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  • Norway Just Deported 824 Muslims, Every American Needs To See What Happened Next

    02/28/2015 5:02:59 PM PST · by blueyon · 75 replies
    QPolitical.com ^ | 2/27/15 | ???
    Norway recently made the controversial decision to deport a large amount of Muslims with ties to radical groups. Despite all the liberals in Norway deeming this “racist”, the logical party went ahead with it and the result almost shut down every opposing voice in the government instantly. This is one of the best stories we have eve seen come from such a liberal area of the world. Violent Crime Dropped By 30%
  • How Thomas Jefferson Responded to Islam in 1801 Puts Current Administration to Shame

    02/22/2015 1:41:25 PM PST · by Apple Pan Dowdy · 13 replies
    Obama should really pick up a history book sometime, and read about how one of his predecessors, and one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, handled the threat posed by radical Islamic jihadists, way back in 1801. (Read about how Thomas Jefferson responded to radical Islamic kidnappings, beheadings, and extortion)
  • Why Won't They Just Say It?

    02/21/2015 8:52:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2015 | Karen Vaugn
    The White House is holding a summit this week titled “Countering Violent Extremism,” but you won’t hear them using the words “Islamic extremism”—and that’s on purpose. Why won’t the Obama administration identify the dangerous ideology that is responsible for many of the world’s terrorist groups and threats? Islamic extremism is a clear and present danger to both the U.S. and the international community, and to deny the fact that religion is at the core of Islamic extremism is to deny the nature of the enemy. ISIS, the most notorious and dangerous Islamic extremist group today, does not hesitate to invoke...
  • ITALY MOBILIZES 5,000-STRONG MILITARY FORCE TO FIGHT ISIS IN LIBYA

    02/17/2015 1:18:59 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 42 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 17, 2015 | Jordan Shachtel
    The government of Italy appears to be taking seriously the threats posed by the Islamic State (ISIS) to its nation. Italian officials said on Monday that they are considering sending 5,000 troops into Libya to combat the country’s burgeoning jihadist presence. In a recent video purportedly produced by the Islamic State’s Libya affiliate, the group slaughtered twenty-one Christians and vowed to seek out Rome as its next target. “And we will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission, the promise of our prophet, peace be upon him,” a North American English-accented militant leader said after his comrades slaughtered the Christian hostages. Italian...
  • Denver woman who tried to help terrorists receives 4 years

    01/23/2015 4:14:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January23, 2015 | Sadie Gurman
    DENVER (AP) - A 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who tried to go to Syria to help Islamic State militants has been sentenced to four years in prison. Shannon Conley learned her punishment in Denver federal court on Friday as her parents watched. She wore a black and tan headscarf with her jail uniform. Conley pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization in September under a deal that requires her to divulge information she may have about other Americans with similar intentions. FBI agents say Conley wanted to marry a suitor she...
  • France to Get Better Guns, More Intel Agents to Fight Terror

    01/21/2015 8:48:49 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 21, 2015 | By SYLVIE CORBET and NICOLAS VAUX-MONTAGNY
    France announced sweeping new measures to counter homegrown terrorism Wednesday, including giving security forces better weapons and protection, going on an intelligence agent hiring spree and creating a better database of anyone suspected of extremist links. Since three police were among those killed by the Paris terrorists, the prime minister said improving officers' weapons and protective gear was among the top priorities. France has repeatedly strengthened its counterterrorism laws over the years, including a measure passed in November that focused on preventing French extremists from joining fighters abroad. Another measure — expected to be activated in the coming weeks —...
  • The Great Wall of Saudi Arabia: 600-Mile Barrier on Iraqi Border to Keep ISIS Militants Out

    01/20/2015 8:10:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/20/2015 | Samuel Smith
    In response to the growing threat posed by the Islamic State terrorist group, the royal family of Saudi Arabia is having a 600-mile barrier constructed to completely block the Iraqi portion of the Saudi northern border, hoping to prevent ISIS militants from infiltrating the kingdom. The planned fence structure will span the entire distance of the Iraq-Saudi border, from Jordan to Kuwait. The border barrier system will feature five layers of barbed wire fencing, a ditch, a patrol road, 240 rapid response vehicles, underground motion sensors, 40 watchtowers, radar, day/night cameras, seven command centers, 28 communication towers, 32 military response...
  • Saudi Arabia building massive wall along border to keep out ISIS

    01/15/2015 1:02:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/15/2015 | Noah Rothman
    The joke’s on them. Don’t the Saudis know that massive border fences do nothing to enhance domestic security and are, in fact, counterproductive? Well, I guess they’ll find out soon enough. According to reports, the Saudi Kingdom is fed up with defending against ISIS raiding parties that routinely cross over the Iraqi border. In order to stave off these assaults, the Saudis are going to build a massive, 600-mile long border fence across the length of the country’s border with Iraq. But that’s not all. The fence will be double layered with a concertina wire barrier in no man’s...
  • New 'Charlie Hebdo' averted: Belgian police say raid kills 2 ISIS-linked jihadists

    01/15/2015 2:08:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | January 15, 2015
    Police stopped a "Belgian Charlie Hebdo" late Thursday, with government agents killing at least two in raids aimed at jihadists returning from Syria who were planning to launch terrorist attacks "on a grand scale," according to police and prosecutors. The raids included one on an apartment above a bakery in the eastern city of Verviers, authorities said. They said no officers were injured and that the suspects opened fire on them as the swooped in. Authorities said the terror cell had ties to ISIS and was planning a major attack. "We've averted a Belgian Charlie Hebdo," an unidentified police officer...
  • French Premier Declares ‘War’ on Radical Islam

    01/10/2015 3:02:46 PM PST · by Blueflag · 74 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1/11/2014 | NYT
    PARIS — Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared Saturday that France was at war with radical Islam after the harrowing sieges that led to the deaths of three gunmen and four hostages the day before. New details emerged about the bloody final confrontations, and security forces remained on high alert.
  • Australian Restaurant Sparks Outrage, Praise With ‘Sorry, No Muslims’ Sign

    12/23/2014 1:49:29 PM PST · by PROCON · 64 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 23, 2014 | Edwin Mora
    A restaurant in an Australian town has sparked reactions that range from outrage to praise after placing a “Sorry, No Muslims” sign outside its front doors , according to various media reports. The sign was handwritten on a chalkboard displayed outside the Eagle’s Nest Bar and Grill, a restaurant located in the Queensland, Australia town of Longreach. Australia’s Brisbane Times reports that on Nov. 19, Longreach local Helen Day posted pictures of the sign on the restaurant’s Facebook page and wrote: Just a bit surprised to see the sign up [reading] “Sorry No Muslims” … what’s that about? I certainly...
  • 9/11: Does The End Justify The Means?

    12/11/2014 9:57:30 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/11/14 | Leigh Bravo
    We have now had 13 years without another terrorist attack on United States soil. Do you think the end justified the means? Can anyone NOT remember where they were or what they were doing on September 11, 2001, the day the two planes hit the twin towers in New York? Will we ever be able to forget the images of innocent civilians jumping hundreds of floors to their death to avoid being consumed by flames? Who could imagine that when 125 people left their homes for work at the Pentagon that they would never return home to their families? What...
  • Yes, torture can be justified. Here’s why

    12/10/2014 9:11:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 12/10/2014 | Bruce Anderson
    <p>Torture is repulsive. Even on the scaffold or in front of a firing squad, a man can meet death with dignity. The torturer sets out to strip his victim of dignity, to break him, to violate not only his body but also his soul. In England, torture was outlawed in 1660, and for most of the past 350 years, that seemed to be a final verdict. Torture had been a barbarous relic of the dark ages. Anyone who suggested that it might still have a role would have been laughed to scorn; no doubt he would also have been in favour of burning witches.</p>
  • Impending CIA Interrogation Report Creates Fear of Violence

    12/07/2014 4:55:00 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    abc news ^ | 12-7-2014 | DEAN SCHABNER
    U.S. embassies around the world are bracing for a potentially explosive report about to be released that details what the CIA did to terror suspects in the days after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and the fear is that its release could threaten American lives. The report, due to be released Tuesday by the Senate, is described as shocking in its very graphic descriptions of secret interrogations, including some details that have never been heard before. All U.S. facilities around the world are being urged to review security and brace for the reaction, with concern particularly high in areas where...
  • Saudi National Detained At Fort Sam Houston, Explosives Found In Vehicle

    11/25/2014 8:42:29 AM PST · by LSUfan · 44 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | 24 Nov 14 | Unattributed
    <p>Officials at Fort Sam Houston say they’ve taken into custody the driver of a vehicle that military officials say contained explosive materials, and which sparked a lockdown at the San Antonio Army base.</p> <p>The Bexar County Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter that the lockdown was being handled by military police, and the sheriff’s department had no units assigned to the case.</p>
  • 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 today’s 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 own—and that Republicans need to start fighting ‘like we pay them to.’ Erik Prince has a message for ISIS: You’re 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 State—and also why Republicans need to stop being such losers. “It’s a shame the [Obama] administration crushed my old business, because as a private organization, we could’ve...
  • 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 CIA’s use of brutal interrogation tactics in the years after the Sept. 11 attack, even as he defended the agency’s 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.”
  • Obama’s 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 Olsen’s 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 insider’s 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 country’s 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 Egypt’s 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 thegovernment and 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 that’s not the experience Blaine 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 Russia’s 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 agency’s 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 NSA’s 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. Brennan’s disclosure made headlines quickly, with Reuters reporting a few days later: The next day’s 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 - “We’re 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 officer’s 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 team’s 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 Navy’s 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 Nairobi’s 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 Qaeda’s 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...