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Hook a brother up and you can win a MACBOOK PRO at our Conference!


                 Hook a brother up and you can win a MACBOOK PRO at our Conference! We will have the very best speakers in Homeland Security at our 10th Annual Homeland Security Professionals Conference, November 3-4th in Orlando Florida. We know this is important to you as a First Responder. This year's theme is "The State of our Counter Terrorism".   Now, with budget cuts for Police Training, First Responders and the anti-Police sentiment, it feels to us as though this is a policy that needs to be reversed. Our Nation’s First Responders are required more than ever. The FBI says attacks by ISIS inspired Islamists are on their way. And yet it feels as though the only increase in budgets is for the Muslim Brotherhood.      If you feel like we do, get this mail (see below) out to at least 50 of your friends and ask them to do...

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Penn State World Campus homeland security students are working hard to keep America safe, secure, and resilient


    From biosecurity to geospatial intelligence, learn how Penn State World Campus homeland security students are working hard to keep America safe, secure, and resilient against threats to our national security. Click here to learn more about Penn State World Campus Homeland Security Program Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security. Learn more!  

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Marco Rubio: Obama’s strategy for the Middle East has backfired

By Marco Rubio May 29 Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, is a member of the U.S. Senate. The fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to the Islamic State and recent gains by the group in Syria are the latest signs that President Obama’s strategy to defeat this brutal terrorist group is failing. But the problem is far bigger than that. The president’s entire approach to the Middle East has backfired. The Middle East is more dangerous and unstable than when Obama came into office — a time when Iraq and Syria were more stable, the Iranian nuclear program was considerably less advanced and the Islamic State did not yet exist. Much of this instability is a result of Obama’s disengagement from the region, best symbolized by the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011. The vacuum created by America’s pullback has been filled by bad actors, including terrorist extremists, both...

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The AMLA Presents on India AML/CFT Compliance


The AMLA Presents on India AML/CFT Compliance You are cordially invited to attend in person or via webinar a novel one-of-a kind day surrounding India’s fast changing AML/CFT world of compliance. The AMLA, Senior Fellow, Dr. Amit Kumar has recently returned from India and will present on current happenings. You do not want to miss this special and cutting edge event. Speaker bio Senior Fellow Dr. Amit Kumar   Please join him and an array of distinguished luncheon panelists including Senior Counselor, Cohen Group, and Former Commandant of the US Coast Guard and Deputy Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Admiral James Loy; Partner, Williams and Connolly, and Former General Counsel of the US Treasury David D Aufhauser; Chairman and Founder, USINPAC, Sanjay Puri; Former U.S. Intelligence Officer and U.S. Treasury Special Agent John Cassara; and Unit Chief/Director, NTC Investigations and TTU/ICE Homeland Security Investigations, Hector X Colon, amongst others. Membership...

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SAS Survival Secrets Counter Terrorist Scenario

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By: Pam Key Thursday on CNN”s “Newsroom With Brooke Baldwin,” in a discussion about a continuing battle at a Baiji, Iraq oil refinery, host Brooke Baldwin said CNN’s senior international correspondent Nick Paton Walsh described the fighting as “apocalyptic,” to which retired Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata, now the Secretary of Transportation for North Carolina, replied it would be “apocalyptic” if ISIS attacks Baghdad. “Here’s an adjective for you—apocalyptic,” Baldwin said. “That’s the word our senior international correspondent uses to describe the front lines of a battle between ISIS terrorists and Iraqi Special Forces. A lot of the focus, as we’ve been discussing over the past couple days, has been on the fight for the city of Ramadi, where a tense standoff continues with Iraqi forces trying to choke off supply lines and push ISIS out. But look at the map. See the yellow area? Farther north in Baiji, this is...

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Security services' powers to be extended in wide-ranging surveillance bill


By: theguardian.com The government is to introduce an investigatory powers bill that is far more wide-ranging than expected, including an extension of the powers of the security services in response to the surveillance disclosures by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The legislation will include not only the expected snooper’s charter, enabling the tracking of everyone’s web and social media use, but also moves to strengthen the security services’ warranted powers for the bulk interception of the content of communications. The surprise extension of the scope of the bill beyond legislation to “modernise the law” on tracking communications data was agreed within government only this week. It appears that David Cameron has decided to take advantage of his unexpected majority in the Commons to respond to Snowden’s disclosures by extending the powers of the security services. The Home Office says the investigatory powers bill will “better equip law enforcement and intelligence agencies...

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Counter-terrorism police make two arrests in Reading

By: theguardian.com A 24-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman are being questioned for a second day after they were arrested in Berkshire on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism in the UK. Counter-terrorism officers from West Midlands police detained a man in Reading and a woman in Wokingham at 7.30pm on Thursday. The force said the suspects did not pose an imminent threat. The home addresses of the pair, who are believed to be friends, were searched by officers from the West Midlands force and colleagues in south-east England on Thursday evening. A West Midlands police spokesman said: “The arrests were intelligence-led and made to safeguard public safety. However, the action taken was pre-planned and police assessed that the pair did not pose any imminent threat. “The man is from the Palmer Park area of Reading and the woman from Earley in [the borough of] Wokingham.” Both have been taken...

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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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