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28 June 2012
BIG BROTHER IN BRITAIN
The British government has always taken the security of the realm seriously. Compared to Americans, the British have few constitutional rights; compared to the FBI, the British security service (MI5) labors under few limitations.
Now the British government has announced plans to log the details of every phone call, e-mail and text message sent from, or received in, the United Kingdom. For the British, at least, Big Brother is definitely watching.
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BIG BROTHER IN BRITAIN
24 June 2012
A CONTINUING THREAT
An illegal Moroccan immigrant and would-be suicide bomber has pleaded guilty to attempting to attack the U.S. Capitol.
Amine El Khalifi came to the attention of the FBI in January 2011, after an informer reported he had attended a meeting of Islamic militants. After determining Khalifi was intent on attacking American targets in retaliation for what he claimed was America's "war on Islam," undercover agents posing as radicals made contact and offered to provide him with weapons and explosives. Unaware of the fact that the suicide vest and AK47 they provided him were harmless, he attempted to implement his plan of attack on February 17.
Khalifi will be sentenced on September 14, and may receive up to 30 years imprisonment.
4 May 2012
WE KID YOU NOT
The Al Qaeda terrorist organization, which infamously attacked the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, has an English language magazine for aspiring terrorists and wannabes. Entitled Inspire, the online magazine was founded by American turncoat Anwar al-Awlaki and his colleague in crime, Samir Kahn. Both men were killed by an American missile strike in Yemen in 2011.
Having apparently lifted a play from the Japanese, the latest edition of Inspire recommends American Jihadists start forest fires in Montana. During the Second World War, Japan carried out an extensive bombing campaign against the American Northwest by releasing balloons armed with timers and incendiary munitions into the Pacific jet stream: after the estimated flight time to American forests, the bombs were released.
The Japanese campaign was ingenious, but largely ineffectual. Although it did force the Pentagon to divert thousands of troops to fight the resulting fires, and unexploded munitions eventually killed six civilians, the Japanese attacks had no impact on the larger war.
But if al Qaeda's plan to burn the American West doesn't work out, not to worry. The same issue provides helpful hints on how to become an "urban assassin."
1 May 2012
AL QAEDA ISN'T THE ONLY PROBLEM
On the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's killing by U.S. Navy SEALs, American security and intelligence officials are quietly confident that they have Al Qaeda on the run. In addition to killing its founder, U.S. drone strikes have decimated the terrorist organization's leadership.
But unfortunately, Al Qaeda isn't their only problem: seething discontent at the government's mismanagement of the economy is encouraging home-grown radicalism, as evidenced by the arrest of five anarchists in the Cleveland area who were plotting to blow up a bridge.
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FIVE ARRESTED IN PLOT TO BLOW UP BRIDGE
28 March 2012
A year after the British and French governments formally rejected the Multicultural dogma that had dominated their immigration policies for decades, and a week after the Toulouse shooter provided them with an object lesson in Multiculturalism's failure by killing three French paratroops and four Jewish civilians, French authorities arrested the killer's older brother, Abdelkader Merah, on suspicion of complicity in murder, theft, and involvement in terrorism. He will be kept in custody, prosecutors said.
Although the elder Merah's may have been truthful when he denied previously published reports that he had applauded his younger brothers actions, the case nonetheless illustrates the damage Muslim immigrants have inflicted on French society. Islam asserts the faithful practice of Islamic precepts will create an ideal society on Earth, but despite the undoubted piety of many believers this has never happened - an inconvenient fact that places the devout in a difficult position: either accept that Islam cannot provide worldly perfection, or find an excuse to blame it on.
A great many have chosen the latter, blaming apostates, corrupt rulers, Jews, Crusaders, European imperialists, Zionists, and now America and the West in general. Implausibly, they seek to impose islam on their adopted countries in the forlorn hope that somehow, some way, Islam will finally fulfill its promise of a just society.
Islam comes in many varieties, and is often strongly influenced by local conditions: as a rule, Muslims from countries that have had the longest and most extensive contact with the West are best able to assimilate to Western societies: the French paratroops killed or wounded by the younger Merah were Muslims from the Maghreb - but then, rather ironically, so was Merah.
Far from enriching societies, "Multiculturalism" weakens them by creating a Fifth Column in their midst. Although a great many Muslim immigrants, such as the slain Paratroops, are undoubtedly loyal to their adoptive countries, others are not - and there is no sure way to distinguish between them. Short of revoking their citizenship and deporting the lot - a constitutional impossibility - the only other way to deal with the artificially created threat from within is to effectively abrogate civil rights and liberties, and hide a police state behind the sort of false-front democracy that prevails in post-Soviet Russia.
The Grand Irony is that former French President Charles De Gaulle foresaw the problem clearly: after the French military eventually suppressed the pro-independence rebellion in what was then the province of Algeria, De Gaulle nonetheless decided in 1962 to grant Algeria its freedom. The only way to hold the province was to grant full citizenship and voting rights to the approximately 8,000,000 Muslim Algerians - and that, as the French President correctly observed, would destroy France.
As a result of the Multiculturalist folly that controlled immigration policy for the past 20 years or so, the Muslim population of France is now somewhere between 4 and 6 million - not quite the 8,000,000 De Gaulle feared, and not yet enough to destroy the Republic.
But it is enough to effectively destroy French democracy.
20 March 2011
TERROR IN FRANCE
Less than a week after three French paratroopers were killed and another wounded by a gunman on a motorcycle in the south western city of Montauban, four people were similarly killed outside a Jewish school in Toulouse.
The French paratroops belonged to a regiment that had fought in Afghanistan, and all four of the civilians killed in Toulouse were Jewish, suggesting the attacks were politically motivated terrorism rather than the work of a serial killer. The fact that the same handgun was used in both attacks, however, suggests the terrorist is a lone-wolf amateur.
Using motorcycles or scooters to conduct terrorist attacks is a tried and tested technique: during the Viet Nam War, Viet Cong terrorists carried out hundreds of such attacks in Saigon and other South Vietnamese cities. Motorcycles provide a relatively stable platform for firing a handgun at close range, they are easily stolen and just as easily discarded, they are fast and maneuverable, and they are capable of jumping curbs and navigating the narrow alleys typically found in major cities. The likelihood of catching a motorcycle terrorist ranges from slim to none.
At the time of this writing, French police are scrambling to find and neutralize the terrorist responsible for the attacks, before others from the large and often alienated French Muslim population copy his modus operandi.
15 March 2012
Conflict tends to generate action-reaction cycles - a tendency that holds true with weapons, tactics, strategies, and terrorism as well.
One of the most feared weapons in the terrorist arsenal is Bacillus Anthraces, the bacteria that causes the deadly disease of anthrax. Like other types of bacteria, Anthraces can form dormant endospores that can last decades and even centuries. These endospores may activate if inhaled, or if they find entry to a human or animal body through an open wound.
Protecting populations against terrorist attacks employing anthrax spores is difficult under any circumstances, especially since they are capable of surviving extreme heat, radiation, harsh environmental conditions, antibiotics and common water treatment techniques. Finding a way to kill spores introduced into municipal water systems is therefore a major priority.
According to Physicsorg.com, a recent breakthrough employing treated silk may provide a solution: silk soaked in a chlorine solution for an hour killed almost 100 per cent of the test sample exposed to it.
One obvious application is with water filters - either large filters protecting municipal water supplies, or small filters designed for personal or small group needs. Another important application that suggests itself is water purification in disaster response and relief operations.
Presumably, silk-cl filters, as they have been named, may also be employed in air filtration.
27 FEBRUARY 2012
SURVEILLANCE: A TRICKY BUSINESS AT BEST
Former CIA officer David Cohen is in hot water. Now the New York City Police Department's Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence, Cohen attempted to place police agents or informers in every Islamic mosque within 250 miles of New York City.
Given al Qaeda's historic fixation on The City, that makes a great deal of sense - as long as you can keep it quiet. Unfortunately, word leaked out and now civil rights advocates are complaining about the size, scale, and range of the program: the New York police intelligence division was not only monitoring mosques, but college campuses as well.
The NYPD is presently engaged in damage control operations, and for that reason it make take some time for them to figure out that intelligence officers trained to operate abroad are probably not the best choice to run politically sensitive domestic intelligence operations. The rules are different, and the price can be high indeed when caught with chalk on one's toes.
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NYPD INTELLIGENCE DIVISION: CHALK ON THEIR TOES
22 February 2012
NOT QUITE A LONE WOLF
On Friday, February 17, a Moroccan national by the name of Amine El Khalifi was arrested by federal authorities at a parking garage near Capitol Hill, and charged with terrorism-related offenses. According to the Justice department, Khalifi intended to attack the U.S. Capitol building, armed with an AK-47 rifle and a suicide vest.
In actual fact, neither the suicide vest nor the rifle were operable. Both had been provided to Khalifi by federal undercover agents, who had been monitoring him for more than a year.
According to Assistant Attorney General Lisa Monaco, “Today’s case underscores the continuing threat we face from homegrown violent extremists. Thanks to a coordinated law enforcement effort, [the] alleged plot was thwarted before anyone was harmed.”
Well, sort of...
In actual fact, the greatest domestic danger is not posed by amateur loudmouths like Khalifi, who managed to attract police attention by publicly complaining that the War on Terror was a war on Islam, but rather by more quiet and calculating Jihadists who plan and act entirely alone. In the immediate aftermath of 9-11, some 60,000 Muslim males of military age residing in the United States apparently vanished into the woodwork, and haven't been seen or heard from since.
Most were illegal immigrants who went to ground for fear of deportation, but some, undoubtedly, have since become radicalized to the extent they may tempted to grab a gun and start killing Americans on an opportunistic basis.
An associated problem is the fact that both the Al Qaeda terror network and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds Force are known to have dispatched agents across the Mexican border into the U.S. Presumably, they have made contact with elements of the illegal Muslim underground which - at the very least - provides distractive cover for their presence.