By Keith Johnson While the world waits for something to shift in Israel that will end its ground operation in Gaza, Israel is not waiting for the world to catch up with the shift that has already occurred because of…
Posted by newsdesk The Pennsylvania State Capitol Police have chosen to carry the IWI TAVOR assault rifle. The Pennsylvania Capitol Police are a section of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. They provide law enforcement, security and parking enforcement services…
By Drew Zahn According to a pair of recent polls, for the first time since the 9/11 terrorist hijackings, Americans are more fearful their government will abuse constitutional liberties than fail to keep citizens safe. Even in the wake of…
By Aryeh Savir
Tazpit News Agency photo credit: Tuesday’s terror suspect searched by security forces/ Yair Shohan – Tazpit News Agency
A new form of terrorist activity has recently begun to plague the communities of Judea and Samaria. These attacks take the form of piles of several stones placed on the road during the night, with the objective of causing car accidents. The phenomenons of stone barriers placed on the road are becoming wider spread. They are now being discovered on a weekly basis. Several cars have been damaged so far. Last week, the latest barrier was discovered on the way to Harasha, in Benyamin, very close to the residents’ homes. Four cars were damaged. Security forces searched for possible suspects. The barrier itself was removed by the residents.
This attack was the last in a series which have occurred over the past months. Security officials told Tazpit News Agency that it is believed to be the work of youngsters from nearby village. No assailants have been arrested so far.
by IPT News The local government in the French city of Angoulême has provided a room for a pro-Hamas photography exhibit, a month after a French Islamist terrorist murdered a Rabbi and three Jewish youth to “avenge the Palestinian children.”
The organizing Charente Palestine Solidarity Association explained that the exhibit was at the center of a Palestinian cultural event, “in order that people could understand better what Hamas really is,” according to the Jerusalem Post.
The display of photography by Frédéric Sautereau, which the organizer says “shows the daily activities of Hamas and its active and positive role in the social, economic and cultural life of the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip,” has gone forward despite vociferous protests by French Jewish organizations.
The president of France’s leading Jewish organization, Richard Pasquier, denounced the exhibit and the complacency of French society towards anti-Jewish, Islamist terrorist groups in an open letter about the event. The exhibit was part of the “perverse importation of this [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict onto French
By Richard Serrano and Andrew R. Grimm
The president has legal authority to target and kill American citizens working with Al-Qaida and its allies overseas, according to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who declared that when they pose a threat to the country and cannot be captured, “we must take steps to stop them.”
Speaking at Northwestern University law school, Holder gave the most complete explanation to date of the Obama administration’s legal rationale for killing people like U.S.-born Anwar al-Awlaki, who was targeted in an airstrike in Yemen last year.
Such killings can be ordered “in full accordance with the Constitution” but require “at least” an imminent threat in a situation where capture is not feasible, and when the strike is “conducted in a manner consistent” with the rules of war, Holder said.
“In this hour of danger,” Holder said, “we simply cannot afford to wait until deadly plans are carried out. And we will not.”
By Chuck Baldwin
It’s once again time for my annual survival list column. One does not have to be a prophet to know that we are on the precipice of some potentially catastrophic — or at the very least, challenging — days. In fact, most of us are already in challenging days, and some are already enduring catastrophic events. That is, if one would call being out of work, losing one’s home, facing life-threatening medical conditions without any prospect of medical insurance, several families being forced to live in one house due to homes being foreclosed, etc., catastrophic.
The potential for an escalation of cataclysmic events, however, is very real. Only a “blooming idiot” would call someone who attempts to prepare for “the day of adversity” a Chicken Little now. Anyone who does not see the storm clouds on the horizon isn’t paying attention.
For example, can one imagine what would happen if terrorists nuked a major American city or cities? (Once again, I encourage readers to watch the CBS TV series “Jericho” to get an idea of how quickly life, and even civilization, could change.) Imagine if there was another 9/11-type event. What would happen if some form of Zimbabwe-style inflation hit the US? What would happen if anything disrupted the distribution of Welfare checks, or food to local grocers? Imagine a Hurricane Katrina-style natural disaster in your town. I think people everywhere are beginning to awaken to just how vulnerable we all really are.
The Pentagon is about to crank the propaganda machine up to 11. According to a new report, the Department of Defense is attempting to find out what makes a person easily influenced in hopes of swaying them towards supporting their own causes. In a report published this week by Wired.com’s Danger Room, they reveal that Pentagon researchers working in its DARPA division has begun work on a program called Narrative Networks. Under this initiative, scientists in the high-techh Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are scanning brain patterns and other body functions to see how stories shape the minds of audiences, and who is most vulnerable to be swayed by persuasion. From there, the DoD can counter brainwashed terrorists with an agenda of their own. Or, perhaps, brainwash anyone they chose. “The government is already trying to control the message, so why not have the science to do it in a systematic way?”a researcher close to the project told the Danger Room. A neuroscience researcher involved in the project adds that scientists are specifically looking into how story-telling shapes the minds of listeners so that they can identify who is most vulnerable to the recruiting tactics of terrorists. In its first stages, the Narrative Networks projects aims to “explore the function narratives serve in the process of political radicalization and how they can influence a person or group’s choice of means (such as indiscriminant violence) to achieve political ends.” And to figure this out, they will be investigating the role that social media has on peoples’ thinking process.
By Stan Goodenough In an expression of unfathomable grief, a young Jewish man Thursday night defaced the memorial in Tel Aviv to assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.*
Shvuel Schijveschuurder – who was arrested then released on bail – was 17 years old when, in 2001, his mother, father, brother and two sisters were killed along with 10 other people in the Sbarro Pizzeria “suicide” bombing in Jerusalem.
The female university student who drove the bomber to restaurant, when sentenced to 16 terms of life imprisonment, expressed pride in her accomplishment and confidently predicted, “I know I will be freed from prison.”
One year before, Israeli reservists Yesef Avrahami and Vadim Novesche accidentally drove into Ramallah and were set upon, beaten, stabbed, had their eyes gouged out, were disemboweled and cannibalized by a Palestinian Arab crowd. Vadim’s wife, who called his cellphone while the lynching was underway, was answered by a shrieking Arab man who jeeringly told her: “We are murdering your husband.”
By Spencer Ackerman
At a congressional hearing on Thursday, FBI Director Robert Mueller said the Bureau was through with training sessions that equated “mainstream” Muslims with terrorists — and besides, briefings like those were mere “isolated incidents.” But Mueller’s description of the extent of the training doesn’t square with a large body of evidence that Danger Room has reported.
“This was an unusual, very unusual occasion,” Mueller told Rep. Jan Schakowsky during a hearing of the House intelligence committee. “In this particular instance, the individual gave the training. Reports of what had been in that training came up from the students. And we took action to assure that that inappropriate, offensive content was not provided to others. There have been other instances that may include what would be perceived as offensive content. We have undertaken a review from top to bottom of our counterterrorism training.”
It’s apparently true that FBI intelligence analyst William Gawthrop — who conducted the counterterrorism training Mueller apparently referred to — only held a particular three-day seminar at the FBI training academy on one occasion. But the FBI did not “take action to assure that that inappropriate offensive content was not provided to others.” At least, they didn’t do so in a timely manner. Two months later, Gawthrop gave a similar briefing to a New York City partnership between the FBI and private business. In that one, he analogized Islam to the Death Star and claimed al-Qaida was “irrelevant” compared to the broader threat of Islam itself.