Tag: Islamic terrorism

Inside Obama’s drone panopticon: a secret machine with no accountability

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Of all the reactions to the deaths of two hostages from a missile fired from a US drone, Congressman Adam Schiff provided the deepest insight into the logic underpinning the endless, secret US campaign of global killing. “To demand a

Botched CIA operation is a reminder: Still no transparency around drones

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At his press briefing today, White House press secretary Josh Earnest faced tough questioning from reporters about legal questions surrounding the CIA drone strike that inadvertently killed two hostages, including one American. The exchange neatly captured a galling truth about

Alleged French Spy-Turned-Traitor Targeted in Airstrikes on Al Qaeda

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A former spy for France, who defected and joined al Qaeda, was one of the targets of American airstrikes in Syria last month aimed at stopping the terror group from blowing up planes over the skies of Europe or the

US airstrikes against ISIS reportedly suffer from intelligence gaps

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U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are proceeding despite intelligence gaps that inhibit the Pentagon’s ability to determine their effectiveness, according to a published report. The Associated Press, citing current and former U.S. officials, reported Wednesday

Israel urges global spies to pool intelligence on Isil

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Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon has called for world intelligence agencies to work together against the Islamic State (Isil) jihadist group. “In order to stop and overcome the Islamic State, we have learnt since 9/11 that there must be cooperation

Did Obama Waste the Bin Laden Intelligence Trove?

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In the latest issue of The Weekly Standard, Steve Hayes has an important piece looking at what happened to the reams of intelligence acquired in the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The intelligence included “10 hard drives, nearly

Isis not comparable to al-Qaida pre-9/11, US intelligence officials say

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US intelligence officials have concluded that Islamic State (Isis) militants do not currently pose a direct threat of a major attack on an American city and, despite the group’s dramatic rise to prominence in the Middle East, is not comparable

Inside SITE Intelligence Group: Steven Sotloff Beheading Discovered By Nonprofit Research Organization

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ISIS has allegedly beheaded Steven Joel Sotloff, the American journalist who appeared in the terrorist group’s propaganda video of James Foley’s beheading two weeks ago. In the first video, the executioners threatened Sotloff would meet the same fate if the

Despite billions spent on intelligence, we know very little

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WASHINGTON, September 1, 2014 – The U.S. spends billions on intelligence, yet we always seem to be surprised by events in the world. George W. Bush told us that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and CIA Director George Tenet

Intelligence Nightmare: Extremists Returning Home

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The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors

Ex-CIA Agent: ‘Silly, Juvenile’ to Reveal Foley Rescue Attempt

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It was “silly” and “juvenile” for the administration of President Barack Obama to reveal the United States failed in an effort to rescue American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS terrorists, said Michael Scheuer, a former CIA agent

From Electricity to Sewage, U.S. Intelligence Says the Islamic State Is Fast Learning How to Run a Country

The Obama administration’s escalating air war against the Islamic State is running up against a dispiriting new reality: The militants are becoming as good at governing territory as they are at conquering it, making it considerably harder to dislodge them

Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data To Changed Terrorist Behavior

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For nearly a year, U.S. government officials have said revelations from former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden harmed national security and allowed terrorists to develop their own countermeasures. Those officials haven’t publicly given specific examples — but a tech firm

Australian spy agencies in line for new digital surveillance powers

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Australian spy agencies will be granted new digital surveillance powers under a bill being prepared by the Abbott government, expected to be introduced into parliament in July. The government will also seek to establish a mandatory data collection regime, where

CIA Facing Gaps in Iraq as It Hunts for Militants

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The CIA and other spy agencies are scrambling to close intelligence gaps as they seek ways to support possible military or covert action against the leaders of the al-Qaida-inspired militant group that has seized parts of Iraq and threatens Baghdad’s

CIA drone strike program in Pakistan winding down

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Just after midnight last Christmas, Pakistani officials say, two Hellfire missiles from a U.S. drone slammed into a house in Miramshah, Pakistan, killing four militants. It was an otherwise unremarkable episode in the sixth year of a relentless unmanned aerial

Mole Who Met Bin Laden Killed by Al Qaeda in Bosnia

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An FBI mole who provided valuable intelligence on al Qaeda and met with Osama bin Laden was lured away from the FBI to work for the CIA, but was killed by al Qaeda operatives in Bosnia who suspected he was

Documents reveal NSA’s extensive involvement in targeted killing program

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It was an innocuous e-mail, one of millions sent every day by spouses with updates on the situation at home. But this one was of particular interest to the National Security Agency and contained clues that put the sender’s husband

Qaeda Plot Leak Has Undermined U.S. Intelligence

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WASHINGTON — As the nation’s spy agencies assess the fallout from disclosures about their surveillance programs, some government analysts and senior officials have made a startling finding: the impact of a leaked terrorist plot by Al Qaeda in August has

UK spies point to more diverse terror threats

The trouble with reporting on the activities of the security and intelligence agencies, or on any matter dealing with national security, is that by definition it is difficult to establish the veracity of what they claim, especially when they press