.... Mr. Khalid’s aides took the visitor to an armored room in the basement of a safe house in Taimani, an upscale neighborhood in the capital city, for a security screening. They were no doubt mindful of what happened in September 2011 when a Taliban peace emissary was allowed to meet with a prominent Afghan peace envoy and then killed him with a bomb hidden in his turban.
Watching the man over closed-circuit television, they ordered him to strip naked, which he did. Satisfied, they let him get dressed and took him to see their boss upstairs.
Then he blew up. The suicide bomber killed only himself, but Mr. Khalid sustained severe abdominal wounds as well as injuries to his hands and arms.
Now, months after that attack, on Dec. 6, a spokesman for the National Directorate of Security, Shafiqullah Tahiri, confirmed that the attacker had hidden the bomb inside his rectum....
-bth: I believe the Israelis have faced similar implant bombs.
Saturday, June 08, 2013
...Hassan speaks of alleged plots involving foreign-funded Islamist rebels and U.S.-Israeli conspiracies aimed at "hitting the resistance" — Hezbollah — and dividing Syria.
"The project they were working on failed," he said of his enemies. "We are one united axis that runs from Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and down to Gaza."
Hezbollah has taken on a more public role in the Syrian conflict since its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, recently announced the group's involvement. The squad leader said Hezbollah was bracing for possible revenge attacks from supporters of the Syrian rebels in Lebanon.
Thousands of Sunni fighters from across the Arab world and elsewhere are said to be fighting on the rebel side. Hassan said he came across many Arab fighters in Qusair, especially from Libya and Tunisia. There were also "blonds," he said, describing fighters from places such as Canada, the former Yugoslavia and elsewhere in Europe.
Hezbollah technicians managed to hack into the radio communications network of some rebels, he said. Hezbollah fighters started shouting "Game over" and "One-way ticket" in English and also some phrases in French into the radio so non-Arabic speakers would get the message.
Hassan said he expected to be sent on a new mission to Syria in coming days. He doesn't know where. Potential destinations could be Aleppo and Idlib provinces or the fringes of Damascus, he said.
"Hezbollah can't cover all of Syria," he said. "Those who say Hezbollah is all over [Syria] are stupid. You have some strategic places."...
Ever since the liberation of northern Mali by French and African forces, some observers have been asking the same question: where did al-Qaeda fighters go?
A spate of deadly incidents indicates that the terrorists and armed Islamists routed from northern Mali have found a new home in the southern Libya desert and Jebel Chaambi's mountainous region between Algeria and Tunisia.
After al-Qaeda fighters were pushed out of Mali, they "hit the soft belly of coalition country Niger, via the place with the most fragile security system in the Maghreb - southern Libya," terrorism analyst Abdul Hamid Ansari says....
Friday, June 07, 2013
General Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) D-Day Message Order of the Day: 6 June
1944 SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven
these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers
of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our
brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the
destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over
the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped
and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of
1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats,
in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their
strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home
Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of
war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The
tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!
I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in
battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!
Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great
and noble undertaking.
SIGNED: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Former CIA Director David Petraeus is in attendance at the 2013 Bilderberg Group conference to help construct the “big data” spy grid, which is set to become the new frontier of clandestine statecraft as Internet connectivity becomes ubiquitous.
Bilderberg’s official agenda for 2013 lists one of the areas of discussion as, “How big data is changing almost everything,” a reference to how the “Internet of things” along with the ubiquitous growth of social media is transforming the world of surveillance and the ability to foresee and manipulate future events.
At almost the exact same time, a Homeland Security subcommittee in the United States will also be discussing “big data” and its implications in the context of social media.
Bilderberg’s effort to push the “big data” agenda ties in with the secretive organization’s close relationship with Google, which as we documentedis now merging with and taking over from Bilderberg in many aspects....
-bth: Is this what Americans want? I don't think so.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Computers in diplomatic missions and government offices worldwide have again been struck by a major virus, according to cybersecurity experts at Kaspersky Lab. The NetTravel virus, which Kaspersky uncovered in recent weeks, has attacked computers in diplomatic missions and government institutions in over 40 countries worldwide, including Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Qatar, and Iran. No “samples” of the virus have been found so far in Israel, Kaspersky said.
The attack is somewhat similar to the Red October exploit, which Kaspersky uncovered last year. In that attack, too, government and diplomatic computers were targeted. Israeli computers were found to be hosting the virus as well, but it was unclear if any data had been stolen....
“The group has infected victims across multiple industries, including government institutions, embassies, the oil and gas industry, research institutes, military contractors and activists,” Kaspersky continued. “Most recently, the NetTraveler group’s main domains of interest for cyber-espionage activities include space exploration, nanotechnology, energy production, nuclear power, lasers, medicine, and communications.”
The latest attack uses “social engineering” techniques to get users to click on links that will install the malware on their devices. Users are sent messages that ostensibly contain important information in their attachments, with titles like “Report — Asia Defense Spending Boom,” “Army Cyber Security Policy 2013,” and “His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Switzerland day 4.” When users open the files, two pieces of malware are installed on their devices, enabling the controllers of the virus to steal data at will.....
...The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.
The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July 19.
Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered.
The disclosure is likely to reignite longstanding debates in the US over the proper extent of the government's domestic spying powers....
The NSA, as part of a program secretly authorized by President Bush on 4 October 2001, implemented a bulk collection program of domestic telephone, internet and email records. A furore erupted in 2006 when USA Today reported that the NSA had "been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth" and was "using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity." Until now, there has been no indication that the Obama administration implemented a similar program.
These recent events reflect how profoundly the NSA's mission has transformed from an agency exclusively devoted to foreign intelligence gathering, into one that focuses increasingly on domestic communications. A 30-year employee of the NSA, William Binney, resigned from the agency shortly after 9/11 in protest at the agency's focus on domestic activities.
In the mid-1970s, Congress, for the first time, investigated the surveillance activities of the US government. Back then, the mandate of the NSA was that it would never direct its surveillance apparatus domestically.
At the conclusion of that investigation, Frank Church, the Democratic senator from Idaho who chaired the investigative committee, warned: "The NSA's capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn't matter."
Additional reporting by Ewen MacAskill and Spencer Ackerman
-bth: basicallly we've created an agency that can and does spy on its citizens.