January 08, 2015
Media Now in Full Denial of Reality Mode
So I accidentally switched on CNN last night. I guess my thumb must have slipped. Here's what I saw: Some guy moderating a "debate" between a gal who was saying that the Mohammad cartoons shouldn't have been published because they marginalized Muslims. The guy on the other side of the debate worried that yesterday's mass murder was really worrying because it might make Muslims the target of violence.
Then this morning I turned on the car and the radio was on NPR. All college professors are required to listen to NPR. It's in the job description. There was a "debate" between a gal saying that it was really hypocritical of some in the West to support the right to publish offensive cartoons because a few European countries outlaw hate speech directed at religions. On the other side of the debate was a guy saying that newspapers ought to self-censor so that we don't make Muslims angry. Making Muslims angry is bad.
In the Newspeak "debate" is defined as two sides passionately arguing over the same side of the coin.
December 26, 2014
Islamic State of Losers Plagued By Problems of Running a State
In stark contrast to earlier reports where IS paves some roads and passed out some of the war booty, IS has run out of booty.
GAZIANTEP, Turkey — The Islamic State’s vaunted exercise in state-building appears to be crumbling as living conditions deteriorate across the territories under its control, exposing the shortcomings of a group that devotes most of its energies to fighting battles and enforcing strict rules.When your only tool is a Koran, everything looks like a neck, but it will be be hard from Islamic State to murder its way out of winter.
Services are collapsing, prices are soaring, and medicines are scarce in towns and cities across the “caliphate” proclaimed in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State, residents say, belying the group’s boasts that it is delivering a model form of governance for Muslims.
Slick Islamic State videos depicting functioning government offices and the distribution of aid do not match the reality of growing deprivation and disorganized, erratic leadership, the residents say. A trumpeted Islamic State currency has not materialized, nor have the passports the group promised. Schools barely function, doctors are few, and disease is on the rise.
In the Syrian city of Raqqa, the group’s self-styled capital, water and electricity are available for no more than three or four hours a day, garbage piles up uncollected, and the city’s poor scavenge for scraps on streets crowded with sellers hawking anything they can find, residents say.Bombs falling from the sly, the gutters running with blood, death, destruction and starvation!
Videos filmed in secret by an activist group show desperate women and children clamoring for handouts of food, while photographs posted on the Internet portray foreign militants eating lavish spreads, a disparity that is starting to stir resentment.
Its Islamic Utopia!
Update thanks to pst314 for the awesome edit.
December 11, 2014
Media Blows Lid Off of Super Secret CIA Plan to Undermine Communist Dictatorships
Wow, of all the yawners:
In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana's most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government....This would be laughable if I didn't hear NPR give the subject 15 minutes straight of discussion. Oh, the horror! The abject horror of the US trying to undermine a communist dictatorship!
USAID's secret Cuban hip-hop project sought to spread democracy, but like other U.S. operations on the island, it was executed by amateurs.
I guess the spin they're trying to put on this is that the CIA put innocents in these countries at risk by using USAID as a cover.
Um, well, yes, now that the media has exposed the story these people are at risk. When this was all classified information, not so much.
It's funny how the media always overlooks their own culpability when it comes to putting people's lives in danger.
November 25, 2014
UK Report on Lee Rigby Murder Faults Facebook
Facebook was the US web firm that the UK said could have prevented the murder of Lee Rigby, according to reports, after it failed to flag a ‘graphic and emotive’ online chat to British intelligence services.Which is pretty much a bald faced lie. We find that while those who oppose Islamic Terror groups are regularly harassed and banned from Facebook terrorists and their supporters find a safe haven.
The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) criticised the company for failing to flag a conversation in which killer Michael Adebowale told another person to kill a soldier, though members of the committee as well as David Cameron have refused to name it. A number of media outlets have now named Facebook as the site at the centre of the allegations.
The ISC said that if the site had told MI5 about the threat, the killing “could have been prevented”. If the exchange in December 2012 had been picked up, Adebowale would have become a top priority for the security services, the report said.
Facebook said that it guards against terrorist content appearing on the site.
"Like everyone else, we were horrified by the vicious murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “We don’t comment on individual cases but Facebook’s policies are clear, we do not allow terrorist content on the site and take steps to prevent people from using our service for these purposes."
Its unclear if this is because facebook fears backlash from groups such as CAIR accusing them of Islamophobia or if its part of the "Watch Only" policy that intelligence agencies espouse that actually end up being harmful in the long run. Recruits are drawn in at a much higher rate than they can be monitored.
Although now they Cyber Jihad has expanded to such a large extent from the days when Jawa Report was created that a take down policy and interfere policy would be too little way way too late.
134 Islamic State "likers"
So Facebook can't find the groups with ISIS, ISIL in their name?
(suspended even by twitter) Not Facebook
That took me two minutes, with time I'm sure there is more. And I don't even use Facebook anymore.
October 27, 2014
50 Years Ago
Still relevant to this day. If you have a whole half hour to watch, go for it. If not, there are snippets all over YouFaceTube.
October 22, 2014
Irrelevant Fat Bastard Adam Gadahn Goes Full Retard
So al-Qaeda's featured star of its new Resurgence magazine is a Jihad lazy fat propagandist hiding in an ISI bunker in Pakistan. Good luck with that.
Resurgence’s focus on China also follows al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri recently establishing a South Asia branch to try and extend the group’s operations to the Indian continent. The move was largely seen as an attempt to compete with the Islamic State for the leadership of the jihadist world.One of the most telling signs that Gadahn has whole lot of extra time on his hands is an article in which he quotes Anwar al-Alwaki who reasoned that if Muslim nations won't accept Ronald McDonald's Imperialism then McDonnell Douglas will send Strike Eagles to bomb innocent Muslims. He even had time to demonstrate it graphically.
The same competition almost certainly motivated al-Qaeda central to publish the English-language magazine as well. The al-Sahab media organization has been active since around 2001 — although its activities have rapidly diminished over the last few years — but this is the first time that it or al-Qaeda central has published an English-language magazine. However, the terrorist group’s Yemen-based branch, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has long published an English language magazine called Inspire, which Resurgence is modeled on.
Inspire was best known for trying to motivate potential lone wolf terrorists in Western countries in the United States and Europe. Resurgence at times seems to try to emulate this approach, only with an eye toward populations mostly outside the Western world.
That al-Qaeda is attempting to use an English-language publication to motivate would-be jihadists in places like Xinjiang displays a remarkable degree of desperation, incompetence or both, none of which bodes well for the group’s longevity. Terrorist groups have a history of failing under the leadership of Ayman al-Zawahiri, and al-Qaeda central increasingly appears destined to suffer the same fate.
And as an added bonus Resurgence promises even more of Fat Bastard's I'm a military genius but I'm too important for Jihad in upcoming issues!
Ass-Cloud Media, its run by Ape-Pig-Man.
*I Ass-Cloud Media, it stinks.
* as-Sahab translates as "the cloud"
October 21, 2014
Actual Real Life Terrorists Notice Houston Baghdadi's American Jihad
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And in English for Arabic challenge folks like myself.
I'd say that ups the danger that AbdulRahman Baghdadi poses, wouldn't you.
If the Muslim community in Houston cannot foster and guild him correctly onto a better path, then someone else will. He will meet a real terrorist or group online who will take advantage, give him that place he is seeking and attempt to influence him to do something really extra stupid and/or dangerous.so it appears that at least one of my fears if founded. Given yesterday's events in Canada I don't think we can afford to just let Jihadis run around.
After all Martin “Ahmad” Rouleau was being watched, but the authorities thought his only crime was the not really a crime crime of aiding the dissemination of al-Qaeda propaganda in a context of support for al-Qaeda and ISIS.
Its this context that we have said for years justifies the fighting against the propagation of terrorist materials by groups that have declared open war on the west and are also a specially designated terrorist group.
This is not banning "information" as some suggest, rather it is disabling the enemies propaganda outlet. To deny the enemy a den, where they become more radicalized and prone to act out their Jihad on innocents.
Which is right where we are with Adam "Baghdadi" although he openly declares allegiance to IS and spreads messages of support, which by the way are a specially designated terrorist group, but we wait and wait for the "real crime".
I fear pretty soon we're going to get a real crime.
This is the product of the watch only policy on online terrorism. An ever, growing, ever more radical, and ever more radical group of terrorists grows unchecked. With the end result being real world terrorism.
Houston Baghdadi's Terribly Terrifying Tour of Terror Totally Terrorizes Texas (***Exclusive Must Cite Jawa Report***)
Goatly Gets Competition or ISIS New Emir in Houston Sings Badly Very Very Badly (update :Vegas Baby!)
Houston, We Have a Problem
October 01, 2014
Zionist Whores' Hot Decadent Sexuality Interfering With Brothers' Ability to Concentrate on Their Deen
*LOL, best interview with a Muj ever.
At 1:15 Drink the spiritual milk from the divine mammary.
Jawa Report file image of divine mammaries
Hat Tip: Tarek.
*It may be satire but sometimes real life and satire aren't all the far apart.
September 25, 2014
Well At Least Censored31 Admits It
That he's a dead baby propaganda pusher.
Children are sent to die so that Islamist fanatics can cynically use their broken bodies in propaganda to both incite Muslims to Jihad and gain favor in the West by playing the victim.
The saddest part is if they actually cared for these poor kids they would have taken them as far from danger as they possibly can. I just post this to document Censored31's statement in case he tries to wiggle is perverted sick ass out of it.
September 16, 2014
NYC: Muslim Day Parade 2014
For images and videos go here
You won't be disappointed, believe me. Urban Infidel does a awesome job of documenting the Islamists among our midst.
September 12, 2014
Sandcrawler PSA: Its NOT Our War Dammit!
Minitrue: So this is a counterterrorism operation. Got it? A counterterrorism operation. Repeat that however many times you need to in order to drum it into your thick skulls, America.
September 05, 2014
Boston Blogger Becomes ISIS Media Head
Yet another American is suspected of joining ISIS and using skills acquired in this country to advance the goal of a global caliphate. Ahmad Abousamra, a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston with a degree related to computer technology, is suspected of being the social media manager of ISIS and is on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.Ahmad Abousamra is a long time participant in the Cyber Jihad.
Jawa Report first ran his addition to the most wanted list in December of last year.
Thought crimes, as in when two US soldiers were dragged through the streets and burned in Iraq he called it..
nice juicy BBQThere is still an online campaign to free Mehanna.
I want ... more BBQ sauce videos
Here are all the Jawa Report posts that reference Abousamra.
As well as Jawa Report's coverage of the arrest and conviction Tarek Mehanna
Imperial Good News: Terrorist Blogger Tarek Mehanna Found Guilty on All Counts
Arrested Blogger Identified: Tarek Mehanna.
Tarek Mehanna's Mouthpiece to Whine Free Speech And Request Dismissal of Material Support of al-Qaeda Charge.
#OccupyBoston Hosts Supporters of Accused Terrorist Supporter and Online Jihadi Tarek Mehanna.
Boston Blogger "Sought Terror Training".
Internet Jihadi Charged With Aiding al Qaeda
Muslim Blogger Arrested in Boston?
Arrested Blogger Identified: Tarek Mehanna
Blogger Terek Mehanna Arrested AGAIN!
More About Tarek Mehanna's Online Jihad
Boston Blogger Assisted al Qaeda in Iraq
Boston Area Imam Mentored Two Aspiring Terrorists
Just Another ‘Typical American Kid’ with Terror Aspirations
Witness In Terrorism Case Sentenced To Probation
Are There Any Domestic Terrorists NOT Tied to Islamic Networking website?
The New England Jihadis
NY Muslims: I Love Osama bin Laden & I'm Friends with Terrorists
How Sweet: Indicted Terrorist Writes Known NYC Terror Supporter a Love Letter
Feds Offered Mehanna Chance to Flip Prior to Arrest
Appeals Court Upholds al Qaeda Blogger's Conviction.
Both Mehanna and Ahmad Abousamra cut their radical teeth so to speak under the guidance of Sharon Imam Muhammad Masood who was later deported to Pakistan for visa fraud.
Image credit Miss Kelly
With Masood starting in on Ahmad Abousamra as early as age 14.
The charge is yet another indication that internet jihadis are often dangerous and should be taken seriously.The online Jihad is just not speech, its often times advocacy and material support for the most extreme and terrorist organizations on Earth. Terrorists who are at war against all of us. Tolerating it as just thought crimes leads to what we have now in Syria and Iraq. Its just as, if not more dangerous in the long run as the car bomb on the field of combat.
The Jihad must have recruits it must be promoted and that is where people like Daniel Maldanodo, Terek Mehanna and Ahmad Abousamra become not just a a bother, but a truly dangerous aspect of the Islamofascist war against all who would stand against an extreme sixth century caliphate like the one ISIS is creating in Iraq and Syria.
September 03, 2014
He's Not They Are Not Dead Jim
Update: Thanks to Phil in comments:
August 25, 2014
Attn: ISIS (bumped)
All ur base are belong to us.
Thanks to @BemetOr8, Beer O'Clock, @meankitteh1, @wvubetasoldier.
We just want the Foley family to know the Jawas are doing what we can. May James RIP.
And it seems the world is finally coming around to our view that Islamic Terror Propaganda is something to be fought actively. We've noticed that providers, especially Google has been more cooperative in removing ISIS propaganda lately. Since Obama has acted in Iraq. Good for them. Not only are they taking down the Foley Murder videos they are erasing all traces from Google's Cache.
But lets get one thing clear, this is NOT President Obama's fault.
Evil people do evil things. ISIS are evil. We must fight evil. Its that simple.
And I also want to thank all those others across the web who are fighting this release.
There's more work to be done on this.
Ha Double D!
August 17, 2014
Pallywood Comes To Ferguson
A picture circulating on Twitter shows a "hot" shell casing that, I suppose, proves police are using live ammo against protesters:
Wow, @TheTechCEO found in right in front of him. It was even still hot! So, it must have really happened tonight right there in Ferguson! Good thing he took the picture to preserve the moment.
But wait, check out the dates. (You can click on either image to go to the Twitter post, if it hasn't been deleted yet.) The same image was posted a couple of months ago:
Oops. Maybe Ferguson protesters hired HAMAS' PR firm? Both these tweeters are currently covering the protests in Ferguson with an anti-police slant. With that in mind, what are the odds that one of them just inadvertently and coincidentally posted an image taken by the other two months ago?
Unfortunately, this falsehood will be a "fact" by morning, based solely on this photograph.
UPDATE: @TheTechCEO is now saying someone sent him the picture of the "still hot" shell casing he found right in front of him.
August 08, 2014
Wipe ISIS Out. All of Them
*I've never been prouder of President Obama than right now. But Mr. President ISIS is no pushover. See Headline.
President Obama authorized airstrikes "if necessary" against Islamic militants if they move toward Erbil in northern Iraq where American military, diplomats and civilians are stationed.If you're going to use our powah, Use it very liberally Mr. President.
During a late night statement Thursday from the White House, the president said he's okayed "targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death."
Mr. Obama explained that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in recent days has "continued to move across Iraq and have neared the city of Erbil, where American diplomats and civilians serve at our consulate and American military personnel advise Iraqi forces to stop the advance on Erbil.
US military aircraft conduct strike on ISIL artillery. Artillery was used against Kurdish forces defending Erbil, near US personnel.— Rear Adm. John Kirby (@PentagonPresSec) August 8, 2014
And you keep saying if necessary Its long past necessary, sir. Failure to crush ISIS will be a mistake we'll pay dearly for.
Update: Right on cue the ISIS supporters whine, but but civilians.
You mad bro?
BREAKING: US official: US launches second round of airstrikes on targets near Irbil, Iraq— The Associated Press (@AP) August 8, 2014
*Didn't take much to reach that level, but if he bombs the living crap out of ISIS he begins filling that very large hole he's been digging.
August 04, 2014
Telegraph Gaza Photo Bullsh*t
The Telegraph posted this "remarkable" image of a missile falling on Gaza:
It is amazing until the article includes a second image from the same location. This image is even more amazing because it shows either the world's fastest donkey cart or the world's slowest missile. Look how much the foreground changes while the missile seemingly floats above its target:
The differences are apparently lost on the Telegraph journalist, who writes about the second image:
In another wider view from almost the same angle, a donkey cart has moved into focus and the cars have continued on their journey.
Oh! Its a wider view! Well, that explains the magically appearing donkey, the disappearing cars, and the bobbing Lockheed missile...
Even assuming two missiles were dropped and both were miraculously captured on camera, one had to have struck before the other. But there is no explosion in either picture indicting one had already detonated.
I'm calling it bullshit. A target may have actually been bombed where the missiles in the images are apparently headed, but these photographs are Pallywood propaganda.
Below the fold, I posted both pictures side-by-side for comparison. (It is also handy to share on Twitter or other social media.)
July 28, 2014
Flat Fatima Attempts Big Pallywood Come Back
There's nothing like a summer blockbuster sequel. Especially when the main character is so well-known and beloved by all.
But personally, I liked the original better, even if some complained that it was all CGI with no real plot or character development.
Thanks to Fatima's Jewish agent and The Hollywood Reporter.
July 24, 2014
Space Image Showing Gaza In Flames?
Astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted a picture from space that he claims shows explosions in Gaza. But as you can see when compared to a map of the region, the "explosions" are simply city lights in Israel, not Gaza (which is relatively dark).
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Whether this astronaut is just ignorant in geography of the area or deliberately posted misinformation is irrelevant. The pro-Palestinian sheep have already fallen into step, retweeting it 33,000 times as of this writing.
UPDATE: Times of Israel also noticed the inconsistency. They marked off Israeli cities (though they included the Egyptian city of Rafah as a part of Gaza):
But facts and accuracy are not relevant to anti-Israeli pundits.
UPDATE II: Its bad enough an astronaut exposes his ignorance on his twitter feed, but now NASA is backing his vision of Gaza in flames.
July 18, 2014
Hamas Issues talking Points Memo To 'Social Media Activists'
Judging from their reports, the mainstream media is also embracing these terrorist-issued points.
- Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine, before we talk about his status in jihad or his military rank. Don't forget to always add 'innocent civilian' or 'innocent citizen' in your description of those killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza.
- Begin [your reports of] news of resistance actions with the phrase 'In response to the cruel Israeli attack,' and conclude with the phrase 'This many people have been martyred since Israel launched its aggression against Gaza.' Be sure to always perpetuate the principle of 'the role of the occupation is attack, and we in Palestine are fulfilling [the role of] the reaction.'
- Beware of spreading rumors from Israeli spokesmen, particularly those that harm the home front. Be wary regarding accepting the occupation's version [of events]. You must always cast doubts on this [version], disprove it, and treat it as false.
- Avoid publishing pictures of rockets fired into Israel from [Gaza] city centers. This [would] provide a pretext for attacking residential areas in the Gaza Strip. Do not publish or share photos or video clips showing rocket launching sites or the movement of resistance [forces] in Gaza.
- To the administrators of news pages on Facebook: Do not publish close-ups of masked men with heavy weapons, so that your page will not be shut down [by Facebook] on the claim that you are inciting violence. In your coverage, be sure that you say: 'The locally manufactured shells fired by the resistance are a natural response to the Israeli occupation that deliberately fires rockets against civilians in the West Bank and Gaza'..."
- When speaking to the West, you must use political, rational, and persuasive discourse, and avoid emotional discourse aimed at begging for sympathy. There are elements with a conscience in the world; you must maintain contact with them and activate them for the benefit of Palestine. Their role is to shame the occupation and expose its violations.
- Avoid entering into a political argument with a Westerner aimed at convincing him that the Holocaust is a lie and deceit; instead, equate it with Israel's crimes against Palestinian civilians.
- The narrative of life vs. the narrative of blood: [When speaking] to an Arab friend, start with the number of martyrs. [But when speaking] to a Western friend, start with the number of wounded and dead. Be sure to humanize the Palestinian suffering. Try to paint a picture of the suffering of the civilians in Gaza and the West Bank during the occupation's operations and its bombings of cities and villages.
- Do not publish photos of military commanders. Do not mention their names in public, and do not praise their achievements in conversations with foreign friends!
July 07, 2014
Support Your Local Talib
So if THIS is Taliban, where do we sign up?
Jihad Barbie. That means they think I'm pretty, right? 💅💄💋 pic.twitter.com/LQ0fvszIei— Holly Hobby Lobby (@HollyRFisher) July 7, 2014
April 17, 2014
Mark Steyn on Freedom of Speech
The whole thing is a must read, here's a teaser:
I heard a lot of that kind of talk during my battles with the Canadian ‘human rights’ commissions a few years ago: of course, we all believe in free speech, but it’s a question of how you ‘strike the balance’, where you ‘draw the line’… which all sounds terribly reasonable and Canadian, and apparently Australian, too. But in reality the point of free speech is for the stuff that’s over the line, and strikingly unbalanced. If free speech is only for polite persons of mild temperament within government-policed parameters, it isn’t free at all. So screw that....Read it all.
As it happens, the biggest ‘safe space’ on the planet is the Muslim world. For a millennium, Islamic scholars have insisted, as firmly as a climate scientist or an American sophomore, that there’s nothing to debate. And what happened? As the United Nations Human Development Programme’s famous 2002 report blandly noted, more books are translated in Spain in a single year than have been translated into Arabic in the last 1,000 years. Free speech and a dynamic, innovative society are intimately connected: a culture that can’t bear a dissenting word on race or religion or gender fluidity or carbon offsets is a society that will cease to innovate, and then stagnate, and then decline, very fast.
As American universities, British playwrights and Australian judges once understood, the ‘safe space’ is where cultures go to die.
February 28, 2014
Sandcrawler PSA: Muslims Not Responsible For All Evil in The World
There's this meme going around about a crucified dog.
The problem is this is not a Muslim nor is it a result of Islamic ideology as claimed in the meme. Its from Mexico. Apparently posted to Facebook some time ago then used in this Meme in a libelous fashion against Islam.
There are plenty of authentic things in Islamic Ideology that are valid targets for criticism by western standards. For instance maybe these Sunni al-Qaeda extremists chopping off this person's hand for alleged theft.
Maybe even say Shia Iran executing people for being gay or apostasy.
Or maybe Sunnis blowing up Shiite Muslims for being the wrong kind of Muslims.
I don't really feel too bad about questioning this recent image from Syria, its been described as incredible and on PBS last night "unbelievable". I could not quite swallow the scale of it either, so I kept going till I could settle the issue of the image's authenticity for myself.
I'd rather find out I was wrong than be ignorant. Just my own personal preference.
Its a shame that its come to this. My hope for blogs was that it would allow us to cut through the fog of the mainstream chatter and create a new more accurate sense of reality. A place where we can find the accurate unfiltered information the MSM won't tell or show us. Free from the spin and political correctness that pervades our media.
Misleading memes like the one above is not what I had in mind.
February 10, 2014
Oh! The Insensitivity!
Canadian Imam upset with Canadian MP's Zombie Bin Laden target.
The photo shows Anders, the MP for Calgary West, and Mathieson, who is vying for the federal Conservative nomination in the upcoming Macleod byelection, standing back-to-back with guns in their hands at a Calgary shooting range last weekend.
Behind them is a target depicting a caricature of a bearded Muslim man wearing a turban and torn clothes, with an assault rifle in his hands. A website that sells the same target, ZombieTargets.net, identifies the character as a zombie Osama bin Laden.
Because Bin Laden preached sensitivity and love. Or something.
If anyone needs me, I'll be surfing ZombieTargets.net. Shutup and take my money!
Thanks to the Zippers.
January 31, 2014
Times Leaks More NSA Details About Spying on al Qaeda, Leaks Names of Spies
Wow, that's smart power! Remember, the Times justifies leaking classified material on the grounds that: a) the American people have the right to know what the government is doing; b) protecting civil liberties; c) they redact information that might harm national security, so no harm no foul.
In the case of the information they leaked yesterday via the traitor Snowden, though: a) they not only revealed what the government was doing, but how they were doing it (ie, means and methods); b) the information revealed was on how the NSA spies on al Qaeda, not on the American public; c) they didn't redact the documents sufficiently, instead accidentally leaked the names of NSA employees.
I don't trust government. But you know who I also don't trust? The media. And I especially don't trust the media to decide which aspects of government secrets I need to know, and which aspects I don't.
In my mind, the Times thinks I should trust the government when it comes to health care, but not when it comes to fighting al Qaeda. Now, I may be old fashioned, but it seems to me that it is the federal government's primary duty to fight foreign enemies and that providing health care comes way, way down the list of things we set up a government for. In fact, that's not on my personal list at all. It's something the government shouldn't do.
But killing our enemies abroad? Yeah, I kind of like that.
I'm going to skip the part about how the Times and other Snowden enablers revealed the means and methods by which the NSA was collecting al Qaeda SIGINT data, and skip right ahead to their amateurish "redacting". CS Monitor:
The paper also uploaded some of the slides, but with one problem: Amateurish redaction of some details, designed to hide the identity of an NSA employee and make it harder for terrorist groups to make good use of the information, that was no redaction at all. The paper quickly rectified the error but not before the original uploads were snatched by the anti-secrecy website Cryptome...That's pretty bad. These people think they're smarter than everyone else. The spooks. Us. But in reality? They are us. We may be morons, but working for the New York Times, the WaPo, or the Guardian doesn't magically give a person common sense.
This error highlights the risks of the tens of thousands of Snowden documents that are now floating around among at least a dozen journalists: Promises that all documents will be handled carefully and be fully vetted by responsible reporters are just that. The more documents and different organizations involved, the greater chances for error – and there is little point in closing the barn door after the horses have bolted.
In fact, we fought a revolution over this very idea. The idea that it's not that Kings are worse than the rest of us, it's just that they are no better than the rest of us. That is, prior to the American Revolution, the cause of bad government was thought to be rooted in the individuals running government. Bad government is caused by a bad King. So, the solution to bad government was .... getting a new King. This time, a "good" one.
But the Founding generation held a common belief that self-interested behavior was rooted in human nature. Hence, the solution to bad government was not to replace one self-interested person with another, but in putting self-interested individual within self-interested institutions and then letting those institutions have at it (ie, checks and balances).
The point I'm trying to make is that going to journalism school does not improve the human condition of a journalist any more than putting a crown on some guy's head and calling the guy King somehow means he is more likely to work for the common good than the rest fallen humanity.
In fact, I would go one step further: Giving a guy a crown makes him worse than the rest of us inasmuch as power has a corrupting tendency.
Is it just me, or do people who work for the top tier media outlets think of themselves as above the rules that apply to the rest of us? Kind of like some kings I've read about. Evidence, I think, that power really has corrupted them.
January 21, 2014
Espionage Porn: You had me at "Porn"
Marc Thiessen asks why the NYTimes thinks it's important to publish how our intel community gathers intelligence when there's not even an accusation that some of those methods are being used domestically. Papers like the Times constantly tell us they weigh national security and intelligence concerns against the public's right to know what the government is up to. That's a very noble sentiment, except in practice it means .... what? It means that an editor at the Times self-appoints himself to the role of what secrets deserve to be kept and which secrets they're going to publish.
Do you trust the NYTimes to make that call? Before you answer, consider this. A good friend of mine was tipped off that the NYTimes was about to reveal some information. Because the information was in regards to an ongoing criminal investigation, the Times was asked not to publish it. Not to withhold the story. Not to lie to the public. Just to withhold a couple of key points, in this case the name of a single individual. The Times ignored the request. The public needed to know, you see. And so the target of an ongoing criminal investigation know knew he was the target of a criminal investigation.
Before this disclosure, terrorists believed that if they did not connect to the Internet, they were “off the grid” and out of range of NSA surveillance. Now they know that is not true. As a result they can take countermeasures — and stop using the offline computers the NSA was monitoring — which means we will lose access to vital streams of intelligence we needed to prevent an attack.Indeed, how is the Times any different then the "rag" across town, the Post? At least the Post uses real porn to titilate its readers. They put boobs on the front page with the promise of even more cleavage on the inside. The Post is honest about what it's doing, the Times hides behind a veneer of the leftwing concerns of its typical readers.
As one former senior intelligence official told me recently, stories like this are nothing more than “espionage porn.” They serve no greater social purpose other than to titillate.
Read the whole article, it lists a bunch of Snowden revelations about our foreign espionage capabilities which do nothing to promote civil liberties but do directly hurt our ability to spy. It's almost like Snowden, the Times, and its lefty readers want America to be weaker.
To paraphrase Justice Potter Stewart, I'm not sure how to define espionage porn, but I know it when I see it. And most of what Edward Snowden has released fits that description.
H/T: Hot Air link thing
January 06, 2014
Of Course: Cold Weather Proof Positive of Global Warming
So on the way back from lunch I turned on NPR's "The Takeaway" (I'm an academic, we have to listen to NPR -- it's in the contract) The lead topic? How all this cold weather is proof positive that conservative global warming naysayers were so dead wrong.
The takeaway being something like: hey, wingnuts, you're all a bunch of flat earthers!
Your tax dollars, hard at work.
I used to have this same conversation with my Euroweenie friends whenever it got cold. The theory behind global cooling in the Northern Hemisphere caused by global warming is based on a shift in the Atlantic currents as the causal mechanism.
It's cold, so, see, the theory is correct!
The thing is the dreaded reversal in the Atlantic "conveyer belt" which moves vast amounts of warm water northward hasn't happened. It might happen. It could happen. Global warning fanatics believe it is likely to happen. But it hasn't.
So, the independent variable (the cause) hasn't changed, yet the dependent variable (the effect -- cooling in the North) has, then one has to wonder what, if anything, the theory is trying to show? Certainly not cause and effect. And if the theory shows neither cause nor effect, then is it a theory at all?
The answer: no.
December 13, 2013
A Lie So Big, It Had to Come from the BBC
Get this, the guy who says he was a fan of Osama bin Laden, who was inspired to jihad by the "Revolution Muslim" website, and who was just caught trying (and failing) to blow up the Wichita, KA airport ......:
Mr Loewen, an aviation technician, does not appear to have been affiliated with any religious group, police said.Bwahahahahaaaa!!!
Seriously, when "YALAAAAAAAAAAAA!" dropped this in the comments of that last post I thought it must have been a joke. So I went to the BBC website to check out the claim, thinking, surely, this was one of those things in the headlines that was misleading and then when you got to the story it turns out the whole thing is how this guy, Terry Lee Loewen, was radicalized online and wanted to become a jihadi.
Nope. Not a word.
But it's worse than that. We've come to expect silence when it comes to the ROP, but this is worse than silence: it's outright propaganda.
They used to just mislead by omitting key information: lies of omission.
Lies of omission lend themselves to plausible deniability. Oh, did we fail to mention the guy was screaming Allahu akbar! as he tried to blow himself up? Oops, sorry.
But this is just out and out misleading the readers with false information.
I've went ahead and archived the post, lest sometime in the next hour that sentence suddenly disappears and a new one appears about how this guy was a big Osama bin Laden fan and had sent money to Younes Abdullah Muhammad's grieving wife.
December 10, 2013
Bwahahahahaha: Dan Rather Still Claiming His Story was "Fake, but True"
I often wonder what it would be like to live in the mind of Dan Rather. Are there unicorns there?
“With our story, the one that led to our difficulty, no question the story was true. What the complaint… was ‘Okay, your story was true, but where you got to the truth was flawed.’”Ha ha ha, by "flawed" he means the documents used to "prove" Bush hadn't fulfilled his National Guard obligations were obvious forgeries.
Your media elite: everything we say is true, even when it objectively isn't.
December 05, 2013
Obama's Lies About a Weakened al Qaeda "Complicated" by Facts says .... NY Times
When you've lost the Times, you've lost the narrative. I think Chomsky said something like that once. And you know what? On the rare occasion, Chomsky was right.
Now the Times doesn't come right out and say that Obama has been lying about al Qaeda being on the run. No, they say the facts have "complicated the narrative" being pushed by Obama.
Which is as close as the partisans at the NY Times will ever come to calling The One a liar:
The new signs of an energized but fragmented jihadist threat, stretching from Mali and Libya in the west to Yemen in the east, have complicated the narrative of a weakened Al Qaeda that President Obama offered in May in a landmark speech heralding the end of the war on terrorism. The leaders of the Senate and House intelligence committees, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California and Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan, raised warnings in an interview on CNN on Sunday when they said that Americans were “not safer” from terrorist attacks than they were in 2011.Not only are we "not safer" --- which could be read as "not unsafer, either" -- we are, in fact ... less safe today than we were four years ago.
It's not just the President Obama has taken his eye off the ball. He seems to think the game is over. Unfortunately the fat lady isn't singing. Instead, she's decided to blow the stadium up.
September 26, 2013
Shock: CNN Covers Up Iranian Holocaust Denial
While CNN runs with headlines claiming Iran's new President condemned the holocaust, what he really did was dodge the question. In fact, his dodging of the question was a classic non-denial. In other words, Rouhani did exactly the opposite of what CNN continues to give him credit for.
When you claim that "I'm not an expert, I'll let the historians quibble over whether or not the holocaust really happened" you are, in fact, a Holocaust denier.
It's like all those 9/11 Truthers who claim, "We're just asking questions." Questions. Right.
I feel dirty posting the link, but here's Iran's own official newspaper calling CNN out:
The American news channel CNN fabricated the Iranian President's remarks in response to the network's question about the Holocaust in an interview which was aired on Tuesday and Wednesday.They then go on to note that since Christian Amanpour's father is Iranian and that since she spent much of her childhood in Tehran, that she would have known that CNN's translation was wrong since she speaks fluent Farsi.
During the interview, the CNN aired an English translation of President Rouhani's remarks which was totally inacurate and untrustworthy, and in some parts contained sentences which were not at all uttered by the president.
Here's their translation, which, as you can see, is clearly a non-denial of the Holocaust:
"I have said before that I am not a historian and historians should specify, state and explain the aspects of historical events, but generally we fully condemn any kind of crime committed against humanity throughout the history, including the crime committed by the Nazis both against the Jews and non-Jews, the same way that if today any crime is committed against any nation or any religion or any people or any belief, we condemn that crime and genocide. Therefore, what the Nazis did is condemned, (but) the aspects that you talk about, clarification of these aspects is a duty of the historians and researchers, I am not a history scholar."It's the kind of answer you get from terror supporters when you ask them if they condemn 9/11: we condemn all terror.
So, what was CNN's motivation for covering up this Holocaust denial? Do these people actually think: a) they could get away with it; b) that by doing so they could usher in a new age of love, peace, and harmony with the Iranians?
Remember, this is a network that sponsored an alternative to the Olympics as a way to try to end the Cold War. That's the kind of people we're dealing with here.
And I just love the fact that the Iranians are all up in a hissy fit over a suggestion that their President is not a Holocaust denier. Detente!
August 29, 2013
Cancel Those Travel Plans to Algeria in Near Future
Two Gitmo inmates who were trained by al Qaeda in Afghanistan are on a plane home. I can only say: I regret we have no drones over Algeria.
August 07, 2013
Confirmed: US Listening in on al Qaeda "Conference Calls" / UPDATE: AQ Plot Foiled in Yemen?
Did I call it or did I call it? Today the Daily Beast confirmed that the leak which revealed that the US was intercepting communications between al Qaeda's #1, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, was in fact an intercepted "conference call" between a number of top al Qaeda affiliate leaders.
So, now Ayman al-Zawahiri knows we've been able to geolocate him. Wonderful!
This leak was either the biggest intelligence eff up since Bradley Manning screwed his own country, or it's the most blatant bird dogging expedition since .... ever. (That's where you let the bad guy think you know where they are in an effort to flush them out and get them moving in the hopes spotting them)
Since I have to assume that the Daily Beast report is true then I'm left with the former explanation. In which case we are so screwed and someone needs to be prosecuted:
The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and representatives of several of the group’s affiliates throughout the region....So, there you have it. Expect this to be the last of such conference calls. Yes, al Qaeda really does read the Western press.
The official said Zawahiri announced to the broader organization during the meeting that Wuhayshi had been promoted to “Ma’sul al-Amm,” an Arabic term that roughly translates as “general manager.” The promotion effectively gave the leader of al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen operational control of al Qaeda’s many affiliates throughout the Muslim world, the official said, a key factor that led the State Department to close embassies, missions, and consulates throughout the region. “All you need to do is look at that list of places we shut down to get a sense of who was on the phone call,” the official said.
Also during the meeting, the various al Qaeda leaders discussed in vague terms plans for a pending attack and mentioned that a team or teams were already in place for such an attack.
Whatever edge we had on them that led to this intercept just went away. So, thank you leakers and thank you Daily Beast for letting our enemies know we are on to them!
“We just showed our hand, so now they’re obviously going to change their position on when and where” to attack, said Nada Bakos, a former CIA analyst who was part of the team that hunted Osama bin Laden for years.But the damage is much more than that. It's not just a tactical showing of our hand, it's showing our methods. I wouldn't care quite so much if al Qaeda just picked a new target. But Zawahiri just got a heads up on throwing his mobile phone away and ditching whatever compound he was holed up in.
Update: Hmmm, are the two related? It was reported that Zawahiri asked AQAP to step up attacks. And that the attacks mentioned were rather vague. So, could the foiled plot by AQAP to take over a couple of cities in Yemen be the one that Zawahiri was referring to? That seems to be what Drudge is inferring in his headline:
Authorities foiled plots by al-Qaida to take over key cities in southern Yemen and attack strategic ports and gas facilities, a government spokesman said Wednesday amid a heightened alert that has seen Western embassies evacuated and a new suspected U.S. drone strike that killed seven alleged militants from the terrorist group.Here's the problem: this is Yemen. Do you know how to tell when the Yemeni authorities are lying? There lips are moving.
Al-Qaida planned to target the cities of Mukalla and Bawzeer, then send militants disguised as Yemeni troops to attack two strategic oil ports in the impoverished country on the Arabian Peninsula, government spokesman Rageh Badi said.
Other al-Qaida militants would also try to sabotage pipelines to "create panic among Yemeni army and Yemeni security services," Badi told The Associated Press, adding that authorities managed to foil the plots in the past 48 hours.
So, this could just be a face saving measure by the Yemenis who aren't too happy that we've pulled all personnel from their country. Round up a few of the usual suspects. Put them in front of a camera. Let them escape from jail a few months later.
The problem with a place like Yemen is that they really do have an al Qaeda problem and al Qaeda taking over entire cities and regions is something that really happens. It's the boy that cried wolf story over and over again. There really is a wolf, but the lies are piled so high and deep it's pretty difficult to tell what's real and what isn't.
So either the Yemenis just foiled the plot that closed US embassies all over the world or it didn't. Welcome to the world of news that doesn't enlighten.
UPDATE II: You can see that I'm not the only one thinking it:
However, a U.S. intelligence official cast doubt on the country's statement, telling Fox News that the claim was premature and that there is still fear in the intelligence community about “soft targets” in the Middle East and elsewhere.
July 31, 2013
Smithsonian Interested In Trayvon Martin's Hoodie
After seeing Trayvon Martin's framed hoodie at trial, I jokingly told friends the item would likely end up in a museum somewhere. I actually mentioned the Smithsonian specifically, but only in jest. I honestly didn't think the world's most incredible museum of history would stoop to pandering race-baiters like Al Sharpton and Barack Obama.
Sharpton would like to see the hoodie reside one day at the National Museum of African American History and Culture now under construction on the Mall and expected to open in 2015. The museum’s director, Lonnie Bunch, has assembled other pieces with legal themes. He acquired a guard tower from Louisiana’s notorious Angola State Penitentiary and the handcuffs used to restrain renowned African American scholar and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. in an episode that sparked a national debate about race and led to a "beer summit" with Obama aimed at cooling passions.
Martin's hoodie, Bunch said, represents a unique opportunity to further the discussion about race in America.
Ultimately, the decision for the fate of the clothing will be up to Martin's family. It is my personal belief they will choose the most profitable destination for the hoodie. The likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will have no problems raising whatever amount the Martins' demand.
July 09, 2013
And The Oscar Goes To...
Rapper Yasmin Bey (aka Mos Def) for his role as a cry baby terrorist!
(Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit)
And here's how someone who isn't a whiny little bitch does it:
April 26, 2013
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There are more, a LOT more of 'em
April 24, 2013
When "Lone Wolf" Terrorists Aren't Alone
There's something ironical about calling two guys working together "lone wolves":
Lawmakers want to increase the powers of the CIA to track “lone wolf” terrorists, like the two brothers suspected as being responsible for last week’s Boston bombing, but they are wary of treading on the jurisdiction of domestic law enforcement.By definition, two people working together cannot be "lone wolves".
Maybe it's semantics, but inasmuch as our words are tied to our thoughts all concerned should think about the Tsarnaev brothers as an independent terror cell, not "lone wolves".
Nidal Hasan was a lone wolf. He worked alone.
Tamerlan & Dzhokhar Tsarnaev worked together. A small cell, yes. An independent cell, maybe. But a cell nonetheless.
April 19, 2013
HuffPo Becomes Leftist Parody of Itself on Boston Bombing
A brief moment of levity.
The meme has already been written. It's just a matter of timing it's release.
Thanks to John.
April 04, 2013
Boobies Against Islamists
BERLIN: Bare-breasted activists staged rallies in front of mosques and Tunisian embassies across Europe Thursday against what they called an Islamist crackdown on Arab women's rights.Probably NSFW in boobie fearing America.
A Femen activist burns a Salafist flag in front of the Great Mosque of Paris, on April 3, 2013.
"And we'll fight against them. And our boobs will be stronger than their stones."
The rallies targeted in particular the case of a Tunisian activist calling herself Amina Tyler who sparked a scandal last month when she posted pictures of herself online with the words "My body belongs to me" and "Fuck your morals" emblazoned across her naked breasts.
Why u insult holly banner of Islam?
More Fatwa seeking boobies below the fold.