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  • Al Qaeda: Obama is on the path to defeat

    04/16/2014 11:20:58 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 35 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-16-14 | DrJohn
    Doesn't all this remind you of something? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39_MDzf7zPMAl Qaeda is on its way to defeat: “The core of al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan is on the way to defeat." As the 2012 election neared Obama told us no less than 32 times that Al Qaeda was toast: President Barack Obama has described al Qaeda as having been “decimated,” “on the path to defeat” or some other variation at least 32 times since the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, according to White House transcripts. Stick a fork in 'em: One day after the Benghazi attack that occurred...
  • Russia withheld intel on Boston bombing suspect

    04/09/2014 11:20:08 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 7 replies
    New York (AFP) - Russia declined to provide the FBI with information about one of the Boston marathon bombing suspects two years before the attack, The New York Times reported. Three people were killed and about 260 wounded on April 15 last year when two bombs made of explosives-packed pressure cookers went off near the finish line of the marathon. US authorities are seeking the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, then 19, for his alleged role in the blasts. His brother Tamerlan, 26, died after an exchange of fire with police after the Chechen Muslim brothers went on the run,...
  • Kiev says Russia provokes trouble in eastern Ukraine, just as in Crimea

    04/07/2014 11:13:40 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, April 7, 11:19 AM
    KIEV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian government dispatched its highest-level police and security officials to the eastern part of the country Monday in an effort to put down separatist violence described as inspired by Russia and following a script that played out in Crimea. “The plan is to destabilize the situation,” Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told an emergency cabinet meeting Monday morning. “The plan is for foreign troops to cross the border and seize the country’s territory, which we will not allow.” On Sunday, pro-Russian demonstrations in the eastern cities of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk that had been orderly the last...
  • SSCI votes to declassify Report on CIA Detention and Interrogation Program

    04/04/2014 10:47:56 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-04-14 | Wordsmith
    Yesterday, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted overwhelmingly 11-3 in releasing to the public its 2012 report which concluded a 3-and-a-half year investigation into the CIA detention and interrogation program, implemented after 9/11. Senator Dianne Feinstein: “The Senate Intelligence Committee this afternoon voted to declassify the 480-page executive summary as well as 20 findings and conclusions of the majority’s five-year study of the CIA Detention and Interrogation Program, which involved more than 100 detainees. The purpose of this review was to uncover the facts behind this secret program, and the results were shocking. The report exposes brutality that stands in stark...
  • Daylight Saving Time Mistake May Have Caused Dublin Car Bomber to Blow Himself Up

    04/02/2014 5:07:09 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Apr 2014
    A mix-up with daylight saving time may have caused a car bomb to blow up in the face of a bumbling bomber in Dublin. The unidentified bomber was seen fleeing from the wreckage of a ruined Volvo SUV on Sunday evening, while “dripping in blood” after the device that was attached to the vehicle went off early. Clocks in Ireland were turned ahead on Sunday night. “It would appear that the bomber got his timings wrong. It could be a case where he didn’t put his watch forward on Sunday [at 1am] and the timer went off too soon,” the...
  • Abbas dumps another US-led peace effort, Kerry gives up on shuttle, Pollard release recedes

    04/01/2014 1:40:39 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Debka file ^ | April 1, 2014, 11:05 PM (IST)
    Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas did not announce his walkout from the negotiations with Israel or directly turn down the package of far-reaching Israeli concessions which US Secretary of State John Kerry assembled with Binyamin Netanyahu early Wednesday, April 1. He simply turned his back on the commitment he made ahead of the talks to refrain from unilateral applications to UN bodies while they were in progress. As soon as the US Secretary flew off to Brussels, he sent out applications for “the independent Palestinian state” to join 12 UN agencies as members. This was after the Palestinian leader upped his...
  • Kerry wants terror chief freed in exchange for Israeli spy

    04/01/2014 8:52:48 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    WND ^ | 3/31/14 | Aaron Klein
    Architect of Palestinian intifada, Pollard in peace-talks deal TEL AVIV – The U.S. consideration to free convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard is tied to the release from Israeli jail of Marwan Barghouti, the accused architect of the Palestinian intifada, the terror campaign that began in September 2000, according to informed diplomatic sources here. The deal is being discussed between Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Besides the freedom of Barghouti, the U.S. is also demanding that Israel agree to a final-status framework deal on all core issues in exchange for releasing Pollard. Core issues include the...
  • Does Russia or Iran pose greater danger to world peace?

    03/23/2014 8:30:57 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Sat Mar 22 2014 | Tony Burman
    While Vladimir Putin's actions in Crimea are worthy of international censure, a more imminent threat to world peace is impasse over Iran. There has been a sense in recent days that this was no ordinary week in the life of the planet. Our already bloodstained 21st-century history — unfolding once again in uncertain and threatening ways — seemed to be opening a new chapter. Two events last Tuesday in world capitals more than 2,000 kilometres apart best symbolized this. But which of these events do you think poses the greatest potential danger to world peace? In Moscow, a preening, self-satisfied...
  • Al-Qaeda Calls for Car Bomb Attacks on American Cities, Targets Abroad

    03/16/2014 3:19:05 PM PDT · by Baynative · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/15/14 | Kerry Picket
    The latest issue of Al-Qaeda's Inspire magazine contains an article about using car bombs in U.S. cities as well as abroad during election seasons, both presidential and congressional, as well as on Christmas and New Years Eve. The cities and areas listed in the piece include Washington, D.C., New York, Northern Virginia, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
  • Israeli Ministers Say Retaking Gaza is Only Way to Stop Rockets

    03/14/2014 8:04:20 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 17 replies
    JNS.org ^ | March 13, 2014
    In the wake of the largest Gaza rocket attack on Israel since late 2012, Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman criticized former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's 2005 disengagement from Gaza, in which Israel relinquished control of that territory to the Palestinian Authority before it was eventually seized by the terrorist group Hamas. About 10,000 Jewish Israelis had to relocate from their homes in Gaza. In addition to Hamas, several smaller Islamist terror groups are present in Gaza today, including Islamic Jihad, which is responsible for the latest rocket barrage. “Sooner or later we will...
  • Mysterious audio device found inside FIU room [Muslim Prayer Room Brugged?]

    03/14/2014 6:24:57 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | 3/14/14
    It is a case that has some Florida International University students concerned after an audio device was found inside one of the rooms where Muslim students use for prayer.
  • Notice Anything Strange About the Photos of the Men Who Used Stolen Passports...?

    03/12/2014 10:32:35 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 82 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12 Mar 2014 | Liz Klimas
    Take a close look at the pictures of the Iranian men who used stolen passports to board the Malaysian Airlines plane that has been missing since Saturday. Notice anything off about it? Some, particularly on social media, have pointed out that the men appear to have the same bottom half, suggesting that the images were Photoshopped. Look at the position of their feet. Look at the shadows. Look at the shape of the bag, especially in the context that the man on the left doesn’t appear to be holding the same shape of bag in his top half. After the...
  • Teacher orders boy, 10, to remove Help for Heroes wristband worn in memory of Lee Rigby

    03/12/2014 8:08:34 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 44 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Mar 12, 2014 | Mark Duell
    Teacher orders boy, 10, to remove Help for Heroes wristband worn in memory of Lee Rigby 'because it might cause offence' By Mark Duell PUBLISHED: 04:33 EST, 12 March 2014 A teacher allegedly ordered a 10-year-old boy to take off his Help for Heroes wristband because it could cause offence. Tracy Tew was shocked when her son Charlie was put on a report card at Maldon Primary School in Essex after he refused to take off the charity rubber bracelet sold to honour injured soldiers. Charlie wears the wristband - bought at the Colchester Military Festival - in honour of...
  • Construction of Arak plant makes 87% progress: AEOI

    03/11/2014 10:21:03 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Press TV ^ | Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:19AM GMT
    The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the construction of Arak heavy water production plant in the country’s Markazi (Central) Province has made a nearly 90-percent progress. In an interview with Iran’s Arabic-language Al-Alam News Network, Behrouz Kamalvandi said Arak heavy water complex has been “built [using] indigenous knowledge and technology and [its construction] has made an 87-percent progress.” “Given the concerns that they have about reprocessing (at the Arak plant), the possibility exists for the reprocessing not to take place for a certain period of time; however, in the long run, when the concerns are...
  • IRGC Commander: Iran’s Finger on Trigger to Destroy Zionist Regime

    03/11/2014 10:16:52 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    Fars News Agency ^ | Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:59
    TEHRAN (FNA)- Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami underlined that Iranian military commanders are prepared to attack and destroy the Zionist regime of Israel as soon as they receive such an order. “Today, we can destroy every spot which is under the Zionist regime's control with any volume of fire power (that we want) right from here,” Salami said, addressing a conference in Tehran on Tuesday dubbed ‘the Islamic World's Role in the Geometry of the World Power’. “Islam has given us this wish, capacity and power to destroy the Zionist regime so...
  • A Chilling Reality: the Islamization of Our Military

    03/10/2014 8:09:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | March 10, 2014 | Pete Parker
    Manifestly the Pentagon never received the memo that Islam is at war with Western Civilization. Or, that Islam is a brutally misogynistic ideology bent on the wholesale murder of women who dare show a little ankle. Oh, and did I forget to mention that its founder, Mohammed–had an unquenchable penchant for little girls? In short: Islam is evil. With that established–allow me to enlighten you as to what insanity our Pentagon is currently engaged in. The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) just announced that it will be providing our military with chaplains for active-duty service. That’s right–our Pentagon is...
  • Was the missing Malaysian airliner the victim of a terrorist test run? [VIDEO]

    03/10/2014 5:44:30 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 64 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10 Mar 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    New information on two passengers from Malaysia Air Flight MH370 — which disappeared without a trace off the coast of Vietnam on Friday — raises the possbiilty the plane was bombed as a terrorist test run. If confirmed, the guilty organization’s silence means more attacks may be forthcoming. While reports remain unsettled, most agree that two unknown individuals purchased tickets for the flight stolen fake Italian and Austrian passports. More ominously, the tickets were purchased together through an Iranian middleman, known to a travel agent only as “Mr. Ali.” Terrorist organizations usually claim responsibility for their attacks, especially successful ones....
  • Netanyahu: “Iran will next hide nuclear suitcases.” DEBKAfile: Bought 10 years ago from Ukraine

    03/10/2014 12:22:45 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Debkafile ^ | March 10, 2014, 8:00 PM (IST)
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Monday, March 10, that because the world chooses to slide over Iran’s concealed nuclear program, the next Klos C ship may not carry missiles but “nuclear suitcases.” They would not only reach an Israeli port, he said, but any port in the world. He spoke at Israel’s naval base in Eilat at the presentation of the 60 missiles, 181 mortar shells and hundreds of bullets unloaded from the Klos C that was apprehended by Israeli commandos on the Red Sea opposite Sudan last week. Present too were defense minister Moshe Ya’alan, chief of staff Lt....
  • Iranian general: Obama’s threats are ‘the joke of the year’ (also calls Obama "Low-IQ")

    03/04/2014 12:32:03 PM PST · by Dave346 · 48 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 4, 2014, 9:34 pm | Marissa Newman
    Masoud Jazayeri says the ‘low-IQ’ president’s ‘all options are on the table’ remarks are a farce; warns against US strike President Barack Obama is a “low-IQ US president,” whose threat to launch a military offensive should nuclear talks fail is an oft-cited punchline in the Islamic Republic, particularly among children, an Iranian general said on Tuesday. “The low-IQ US president and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the US options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has become a joke among the Iranian nation, especially the children,” General...
  • Cairo court bans Hamas activities in Egypt

    03/04/2014 7:17:39 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Xinhuanet.com ^ | 3/4/14 | Yang Yi
    An Egyptian court decided on Tuesday to ban all activities of Palestinian Hamas movement and confiscate its headquarters in Cairo, state-run Ahram website reported. A lawsuit was filed against the movement to ban its activities and designate it as a terrorist group, after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July. Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood and is well known for its support to the group, from which Morsi hails. More than 60 members of the group are facing trial on jailbreak charges, along with Morsi and top leaders of Brotherhood. They are accused of facilitating...
  • Senior Russian Official: ‘We Expect All Sanctions on Iran to be Lifted’

    03/03/2014 1:07:20 PM PST · by Dave346 · 43 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | March 3, 2014 1:27 pm | Gidon Ben-zvi
    The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Russia’s parliament, Mikhail Margelov, said on Monday that his country expects all economic sanctions against Iran to be removed immediately, Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported. “There have been important developments. President Hassan Rouhani has openly declared that Iran has no intention to develop an atomic bomb,” Margelov said. ”Furthermore, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has issued a decree that prohibits the building of a bomb, calling it ‘a sin.’ ” As a result of these public statements, Marglov concluded, “The conditions have now been met to justify the full lifting of sanctions on...
  • Islamic Terror Group Hezbullah has acquired and deployed Russian cruise missile

    03/01/2014 9:22:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 3/1/14 | Pamela Geller
    Let’s all give thanks to Obama and his magical “reset” button. The whole world is on fire. Hope and change. Lots of change. “Israeli Navy reports Hizbullah has acquired and deployed Russian cruise missile,” Special to WorldTribune.com, February 28, 2014 (thanks to Christian) TEL AVIV — Israel has determined that the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah acquired an advanced Russian cruise missile.
  • Al-Jazeera journalists go on trial in Egypt [Aiding Terrorists]

    02/20/2014 6:26:25 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/20/14
    Twenty journalists, including four foreigners, have gone on trial in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. They face charges including aiding a terrorist organisation - as the Muslim Brotherhood was designated in December - and endangering national security. Eight defendants are in custody, among them al-Jazeera's Egyptian-Canadian bureau chief Mohamed Adel Fahmy and Australian correspondent Peter Greste.
  • Administration eases restrictions on asylum seekers with loose terror ties

    02/06/2014 1:25:11 PM PST · by Doogle · 17 replies
    foxnews ^ | 02/06/14 | Judson Berger
    The Obama administration has unilaterally eased restrictions on asylum seekers with loose or incidental ties to terror and insurgent groups, in a move one senator called "deeply alarming." The change, approved by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry, was announced Wednesday in the Federal Register. It would allow some individuals who provided "limited material support" to terror groups to be considered for entry into the U.S. Supporters of the change, including Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., argued that the current ban on anyone who has ever aided terrorists has unfairly blocked thousands of refugees. "The existing...
  • Obama admin unilaterally changes law to allow immigrants with 'limited' terror contact into US

    02/05/2014 5:10:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    The Obama administration has issued new exemptions to a law that bars certain asylum-seekers and refugees who provided “limited material support” to terrorists who are believed to pose no threat from the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security and the State Department published the new exemptions Wednesday in the Federal Register to narrow a ban in the Immigration and Nationality Act excluding refugees and asylum seekers who had provided limited material support, no matter how minor, to terrorists. “These exemptions cover five kinds of limited material support that have adversely and unfairly affected refugees and asylum seekers with no tangible...
  • Wrong Again… John Kerry Says There Were No Deaths from West Bank Terror in 2013 …(There Were 5)

    02/04/2014 9:46:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/4/14 | Jim Hoft
    Private Edan Atias HY”D, 19, a resident of Upper Nazareth was stabbed on a bus in November 2013 on the way to work. He later passed away at the hospital. (Yeshiva World News)Another day – Another embarrassment Secretary of State John Kerry told the Munich conference last week there were no deaths by Palestinian terrorists in the West Bank in 2013.Wrong: There were five.Algemeiner reported, via Free Republic: “Last year, not one Israeli was killed by a Palestinian from the West Bank,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told guests at a Munich conference on Saturday, according to a...
  • TSA Agent Charged With Making Terror Threat at Houston Airport

    02/04/2014 8:45:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    the blaze ^ | 2/4/13 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A Transportation Security Administration agent has been accused of threatening to shoot coworkers at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, according to multiple media reports. Jeno Vernelli Mouton, 35, has been arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony, the Houston Chronicle reported. According to the Associated Press, documents say Mouton told an airport supervisor on Jan. 25 that he wanted to vent instead of “come back and shoot up the place.” KPRC-TV reported that Mouton, who has worked at the airport for five years, was disgruntled with management and made the remark with coworkers and passengers nearby.
  • Armed student kills teacher, policeman in Moscow school before being taken into custody

    02/03/2014 4:09:15 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 6 replies
    AP via Canadian Press ^ | February 3, 2014 | Lynn Berry
    MOSCOW - A 10th-grade student armed with two rifles burst into his Moscow school on Monday and killed his 76-year-old geography teacher and a policeman before being taken into custody, investigators said. None of the children in School No. 263 at the time were hurt, said Karina Sabitova, a police spokeswoman at the scene. The school is for children in grades one through 11, as is typical in Russia. The student gunman also seriously wounded a second police officer who had responded to an alarm from the school, police said. Such shootings in Russian schools are extremely rare, but Moscow...
  • Islamic group once tied to terror trial received thousands in farm subsidies, without...

    02/01/2014 5:27:22 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/01/14 | Emily Walker
    **SNIP** The subsidies to the North American Islamic Trust are just a slice of the questionable payments that, as has been well documented, go to millionaires and non-farmers every year. But as Congress moves to rein in the program, these subsidies stand out considering the group's involvement in the Holy Land Foundation case of 2008. During the trial, the group's farm subsidies stopped, only to be reinstated after a federal judge cleared them. Records show that since 1998, the North American Islamic Trust has received over $10,000 across 34 separate taxpayer-funded programs. NAIT's two relatively small land plots are tax-zoned...
  • Netanyahu: Iran has spent $160 billion on nuclear weapons drive

    01/24/2014 12:27:39 PM PST · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 24, 2014, 5:47 pm
    Israeli PM states Rouhani engaged in ‘campaign of fraud’; also says Israel won’t dismantle Jordan Valley settlements Israel estimates that Iran has spent at least $160 billion on its drive to nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday At a press conference in Davos, where he is attending the World Economic Forum, Netanyahu dismissed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s claim that Iran is not seeking the bomb, and said Iran was engaged in a “campaign of fraud” to mislead the world about its nuclear weapons aspirations. Referring to Rouhani’s speech in Davos on Thursday, Netanyahu was witheringly critical: “He said...
  • Finally a Hollywood Movie Depicts a Terrorist Sleeper Cell in Dearborn… in a Russian Church

    01/23/2014 10:11:28 AM PST · by kronos77 · 29 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | January 20, 2014 by Daniel Greenfield
    Russian Christian terrorists are apparently a major threat to America. If I didn’t know better, I would think that Hollywood had some kind of left-wing agenda. But instead Hollywood is just depicting real life. Like its attempt to make a Jack Ryan movie not based on a Tom Clancy movie, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (currently at no. 4 after Ride Along, Lone Survivor and The Nut Job) which depicts the reality of terrorist sleeper cells operating out of Russian Orthodox churches in Dearborn. A discerning viewer might notice that Russia essentially employs al-Qaeda tactics, of which would be ironic considering...
  • Netanyahu: Nuke Deal Won't Stop Iran Bomb

    01/21/2014 5:25:21 PM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    CBN News ^ | Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shrugged off Iran's purported agreement to stop enriching uranium above 5 percent. Speaking before Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the Knesset, Netanyahu told parliamentarians the Islamic Republic will resume uranium enrichment at a time of its choosing. "The agreement in Geneva did away with the 20 percent stop, but left the train on its track and enables Iran to upgrade the locomotive by developing new centrifuges so when the day comes, it can leap in a very short time to the final stop on an express track, without stopping at an...
  • ‘Black Widow’ terror suspect hunted in Sochi [Putin serious, Obama ignored Boston warnings]

    01/21/2014 6:29:50 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Fox 13 ^ | 1/20/14
    ...Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that his country has stepped up security and is prepared to handle any threats. But some U.S. lawmakers — and at least one Olympic athlete — have said they’re worried about the situation. Police in Sochi have handed out fliers at area hotels warning of a woman they believe could be a terrorist and who may currently be in the city. One flier, obtained by CNN, asks workers to be on the lookout for Ruzanna “Salima” Ibragimova, described as the widow of a member of a militant group from the Caucasus region.
  • Obama blamed for rebirth of al-Qaida - 'There is no government now, there is no law and order'

    01/20/2014 9:46:03 AM PST · by Errant · 14 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 20 January 2014 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NEW YORK – President Obama and NATO destabilized Libya politically by allowing al-Qaida and radical Islamic factions to gain control of the country, a Libyan tribal leader told WND. Sheik Mahmoud Al Sharief, who heads five tribes in the Western mountains of Libya reaching from Tripoli to Tunisia, spoke to WND from Libya in a Skype interview. “There is a state of anarchy in Libya, he said. “There is no government now, there is no law and order. Under the old regime Libya was a stabilizing factor in the region, a peaceful nation with a productive economy, but now that...
  • Obama: Al Qaeda 'Jayvee'

    01/20/2014 7:06:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 1/20/14
    Compares al Qaeda to junior varsity team putting on Lakers jerseys: "That doesn't make them Kobe Bryant." In his New Yorker interview published over the weekend, President Obama stated that current Al Qaeda was “jayvee” – and said that his analogy was often used around the White House. “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said. He then added, “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is...
  • Day of justice for Lebanon

    01/16/2014 2:45:12 AM PST · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Daily Star ^ | January 16, 2014 12:58 AM | Kareem Shaheen
    THE HAGUE: Lebanon takes one step closer toward closing the chapter of political violence and unaccountability with the start of the trial at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon today. The STL will hear the prosecution’s case against four Hezbollah members accused of rigging a 2,500 kg truck bomb nine years ago that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others, plunging Lebanon into political turmoil and ending Syria’s formal tutelage over the country.The opening session will be attended by a delegation of the victims and their families, whose hopes hang on the outcome of the trial. Among them is...
  • Prez can’t be trusted on Iran - Wages war of words on sanctions proponents

    01/15/2014 8:26:00 AM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | Jeff Robbins
    In the spring of 2006, a veteran Democratic senator visiting Boston was asked at a small gathering what the Democratic Party’s strategy was to address the advancing specter of Iranian nuclear capability. “I don’t know,” he confessed. “With any luck Israel will do something about it and the rest of us will publicly blame Israel.” The senator was not being snide. He was being candid: For many Democrats, the Iranian nuclear issue is suffused with, if not dominated by, wishful thinking. For the Democratic left, economic sanctions on Iran have been regarded with ambivalence. In late 2007, as the Democratic...
  • Russia's Olympic security to set new surveillance standard at Sochi (background checks, drones)

    01/13/2014 9:56:28 PM PST · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    CBC News ^ | Jan 13, 2014 5:10 AM ET | Nahlah Ayed
    Includes monitoring communication, background checks, even drones When Canadian government officials visited St. Petersburg last year for the G20, they swapped their email addresses with temporary ones and left their Canadian cellphones behind. The U.S. State Department's bureau of diplomatic security, meanwhile, recently warned that visitors to Russia should have "no expectation of privacy," that all means of communication should be "assumed to be monitored." Since the Cold War, Russia's reputation as an intrusive state has been well established. But as the Sochi Olympic Games approach, the host country appears to be aiming for surveillance gold. In fact, security experts...
  • Russia detains six over deadly December bombing in southern city

    01/13/2014 3:41:42 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 3 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | January 10, 2014
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's federal Anti-Terrorist Committee said on Friday it had detained six men suspected in a bombing in the southern city of Pyatigorsk last month that killed three people and added to security fears in the run-up to the Winter Olympics. Russia is on security alert only weeks before it opens the 2014 Winter Games on February 7 in the southern Black Sea resort of Sochi, some 270 km (170 miles) west of Pyatigorsk where the car bomb went off...
  • Commander: Enemies Unable to Wage War on Iran (says capable of targeting US and Israeli interests)

    12/31/2013 3:58:01 PM PST · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Tasnim News Agency ^ | December 31, 2013 - 13:51
    TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian military commander reiterated that the country's military might has prevented enemies from launching military attack against Iran, and stressed that the country is fully capable of targeting US and Israeli interests in the region. “The enemy is aware that the Islamic Republic has the power to destroy the US and Israeli illegitimate interests in the region and can deliver them serious and crippling blows,” Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri said on Monday. He dismissed the US war rhetoric against Iran, and said due to Iran's high...
  • Doku Umarov: Kremlin's enemy who aims to ruin Sochi Olympics

    12/30/2013 6:15:56 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 61 replies
    The Australian ^ | December 31, 2013 11:45AM | Roger Boyes
    HE is known as Russia's Osama bin Laden; Public Enemy No 1 for the Kremlin. Even the US has put a $5 million bounty on his head. Doku Umarov, 49, the Chechen warlord with the blackest of reputations, is assumed to be the mastermind behind a bombing campaign intended to disrupt Vladimir Putin's cherished dream of a successful Winter Olympics in Sochi. Certainly, he has set out his aims clearly enough. The Olympics, he said, were being held on "the bones of many, many dead Muslims buried on our land by the Black Sea".
  • Iran and world powers resume expert level nuclear talks (6th round since mid-October)

    12/30/2013 9:10:47 AM PST · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:09am EST
    DUBAI - Iran resumed technical talks with world powers in Geneva on Monday, a vital step in implementing a nuclear deal signed last month which suspends key elements of Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The talks between expert teams from Iran and six world powers are meant to translate the political deal into a detailed implementation plan by the end of January, Iran's state news agency, IRNA, quoted an unnamed source as saying. A key sticking point appears to be how much advance information Western governments will get so they can verify that Iran is meeting...
  • Iranian MPs push urgent bill to increase uranium enrichment to 60% (to fuel submarine engines)

    12/25/2013 12:12:03 PM PST · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Russia Today ^ | December 25, 2013 19:22
    Hardline Iranian lawmakers are seeking to increase the nation's uranium enrichment to 60 percent to “provide fuel for submarine engines.” The bill is expected to give Tehran an upper hand if the Geneva deal, which limits enrichment to 20 percent, fails. Some 100 lawmakers have introduced the bill under a “double urgency status,” which means it may be debated in the Iranian parliament within a week, the official IRNA news agency reported. If the bill is approved, it will oblige the government “to enrich uranium to 60 percent in order to provide fuel for submarine engines if the sanctions are...
  • Iran, Sextet to continue expert talks after Christmas (Will Israel wait that long?)

    12/22/2013 9:17:39 AM PST · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Press TV ^ | Sun Dec 22, 2013 3:50PM GMT
    Iran and the six major world powers have agreed to resume a fresh round of expert-level talks on Iran's nuclear energy program following the Christmas holidays. The agreement came in a telephone conversation between Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, who represents the six powers in nuclear talks with Tehran, on Sunday. Zarif and Ashton also discussed the latest outcome of recent expert-level talks between Iran and the six countries over the past four days in the Swiss city of Geneva. The Iranian minister and EU foreign policy chief agreed that both sides...
  • Hezbollah chief vows to 'punish' Israel over killing of key aide

    12/20/2013 2:12:43 PM PST · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/20/2013 17:51
    Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Hezbollah, accused Israel of assassinating Hassan al-Laqqis, a senior operative with the organization who was believed to have commanded Hezbollah forces fighting in Syria. Earlier this month, al-Laqqis was shot in the head from close range outside his home in the Hadath district of Beirut. "All evidence indicates that Israel is behind the assassination,” Nasrallah said on Friday in a televised tribute to al-Laqqis. The Hezbollah chief praised al-Laqqis as “one of the brilliant brains of the resistance.” "All the indicators and clues points to the Israeli enemy," Nasrallah said, in his first public comments...
  • Spy-target Netanyahu uses ‘gestures’ and ‘codes’ in sensitive discussions (no phone,email,computer)

    12/20/2013 1:15:34 PM PST · by Dave346 · 31 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 20, 2013, 8:58 pm
    Prime minister said to hold his most important conversations in Mossad offices, where he can be sure he’s not being bugged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu routinely assumes that he is being spied upon and therefore goes to extraordinary lengths to prevent his work being compromised by foreign agencies, Israeli TV reported on Friday night, in the wake of revelations that US and British intelligence services intercepted emails in his office and that of his predecessor Ehud Olmert and also spied on former defense minister Ehud Barak. Netanyahu has no computer in his office, does not use email, and does not...
  • N. Korea: Is Kim Jong-un a Puppet of Hardline Brass?

    12/18/2013 10:26:27 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 42 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 2013/12/19
    Is Kim Jong-un a Puppet of Hardline Brass? Speculation is growing that hardline North Korean generals were behind the execution of leader Kim Jong-un's uncle Jang Song-taek and that Kim was merely their pawn. That would be worrying for South Korea, which would face an increased threat of military provocations. Park Hyung-joong at the Korea Institute for National Unification said Jang's purge was part of a power struggle where factions in the military that Jang had stripped of their lucrative businesses tried to regain them. Forces opposed to Jang, who was seen as a moderate, used a purported challenge to...
  • Obama Fiddles while the World Burns

    12/19/2013 7:11:24 AM PST · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | December 19, 2013 | John Bolton
    Nero “fiddled,” so they say, while Rome burned. Today, this epigram all too accurately describes President Obama’s approach to U.S. national security. For five years, he has resolutely consigned foreign and defense issues to the bottom of his policy agenda, resulting in increasing disarray both domestically and abroad. The United States needs strategic thinking internationally, and we are getting the opposite. Mr. Obama’s personal Rome, the Affordable Care Act, is indeed self-immolating, and he responds by giving speeches (his version of playing Nero’s cithara) rather than taking command to save his eponymous program before the administration itself is consumed. Domestic...
  • Kerry forces Israel’s moment of decision

    12/17/2013 8:38:34 AM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/16/2013 22:49 | Caroline B. Glick
    There was a ghoulish creepiness to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Israel last week. Here we were, beset by the greatest winter storm in a hundred years. All roads to Jerusalem were sealed off. Tens of thousands of Jerusalemites and residents of surrounding areas were locked down in their houses, without power, heat, telephone service or water. And all of the sudden, out of nowhere, Kerry appeared. As Hamas-ruled Gazans begged the supposedly hated IDF to come and save them from the floods, and as Israel took over rescue operations for stranded Palestinians living under the rule...
  • Most Americans don’t buy interim nuclear deal with Iran

    12/09/2013 1:04:46 PM PST · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Debka ^ | December 9, 2013, 9:17 PM (GMT+02:00)
    A USA Today/Pew Poll found that 32 percent of Americans approve of the agreement and 43 percent disapprove, while four refused to answer or didn’t know. A majority of those who have heard about the accord said Iranian leaders aren’t seriously addressing international concerns about their nuclear program, i.e. 62 percent versus 29 percent who said they are.