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  • Trump to get intel briefings despite opposition

    05/16/2016 6:46:26 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 69 replies
    TNN, Times of India ^ | Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | Chidanand Rajghatta
    WASHINGTON: The US President's schedule on any given morning includes a confidential Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB) at 9 am before he embarks on the day's (mostly) public engagements. Presented usually by the Director of National Intelligence, the PDB fuses intelligence from various spy agencies (CIA, DIA, NSA etc), much of it obtained through "sigint" (signal intelligence) and "'technical" means (euphemism for bugging, electronic surveillance etc), to give the President a head's up on vital national security issues - from nuclear advances in countries such as Pakistan, North Korea and Iran to negotiating positions of China, India, and other majors at...
  • US Army captain helped foil Danish Jewish school bombing

    04/21/2016 5:40:18 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | April 20, 2016 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Army Captain Bradley Grimm, currently based in Iraq, cracked the plot by gleaning crucial details from seized documents. A US Army captain in Iraq helped crack a plot to bomb a Danish school after gleaning crucial details from documents recovered from extremists, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
  • This unusual test reveals how smart you are (Lower IQ= Higher Odds of Being Dishonest)

    04/15/2016 4:26:02 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4-14-2016 | Jeff Guo
    What’s also interesting is how the smart people lied differently. The low-intelligence liars overwhelmingly went big — most of them claimed they rolled a six, which gave them the highest payoff. But the high-intelligence liars were more modest. They were more likely to lie and say they rolled a four or a five. There are two mysteries here. First, why were the less intelligent people more likely to lie? Second, why were the smarter liars so sheepish about going for the maximum payoff? Ruffle and Tobol believe that more intelligent people may be more cautious about the consequences of lying....
  • (2nd LD) N.K. military intelligence officer defected to S. Korea last year: Seoul (Senior Colonel)

    04/10/2016 11:44:44 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/04/11
    (2nd LD) N.K. military intelligence officer defected to S. Korea last year: Seoul 2016/04/11 14:23 (ATTN: UPDATES with more info in paras 6, 12, 15-17) SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- A ranking North Korean military officer in charge of conducting intelligence operations defected to South Korea last year, Seoul's defense ministry said Monday, as the North's leader is tightening his grip on the regime. A North Korean senior colonel, whose name has been withheld, defected in 2015 after working at the North's reconnaissance bureau tasked with carrying out espionage missions against the South, the ministry said. "(The North Korean military...
  • Director Brennan: CIA Won't Waterboard Again — Even if Ordered by Future President

    04/10/2016 4:13:09 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 82 replies
    Nbc ^ | April 10, 2016 | RICHARD ENGEL and ROBERT WINDREM
    CIA Director John Brennan told NBC News in an exclusive interview that his agency will not engage in harsh "enhanced interrogation" practices, including waterboarding, which critics call torture — even if ordered to by a future president. "I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I've heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure," Brennan said. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has said that if elected president, he'd authorize the use of waterboarding which was banned in 2009. Trump said the technique, considered torture under international law, and other methods he characterized as "a...
  • CENTCOM Analysts Reportedly Removed Over Syria Warnings: The Politics of Analysts under Obama

    04/09/2016 7:54:00 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 2 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, April 9, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Big Brother is alive and well and will remove from the playing field anyone who fails to follow accepted political policy. Obama doesn’t need to worry about negative stories if his followers can stop criticism by low level analysts and flush it down the memory hole. The Daily Beast recently reported that U.S. Central Command forced two senior intelligence analysts out of their jobs because they told the truth about U.S. backed rebel groups in Syria. The analysts had expressed doubts about the rebel’s capability and commitment to U.S. objectives in the region. Their reports placed them at odds with...
  • Intel Analysts: We Were Forced Out for Telling the Truth About Obama’s ISIS War

    04/04/2016 5:43:20 AM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 15 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 4/4/16 | Shane Harris
    The growing scandal over cooked ISIS intelligence just got much worse. Now, analysts are saying they’re being forced out for not toeing the Obama administration’s line on the war. Two senior intelligence analysts at U.S. Central Command say the military has forced them out of their jobs because of their skeptical reporting on U.S.-backed rebel groups in Syria, three sources with knowledge of their claim told The Daily Beast. It’s the first known instance of possible reprisals against CENTCOM personnel after analysts accused their bosses of manipulating intelligence reports about the U.S.-led campaign against ISIS in order to paint a...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Belgian Intelligence Had Precise Warning That Airport Targeted for Bombing

    03/23/2016 11:03:44 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    HAARETZ ^ | Mar 23, 2016 | Amos Harel
    Attack in subway likely also known in advance by Belgian and Western agencies; attack plan was formulated at de-facto ISIS capital of Raqqa, in Syria. Belgium ignored Turkish warning about Brussels attacker, Erdogan says Brussels awakens to a new reality: Soldiers on the streets, heavy security on metro Belgium prosecutor confirms brothers were suicide bombers After Brussels, will Europe finally crack down on terror Israel-style?
  • Massive ISIS intelligence leak reveals data on 22,000 foreign fighters

    03/09/2016 3:46:07 PM PST · by Fali_G · 37 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 03/09/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    If Western countries were ever in denial about their citizens going abroad to fight alongside the Islamic State, as the old saying goes, “The devil is in the detail.” Details- lots and lots of personal details of at least 22,000 ISIS recruits who have joined the terror organization in Syria and Iraq from 51 countries including the U.S., have been leaked in a series of documents. The information, including extremists’ names, dates of birth, citizenship, phone numbers, addresses and even blood types, comes from forms that serve as admission applications foreign fighters are obligated to fill out before they are...
  • Robots and Intelligence

    03/03/2016 6:55:07 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/03/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    Are Robots are Coming of Age? “New robot shows off human-like qualities” says the headline. The media think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. My dearest is excited too: finally, she will no longer have to remind me of my chores, that the (yet to be acquired super-duper) robot with its well-programmed memory and a mind of its own will perform without being asked—and even without any snarky comments on the side. And here comes the latest news: “Artificial intelligence, human brain to merge in the 2030s, says futurist Kurzweil.” I’m not sure how that’s supposed to work but...
  • Obama Won't Send Any More Captured Terrorists To Gitmo

    02/21/2016 7:43:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    We all know the president wants to close Guantanamo Bay, the plans for which how that will be achieved are expected this month, but what happens if we continue to nab more Islamic extremists? For now, the interrogations occur on naval ships and the prisoners are transferred to other nations' legal systems, or they're brought here to be tried in our court system. That's including military commissions, according to the Associated Press. Yet, this lack of clarity on what to do if we see an uptick in captured terrorists has legal wonks and national security officials unnerved: "If you're going to...
  • Top US naval intelligence officer barred from access to classified naval intelligence

    01/28/2016 7:51:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/28/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    So … what has transpired over the last 800 days or so in the national-security arena? ISIS went from being the “jayvee team” to a terrorist quasi-state launching deadly attacks from the Sinai to the streets of Paris. Iran’s navy fired missiles at US Navy ships and captured ten American sailors. China built an island in the middle of the ocean and claimed the area as territorial waters. North Korea has … continued being North Korea.What did two top officials of naval intelligence know about any of these crises, and others? Probably nothing at all other than what appeared...
  • Intelligence genes discovered by scientists

    12/22/2015 4:43:59 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 93 replies
    Photo: AP The Telegraph ^ | 21 Dec 15 | Sarah Knapton
    Imperial College London has found that two networks of genes determine whether people are intelligent or not so bright. Genes which make people intelligent have been discovered and scientists believe they could be manipulated to boost brain power. Researchers have believed for some time that intellect is inherited with studies suggesting that up to 75 per cent of IQ is genetic, and the rest down to environmental factors such as schooling and friendship groups. But until now, nobody has been able to pin-point exactly which genes are responsible for better memory, attention, processing speed or reasoning skills. Now Imperial College...
  • Syria Stunner: German Intelligence "Cooperating" With Assad, Berlin May Reopen Embassy In Damascus

    12/18/2015 9:49:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/18/2015 | Tyler Durden
    John Kerry went to Moscow on Tuesday and was absolutely elated when he stumbled on a Dunkin Donuts:But America’s top diplomat didn’t travel halfway around the world just to get coffee (we don't think). He also met with Sergei Lavrov and Vladimir Putin to discuss (what else?) Syria. You can get a decent idea of which side prevailed by taking a quick look at the following priceless image captured during a discussion between three of the world’s most powerful government officials:In short, Kerry ended up conceding once and for all that the fate of Bashar al-Assad has effectively been...
  • Senate intelligence chair looking into whether Ted Cruz leaked classified information during debate

    12/16/2015 11:02:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/15/2015 | Pamela Engel
    The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee is looking into whether Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) referenced classified information during Tuesday night's Republican debate on CNN. Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), the chairman, has asked his staff to explore whether Cruz's comments about the National Security Agency's surveillance program constitute disclosing classified data, The Hill reported. "I'm having my staff look at the transcripts of the debate right now," Burr told reporters, according to The Hill. "Any time you deal with numbers ... the question is, 'Is that classified or not?' Or is there an open source reference to it?" His...
  • Exclusive: CIA’s Top Spy Steps Down

    01/23/2015 10:29:13 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Shane Harris
    The director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, the storied home of the agency’s most secretive intelligence operations, has announced that he plans to retire, The Daily Beast has learned. CIA spokesman Dean Boyd confirmed that the director announced his retirement “after a long and distinguished career at CIA. We thank him for this profound and lasting contributions to both CIA and to our nation’s security.” As a practice, the CIA doesn’t identify the head of the clandestine service by name. But Frank Archibald was outed in a Twitter post in 2013, and details of his biography were known to...
  • Former DIA Director: Manipulated ISIS Intel Probe 'Ought to Start at the Top'

    11/30/2015 3:07:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Last week, Fox News and the Daily Beast followed-up on a September report in which dozens of US intelligence professionals accused their superiors of "cooking" intelligence assessments related to the threat posed by ISIS. There was a "persistent effort... to downplay or even change reports that that questioned how much progress a U.S.-led coalition is making in the Obama administration's stated goal to degrade, destroy, and defeat ISIS. Draft reports that contained a more pessimistic view, or that questioned the efficacy of hitting certain targets, were sent back to the analysts for more extensive rewriting," the Daily Beast reported.  Who gave these orders...
  • Clinton to Obama in 2013: Close Gitmo

    11/30/2015 11:04:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 30, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    Give Hillary this much credit — in this case, she acted more like a leader than Barack Obama. That’s not a high bar to clear, especially in Obama’s second term. At the beginning of that second term, Hillary urged Obama to get serious about his oft-stated and unpopular goal of closing down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, stressing that “we need a White House lead” on the issue. The Huffington Post’s Ryan J. Reilly got the memo in a FOIA request: Weeks before she stepped down as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton wrote a memo urging President Barack Obama...
  • Former DIA Head: Investigation of Manipulated Intel Should Start at White House

    11/24/2015 1:34:59 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/24/2015 | SHOSHANA WEISSMANN
    Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) during President Obama's tenure, went on the Kelly File last night to talk about the possible manipulation of ISIS intelligence. He said the investigation should "start at the top. Where intelligence starts and stops is at the White House." "[M]any of them have been deployed for many years in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere... so I think that the focus of really this investigation, they'll find whoever they're going to find and some of the tactical issues at central command, but the focus of this investigation ought to...
  • Emails show intel analysts were told to 'cut it out' and 'toe the line' on ISIS reports

    11/24/2015 6:57:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/24/2015 | Rick Moran
    The scandal involving about 50 intelligence analysts for U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) who were pressured to downplay the effectiveness of the Islamic State while it was a growing threat is at critical mass.  The Pentagon's inspector general has in his possession emails and other documents that prove there was pressure to doctor the analyses of the Islamic State in order to minimize the threat and talk up the White House "narrative" that the military was doing a good job in degrading the abilities of the terrorist group. Fox News: Fox News is told by a source close to the...
  • THE HANDS OF DEMOCRATS ARE COVERED WITH THE BLOOD OF INNOCENTS!

    11/16/2015 9:07:53 AM PST · by Dick Bachert · 15 replies
    Vanity ^ | 11/16/2015 | Dick Bachert
    With the horrific murders in Paris, there is renewed conversation about the lack of human intelligence concerning these savages. If you've wondered why there have been failures in that area, this is a good time to republish some of that background! DB 11/16/2015 The INSANITY of the TERRORIST ATTACKS we are now experiencing – and will cost many, many more American civilian lives -- can be laid at the feet of earlier DEMOCRATS! Does any sane person think these “NEW” Democrats will solve the problem, especially a party headed by a president born of a muslim father and raised in...
  • Ant colony responds to predation simulation as a 'superorganism'

    11/12/2015 9:23:03 AM PST · by JimSEA · 40 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/11/2015 | PLOS
    Ants may respond to disturbances in their nest as one highly organized 'superorganism', according to a study published November 11, 2015 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Thomas O'Shea-Wheller from the University of Bristol, England, and colleagues. Ant colonies are incredibly complex, and at the same time, intensely cooperative, which is why they are often referred to as single 'superorganisms.' The authors of this study, interested in the extent to which ants behave as a single entity, simulated different predator attacks on 30 migrating ant colonies. To observe the ants' responses to predation at different locations in and near...
  • Scientists Claim High CO2 Levels Are Making People Dumber

    10/29/2015 8:00:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 58 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5:25 PM 10/27/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    First, United Nations officials label bacon and deli meats as carcinogens, and now scientists are claiming that higher concentrations of carbon dioxide are not only heating the planet, they’re making people dumber. A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health claims “carbon dioxide (CO2) has a direct and negative impact on human cognition and decision-making,” according to ThinkProgress, a left-wing advocacy website. Former Vice President Al Gore wasted no time tweeting out ThinkProgress’ in-depth article, trying to link higher carbon dioxide levels to lower cognition in humans. The Harvard study exposed 24 people to office environments with varying...
  • SETI Institute undertakes search for alien signal from Kepler Star KIC 8462852

    10/24/2015 5:31:16 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 16 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | October 22, 2015 | Bob King
    "We either caught something shortly after an event like two planets crashing together or alien intelligence," said Dr. Gerald Harp, senior scientist at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, referring to the baffling light variations seen in the Kepler star KIC 8462852. And he and a team from the Institute are working hard at this moment to determine which of the two it is. Beginning last Friday (Oct. 16), the Institute's Allen Telescope Array (ATA) was taken off its normal survey schedule and instead focused on KIC 8462852, one of the 150,000-plus stars studied by NASA's Kepler Mission to...
  • Akin Urges Full Investigation of John Adams Project and Alleged Outing of CIA Agents

    05/11/2010 6:59:27 PM PDT · by pissant · 6 replies · 378+ views
    Michigan News ^ | 5/11/10 | staff
    WASHINGTON—Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO), ranking member of the House Armed Services Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee today, sent a letter cosigned by 47 colleagues to President Obama urging a full and thorough investigation of the ACLU’s John Adams project which may have intentionally revealed the identity of covert CIA operatives to members of Al Qaeda currently held at Guantanamo Bay. The following is the list of cosigners on the letter to President Obama regarding the alleged outing of covert CIA agents by ACLU’s John Adam’s project: Todd Akin (R-MO), Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Rob Bishop (R-UT), Marsha Blackburn...
  • Iraq defends intelligence sharing with Russia, Syria, Iran

    09/28/2015 6:30:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 28, 2015 8:23 AM EDT | Sinan Salaheddin
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi defended his country’s intelligence-sharing agreement with Russia, Syria and Iran on Monday, saying Baghdad needs to share intelligence with these countries and others in order to defeat the Islamic State group. Iraq’s decision to strengthen ties with Syrian President Bashar Assad and his two main allies potentially complicates U.S. efforts to combat the IS group without strengthening regional foes who are also battling the extremists. It comes as Moscow has been ramping up its involvement in Syria in defense of Assad—ferrying weapons, troops and supplies to an airport near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia...
  • Losing the War on Islamic Terrorism

    09/25/2015 12:40:37 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 7 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 09/25/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    “A national security professional’s duty is not to know true Islam; it is to identify and establish a functional threat doctrine, regardless of whether that doctrine accurately tracks with ‘true’ Islam or not. What matters is that we understand the enemy’s doctrines, not whether he is correct about them,” writes Stephen Coughlin in his most recent book Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad. Detailing how the War on Terror has effectively been lost through decision making that is increasingly less focused on the threat as it presents itself and more on the narratives that have reduced the...
  • Exclusive: This Is the ISIS Intel the U.S. Military Dumbed Down

    09/21/2015 9:51:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09/21/2015 | Nancy A. Youssef
    The intelligence pros said killing certain ISIS leaders might not diminish the group and that airstrikes might not be working. The bosses didn’t like those answers. Senior intelligence officials at the U.S. military’s Central Command demanded significant alterations to analysts’ reports that questioned whether airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State widely known as ISIS were damaging the group’s finances and its ability to launch attacks. But reports that showed the group being weakened by the U.S.-led air campaign received comparatively little scrutiny, The Daily Beast has learned. Senior CENTCOM intelligence officials who reviewed the critical reports sent them back to...
  • Obama's alleged intelligence fraud began with 2012 election: Intel chairman

    09/19/2015 10:11:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Examiner ^ | September 19, 2015 | Jim Kouri
    Gen. Michael Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, is highly critical of the Obama administration's foreign policy. The intelligence community's alleged intelligence fraud to benefit resident Barack Obama and his national security team began earlier than originally suspected. According to Fox News Channel's Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge on Saturday, the manipulation of the intelligence reported by several media outlets is suspected of beginning in 2012. At that time Obama was running for re-election against Republican Mitt Romney and the reports on Islamic terrorism were favorable for the incumbent Obama ... In addition, the most "transparent administration" in...
  • The Trouble with Kids Today (it's all about IQ after all)

    09/19/2015 12:08:13 PM PDT · by pabianice · 201 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 9/19/15 | Murray
    ...IQ has a substantial direct correlation with measures of success in life, and it is also correlated with a variety of other characteristics that promote success... ...It’s not just that the IQ gap in working-class and upper-middle-class communities has gotten wider. The life penalties associated with low IQ have risen since 1960. If you focus on the economic changes since 1960, those with low IQ have faced a labor market in which the market value of a strong back has dropped while the value of brains has soared... ...If you focus on the reforms and social programs of the 1960s,...
  • Pentagon Confirms Investigation of Possible Skewed Intelligence on ISIS

    09/15/2015 6:41:33 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | 09/15/15 | Luis Martinez
    The Pentagon's Inspector General's Office has confirmed to ABC News that it is investigating allegations that U.S. Central Command's intelligence assessments of the progress of the war on ISIS was distorted to provide a more optimistic picture. Bridget Serchak, a spokesperson for the Department of Defense's Inspector General, said in a statement. "As has been previously reported, the Office of Inspector General Department of Defense has opened an investigation to address recent allegations concerning the processing of intelligence information by CENTCOM Intelligence Directorate." "The investigation will address whether there was any falsification, distortion, delay, suppression, or improper modification of intelligence...
  • The Clintons: Security Risks Squared!

    09/11/2015 2:28:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 11, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison. Hillary Clinton seems to be standing on quicksand. Her every attempt to extricate herself from the burgeoning email scandal only seems to sink her prospects deeper and faster. Now, even Joe Biden is beginning to look hungrily at an entry into the race. The latest round of revelations—significantly headlined by the New York Times—shows that Madam Secretary’s private email server housed Top Secret emails. This is directly contrary to what she has been assuring the world all along. She will find it harder to dismiss the Times as the house organ...
  • 'Something's wrong': The ISIS intelligence scandal just hit Obama's inner circle

    09/11/2015 8:15:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/11/2015 | Pamela Engel
    The scandal surrounding US intelligence reports on ISIS just hit President Barack Obama's inner circle. James Clapper, America's top spy, is reportedly in "frequent and unusual contact" with the military officer who is suspected of allowing US reports on ISIS to be altered to fit the administration's official line, Spencer Ackerman at The Guardian reports. "In communications, Clapper, who is far more senior than Grove, is said to tell Grove how the war looks from his vantage point, and question Grove about Central Command’s assessments," Ackerman writes. "Such a situation could place inherent pressure on a subordinate, sources said." Clapper,...
  • Spy Report Book-Cooking Howls For Reform

    09/11/2015 5:22:13 AM PDT · by Shane · 8 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 9/10/2015 | IBD Editorial
    Politics: In an unprecedented revolt, 50 military intelligence analysts are charging high-ranking officials with cooking the books on Islamic State's growth and strength for political reasons. It's high time for house-cleaning. Fifty intelligence analysts whose job is to honestly assess what's going on in the Middle East have charged their reports about Islamic State's rise were systematically altered by senior officials to the opposite of what they meant: "Happy talk" about the terror group being "on the run" and merely a "JV" version of al-Qaida, according to a report in the Daily Beast. In a letter to the Pentagon Inspector...
  • Ex-CIA director under Obama: 'Someone needs to lose their job' [Altering ISIS intelligence reports]

    09/10/2015 10:00:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/10/2015 | Harrison Jacobs and Pamela Engel
    Trouble is brewing at US Central Command (Centcom), the Pentagon's agency covering security interests in nations throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. According to a report from The Daily Beast, more than 50 intelligence analysts at Centcom have formally complained that reports on the Islamic State and the Nusra Front — Al Qaeda's Syria branch — have been repeatedly altered by senior intelligence officials to fit with the Obama administration's insistence that the US is winning the war against the two militant groups. Former CIA deputy director Michael Morrell explained on "CBS This Morning" how serious these allegations are....
  • Not Just Politics

    08/21/2015 1:14:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    Bill and Hillary Clinton have for years looked into the nearest camera and said, "It's just politics." Every attack from every direction has been deflected with that. Even now, as more and more information comes out about Hillary Clinton's email server, the standard Clinton talking point has returned: "It's just politics." Unfortunately for Hillary, she is no Bill. She lacks his charm and aw-shucks manner. She lacks his smile. Right now, she even lacks him. Bill Clinton has gone into hiding, and no one wants to sail down to Jeffrey Epstein's "orgy island," where Bill allegedly likes to hide out....
  • Who Printed Hillary’s Emails?

    08/20/2015 6:39:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state and the best the Democratic Party has to offer to lead the country, is in a pinch. Either she’s a complete fraud and liar or so completely out of touch with reality that someone should hide the car keys from her, even though she hasn’t driven in 20 years. When asked on Tuesday if she’d tried to wipe clean her secret, unsecured email server, Clinton came across like someone who’d wiped her brain clean. Her answer, the first time it was asked, was, “My personal emails are my personal business, right? We went through...
  • 'Highly Likely' There's a Backup of E-Mails Hillary Deleted - That Means WE'LL Ever Know About It?

    08/17/2015 1:11:46 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 12 replies
    8/17/2015 | Charles O'Connell
     I had moths, I called the kids, "I'm bombing." They STILL laugh about it, I have my own NSA file having used the b.o.m.b. word on the phone. Hillary must have "an exclusive understanding" with the spooks. She's not worried. You know full well, there's no way we'll ever hear anything about what Hillary personally, directly did with the e-mails, certainly no one will admit to any directions she gave."A former insider at the World Bank, ex-Senior Counsel Karen Hudes, says the global financial system is dominated by a small group of corrupt, power-hungry figures centered around the privately owned U.S. Federal...
  • Cuban Spies Jubilant with Their Fancy New Base in Washington D.C.

    07/24/2015 8:33:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    Granted, Obama administration spokespersons and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) describe this week’s event differently than does this column title. Something about a “Cuban embassy” formally “opening?” in “Washington, D.C. ?” If I read these things correctly? Nonetheless, the people actually in-the-know about these matters are cutting to the heart of the issue: “All Cuban personnel now working in the [U.S] Interests Section [in Havana] work for Cuban State Security,” said high-ranking Cuban intelligence defector Pedro Riera Escalante. “All housing for [U.S.] officials may have microphones and other devices installed.” "Virtually every member of Cuba's U.N mission is...
  • Google’s artificial-intelligence bot says the purpose of living is 'to live forever'

    06/28/2015 7:35:41 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    Business Insideer ^ | 06/27/15 | Nathan McAlone
    This week, Google released a research paper chronicling one of its latest forays into artificial intelligence. Researchers at the company programmed an advanced type of “chatbot” that learns how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialogue. And the bot doesn’t just answer by spitting out canned answers in response to certain words; it can form new answers from new questions. This means Google's researchers could get a little creative with it, and they certainly did — they asked the bot everything from boring IT questions to inquiries about the meaning of life. The responses...
  • FLASH: House GOP Leaders To Sneak Obamatrade Tax Increase Into Intel Bill Rule

    06/16/2015 9:02:19 AM PDT · by xzins · 47 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 16 Jun 15 | CHQ Staff
     In an indication of just how desperate the Republican establishment and their Big Business paymasters are to revive the package of fast track Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bills that went down last week, the House Rules Committee slipped the rule for reconsideration of the failed TAA bill into the rule for H.R. 2596, the Fiscal Year 2016 Intelligence Authorization bill.Along with the National Defense Authorization bill, the Intel Authorization bill is considered to be one of the “must pass” bills of each legislative year.According to the existing Rules, the Motion to Reconsider the vote on...
  • Michael Morell’s Misguided Benghazi Defense

    06/07/2015 7:41:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    Michael Morell, the former deputy director of the CIA, has been out pimping his book The Great War of Our Time in which he spends 47 pages massaging the issue of Benghazi. I have not read the book, but I did read his recent column in Politico. If his book is anything like his column then it is clear we still need to dig deeper as to what happened and what was done by the U.S. government. Morell did not stoop as low as Julian Castro, current HUD secretary and prospective running mate for the anointed Hillary, in his comments...
  • ISIS attacks Ramadi: It’s way worse than we’re being told

    04/17/2015 7:52:59 AM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    allenwest.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Allen West
    One of the best lessons I learned in my years of service in the military is a quote often share with y’all: “the enemy has a vote.” You can try and sell the American people — and others — a politicized line such as “al-Qaida has been decimated and destroyed” or “we have reached the framework of a deal with Iran” or “ISIS is not Islamic,” but the bad guys are not affected by empty rhetoric. And here we go again with the Obama administration and the conflagration against Islamic terrorism. We’ve been told that ISIS has stalled. Their recruiting...
  • ZuckerBorg assimilates Microsoft boffins into potentially world-threatening FART (actual title)

    05/01/2015 2:15:24 PM PDT · by dayglored · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | May 1, 2015 | Alexander J Martin
    The ZuckerBorg has assimilated yet more humans from academia and industry into its Facebook Artificial-Intelligence Research Team (FART). Facebook claims their work will focus on several aspects of machine learning, with applications to image, speech and natural language understanding. The free global ad platform announced that it had "bolstered" the team eam with some of the world's leading researchers from Microsoft and academia. Among those assimilated is the award-winning Leon Bottou, whose long-term goal "is to understand how to build human-level intelligence". Also on board are Laurens van de Maaten and Anitha Kannan, who will continue their research into deep...
  • I'm Out [liberal embraces conservatism]

    04/28/2015 11:56:37 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 29, 2015 | Fran Solomita
    I remember the righteous smugness I used to feel when the one conservative friend in my social circle would begin expressing his opinions at a dinner gathering. I and the other ‘enlightened’ diners would shift uncomfortably and glance at one another, rolling our eyes: "Here he goes again." My stomach would tighten with a worry not fit for the occasion. I began to feel personally offended. And the smugness sometimes boiled over into anger, as I'd listen to my friend, loyal and kind, simply share his "crazy" ideas and opinions with us.What I thought then was only my frustration with...
  • Poor Children May Have Smaller Brains Than Rich Children. Does That Tell Us Anything?

    04/18/2015 2:50:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 102 replies
    Slate ^ | April 17, 2015 | Jordan Weissmann
    Social scientists have found that by the time children enter kindergarten, there is already a large academic achievement gap between students from wealthy and poor families. We still don't know exactly why that's the case. There's a sense that it at least partly has to do with the fact that affluent mothers and fathers have more intensive parenting sytles—they're more likely to read to their kids, for instance—and have enough money to make sure their toddlers grow up well-nourished, generally cared for, and intellectually stimulated. At the same time, poor children often grow up in chaotic, food-insecure, stressful homes that...
  • FLASHBACK: May 27, 2002 -- Graham: We Had Same Info as Bush

    04/09/2004 11:37:39 AM PDT · by bigsky · 9 replies · 471+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | April 9, 2004 | David Freddoso
    [Editor's note: This article orginally appeared on the cover of the May 27, 2002, issue of HUMAN EVENTS.]Sen. Bob Graham (D.-Fla.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told HUMAN EVENTS May 21 that his committee had received all the same terrorism intelligence prior to September 11 as the Bush administration. "Yes, we had seen all the information," said Graham. "But we didn't see it on a single piece of paper, the way the President did." Graham added that threats of hijacking in an August 6 memo to President Bush were based on very old intelligence that the committee had seen...
  • RNC Communications Director Statement on Senator Bob Graham

    09/07/2004 11:35:27 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 23 replies · 1,414+ views
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Christine Iverson202-863-8614Washington, DC—RNC Communications Director Jim Dyke released the following statement regarding Senator Bob Graham’s conference call today for the Kerry Campaign. “Senator Graham is right. Intelligence does matter. That's why it's so troubling that John Kerry did not bother to show up for 76 percent of his Senate Intelligence Committee hearings. The Kerry campaign says the percentage would change if non-public committee hearings were included but refuses to release the records” “However, we know Senator Graham keeps notebooks which are obsessive in their attention to detail. Perhaps one of these notebooks sheds light on Senator...
  • These 5 potentially banned pages tell you all you need to know about the disastrous state of NatSec

    04/02/2015 6:39:59 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 7 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-04-02 | Benjamin Weingarten
    I put a briefing together and spoke at the Pentagon around Christmastime in 2005. The briefing culminated in a slide that raised two central questions: Can overdependence on “moderates” to explain non-Western motivations and beliefs lead us to (overly) depend on them for the decisions we make? Is there a point where the outsourcing of an understanding of events leads to the outsourcing of the decisionmaking associated with those events? Underlying both questions was my concern that decisions central to the warfighting effort are based solely on the inputs of experts on subjects that the decisionmakers themselves do not understand....
  • What Was Ted Cruz like at Harvard?

    03/30/2015 4:19:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | March 30, 2015 | Metro.us
    Presidential candidate Ted Cruz loved to argue as a Harvard student and boasted he'd get the best grades in his class, only to lose out to two other classmates. In a series of exclusive interviews with Metro, several of his former classmates painted a complex portrait of the Tea Party's most beloved presidential candidate. Laurence Tribe, a longtime Harvard law professor, said Cruz took his constitutional law class, challenged his teacher in interesting and "invariably right-leaning" ways at every turn. Tribe said Cruz bragged to many of his classmates that he would receive the highest grade in the class, which...