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Security Lessons From Israel #1: Four Hard Decisions for Border Control

Posted By: David W. Wallace Founder & CEO of Surveillance One David Wallace participated in SSI's Advanced Homeland Security Training in Israel, May 2015 mission. In these next few publications I will reflect on the lessons I learned in defense and security while recently completing extended training in Israel.  The best place to learn about defense and security is from those who are living in a bad neighborhood to start with - where nothing is more important than protecting their lives and way of life.  We need a better grasp of this here at home where national security has been displaced by political correctness and timid politicians.  While in Israel, I visited the borders of Lebanon, Syria, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.  When it comes to border security, I left these sites with the sense that not only is it possible, but it's imperative. Lesson #1 We can secure our borders...

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Man detained outside White House for trying to fly drone


By: Kristen Holmes, CNN Washington (CNN)Secret Service detained a man Thursday afternoon who eyewitnesses tell CNN was trying to fly some sort of remote-controlled aerial device over the White House fence. The park on the north side of the White House was placed on lockdown while the incident is being investigated. As of Thursday afternoon, the lockdown had been lifted. President Barack Obama is not currently in the White House and is at Camp David. Additional details of the incident were not immediately available Thursday afternoon. It's the second drone incident at the White House this year, coming four months after another man -- a U.S. intelligence agency employee -- lost control of a borrowed personal quadcopter drone that he'd been flying around his apartment, intending to send it out his window and then bring it back inside. The drone crash-landed on the White House lawn around 3 a.m. The man...

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Texas Man Arrested, Accused of Pledging Allegiance to ISIS

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"Free Speech Under Attack" Alan Dershowtiz on The Kelly File 5/7/15


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'Sponsor of terrorism': Obama slams Iran months after saying it's off terrorist list

US President Barack Obama (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

Posted by: RT.com US President Barack Obama has labeled Iran a “state sponsor of terrorism” and countries in the Gulf region have a right to be concerned about Tehran’s activities. The move comes less than three months after Iran was taken off a US terror list. President Obama made the scathing comments in an exclusive interview with the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, his first ever with an Arab publication. “Iran clearly engages in dangerous and destabilizing behavior in different countries across the region. Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism,” he told the newspaper, as cited by AlArabiya. Obama continued his attack on Tehran by saying Iran was responsible for supporting “violent proxies inside the borders of other nations.” “It helps prop up the Assad regime in Syria. It supports Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. It aids the Houthi rebels in Yemen.So countries in the region are right...

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Here we go: McClatchy suggests limits on free speech after Texas jihad shooting

MAY 4, 2015 10:12 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER You knew this was coming. It was inevitable. We have seen it before. When the Obama Administration blamed the Benghazi jihad attack on a video about Muhammad, there were calls in the mainstream media for restrictions on the freedom of speech. Eric Posner in Slate derided the First Amendment’s “sacred status” and declared that “Americans need to learn that the rest of the world—and not just Muslims—see no sense in the First Amendment. Even other Western nations take a more circumspect position on freedom of expression than we do, realizing that often free speech must yield to other values and the need for order.” In the Los Angeles Times, Sarah Chayes noted that “the current standard for restricting speech — or punishing it after it has in fact caused violence — was laid out in the 1969 case Brandenburg vs. Ohio. Under the...

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Saudi Arabia reshuffle as king appoints nephew to crown prince post

Mohammed bin Nayef

  By: The Guardian   King Salman removes half-brother from post and names nephew in place in reshuffle that further marks generational shift Saudi Arabia’s king has removed his half-brother as crown prince, replacing him with his nephew, and elevated his son to the position of deputy crown prince, in the most significant repositioning of power among the royal family since King Salman assumed the throne in January. The appointments, announced in a decree from the royal court, thrust a new generation of Saudi princes into the line of succession and potentially shaped the future of the throne for decades. As crown prince, Mohammed bin Nayef, 55, is the most likely successor to the king. The prince, who is also the interior minister, is known internationally as Saudi Arabia’s counter-terrorism tsar and was previously also deputy crown prince. He becomes the first of his generation to be elevated to such a...

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DEBKA reveals: Hizballah officers land in Tehran with Syrian defense chief. Iran OKs anti-Israel strategy

DEBKAfile Special Report April 29, 2015, 8:50 AM (IDT) A high-level Hizballah delegation arrived secretly in Tehran Tuesday, April 28, along with the large military group led by Syrian Defense Minister Fahad Jassim al-Freij, DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources report exclusively. Both are taking part in the four days of military and intelligence consultations with Iranian officials on the war situation in Syria and the steps planned against Israel. According to a senior Gulf intelligence official, “The parties quickly finalized their plans of action against Israel, and the IDF will no doubt face on the Golan a far more active and intense front than they have seen yet.” The failed attempt Sunday, April 26, by a Druze squad to plant a bomb near an Israeli military border post in northern Golan was just a foretaste of the coming offensive, according to the source. He found Hizballah’s active participation in the Syrian-Iranian military talks...

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Jordan – key country in fight against ISIS. Canadians give clear welcome to the King of Jordan

Jordan's King Abdullah II, left, shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the royal palace in Amman, Jordan Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Raad Adayleh

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS ON APRIL 29, 2015.   OTTAWA – King Abdullah II of Jordan has arrived in Ottawa – his third Canadian visit since his ascension to the throne in February 1999. Abdullah arrived this morning at Rideau Hall, where he was greeted by Governor General David Johnston and Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson. Defence Minister Jason Kenney and Trade Minister Ed Fast were also on hand to greet the king, who was welcomed with a full honour guard salute before a scheduled meeting later today with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Jordan and Canada are among the allies conducting bombing missions against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets inside Syria. The tiny Middle Eastern desert kingdom has also borne a heavy load from Syria’s civil war, now in its fifth year, and is home to an estimated 625,000 refugees. A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office says...

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The growing failure of the campaign to contain ISIS got a rude awakening yesterday as sources reported that ISIS has spread to ROME.


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The Greatest Betrayal, David E. Sarfatti

By: David E. Sarfatti:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Rarely in history has the preeminent author of a signature act of duplicity been displaced from the pinnacle of timeless shame as Obama has now reduced Chamberlain. The prime minister’s descendants have been robbed of that special opprobrium attached to their name and his nation has been pushed from center stage into the shadows in this play of bad historical example. Munich has now been swept aside as the locus of the greatest geopolitical betrayal in favor of sleepy Lausanne. Let us not be unfair, however. We should weigh the special advantages and handicaps of these contenders for the crown of shame. In 1938, an ill British prime minister was blessed to govern a small, and nearly bankrupt isle which only 20 years before had the signal advantage of having lost the better part of a generation in the war to end all wars. It had virtually...

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Obama to remove Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism

By the Guardian White House says Obama has submitted required certifications to Congress indicating his intent to take Cuba off list, in latest move to normalise relations Barack Obama will remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House said on Tuesday, marking the president’s biggest move yet towards the resumption of diplomatic ties with Havana. Obama in historic talks with Castro but Cuban leader in no mood for a love-in   Read more The White House confirmed that Obama had notified Congress of his intention to remove Cuba from the list, reversing a designation that has been in place since 1982. The announcement came days after a historic meeting between Obama and Cuban president Raúl Castro on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama, in the first formal talks between the two countries’ leaders in more than 50 years. In his letter to Congress, Obama wrote...

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Isis send warning message to US

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ISIS camps have now been discovered directly across the U.S. border with Mexico by MICHAEL SNYDER | ECONOMIC COLLAPSE | APRIL 15, 2015 ISIS camps have now been discovered directly across the U.S. border with Mexico, ISIS operatives have been captured illegally entering the United States, and ISIS is threatening to conduct a massive campaign of terror against U.S. targets, and yet Barack Obama and his underlings continue to insist that “right-wing extremists” are the greatest terror threat that this nation is facing. One recent survey found that 84 percent of all Americans believe that ISIS is a “direct threat to the USA”, but Obama refuses to secure our borders and he is even allowing dozens of American citizens that fought for ISIS overseas to come back into this country. What in the world is Obama thinking?  Even though ISIS has promised to drown all of us in our own blood, the Obama administrationhas purged virtually all references...

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GLOCK Releases Single Stack 9mm Concealed Carry – The New G43


  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Mar. 20, 2015   Media Contact: Kie Wagner, GLOCK, Inc. 770-432-1202 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   GLOCK Releases Single Stack 9mm Concealed Carry – The New G43   SMYRNA, Ga – (Mar. 20, 2015)  - Today GLOCK, Inc. announced the release of the new GLOCK single stack slimline 9mm pistol, the GLOCK 43. The G43 is the most highly desired and anticipated pistol release in GLOCKs history. Designed to be the answer to everyday concealed carry needs, the G43 is ultra-concealable, accurate, and comfortable for all shooters, regardless of hand size.   “The G43 is the most exciting product release to date because it addresses a variety of issues that many shooters face with pistols in the concealed carry category,” stated GLOCK, Inc., VP Josh Dorsey. “It will be the pistol of choice for law enforcement and civilians. The G43 sets a new standard for concealed carry pistols.”...

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ISIS death-cult tells Aussie supporters how to sidestep government internet scrutiny

Death wish ... Melbourne suicide bomber Jake Bilardi (centre) was killed while fighting i
Global threat ... experts describe the guide as “what you’d learn in a basic intro traini
Recruited ... Melbourne teen Jake Bilardi became radicalised after watching Islamic State

By News.com.au AUSTRALIAN terror supporters have been handed explicit instructions on how to avoid leaving a digital fingerprint. Days after the Federal Government passed contentious new laws, allowing security agencies to access two years of an individual’s metadata, News Corp Australia has sighted documents on recommended internet behaviours for “pro-IS sympathisers”. The 60 text files, uploaded in Arabic by a Twitter user which News Corp has verified but chosen not to name for legal reasons, contain instructions on how to dodge online government security apparatuses monitoring people linked to the death cult. “It’s almost like a stay safe online guide for jihadists,” said Lee Mansfield, the practising manager for Cyber Security for Thales Group. “These are standard things that have always been a problem for organisations trying to get information.”   Death wish ... Melbourne suicide bomber Jake Bilardi (centre) was killed while fighting in the Iraqi city of Ramadi.Source: Supplied Islamic...

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In Good Faith? No Nukes for Iran!

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ISSN 2334-3745 115 February 2015 PERSPECTIVES ON TERRORISM Volume 9, Issue 1 Counterterrorism Bookshelf: 16 Books on Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism-related Subjects Reviewed by Joshua Sinai This column consists of capsule reviews of books published by various publishers, with the authors listed in alphabetical order. Please note that most of these books were recently published, with several published over the past several years but deserving renewed interest. Yaniv Barzilai, 102 Days of War: How Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda & the Taliban Survived 2001 (Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2013). 194 pp., US $ 19.96 [Hardcover], ISBN: 978-1612345338. A detailed, authoritative and extensively footnoted account of how al Qaida, led by Osama bin Laden, succeeded in escaping from Afghanistan into Pakistan, following the United States-led intervention that overthrew the Taliban regime in late 2001. The book also chronicles the Pakistani government’s efforts to assist the Taliban’s retreat into Pakistan. Al Qaida and the...

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Measuring the Effectiveness of Israel’s ‘Targeted Killing’ Campaign

Measuring the Effectiveness of Israel’s ‘Targeted Killing’ Campaign by Ophir Falk ISSN 2334-3745 2 February 2015 PERSPECTIVES ON TERRORISM Volume 9, Issue 1 I. Articles Measuring the Effectiveness of Israel’s ‘Targeted Killing’ Campaign by Ophir Falk Abstract With targeted killing long becoming a key and perhaps primary counterterrorism measure used by a number of States in their confrontation with lethal terror, this article looks at the pros and cons of this method of warfare while focusing on the underlying justification for its use–namely its objective driven effectiveness. Israel’s use of targeted killing, intended to mitigate Palestinian suicide terrorism during the first decade of the 21st century, serves as the key case study in this article. A quantitative approach was adopted, using growth model analysis, and isolation of designated area, to demonstrate the effectiveness of targeted killing in reducing fatalities caused by suicide bombings. The period examined was from 2000 to 2010,...

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Most Cyber Attacks Occur From This Common Vulnerability

Time Clark As you read this, hackers are working diligently to uncover avenues, inroads and byroads to get into your confidential corporate data. I know what you’re thinking. You’ve heard this all before, your company isn’t vulnerable and you already took care of it. Are you sure? Time for a reality check. Even if you figured out how to plug holes in your networks, the hackers may be gaining access through applications and solutions. Sure, many organizations have significant network security in place but it’s not enough as 84% of all cyber-attacks are happening on the application layer. This final security frontier, the application layer, was a hot topic during a recent SAP Radio broadcast where three security experts weighed in on the threat of cyber-attacks and offered ideas on how to prevent them. While software is enabling really exciting and cool things, like connected cars and robotic vacuums, this pervasiveness...

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