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  • LA Deputy Chief to CNN: Terror Threat Hasn’t ‘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, we’d 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. Yemen’s 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”… We’re 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 nation’s 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 Pakistan’s 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 Germany’s existing GSG 9. The government is taking the step as a response to the recent terror attacks in France and Denmark, believing that Germany’s 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 Minister’s 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 we’ve highlighted the actions of the brave leader of Egypt, the world’s largest Arab nation, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, former Egyptian Army general. He’s 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...
  • Norway Just Deported 824 Muslims, Every American Needs To See What Happened Next

    02/28/2015 5:02:59 PM PST · by blueyon · 77 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...