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Another Black Hawk Crash

A U.S. Black Hawk chopper went down off the Yemen coast in a reported training accident on August 25.

Although five service members were rescued, one is still missing. The incident is being investigated by Central Command, under the leadership of General Joseph Votel. Votel reportedly visited the Saudi Arabian-Yemeni border just days before.

Five Missing Army Aviators Now Sought in “Recovery” rather than “Rescue”–Hawaii

According to the Post [our emphasis]:

The U.S. military maintains a small special operations base near Yemen’s port of Mukalla to facilitate an ongoing campaign targeting al-Qaeda loyalists there. The Pentagon has conducted more than 80 airstrikes in Yemen this year, officials say.

Also, Stars and Stripes indicates this is the same Special Ops outfit that conducted the disastrous Yemen raid in January, leaving two Americans (usually cited as one because the Federal Government doesn’t want to emphasize we fatally shot Obama-executed Anwar al-Awlaki‘s eight-year old daughter in the neck), multiple civilian women and children, and an American MV-22 Osprey helicopter destroyed:

Spring Break Blitz: Stories We Sat On!!! January 29: Two Americans Killed

Stars and Stripes reports our Horn of Africa operations are primarily waged against al-Qaeda.

al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, is reportedly the second-largest branch of al-Qaeda. According to Wikipedia, the branch is the most dangerous al-Qaeda arm currently, and emerged as central leadership of the terrorist organization weakened.

AQAP claimed responsibility for the fatal 2009 Little Rock, AR recruiting office shooting perpetrated by Abdulhakim Muhammad.

Grandma Kerry Shakes Head in Regret for Terrorist He Released with Kind Intentions

And [our emphasis again],

For more than two years, Yemen’s Saudi-backed government forces—with U.S. support and munitions—have been pitted against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, leading to a devastating humanitarian crisis.

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Also this month, a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey crashed off the coast of Australia. The Marine Corps announced Friday it had recovered the bodies of three Marines killed in that crash.

The Post has a more basic explanation of our “double death and destruction” presence in Yemen:

While the U.S. has remained focused on striking al-Qaeda, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia — and backed by the Pentagon — has waged a parallel war against Iranian-backed Houthi militants.

Don’t forget about al-Qaeda rival ISIS, who also wage guerrilla warfare in Yemen:

ISIS Bombings

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/08/26/american-service-member-missing-after-black-hawk-helicopter-crash-off-yemen/?utm_term=.862c992de377

https://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/soldier-missing-5-rescued-after-black-hawk-crash-off-yemen-coast-1.484567#.WaF_RCiGNPZ

Spring Break Blitz: Stories We Sat On!!! January 29: Two Americans Killed

President Trump‘s first military operation disgraced America on an international stage as he continued Obama’s policy of murdering innocent people in nations with whom we are not at war.

The two main deaths in the Yemen raid were an eight-year-old American girl and a member of U.S. Seal Team Six.

About 30 others were also killed.

Although the operation was planned during the Obama administration, it was authorized and executed by Trump.

All coloring is ours.

Heavy.com reported:

Colin Kahl, former Deputy Assistant to President Obama & National Security Adviser to former Vice President Biden wrote on Twitter that Obama left the decision to the new administration, claims Trump made the call without properly vetting the raid, and says the Trump team owns the consequences.

Nawar Anwar al-Awlaki (“Nora”). Photo from Yahoo!

Navy SEAL William (Ryan) Owens has been confirmed as the American killed in Yemen.

Peoria native and Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens. photo from New York Daily News

Reuters had more details:

The U.S. military said it killed 14 militants in a raid on a powerful al Qaeda branch that has been a frequent target of U.S. drone strikes. Medics at the scene, however, said around 30 people, including 10 women and children, were killed.

Two more U.S. servicemen were injured when an American military [MV-22 helicopter] was sent to evacuate the wounded commandos but came under fire and had to be “intentionally destroyed in place,” the Pentagon said.

[Trump] called the operation a success and said intelligence gathered during the operation would help the United States fight terrorism.

“Americans are saddened this morning with news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump said in a statement.

Owens was 36.

al-Qaeda reportedly confirmed to Reuters the unconstitutional massacre took out several (American-designated) militants including “a senior leader in Yemen’s al Qaeda branch, Abdulraoof al-Dhahab.”

If Nora al-Awlaki’s name rings a bell, it’s because the United States Federal Government just went for the hat trick in killing members of that family who are American citizens.

Reuters:

The Defense Department said the raid netted “information that will likely provide insight into the planning of future terror plots.”

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The 8-year-old daughter of American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was among roughly 30 civilians who died  during a raid carried out by US commandos Sunday in Yemen. About 14 al Qaeda militants were killed during the operation, according to the Pentagon.

Nawar Anwar al-Awlaki, known as Nora, was shot in the neck during the raid carried out by the Navy’s SEAL Team 6 against an al Qaeda camp, according to NBC News.

“She was hit with a bullet in her neck and suffered for two hours,” her grandfather Nasser al-Awlaki told Reuters. “Why kill children? This is the new administration. It’s very sad, a big crime.”

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Almost everything went wrong,” a senior US military official told NBC News of the operation.

Born in New Mexico, the elder Awlaki spoke at the Capitol and the Pentagon after the 9/11 attacks, but eventually left the United States in 2002. The process of his radicalization accelerated after being imprisoned in Yemen — with US encouragement — and he went on to become a top recruiter and mentor to a number of al Qaeda operatives, including Fort Hood Shooter Nidal Malik Hasan and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to bring down an American airliner with explosives hidden in his underwear.

He was killed in a CIA Predator drone strike in 2011, the first time an American citizen was killed in such a way. Another US citizen, Samir Khan, who published the al Qaeda magazine Inspire, was also killed in the strike.

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The death of 8-year-old Nawar will likely be used in militant propaganda efforts, especially since she is the second of Awlaki’s children killed by the US. It was not immediately clear where she was born, but having an American father would have given her automatic dual citizenship for the US and the country of her birth.

 

Spring Break Blitz: Stories We Sat On!!! January 5–al-Awlkai update

Trump made a surprise visit to Dover Air Force Base to meet Owens’ family as they received the SEAL’s body. It is unclear if he will meet with Nasser al-Awlaki, who has now lost two grandchildren to the USA.

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/suspected-u-commando-raid-yemen-kills-three-al-065708256.html

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/8-old-american-girl-killed-190150889.html

William “Ryan” Owens: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/01/politics/donald-trump-dover-afb-william-ryan-owens/

Spring Break Blitz: Stories We Sat On!!! January 5–al-Awlkai update

Drone That Killed American Teenager Meant for a Different Target–State Dept

A still from a home video of Abdulrahman Awlaki playing with his younger siblings in the family’s courtyard in 2009. The sixteen-year-old U.S. citizen was killed in a drone strike on October 14, 2011, in Yemen.

Anwar al-Awlaki was an American citizen allegedly involved in radicalizing and planning attacks on behalf of Islamic extremist group al-QuaedaAwlaki and his 16-year-old son Abdulrahman, also an American citizen, were executed in separate drone strikes in fall of 2011, with no indictment or trial, no explanation from the Obama administration, and very little media coverage.

The Intercept’s reported January 5th that the 10/14/11 Yemen strike that killed Abdulrahman (above,left) was, according to the U.S. State Department, meant for a different individual. Ibrahim al Banna, a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224,” remains at large:

The U.S. State Department confirmed on January 5 that the man the U.S. government once claimed was the target of the drone strike that killed American teenager Abdulrahman Awlaki in 2011 in Yemen is alive. The department announced that it has designated Ibrahim al Banna “a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224.”

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[Abdulrahman’s father Anwar] was an enigmatic figure who supported George W. Bush’s 2000 election campaign, spoke at the Pentagon shortly after 9-11, and went on to become an important propaganda figure for the growing radical Islamist movement after the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Awlaki family members, who had declined to discuss the killing of Anwar, believed that they needed to speak out publicly about the killing of Abdulrahman. “We watched with surprise and condemnation how several prominent American newspapers and news channels twist the truth, calling Abdulrahman an Al Qaeda operative and falsely and misleadingly stating his age as 21 years old,” read a statement from the family. […] They invited people to look up Abdulrahman’s Facebook page — which revealed a teenager interested in music, video games and his friends — “to see the ‘lethal terrorist’, ‘the 21 year old Qaeda operative’ the U.S. government is claiming they killed. Look at his pictures, his friends and his hobbies. His Facebook page shows a typical kid, a teenager who paid a hefty price for something he never did and never was.”

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of the handful of U.S. lawmakers who would have access to all intelligence on the strike, seemed to suggest that was the case when asked about the killing of the two Awlakis and Samir Khan. “I do know this,” he said on CNN, “the American citizens who have been killed overseas … are terrorists, and, frankly, if anyone in the world deserved to be killed, those three did deserve to be killed.”

Robert Gibbs, Obama’s former White House press secretary and a senior official in the president’s 2012 reelection campaign, was also asked about the strike that killed Abdulrahman. “It’s an American citizen that is being targeted without due process of law, without trial. And, he’s underage. He’s a minor,” reporter Sierra Adamson told Gibbs, during a press gaggle after a presidential debate where Gibbs was serving as a surrogate for Obama. Gibbs shot back: “I would suggest that you should have a far more responsible father if they are truly concerned about the well-being of their children. I don’t think becoming an al Qaeda jihadist terrorist is the best way to go about doing your business.”

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The January 5 media release from the State Department website:

The Department of State has designated Ibrahim al-Banna as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. As a result of this designation, all property subject to U.S. jurisdiction in which Ibrahim al-Banna has any interest is blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with Ibrahim al-Banna.

Ibrahim al-Banna is a senior member of al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leadership who served as AQAP security chief and provided military and security guidance to AQAP leadership. A 2010 edition of AQAP’s English online magazine, Inspire, contained an article by al-Banna describing the 9/11 attack as virtuous and threatened to target Americans both domestically and elsewhere, in response to U.S. actions overseas. Prior to his membership with AQAP, al-Banna was a leader of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad in Yemen from 1996 to 1998 and subsequently was in charge of the training and intelligence sectors for the group. Al-Banna is also subject to a U.S. government reward of up to $5 million.

A list of State Department-designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations and SDGTs is available here: http://www.state.gov/j/ct/list/index.htm.

 

All emphasis is ours.

Thanks to our sources:

https://theintercept.com/2017/01/05/alleged-target-of-drone-strike-that-killed-american-teenager-is-alive-according-to-state-department/

https://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/des/266535.htm

Ohio Fights Protesters and Terror

Updated 11/30/16 at 12:00 PM with “Twitter” statement by Trump

President-elect Donald Trump used Twitter to broadcast an admonition of Mr. Artan this morning, stating the Somali refugee–who spent years in Pakistan prior to his Ohio State car-and-knife rampage Monday–should never have been let into America.

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Original post continues below:

This may become a DEVELOPING STORY

PHOTO: Ohio State University student Abdul Razak Ali Artan, pictured in a 2016 photo from The Lantern, was identified by the schools newspaper as the suspect in a campus attack, Nov. 28, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan, Ohio State University student (above) made news Monday morning when he attacked at least eleven people on campus before being killed by campus police.

Artan, 18, used his car (reportedly pictured below) to mow down some pedestrians. After crashing from running into some police interference, he pulled out a knife and stabbed some people.

PHOTO: A car inside a police line sits on the sidewalk as authorities respond to an attack on campus at Ohio State University, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.

Below, the police secure the area in a Winnebago-converted-to-mobile-police-command-center

PHOTO: Police respond to an attack on campus at Ohio State University, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.

Apparently, an “active shooter on campus” message was circulated by university-wide text message. Mr. Artan reportedly had no gun, though according to several conservative media sites, Democratic lawmakers and bloggers were out for metaphorical blood:

University-wide text alert:

“Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.”

VP nominee Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) on Twitter:

“Deeply saddened by the senseless act of gun violence at Ohio State this morning. Praying for the injured and the entire Buckeye community”

[our emphasis]

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom:

“My thoughts are w/Ohio State this AM. We cannot let an average of 1 school shooting/wk be the normal in America. Too many lives are at stake”

Far-left blog “Vox” was out with the following Monday at 5:01 PM:

Ohio State University on Monday morning sent out multiple alerts to students and staff to “Run Hide Fight” and take shelter to avoid an attacker on campus. Police and school officials confirmed that there had been a car-and-knife attack — not a shooting — at the university, which has nearly 60,000 students.

The story is quickly developing, so some details may be wrong and may change. Here’s what we know and what we don’t.

[our emphasis]

PHOTO: Students leave buildings as police respond to an attack on campus at Ohio State University, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.

The guy on the right was apparently lucid enough in the aftermath to listen to his iPod.

PHOTO: This image was posted to Harrison Roths Twitter account after reports of an active shooter at Ohio State University on Nov. 28, 2016 with the text, Im safe in a barricaded room. If youre on campus, get in a room and stay safe.

Students text family and friends after securing the doorway.

Artan was a Somali-born permanent resident of the U.S. and arrived in 2014 after a cup of coffee in Pakistan. He was featured in the campus newspaper in August and reportedly gave the following quote:

“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen.”
Some other interesting details from CNN:
A community member who spoke to the attacker’s family described them as shocked. The community member described Artan as a good kid. She confirmed Artan had just finished community college before starting this semester at Ohio State.
Neighbor Stephanie Leper told CNN Artan’s family occupies four units. Law enforcement vehicles arrived at the town homes sometime after 10 a.m. and took people away in “paddy wagons,” she said.

It is unclear if Artan was inspired by the Bastille Day Massacre in Nice, France, in which Mohamed Salmene Lahouaiej-Bouhlel used a semi truck to run over a crowded pier on July 14 in the name of ISIS. He had a much larger kill total with 86 (and 434 injured).

Related:

ISIS Updates

PHOTO: Ohio State University police released a statement on Nov. 28, 2016 saying that Officer Alan Horujko shot and killed the alleged campus attacker, Abdul Razak Ali Artan.

Alan Horujko, 28 (above) of OSU police, fatally shot Artan

A “Facebook” post, reproduced in part below, is attributed to Artan by multiple media outlets.

The post, which we could not recover, reportedly also mentions Anwar al-Awlaki.

Anwar al-Awlaki sitting on couch, lightened.jpg

Unlike Mr. Artan, al-Awlaki (above) was an American citizen. He was executed by drone strike in Yemen at age 40 after President Obama personally signed off on his death. al-Awlaki’s son, Abdulrahman Anwar al-Awlaki, was also executed by President Obama at the age of 16.

“I am sick and tired of seeing my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters being killed and tortured EVERYWHERE … I can’t take it anymore. America! Stop interfering with other countries … [if] you want us Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks.”

ABC News reports that the post is being investigated by the FBI and was reportedly associated with a profile under the name Abdul Artan. However, that individual listed their age as 20, and has not been confirmed as the 18-year-old Artan shot in Columbus Monday.

On Tuesday, the ISIS news agency AMAQ praised the attack, according to Huffington Post:

The Islamic State news agency AMAQ posted a photo of Abdul Razak Ali Artan wearing a blue shirt and sitting with greenery in the background. It described him as a soldier of the group.

Brother Abdul Razak Ali Artan, God accept him, implementer of the Ohio attack, a student in his third year in university,” the caption read.

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Members of Columbus’ Somali community have denounced the attack.

AMAQ has claimed credit for domestic and Asian terror attacks in the name of ISIS before. Although Artan reportedly lived in Pakistan about seven years after escaping Somali as a refugee and may well have been radicalized, ISIS has inflated its worldwide image in the past by falsely claiming coordination with so-called “lone wolf” terrorists.

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In other news, Associated Press reported last week via Sun Herald that police in the very same Columbus, OH have cashed in on a Department of Homeland Security grant for better crowd control of the little people [our emphasis]:

Police in Columbus have used a $40,000 Homeland Security grant to purchase high-tech audio equipment that will help control rowdy crowds in Ohio’s capital city.

Division of Police officials on Monday held a demonstration for its newest tool — a long-range acoustic device mounted atop an armored vehicle.

The LRAD can send an ear-splitting directional blast of sound that acts like a water canon to break up crowds. It also has the ability to clearly broadcast messages within a range of 1.8 miles.

Lt. Paul Ohl, the head of Columbus police’s SWAT unit, says the purchase was made after residents who have been subjected to tear gas in crowds complained that they never heard warnings to disperse.

How accommodating!

Police declined to provide technical specifics such as the LRAD’s exact decibel level.

 

Thanks to our sources:

http://abc13.com/news/everything-we-know-about-osu-attack-suspect/1629101/

Abdul Razak Ali Artan’s Photo, Facebook Post, OSU ‘Lantern’ Interview: Muslim Feared Praying In Public

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/28/us/ohio-state-university-active-shooter/index.html

http://www.sunherald.com/news/business/technology/article116366978.html

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/11/28/five-libs-who-pushed-gun-control-narrative-on-twitter-after-ohio-state-stabbing-attack/?singlepage=true

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/28/13763820/ohio-state-university-shooting

http://abcnews.go.com/US/ohio-state-university-student-dead-driving-crowd-stabbing/story?id=43821371

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/isis-claims-responsibility-for-attack-at-ohio-state-university_us_583dda6ee4b06539a78ab780

DHS Shakes Down Reporter

This post was updated to attempt to change our formatting and update Ms. Abi-Habib’s pictures.  We added spaces to her post to make paragraphs. The original Facebook post is still available by navigating to the green “232 Likes” at the bottom of our page. We have been forced to post our source at the top here for aesthetics. Original post continues below.

reason had a pretty revealing story last week. Wall Street Journal reporter Maria Abi-Habib, who holds American and Lebanese citizenship, was accosted when she refused to let the LAX airport security go through her cell phones.
It is unclear if the Federal Agents involved were Customs and Border Protection or TSA, whose agents represent another Federal Agency, the DHS.

 

Either way, Abi-Habib’s employees, Federal Government agents, detained and interrogated her until she requested her legal representation. While journalists tend to be savvy about protecting their sources, the average citizen might be easily manipulated by a Federal thug who escorts them to the front of the line if they just give up a little privacy to a complete stranger who represents the United States government.
WSJ gave a statement to reason. (DHS did not. Bill the taxpayers.)
“We are disturbed by the serious incident involving WSJ reporter Maria Abi-Habib, a citizen of the United States and Lebanon,” Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker said in a statement. “We have been working to learn more about these events, but the notion that Customs and Border Protection agents would stop and question one of our journalists in connection with her reporting and seek to search her cell phones is unacceptable.”
It is unclear if this was Federal Government intrusion on the level of then-Attorney General Eric Holder labeling James Rosen and other Fox News journalists “co-conspirators” under the Espionage Act of 1917, permitting the Justice Department to search their email records and phone logs without a warrant.
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We have included the post in its entirety below. At least Abi-Habib was just physically violated by the Federal Government, and not assassinated at the order of Obama like American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old son Abdulrahman!
All bold emphasis is ours:
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Maria Abi-Habib

 

Dear friends,
I wanted to share a troubling experience I had with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in the hopes it may help you protect your private information. I was born a US citizen and was traveling on my American passport.

I landed at LA airport last Thursday to attend a wedding. I was standing in line for immigration when a DHS officer said “oh, there you are.” I was puzzled. “I was trying to recognize you from your picture. I’m here to help you get through the line.”
I asked a few questions, and she said that DHS had decided to pick me up when my name came in on the flight manifest (this is not uncommon, for countries to share passenger names). She didn’t say whether the flight manifest was sent from Beirut, where I started my trip, or Frankfurt, where I hopped onto my connecting flight to LAX. The DHS agent went on to say she was there to help me navigate immigration because I am a journalist with The Wall Street Journal and have traveled to many dangerous places that are on the US’ [sic?] radar for terrorism. She independently knew who I worked for and my Twitter account, countries I’d reported from (like Iraq) and even recent articles I’d written — I told her nothing about myself.

This didn’t seem out of the ordinary at first — I’ve had US Immigration officials tell me my name is on a special list that allows me to circumvent the questioning most would receive if they had a similar travel profile or internet print (talking to members of known terrorist groups). I travel to the US about twice a year and have always remarked on how smooth my experiences at Customs/Immigration are.

But after pushing me to the front of a very long line at immigration, she then escorted me to the luggage belt, where I collected my suitcase, and then she took me to a special section of LAX airport. Another customs agent joined her at that point and they grilled me for an hour – asking me about the years I lived in the US, when I moved to Beirut and why, who lives at my in-laws’ house in LA and numbers for the groom and bride whose wedding I was attending. I answered jovially, because I’ve had enough high-level security experiences to know that being annoyed or hostile will work against you.

But then she asked me for my two cellphones. I asked her what she wanted from them.
“We want to collect information” she said, refusing to specify what kind.
And that is where I drew the line — I told her I had First Amendment rights as a journalist she couldn’t violate and I was protected under. I explained I had to protect my sources of information.
“Did you just admit you collect information for foreign governments?” she asked, her tone turning hostile.

“No, that’s exactly not what I just said,” I replied, explaining again why I would not hand over my phones.
She handed me a DHS document, a photo of which I’ve attached. It basically says the US government has the right to seize my phones and my rights as a US citizen (or citizen of the world) go out the window. This law applies at any point of entry into the US, whether naval, air or land and extends for 100 miles into the US from the border or formal points of entry. So, all of NY city for instance. If they forgot to ask you at JFK airport for your phones, but you’re having a drink in Manhattan the next day, you technically fall under this authority. And because they are acting under the pretense to protect the US from terrorism, you have to give it up.

So I called their bluff.

“You’ll have to call The Wall Street Journal’s lawyers, as those phones are the property of WSJ,” I told her, calmly.
She accused me of hindering the investigation – a dangerous accusation as at that point, they can use force. I put my hands up and said I’d done nothing but be cooperative, but when it comes to my phones, she would have to call WSJ’s lawyers.
She said she had to speak to her supervisor about my lack of cooperation and would return. I was left with the second DHS officer who’d been there since we left the baggage claim area.
The female officer returned 30 minutes later and said I was free to go. I have no idea why they wanted my phones — it could have been a way for them to download my contacts. Or maybe they expect me of terrorism or sympathizing with terrorists — although my profile wouldn’t fit, considering I am named Maria Teresa, and for a variety of other reasons including my small child.

I’ve since done some research and spoken to an encryption expert. This is the information I’ve gleaned which I hope may help those reading:

1) My rights as a journalist or US citizen do not apply at the border, as explained above, since legislation was quietly passed in 2013 giving DHS very broad powers (I researched this since the incident). This legislation also circumvents the Fourth Amendment that protects Americans’ privacy and prevents searches and seizures without a proper warrant.

2) Always use encryption, but even this cannot keep you 100% safe. If you are contacting someone about a sensitive matter, use an application like Signal. But if DHS seizes your phone, they can see you’ve been speaking to that person, although if you erase your chats, they won’t see what you spoke about.

3) Never download anything or even open a link from a friend or source that looks suspicious. This may be malware, meaning that they have downloaded software on your phone that will be able to circumvent the powers of encryption. Don’t leave your phone unattended for the same reasons – they can just open it up and download malware.

4) Travel “naked” as one encryption expert told me. If any government wants your information, they will get it no matter what. Remember the San Bernardino shooter? Apple refused to comply, so the US got the information by paying an Israeli company $1 million to unlock the shooter’s phone. So if you have something extra sensitive on your device – phone or laptop – do not travel with it and instead use your sim card in a clean phone. And for sensitive numbers, write them on a piece of paper you can somehow secure and then restore the factory settings on your phone – which seems to be the only way of wiping it clean 100%.
Sorry for the long post. I hope this helps.

 

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Happy Independence Day

Although the American Declaration of Independence was actually signed on July 2, 1776, and the copy in the Washington D.C. museum (where it was rightfully restored after Nicholas Cage stole it) was signed in August 1776, today we celebrate Independence Day.

Some sobering developments are worth noting as we reflect on our incredible privilege as citizens of the richest, greatest country in all of history.

Instead of joining in the Chicago Fire–more of an “every weekend” sort of event, anyway–one Illinois “man” decided to desecrate the United States flag, which, as it turns out, is a “class four felony.”

Photo via 4chan

Photo via 4chan

The Urbana, IL police department confirmed to Forbes, our source, that the post was removed while the pussy who posted it instead of working to create a better world was in police custody, without access to a smartphone. This may become a DEVELOPING STORY, but probably not, because if you give these people attention, they eventually reproduce.

While burning our flag is an incredibly ignorant and shameful use of our free speech rights, these are not the only liberties that will be threatened if Trump or Hillary wins the November presidential election. Both have also pledged to continue the contemporary “drone anyone we don’t like” foreign policy of the United States, begun sometime in the midst of the George W. Bush reign and vastly accelerated under Obama.

In an orchestrated holiday-weekend-Friday-news-dump, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Obama henchman Josh Earnest announced three days ago the president’s drone warfare has taken 116 civilian lives since Obama took office, and that is acceptable.

While the actual civilian death toll from drones (developed at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics laboratories using your tax money) is estimated by human rights groups to be closer to 500 in Pakistan (“POK”-istan,” as Obama would say) alone, the White House prefers to work with their number.

“The president believes that our counterterrorism strategy is more effective and has more credibility when we’re as transparent as possible. There will be a little bit of negative press coverage in the short term, but over the long term it will build the kind of credibility that is critical to the ongoing success of these efforts.”–Earnest, in Friday’s press conference

Yahoo! News continued:

The bulk of drone strikes have fallen on remote tribal regions of Pakistan that have long sheltered extremists, but Obama has also bombed places like Yemen, Libya and Somalia. Independent estimates of civilian casualties from U.S. strikes in those theaters have ranged between 200 and 1,000.

Clapper estimates Obama has ordered 473 drone strikes outside war zones (meaning they’re illegal, but he has all the nuke codes, so would you argue?) killing between 2,372 and 2,581 combatants and 64 to 116 civilians.

Los Angeles Times had a good profile on some of the higher-caliber targets neutralized by drones and airstrikes by the greatest country in the world in recent years (below).

Yahoo!:

“As commander in chief, I must weigh these heartbreaking tragedies against the alternatives.  To do nothing in the face of terrorist networks would invite far more civilian casualties,” [Obama] said. “So doing nothing is not an option.”

Still, as Yahoo News noted in May, Obama’s very first experience with a drone strike rattled him. Four days into his presidency, the CIA was targeting al-Qaida and Taliban commanders in South Waziristan along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. But the strike went badly awry, killing an innocent tribal elder and several members of his family.

Meanwhile, the White House keeps a secret list of American citizens up for assassination, like Anwar al-Awlaki, who Obama ordered killed in 2011, along with his 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki.

Thanks to our sources:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/fernandoalfonso/2016/07/04/illinois-man-charged-with-desecrating-american-flag-after-posting-photos-on-facebook/#70bb78cf598f; https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-air-war-kills-up-to-116-civilians-outside-war-zones-193113911.html; https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-air-war-kills-up-to-116-civilians-outside-war-zones-193113911.html

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Obama Sending 250 Additional American Soldiers to Syria to Fight ISIS ISIL

President Obama announced today in Hanover, Germany that he is ordering 250 more American special forces and other personnel to repel Islamic State jihadists.

Obama made the announcement after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose cell phone conversations Obama’s NSA is still recording without apology or Constitutional authority.

“A small number of American special operations forces are already on the ground in Syria and their expertise has been critical as local forces have driven ISIL out of key areas,” Obama said, using the terrorist group’s preferred acronym because it’s important to honor their wishes.

“So, given the success, I have approved the deployment of up to 250 additional US personnel in Syria, including special forces, to keep up this momentum.”

Obama did not elaborate on why the U.S. needs to sustain momentum if we already have “success,” nor did he reveal why he is not using drone strikes more effectively against Islamic State. These extra-constitutional killing machines have already slayed at least 460 innocent Pakistani women and children, as well as American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki when Obama ordered his assassination.

Obama warned Islamic State is “the most urgent threat to our nations,” speaking to NATO partners France, Italy and the U.K.

Secretary of State John Kerry’s view of the ISIS ISIL priority was not clear. As recently as September 2014, Kerry warned climate change and Ebola were global crises that required response with the same “immediacy” as that of the U.S. to Islamic State.

Obama infamously dubbed Islamic State a “J.V.” team early in 2014 before they started beheading Americans on TV.

Syrian sides declared ceasefire eight weeks ago, but cooperation has since crumbled. Three adults and three children were killed in Syria around the time of Obama’s remarks.

Despite this most recent insertion of U.S. ground troops, Obama recently stated in a BBC interview: “It would be a mistake for the United States, or Great Britain, or a combination of Western states to send in ground troops and overthrow the Assad regime.”

Obama and Defense Secretary Ash Carter last week also put U.S. “boots on the ground” in Iraq, another war in which they pledged “no more boots on the ground,” as we reported at the time: http://darthfrankthetank.com/2016/04/middle-east/.

Thanks to Yahoo! News for our source. At least someone is paying attention. https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-send-250-more-military-trainers-syria-official-222559451.html?ref=gs