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The Bin Laden Raid Five Years Later   Leave a comment


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It is hard to believe that it has been 5 years since the U.S. raid and killing of terrorist kingpin Osama Bin Laden. The terrorist that planned and carried out the 9/11 attacks and the African embassy bombings killing thousands of innocent civilians was finally cornered and killed by U.S. special operations forces.

Bin Laden wanted to engulf the world in an all-out religious war, Muslim fundamentalist armies against pretty well everybody else on the planet.  It was a psychotic vision carried out by an apocalyptic despot who saw anybody who disagreed with his narrow outlook as apostates who should be exterminated.  I don’t believe in hell, but in Bin Laden’s case I dearly hope there is a burning infinite pit of fire where the evil man will burn for eternity.

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Finding Bin Laden

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American intelligence officials discovered the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden by tracking one of his couriers, Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti as bin Laden was believed to have concealed his whereabouts from al-Qaeda foot soldiers or top commanders.

Identity of his courier

Identification of al-Qaeda couriers was an early priority for interrogators at CIA black sites and Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

By 2002 interrogators had heard uncorroborated claims about an al-Qaeda courier with the nom de guerre (or “pseudonym of war”) Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti (sometimes referred to as Sheikh Abu Ahmed, from Kuwait).  In 2003 Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the alleged operational chief of al-Qaeda, revealed under interrogation that he was acquainted with al-Kuwaiti but that he was not active in al-Qaeda.

In 2004 an al-Qaeda prisoner named Hassan Ghul told interrogators that al-Kuwaiti was close to bin Laden as well as Khalid Sheik Mohammed and Mohammed’s successor Abu Faraj al-Libi.  Ghul further revealed that al-Kuwaiti had not been seen in some time, a fact which led U.S. officials to suspect he was traveling with bin Laden. When confronted with Ghul’s account, Khalid Sheik Mohammed maintained his original story. Abu Faraj al-Libi was captured in 2005 and transferred to Guantánamo in September 2006.  He told CIA interrogators that bin Laden’s courier was a man named Maulawi Abd al-Khaliq Jan and denied knowing al-Kuwaiti. Because both Mohammed and al-Libi had minimized al-Kuwaiti’s importance, officials speculated that he was part of bin Laden’s inner circle.

In 2007 officials learned al-Kuwaiti’s real name, though they will not disclose the name nor how they learned it. Since the name Maulawi Abd al-Khaliq Jan appears in the JTF-GTMO detainee assessment for Abu Faraj al-Libi released by WikiLeaks on April 24, 2011,  there was speculation that the US assault on the Abbottābad compound was expedited as a precaution.  The CIA never found anyone named Maulawi Jan and concluded al-Libi made the name up.

A 2010 wiretap of another suspect picked up a conversation with al-Kuwaiti.  CIA officials located al-Kuwaiti in August 2010 and followed him back to bin Laden’s Abbottābad compound. The courier and a relative (who was either a brother or a cousin) were killed in the May 2, 2011 raid.  Afterward some locals identified the men as Pashtuns named Arshad and Tareq Khan.  Arshad Khan was carrying an old, noncomputerized Pakistani identitification card which said he was from Khat Kuruna, a village near Charsadda in northwestern Pakistan. Pakistani officials have found no record of an Arshad Khan in that area and suspect the men were living under false identities.

The CIA used surveillance photos and intelligence reports to determine the identities of the inhabitants of the Abbottābad compound to which the courier was traveling. In September 2010, the CIA concluded that the compound was “custom-built to hide someone of significance,” and that bin Laden’s residence there was very likely.  Officials surmised that he was living there with his youngest wife.

Google Earth maps show that the compound was not present in 2001, but did exist on images taken in 2005.  Built in 2004, the three-story compound was located “at the end of a narrow dirt road”,  2.5 miles (4 km) northeast of the city center of Abbottābad.  Abbottābad is about 100 miles from the Afghanistan border on the far eastern side of Pakistan (about 20 miles from India). The compound is 0.8 miles (1.3 km) southwest of the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA), Pakistan’s “West Point”.  On a plot of land eight times larger than those of nearby houses, it was surrounded by 12-to-18-foot (3.7–5.5 m)  concrete walls topped with barbed wire.  There were two security gates, and the third-floor balcony had a seven-foot-high (2.1 m) privacy wall (which could hide the 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) bin Laden).

There was no Internet or telephone service connected to the compound. Its residents burned their trash, unlike their neighbors, who set their garbage out for collection.  Local residents called the building the Waziristan Haveli (haveli is a term used in India and Pakistan that roughly translates to mansion).

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The Raid on Bin Laden’s Compound

The raid was carried out by approximately two dozen heliborne U.S. Navy SEALs from the Red Squadron of the Joint Special Operations Command’s U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), also known as SEAL Team Six. For legal reasons (namely that the U.S. was not at war with Pakistan), the military personnel assigned to the mission were temporarily transferred to the control of the civilian Central Intelligence Agency. The DEVGRU SEALs operated in two teams and were reportedly equipped with Heckler & Koch HK416 military assault rifles, Mark 48 machine guns used for fire support, FN SCAR-H STD Mk 17 battle rifles and H&K MP7A1 personal defense weapons (with attached Knight’s Armament QDSS-NT4 suppressors), Insight Technology AN/AVS-6 and GPVNG-18 (Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggles) L-3 night-vision goggles, body armor and sidearms such as SIG Sauer P226R Navy MK25 and H&K Mark 23 Mod 0.

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According to The New York Times, a total of “79 commandos and a dog” were involved in the raid. The military working dog was a Belgian Malinois named Cairo. According to one report, the dog was tasked with tracking “anyone who tried to escape and to alert SEALs to any approaching Pakistani security forces”. The dog was to be used to help deter any Pakistani ground response to the raid and to help look for any hidden rooms or hidden doors in the compound. Additional personnel on the mission included a language interpreter, the dog handler, helicopter pilots, “tactical signals, intelligence collectors, and navigators using highly classified hyperspectral imagers”.

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The SEALs flew into Pakistan from a staging base in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan after originating at Bagram Air Base in northeastern Afghanistan. The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), a U.S. Army Special Operations Command unit known as the “Night Stalkers”, provided the two modified Black Hawk helicopters that were used for the raid itself, as well as the much larger Chinook heavy-lift helicopters that were employed as backups.

The Black Hawks appear to have been never-before-publicly-seen “stealth” versions of the helicopter that fly more quietly while being harder to detect on radar than conventional models; due to the weight of the extra stealth equipment on the Black Hawks, cargo was “calculated to the ounce, with the weather factored in.”

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The Chinooks kept on standby were on the ground “in a deserted area roughly two-thirds of the way” from Jalalabad to Abbottabad, with two additional SEAL teams consisting of approximately 24 DEVGRU operators for a “quick reaction force” (QRF). The Chinooks were equipped with 7.62mm GAU-17/A miniguns and GAU-21/B .50-caliber machine guns and extra fuel for the Black Hawks. Their mission was to interdict any Pakistani military attempts to interfere with the raid. Other Chinooks, holding 25 more SEALs from DEVGRU, were stationed just across the border in Afghanistan in case reinforcements were needed during the raid.

The 160th SOAR helicopters were supported by multiple other aircraft, including fixed-wing fighter jets and drones. According to CNN, “the Air Force had a full team of combat search-and-rescue helicopters available”.

The raid was scheduled for a time with little moonlight so the helicopters could enter Pakistan “low to the ground and undetected”. The helicopters used hilly terrain and nap-of-the-earth techniques to reach the compound without appearing on radar and alerting the Pakistani military. The flight from Jalalabad to Abbottabad took about 90 minutes.

According to the mission plan, the first helicopter would hover over the compound’s yard while its full team of SEALs fast-roped to the ground. At the same time, the second helicopter would fly to the northeast corner of the compound and deploy the interpreter, the dog and handler, and four SEALs to secure the perimeter. The team in the courtyard was to enter the house from the ground floor.

As they hovered above the target, however, the first helicopter experienced a hazardous airflow condition known as a vortex ring state. This was aggravated by higher than expected air temperature (“a so-called ‘hot and high’ environment”) and the high compound walls, which stopped the rotor downwash from diffusing. The helicopter’s tail grazed one of the compound’s walls, damaging its tail rotor, and the helicopter rolled onto its side. The pilot quickly buried the aircraft’s nose to keep it from tipping over. None of the SEALs, crew and pilots on the helicopter were seriously injured in the soft crash landing, which ended with it pitched at a 45-degree angle resting against the wall. The other helicopter landed outside the compound and the SEALs scaled the walls to get inside. The SEALs advanced into the house, breaching walls and doors with explosives.

The Killing of Bin Laden

The SEALs encountered the residents in the compound’s guest house, in the main building on the first floor where two adult males lived, and on the second and third floors where bin Laden lived with his family. The second and third floors were the last section of the compound to be cleared. There were reportedly “small knots of children … on every level, including the balcony of bin Laden’s room”.

Osama bin Laden was killed in the raid, and initial versions said three other men and a woman were killed as well: bin Laden’s adult son Khalid, bin Laden’s courier (Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti), al-Kuwaiti’s brother Abrar, and Abrar’s wife Bushra.

In the earlier versions, Al-Kuwaiti is said to have opened fire on the first team of SEALs with an AK-47 from behind the guesthouse door, lightly injuring a SEAL with bullet fragments. A short firefight took place between al-Kuwaiti and the SEALs, in which al-Kuwaiti was killed. His wife Mariam was allegedly shot and wounded in the right shoulder. The courier’s male relative Abrar was then said to have been shot and killed by the SEALs’ second team on the first floor of the main house as shots had already been fired and the SEALs thought that he was armed (this was later confirmed to be true in the official report). A woman near him, later identified as Abrar’s wife Bushra, was, in this version, also shot and killed. Bin Laden’s young adult son is said to have encountered the SEALs on the staircase of the main house, and to have been shot and killed by the second team. An unnamed U.S. senior defense official stated that only one of the five people killed, Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, was armed. The interior of the house was pitch dark, because CIA operatives had cut the power to the neighborhood. However, the SEALs wore night vision goggles.

 

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The SEALs encountered bin Laden on the third floor of the main building. Bin Laden was “wearing the local loose-fitting tunic and pants known as a kurta paijama“, which were later found to have €500 and two phone numbers sewn into the fabric.

Bin Laden peered through his bedroom door at the Americans advancing up the stairs, and then retreated into the room as the lead SEAL fired a shot at him, which either missed or hit him in the side. Robert O’Neill, who later publicly identified himself as the SEAL who shot bin Laden, rolled through the door and confronted bin Laden inside the bedroom. Seymour Hersh reports that, according to his sources, Bin Laden was found cowering and shot dead.

O’Neill states that bin Laden was standing behind a woman with his hands on her shoulders, pushing her forward. O’Neill immediately shot bin Laden twice in the forehead, then once more as bin Laden crumpled to the floor. Matt Bissonnette, who entered the room at about the same time, also claims to have fired shots into bin Laden’s fallen body. Simultaneously, in these versions, one of bin Laden’s wives, Amal Ahmed Abdul Fatah is said to have screamed at the SEALs in Arabic and motioned as if she were about to charge. The lead SEAL shot her in the leg, then grabbed both women and shoved them aside. The weapon used to kill bin Laden was a HK416 allegedly using 5.56mm NATO 77-grain OTM (open-tip match) rounds made by Black Hills Ammunition. The SEAL team leader radioed, “For God and country—Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo”, and then, after being prompted by McRaven for confirmation, “Geronimo E.K.I.A.” (enemy killed in action). Watching the operation in the White House Situation Room, Obama said, “We got him.”

There were, in these reports, said to be two weapons near bin Laden in his room, including an AKS-74U carbine and a Russian-made Makarov pistol, but according to his wife Amal, he was shot before he could reach his AKS-74U. According to the Associated Press, the guns were on a shelf next to the door and the SEALs did not see them until they were photographing the body.

As the SEALs encountered women and children during the raid, they restrained them with plastic handcuffs or zip ties. After the raid was over, U.S. forces moved the surviving residents outside “for Pakistani forces to discover”. The injured Amal Ahmed Abdul Fatah continued to harangue the raiders in Arabic. Bin Laden’s 12-year-old daughter Safia was allegedly struck in her foot or ankle by a piece of flying debris.

While bin Laden’s body was taken by U.S. forces, the bodies of the four others killed in the raid were left behind at the compound and later taken into Pakistani custody.

And so ended a strange and sad saga in the history of the world. If one factors in Bush’s invasion of Iraq (purportedly spurred on by the 9/11 attacks) and the deaths that were caused by that invasion, some estimates put Iraqi dead at 250,000 or more, and the Afghanistan war. Bin Laden is directly and indirectly responsible for the deaths of over half a million lives.

And his legacy lives on with the emergence of ISIS.  Another psychotic apocalyptic extreme Muslim movement that would not have emerged if not for Bush’s mega-blunder in Iraq.

 

Posted May 2, 2016 by markosun in Terrorists

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U.S. Drone sends ISIS Barbarian Thugs to Virgin Paradise   Leave a comment


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60 Minutes reporter in the Joint Command Center in Baghdad that directs airstrikes against ISIS.

General Gersten is the American commander.

On their screens, live feeds from drones that record every minute of the war and scenes from inside Islamic State-held territory, like this one in a town in western Iraq that Gersten and the Iraqis were watching on September 11th this year.

These are ISIS photographs that General Gersten confirmed were from the same scene. In the town square, 12 Islamic State fighters were preparing to execute this man.

Gen. Gersten: They brought small children and brought ’em to the very front of the crowd. And we sat there helplessly. Calls are coming for a strike. We strike now. Let’s go after these 12 individuals. They’re going to assassinate this person in front of these children. But we can’t because they’re children. And we had to watch that.

Moments later the execution took place and the victim lay dead, shot by this man, once in the head, then once more in the body. The American drone stayed with the 12 terrorists.

Gen. Gersten: We followed them as they got into three vehicles and drove out of town. And then they made a mistake, because they always make mistakes. And they, all 12, went into a building on the side of a river. And none of those 12 came out.

Gersten told us this is the airstrike that destroyed that building. It’s one of more than 5,000 strikes to support the Iraqi army and Kurdish Forces on the ground over the past year. Yet the Islamic State remains entrenched in its strongholds.

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Posted January 21, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Anonymous strikes again at ISIS social media   Leave a comment


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“Remember the terrorists that are calling themselves Islamic State, Isis, are not Muslims. Isis, we will hunt you, take down your sites, accounts, emails, and expose you from now on. No safe place for you online,” states the video.

Anonymous’ latest actions come after it ” declared war” on Isis-related websites and social media networks following the Charlie Hebdo shooting massacre in January 2015.

Along with this video stating the continuation of “Operation Isis”, Anonymous uploaded a Pastebin link with a list of Facebook profiles associated with the group, as well as ISIS-affiliated Twitter accounts.

Countering Isis’ exclusive ideology, Anonymous state in the video that “we come from all countries, races, religions and ethnicities… we are Muslims, Christians, Jews, we are hackers, crackers, phishers, agents, spies, or just the guy from next door”.

Isis has relied heavily on social media networks to disseminate propaganda, and has turned to online platforms in a bid to raise money. Its digital strategy has also been deployed to attract and radicalise new recruits both in the UK and abroad.

The recent attack by Anonymous temporarily sets back the extremist groups propaganda drive and recruitment campaign through social media.

Posted November 18, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Jihadi John gets Blowed up Good, Real Good!   Leave a comment


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In the afternoon of November 12th, 2015, Jihadi John passed away in the middle of the street in Al-Raqqah, Syria, when he was struck square in the face by a high-velocity, laser-guided munition. He was attended by several scattering and panicking terrorists, one of whom stepped on the IED he had just emplaced. Jihadi John was 27 years old.

Born in Kuwait and becoming a British resident at the age of six, Jihadi John developed an affinity for peacemaking at an early age. As a student at St. Mary Magdalene Church of England Primary School, the Christian faculty was astounded at his rapid memorization of Old Testament passages involving the dismemberment of the enemy.

Transitioning to the cutthroat world of business management and information technology, followed by violent terrorism, was a natural progression for Jihadi John, who never seemed satisfied with accounting or basic human dignity.

Known for his strong commitment to both fashion and fine cutlery, Jihadi John was lauded by his peers for his tenacious pursuit of morality and kindness. Friends would often find him curled up near the fireplace on winter nights, reading his first-edition copy of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with a glass of brandy and a severed head.

Jihadi John was preceded in death by thousands of others who thought sawing off the heads of civilians was a good idea. He is survived by his wives, Jihadi Jane, Jihadi Jasmine, and Jihadi Josephine, and his inaccurately-named hamster, Jihadi Gerbil. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, mourners either send “Death to America” postcards to President Obama or contribute a dollar to the Fingerless Bomb-Maker Foundation.

His remains were cremated and scattered across Adnan Malak Street. No memorial service is scheduled, and his name most likely will be forgotten in short order.

 

Posted November 17, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Islamic Radical Terrorists Add Fuel to the Fire in The Long War   Leave a comment


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ISIS terror group has hit the Infidels again.  Terrible attacks in Paris that killed over 130 innocent victims.  This big bad ISIS is really good at hitting ‘soft targets.’  These killers will have a different bravado when they contend with a frontal assault by a western army.

The debate now is should the west, primarily the U.S., go in on the ground in Syria and Iraq to eliminate this slimy stain of humanity.

Al Qaeda had a plan concerning 9/11.  The idea was to provoke an immense response from the United States.  George W. Bush and his manipulative cabal of right-wing hawks fell for the scam lock, stock and barrel.  They invaded a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, Iraq.  When the first U.S. troops rumbled across the Iraqi border, Bin Laden must have been pissing himself with glee.

ISIS is trying to provoke the same response.  I think American and European leaders should be very wary about the notion of an invasion.  The Iraq invasion was the greatest recruitment strategy that Al Qaeda could have imagined. Bush’s invasion created tens of thousands of new Jihadists.  A ground attack on ISIS will do the same thing.  ISIS has enough blind supporters in western countries already, a ground invasion will exponentially increase the numbers of these mindless wannabe suicide martyrs.

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The near-simultaneous attacks in Paris that killed nearly 130 people were an “act of war” organised by the Islamic State (IS) militant group, French President Francois Hollande says.

He said the attacks, carried out by eight gunmen and suicide bombers, were “organised and planned from outside”.

The targets included bars, restaurants, a concert and a high-profile football match. IS claimed the attacks. Mr. Hollande has declared three days of national mourning.

He raised the security threat level to its highest point and imposed a nationwide state of emergency. Hospital officials now put the number of injured at 300. Eighty are in a critical condition.

These are the deadliest attacks in peacetime France, and only the fourth time since WW2 that a state of emergency has been imposed. The last time was during a 2005 wave of riots in poor suburbs.

It is the worst atrocity in Europe since the 2004 Madrid bombings.

The night of violence unfolded soon after 21:00 (20:00 GMT) as people were enjoying a Friday night out in the French capital.

A gunman opened fire on Le Carillon bar in the rue Alibert, not far from the Place de la Republique, before heading across the road to Le Petit Cambodge (Little Cambodia), killing at least 12 people.

“We heard the sound of guns, 30-second bursts. It was endless. We thought it was fireworks,” Pierre Montfort, a resident living close to Le Petit Cambodge, said.

A few streets away, diners sitting on the terrace of La Casa Nostra pizzeria in rue de la Fontaine au Roi, were also fired on, with the loss of at least five lives.

At around the same time, on the northern outskirts of Paris, 80,000 people who had gathered to watch France play Germany at the Stade de France heard three explosions outside the stadium.

President Hollande was among the spectators and was whisked to safety after the first explosion. It later emerged three suicide bombers blew themselves up at fast food outlets and a brasserie near the stadium.

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The attack on the 1,500-seat Bataclan concert hall was the deadliest of Friday night’s attacks. Gunmen opened fire on a sell-out gig by US rock group Eagles of Death Metal, killing at least 80 people.

“At first we thought it was part of the show but we quickly understood,” Pierre Janaszak, a radio presenter, told AFP news agency.

“They didn’t stop firing. There was blood everywhere, corpses everywhere. We heard screaming. Everyone was trying to flee.”

He said the gunmen took 20 hostages, and he heard one of them tell their captives: “It’s the fault of Hollande, it’s the fault of your president, he should not have intervened in Syria”.

Within an hour, security forces had stormed the concert hall and all four attackers there were dead. Three had blown themselves up and a fourth was shot dead by police.

Another attacker blew himself up in the nearby Boulevard Voltaire.

Police are trying to establish the identities of the attackers from body parts and other evidence left at the scene.

AFP news agency quotes sources involved in the investigation as saying that one of those who carried out the concert hall attack has been identified as a French citizen.

French media reports quoting police sources say a Syrian passport belonging to someone born in 1990 was found next to one of the stadium attackers. An Egyptian passport was also found nearby, Le Parisien reports (in French).

The paper quotes a spectator as saying one of the attackers was a woman.

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Posted November 14, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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ISIS is attacking the U.S. energy grid (and failing)   2 comments


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All these butchers are good at is killing, maiming, and farting.

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The Islamic State is trying to hack American electrical power companies — but they are terrible at it.

U.S. law enforcement officials revealed the hack attempts on Wednesday at a conference of American energy firms who were meeting about national security concerns.

“ISIL is beginning to perpetrate cyberattacks,” Caitlin Durkovich, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at the Department of Homeland Security, told company executives.

Investigators would not reveal any details to CNNMoney — or cite evidence of specific incidents.

But they did say the attacks by the Islamic State have been unsuccessful. Terrorists are not currently using the most sophisticated hacking tools to break into computer systems and turn off or blow up machines.

“Strong intent. Thankfully, low capability,” said John Riggi, a section chief at the FBI’s cyber division. “But the concern is that they’ll buy that capability.”

Indeed, hacking software is up for sale in black markets online. That’s often how mafias acquire the cyberweapons they use to break into companies and steal giant databases of information they later sell to fraudsters.

The FBI now worries that the Islamic State or its supporters will buy malicious software that can sneak into computers and destroy electronics. An attack on power companies could disrupt the flow of energy to U.S. homes and businesses.

And it’s not just Islamic extremists. There’s an equal threat from domestic terrorists and hate groups, according to Mark Lemery. He’s the “critical infrastructure protection coordinator” who helps coordinate defenses against attacks in Utah. But again, the worries are tempered.

“They’d love to do damage, but they just don’t have the capability,” Lemery said. “Terrorists have not gotten to the point where they’re causing physical damage.”


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Officials made clear that the greater concern is attacks from other countries. Riggi said malware found last year on industrial control systems at energy companies — including pumps and engines — were traced to the Russian government.

Besides, the likelihood of a hack taking out the entire U.S. energy grid — or even a section of it — is extremely low. The grid isn’t as uniform and connected as people might believe. Currently, it’s a chaotic patchwork of “grids,” each with different types of machines and software that don’t smoothly coordinate or communicate.

That jumble actually works to the nation’s advantage, energy company executives said. It would take a large, expensive team of highly technical spies to understand the layout of computers and machines at an energy company. Then it takes stellar hackers to sneak in. And even if they do manage to flip a switch — which companies maintain has never happened here in the United States — the attack might only take out electricity fed to a tiny portion of land, maybe a section of a city. An entirely different type of attack would be needed to carry that over to the next power plant.

Experts attending GridSecCon, held by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, seemed cautious but hopeful.

When energy industry representatives asked Riggi how the FBI knows who’s hacking — whether it’s a government or independent hacking group — he said American spies that are monitoring computer networks are quick to share information with law enforcement.

“We’ve had pretty good success actually,” Riggi said. “Since the FBI is an intelligence agency, we rely on the help of CIA and NSA. We compare information with the NSA.”

 

 

Posted October 17, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Mecca Stampede   Leave a comment


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On 24 September 2015, a stampede resulted in the deaths of at least 769 people and injuries to 934 others during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. It is the deadliest accident to occur in the Hajj since the 1990 stampede that killed 1,426 people. The incident was the second event with fatalities at Mecca in less than two weeks. Earlier, on 11 September, a crane collapsed, killing 111 people and injuring 394.

Hopefully there was a handful of Terrorists gone to free wine and virgin heaven

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Idiot Muslim is sitting backwards, how does he expect to stay on?

Posted September 27, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Warped reality of ISIS terrorists   Leave a comment


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Following takfiri doctrine, the Islamic State is committed to purifying the world by killing vast numbers of people. The lack of objective reporting from its territory makes the true extent of the slaughter unknowable, but social-media posts from the region suggest that individual executions happen more or less continually, and mass executions every few weeks. Muslim “apostates” are the most common victims. Exempted from automatic execution, it appears, are Christians who do not resist their new government. Baghdadi permits them to live, as long as they pay a special tax, known as the jizya, and acknowledge their subjugation. The Koranic authority for this practice is not in dispute.

In October, Dabiq, the magazine of the Islamic State, published “The Revival of Slavery Before the Hour,” an article that took up the question of whether Yazidis (the members of an ancient Kurdish sect that borrows elements of Islam, and had come under attack from Islamic State forces in northern Iraq) are lapsed Muslims, and therefore marked for death, or merely pagans and therefore fair game for enslavement. A study group of Islamic State scholars had convened, on government orders, to resolve this issue. If they are pagans, the article’s anonymous author wrote,

Yazidi women and children [are to be] divided according to the Shariah amongst the fighters of the Islamic State who participated in the Sinjar operations [in northern Iraq] … Enslaving the families of the kuffar [infidels] and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shariah that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Koran and the narrations of the Prophet … and thereby apostatizing from Islam.

These religious fanatics had to have a debate as to whether the Yazidis should be put into slavery, or slaughtered en masse.

What do the mixed-up young people see in these barbarians that makes them want to join the group? It is mind-boggling.

 

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Posted June 8, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Syria/Iraq ISIS crisis in maps and charts   Leave a comment


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Posted October 11, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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U.S. Air Force Combat Controllers   Leave a comment


Combat Controller Fact Sheet

Tonight President Obama addressed the media and public communicating his strategy for combating the Islamic hardcore militant terrorist group “Islamic State” (IS) in Iraq and Syria. One of the main plans put forward by the President was the use of tactical airstrikes by U.S. combat jets against the terrorists.  Precise airstrikes can immensely disrupt the enemies movement and morale. At the forefront targeting the enemy in Iraq is the Air Force Combat Controllers.

Combat Controllers (CCT) are often assigned individually or as a team to Army Special Forces, Army Ranger, and Navy SEAL teams to provide expert air support coordination and communications capabilities.

A CCT operator in Afghanistan

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Combat Controllers are FAA-certified air traffic controllers and maintain proficiency throughout their career.  Many Combat Controllers also qualify and maintain proficiency as joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) where they call in and direct air strikes, close air support and fire support during battle. Combat Control, like all U.S. special operations forces career fields (e.g., Army Rangers, Army Special Forces, Navy SEALs, etc.), is male-only.  Out of the five Air Force Crosses awarded since the Global War on Terror started in 2001 three have been awarded to Combat Controllers for extraordinary heroism in combat.

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Pararescuemen in Afghanistan

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When CCT’s are wounded these guys go in to get them out. Pararescuemen, also known as PJs (are United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and Air Combat Command (ACC) operatives tasked with recovery and medical treatment of personnel in humanitarian and combat environments.

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The end result: CCT’s called in an airstrike on a torture and prison facility operated by insurgents in Iraq. Six GBU-38 500 pound bombs were dropped by a B-1 bomber.

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Posted September 10, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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