thing, but the nonexistence of evidence is concerning, especially when you consider what Deputy Chief Michael Downing said: “The threat stream is very high. In fact, we don’t think it’s been this...
  • ISIS Leader Killed in Airstrike in Syria

    07/04/2015 4:31:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/7/15
    A senior Islamic State (ISIS) leader who recruited funds and fighters and procured weapons for the jihadists has been killed in a coalition airstrike in Syria, the Pentagon said Thursday, according to the AFP news agency. The leader was identified as Tariq bin Tahar al-Awni al-Harzi. He was killed in the northern city of Shaddadi on June 16, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement. His brother Ali, an ISIS recruiter and person of interest in the 2012 Benghazi attack, was killed by an airstrike in Iraq a day earlier. The Pentagon said Harzi was "responsible for...
  • Adriana Cohen: Americans must be ready to fight jihadis on U.S. so

    05/11/2015 6:19:33 PM PDT · by Adriana Cohen News · 32 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 9, 2015 | Adriana Cohen
    We knew it was a matter of when, not if, wed be hit again by Islamist terrorists on our own soil. Just last Sunday, two ISIS-sympathizing terrorists, clad in body armor and wielding assault rifles, attacked a Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas. Luckily, they were killed before they could slaughter the people attending the event. Now U.S. military bases and installations are stepping up security, as FBI Director James Comey is warning that there are hundreds, maybe thousands of people across the country who are being recruited by ISIS with orders to attack the U.S. Security...
  • U.S. soldiers arrive in Turkey to train Syrian rebels

    05/01/2015 8:30:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 5/1/2015
    About 123 U.S. soldiers arrived in Turkey to train moderate Syrian rebels, bringing with them weapons which are being transferred to İncirlik Airbase in the southern province of Adana, Hurriyet Daily News reported Friday. The daily said 83 of the U.S. soldiers were deployed at İncirlik Airbase and 40 others were transferred to the Hirfanlı base in the Central Anatolian province of Kırşehir. Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper said that Syrians who will be trained at Hirfanlı are expected to be transferred to the southern province of Hatay where they will briefed on the use of arms, including anti-tank weapons,...
  • Documents show miscues at US counterterrorism base put aircraft in danger

    05/02/2015 2:51:17 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 3 replies
    WaPo,via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 30, 2015 | Craig Whitlock
    The skies above the U.S. military's counterterrorism hub on the Horn of Africa have become chronically dangerous, with pilots forced to rely on local air-traffic controllers who fall asleep on the job, commit errors at astronomical rates and are hostile to Americans, documents show. Conditions at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, the base for U.S. pilots flying sensitive missions over Yemen and Somalia, have become so dire that American warplanes and civilian airliners alike are routinely placed in jeopardy, according to federal aviation experts and documents obtained by The Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act. Unlike other major U.S....
  • John Kerry urges Houthis to come to negotiating table (Yemen)

    04/25/2015 8:35:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 25.04.2015 | [bw/bk (Reuters, AFP, AP)]
    US Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen to participate in UN-brokered negotiations to end violence ravaging the country. This has to be a two-way street, Kerry told reporters in Canada after taking part in a summit of Arctic nations. We need the Houthi and we need those that can influence them to make sure that they are prepared to try to move to the negotiating table, Kerry said. Yemens former President Ali Abdullah Saleh had called on Friday for all Yemenis to enter a political dialogue to end the conflict.
  • Adam Gadahn: California rocker turned Al-Qaeda mouthpiece, killed in U.S. operation

    04/23/2015 1:30:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/23/2015 | Dave Clark
    Adam Gadahn, the Al-Qaeda spokesman believed killed in a US operation, was a teenage rock music fan who grew up on a Californian goat farm before he was drawn into radical Islam. The White House announced Thursday that US intelligence thinks Gadahn died in January in a "counterterrorism operation" in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region. The 36-year-old was apparently not deliberately targeted in the raid, but he has long been one of the most wanted jihadist figures on the US hit list, with a $1 million bounty on his head. As an English speaker and senior Al-Qaeda propagandist, he was one...
  • What Muslims Just Did at the US Capitol Is Being Called Historic Were Under Attack

    04/20/2015 6:09:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | April 15, 2015
    Something happened on Capitol Hill Monday that some people are calling historic, which others view as cunning political subterfuge. The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations held their first ever National Muslim Advocacy Day in our nations capitol, where they lobbied a number of members of Congress on behalf of Muslims around the country. With nearly 300 delegates from 20 different states, the advocates represented a number of different Muslim organizations here in America. After receiving tips on effective lobbying from political experts, the Muslim advocates fanned out and visited some 200 different Congressional offices to make their case. But counterterrorism...
  • US says latest provision of military equipment to enhance Pakistans counterterrorism ability

    04/09/2015 1:40:46 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    Business Recorder ^ | 4-9-2015 | Shoaib-ur-Rehman Siddiqui, APP
    WASHINGTON: The United States has defended its latest sale of military equipment to Pakistan, arguing the American weapons systems would enhance Islamabad's counterterrorism abilities. "This proposed sale of helicopters and weapons systems will provide Pakistan with military capabilities in support of its counterterrorism operations inside the country," State Department Acting Spokesperson Marie Harf said at the daily briefing. She was commenting on Washington's green light this week for provision of approximately $1 billion of arms, including Hellfire missiles and attack helicopters. The Obama Administration is notifying Congress 30 days of the sale. "We have a very close counterterrorism relationship with...
  • Minneapolis police records shed light on 2014 military training

    04/09/2015 8:34:13 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    Twin Cities Daily Planet ^ | April 08, 2015 | Matt Ehling, Public Record Media
    In August of 2014, military helicopters flew low over residential neighborhoods of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, engaged in a series of night-time training exercises. The exercises involved the Naval Warfare Development Group - a "special forces" component of the U.S. Navy - and were aimed at enhancing urban combat tactics. Just as they had two years earlier, military personnel had come to the Twin Cities to conduct counter-terrorism training operations in an urban environment. And just as before, those operations commenced with little advance notice to the public.
  • [German] Government plans new elite anti-terror unit

    03/20/2015 7:09:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Mar 2015 11:02 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    The Interior Ministry is planning to beef up its terror response capacity by setting up an new elite unit to be deployed in emergency situations, on top of Germanys existing GSG 9. The government is taking the step as a response to the recent terror attacks in France and Denmark, believing that Germanys current reaction capacity is too limited, reports Der Spiegel. Germany needs a robust unit that can confront such situations, said the Christian Democrat (CDU) specialist for the interior, Armin Schuster.
  • Cojones: Egypt President el-Sisi closes 27,000 mosques to fight terrorism

    03/06/2015 6:02:39 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 45 replies
    allenbwest.com ^ | March 5, 2015 | Allen West
    I found the response from President Obama and certain Democrat Members of Congress regarding Prime Ministers Netanyahu speech to be rather, well, disparaging. Talk about political theater especially the antics of House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi. However, I was actually less concerned about their response than the response from the Arab world where some were asking Obama to listen to Netanyahu. On several occasions weve highlighted the actions of the brave leader of Egypt, the worlds largest Arab nation, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, former Egyptian Army general. Hes taken on and removed the Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohammad...
  • What Are You Really Willing to Do to Stop Terrorists From Entering the U.S.?

    03/05/2015 4:55:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 5, 2015 | Michael Cutler
    What Are You Really Willing to Do to Stop Terrorists From Entering the U.S.?Posted By Michael Cutler On March 5, 2015 @ 12:49 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment The question that serves as the title of my commentary today is the question every American, irrespective of political affiliation, must ask their elected senators and congressional representatives.For all too many of our leaders, while they claim that they would stop at nothing to protect America and Americans, the reality is far different. Despite their claims to the contrary, they will not do anything to truly secure our borders or...
  • "Anti-terror" invention designed to spray Muslims with PIG BLOOD is "deeply offensive" ...

    03/05/2015 7:53:01 AM PST · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    (UK) Mirror ^ | March 4, 2015 | Jasper Hamill
    Complete Headline: "Anti-terror" invention designed to spray Muslims with PIG BLOOD is "deeply offensive", says faith group An American inventor has unveiled an offensive "anti-terror" system designed to spray Muslims with pig blood. [Snip] His invention involves placing containers of clearly labelled pig blood in sensitive areas, in the hope suicide attackers would avoid detonating a bomb nearby for fear of getting covered in it. These vials of blood could be attached to trip wires and spray Muslims with the forbidden substance if they enter a certain area. "It will keep suicide bombers from blowing themselves up near the container...
  • Why the Marine Hymn Contains "Shores of Tripoli"

    03/05/2015 8:19:50 AM PST · by Parmy · 36 replies
    Subject: Why the Marine Hymn Contain Shores of Tripoli"... Interesting bit of history. This may be one of the more informative history lessons you ever read. Why the Marine Hymn Contains the Verse "To the Shores of Tripoli" Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago the United States had declared war on Islam and Thomas Jefferson led the charge! At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic. They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant...