Iranian Hackers Attack State Dept. via Social Media Accounts

WASHINGTON — Four months after a historic accord with Tehran to limit its atomic ambitions, American officials and private security groups say they see a surge in sophisticated computer espionage by Iran, culminating in a series of cyberattacks against State Department officials over the past month.

The surge has led American officials to a stark conclusion: For Iran, cyberespionage — and the power it gives the Iranians to jab at the United States and its neighbors without provoking a military response — is becoming a tool to obtain the influence that many in Iran hoped the nuclear program would give the country.

Over the past month, Iranian hackers identified individual State Department officials who focus on Iran and the Middle East, and broke into their email and social media accounts, according to diplomatic and law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation. The State Department became aware of the compromises only after Facebook told the victims that state-sponsored hackers had compromised their accounts.

“It was very carefully designed and showed the degree to which they understood which of our staff was working on Iran issues now that the nuclear deal is done,” said one senior American official who oversees much of that operation and who requested anonymity to discuss a continuing investigation. “It was subtle.”

Iran’s cyberskills are not yet equal to those of Russia or China. But the attack against the State Department by using the social media accounts of young government employees to gain access to their friends across the administration — a focus that had not been seen before — showed an ingenuity beyond the Russian brute-force attack that infiltrated the State Department’s unclassified email system a year ago.

Secretary of State John Kerry, second from left, with members of the American delegation in Vienna during nuclear talks with Iran in July. Over the past month, Iranian hackers identified individual State Department officials who focus on Iran and the Middle East and broke into their email and social media accounts.

In the aftermath of the nuclear accord, American intelligence officials have warned senior officials that they expected Iran to ramp up its use of cyberespionage.

The director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., has told Congress in closed sessions that he believes state-sponsored Iranian hackers are not attempting big attacks that could threaten their ability to reap the financial rewards of complying with the nuclear accord, according to two officials familiar with those briefings. But he said they are stepping up traditional cyberespionage, and getting better at it.

“The Iranians have not been as destructive as they could be, but they are getting far more aggressive in cyberespionage, which they know is less likely to prompt a response from the United States,” said James Lewis, who runs the cyberprogram at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “They seem very attuned to every stage of implementing the nuclear agreement.”

Congress is responding. In the defense bill lawmakers passed this month, United States Cyber Command, which runs the military’s offensive and defensive Internet activities, is instructed to conduct computer war games next year. The games are intended to replicate the threats from China, Iran, North Korea and Russia.

Iranian cyberattacks are hardly new: They arose after the American cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear facility at Natanz, a covert operation that destroyed upward of a thousand Iranian centrifuges and drove home to the Iranian leadership the destructive power of computer weapons. The American attacks began toward the end of the Bush administration.

Since then, American government officials and private security researchers say Iranian hackers have been behind a series of powerful attacks against American banks that took their websites offline, as well as a destructive attack at Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producer, that replaced data on employee machines with an image of a burning American flag.

American government officials also blame Iran for a similarly destructive attack at RasGas, the Qatari natural gas giant, and for an attack at the Sands Casino in Las Vegas, where a large number of computers were destroyed.

(The casino, while a seemingly odd target, is controlled by Sheldon Adelson, a major funder of Republican candidates, and the attack followed Mr. Adelson’s suggestion that the United States detonate a nuclear weapon in the Iranian desert to force the country to give up its nuclear technology.)

But starting last year, private security researchers say, Iranian hackers began using cyberattacks for espionage, rather than for destruction and disruption.

Beginning in May 2014, researchers found evidence that Iranian hackers were targeting Iranian dissidents, and later policy makers, senior military personnel and defense contractors in the United States, England and Israel, according to a report by iSight Partners, a computer intelligence firm in Dallas.

By December, the list of victims had expanded to include intelligence targets in other countries including Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands and Georgia.

For the most part, researchers said, the attacks were basic “spear phishing” attempts, in which attackers tried to lure their victims into clicking on a malicious link, in this case by impersonating members of the news media. Iranian hackers were successful in more than a quarter of their attempts.

The number of spear phishing attacks reached a climax in May — just ahead of the nuclear talks in Vienna in July — reaching more than 1,500 attempts, according to researchers at Check Point, the Israeli cybersecurity company.

Some researchers witnessed an even more troubling trend: In the months leading up to the talks, Iran’s hackers began probing critical infrastructure networks in what appeared to be reconnaissance for cyberattacks meant to cause physical damage, said John Hultquist, the director of cyberespionage analysis at iSight Partners.

And then something curious happened: In June and July, as American and Iranian negotiators gathered in Vienna to cut a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, attacks against targets in the United States stopped. Not a single phishing attempt was logged by Check Point. And the critical infrastructure probes went silent as well, according to iSight Partners, and have not resumed to this day.

Instead, iSight’s researchers saw Iran’s hackers switch focus. Between June and July, the attackers largely ceased their assault on targets in the United States and began targeting victims in Israel as well as members of the Islamic State, known as ISIL or ISIS, in July as Islamic State militants began expanding their territory across Iraq.

And then, in August, just two weeks after the nuclear accord was reached, the trickle of cyberattacks against the group’s usual targets resumed. Check Point’s researchers were able to hack the attackers’ target list, which included 1,600 individuals, from scholars, scientists, chief executives and ministry officials to education institutes, journalists and human rights activists across the globe.

The victims may have never learned of the compromises were it not for a decision by Facebook last month to use a new alert system to notify users when Facebook’s security team believed state-sponsored hackers had hijacked their accounts. Just weeks into the new alert system, State Department officials began to see a troubling new message pop up on their Facebook accounts:

“We believe your Facebook account and your other online accounts may be the target of attacks by state-sponsored actors,” the message read.

Some details of the espionage on State Department employees were first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

State Department officials say none of this will affect the coming turning points in the nuclear deal. The International Atomic Energy Agency reported last week that Iran is already beginning to dismantle some of its centrifuges — at the same site the United States and Israel attacked with cyberweapons. When that and other dismantlement is completed, the United States will unfreeze billions of dollars in Iranian assets, and it is already reopening a dialogue with Iran on the future of Syria.

Source: The New York Times

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Obama actions shield most illegals from deportation even as courts stall amnesty

Publisher’s warning: Liberal bias ahead. Commentary supplied as needed. –PBN

President Obama’s marquee deportation amnesty has been stalled by the courts, but the rest of his executive actions on immigration, announced exactly a year ago, are moving forward — including his move protecting more than 80 percent of illegal immigrants from any danger of deportation.

The amnesty, dubbed Deferred Action for Parental Accountability was supposed to grant full tentative legal status — including work permits, Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses — to more than 4 million illegal immigrants. It has been halted by a federal appeals court, and its fate will soon rest with the Supreme Court.

 But the rest of the dozen actions Mr. Obama announced on Nov. 20, 2014, are still advancing, including a far-reaching set of priorities that effectively orders agents not to bother deporting nearly all illegal immigrants.

Only 500,000? Child’s play.

“There are 7 or 8 or 9 million people who are now safe under the current policy. That is a victory to celebrate while we wait for the Supreme Court,” said Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat who was among the chief cheerleaders pushing Mr. Obama to go around Congress and take unilateral steps last year.

The actions — often mislabeled by the press as executive orders (Funny how the author calls them executive actions at the beginning of the article. There is a difference between an action and an order, but they both essentially boil down to using the bully pulpit. –PBN) — also included changes to the legal immigration system, such as making it easier for spouses of guest workers to also find jobs; allowing foreigners who study science and technology at U.S. universities to remain and work in the country longer; pushing legal immigrants to apply for citizenship; and waiving the penalty on illegal immigrant spouses or children of legal permanent residents so they no longer have to go to their home countries to await legal status.

On enforcement, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, called for a more coordinated approach to border security (Read: Ignoring “non-violent illegal immigrants.” –PBN), and that paid off with a major drop in arrests of illegal immigrants in the Southwest. Apprehensions were at their lowest levels since the 1970s.


At Mr. Obama’s direction, Mr. Johnson announced changes that would let most rank-and-file illegal immigrants off the hook and instead focus deportation efforts on serious criminals (Because breaking into the country isn’t a serious crime. –PBN), gang members and other security threats, and only the most recent of illegal border crossers.

“Immigration and Customs Enforcement is doing what I told them to do — to reprioritize and focus on convicted criminals,” Mr. Johnson said this month as he took stock of the changes. “This is the general direction that the president and I want to go when it comes to how we enforce immigration law — focusing on threats to public safety and border security for the American public.”

The changes are already having a major effect. Deportations, which peaked at nearly 410,000 in fiscal year 2012, dropped to about 230,000 in fiscal year 2015, which ended Sept. 30. But Mr. Johnson said more of those being deported are the serious criminals and safety threats he wants his agents to worry about.

Indeed, if agents adhere strictly to his priorities, some 9.6 million of the estimated 11.5 million illegal immigrants in the country have no real danger of being deported, according to an estimate this year by the Migration Policy Institute.

“The enforcement priorities announced last year, if strictly enforced, do protect the vast majority of unauthorized immigrants from being deported, because most immigrants have been here a long time and haven’t committed a serious crime,” said Marc Rosenblum, deputy director of the institute’s U.S. immigration policy program.

The number could go even higher, depending on how agents follow some of Mr. Johnson’s other instructions. The secretary had said even some illegal immigrants with serious criminal offenses on their records should be allowed to stay if they had mitigating factors, such as deep family or community ties (it’s okay, you can commit serious crimes all you want if you have a family. But only if you’re an illegal. –PBN).

Immigrant rights activists said they are still waiting for those special circumstances to be applied more broadly.

Mr. Johnson also has been pushing, with some success, to try to get sanctuary cities to buy into limited cooperation with his deportation agents (Go back and read that again. He’s asking sanctuary cities to ignore HIS deportation agents. –PBN). He scrapped the Secure Communities program that trolled state and local prisons and jails for illegal immigrants and replaced it with the Priorities Enforcement Program, which targets only serious criminals.

“It is tremendously harder now to deport even criminals, much less garden-variety illegal aliens. They have truly dismembered the immigration enforcement system, from the Border Patrol to the immigration courts,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for stricter immigration controls.

But the jewel of the executive actions (There’s that phrase again. –PBN) was the deportation amnesty, which was delayed first by a federal district court in Texas and last week by an appeals court.

All sides in the debate agree that was a huge blow to Mr. Obama.

“Without being able to give away a benefit, like a work permit, these changes are less permanent, and easier to undo in some ways, than would have been the case had the president been able to implement DAPA,” Ms. Vaughan said.

Mr. Obama said he took the series of steps in response to inaction from Congress, where his push for a broad bill granting illegal immigrants a path to citizenship stalled in 2013 (Ah yes, blocking a dangerous bill is now a qualification for “inaction.” –PBN). Frustrated by Republicans, Mr. Obama waited until after the 2014 elections, then announced his go-it-alone approach.

Many of the steps are works in progress.

Homeland Security has issued proposals to carry out the leniency program for illegal immigrant spouses and children of green-card holders and to allow foreign students in science and technology to stay longer. Both of those still need to be finalized, as does a proposal expanding hardship waivers.

Other moves were easier to accomplish: Homeland Security now accepts credit card payments for citizenship fees.

Source: The Washington Times

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Congressman now threatens to subpoena commerce secretary over global warming report

House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) opened another front in his war with federal climate researchers on Wednesday, saying a groundbreaking global warming study was “rushed to publication” over the objections of numerous scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In a second letter in less than a week to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Smith urged her to pressure NOAA to comply with his subpoena for internal communications. Smith says whistleblowers have come forward with new information on the climate study’s path to publication in June. The study refuted claims that global warming had “paused” or slowed over the past decade, undercutting a popular argument used by those who refute the scientific consensus that man-made pollution is behind global warming.

The research, considered a bombshell in the climate change debate, set off alarms among skeptics. Smith, a prominent congressional skeptic, claimed that scientists manipulated data to advance President Obama’s agenda and timed the study’s release to coincide with the administration’s new limits on emissions from coal plants.

He is seeking NOAA’s internal communications and e-mails among its researchers, and in October subpoenaed Administrator Kathryn Sullivan for the documents. But she has refused to turn them over, saying that deliberative communications between scientists should be protected.

Smith told Pritzker that the whistleblowers’ allegations make it more crucial that he be provided with the scientists’ internal e-mails and communications. If NOAA does not produce the e-mails he is seeking by Friday, the chairman said, “I will be forced to consider use of compulsory process,” a threat to subpoena the commerce secretary herself.

Whistleblowers have told the committee, according to Smith’s letter, that Thomas Karl — the director of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, which led the study — “rushed” to publish the climate study “before all appropriate reviews of the underlying science and new methodologies” used in the climate data sets were conducted.

“NOAA employees raised concerns about the timing and integrity of the process but were ignored,” he wrote.

NOAA Communications Director Ciaran Clayton, one of the officials whose communications the committee has subpoenaed, said in an e-mail:

“The notion that this paper was rushed to publication is false. In December 2014, the co-authors of the study submitted their findings to Science — a leading scientific journal.  Following a rigorous peer review process, which included two rounds of revisions to ensure the credibility of the data and methodologies used, Science informed the authors that the paper would be published in June.

“The notion that NOAA is ‘hiding something’ is also false. We have been transparent and cooperative with the House Science Committee to help them better understand the research and underlying methodologies. … We stand behind our scientists who conduct their work in an objective manner.”

An aide to the Science Committee told The Post that the committee “has been in continual contact with whistleblowers for some time and received new information as recently as yesterday.”

Related Article: The Ann “G.W.” Curry Global Warming Dog and Pony Show

Source: The Washington Post


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Islamic invasion pulls trigger: Europe now scrambles for guns

Austrians are arming themselves at record rates in an effort to defend their households against feared attacks from Muslim invaders.rifles_shotguns

Tens of thousands of Muslim “refugees” have poured into Austria from Hungary and Slovenia in recent months on their way to Germany and Sweden, two wealthy European countries that have laid out the welcome mat for migrants. More than a million will end up in Germany alone by the end of this year, according to estimates from the German government.

Obtaining a working firearm and ammunition in Germany, Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands is practically impossible for the average citizen. Germany, for instance, requires a psychological evaluation, the purchase of liability insurance and verifiable compliance with strict firearms storage and safety rules. And self-defense is not even a valid reason to purchase a gun in these countries.

The laws in Austria, while still strict, are a bit less overbearing.

A Czech TV report confirms that long guns – shotguns and rifles – have been flying off the shelves in Austria, and Austrians who haven’t already purchased a gun may not have a chance to get one for some time. They’re all sold out.

And those arming themselves are primarily women.

“If anyone wants to buy a long gun in Austria right now, too bad for them,” the Czech newscaster says. “All of them are currently sold out.”

He cites the Austrian news outlet Trioler Tageszeitung as the source of his report.

“We cannot complain about lack of demand,” Stephen Mayer, a gun merchant, told Trioler Tageszeitung.

He claims the stock has been sold out for the last three weeks and that demand is being fueled by fears generated by social changes.

“People want to protect themselves,” Mayer said. “Nonetheless, the most common purchasers of arms are primarily Austrian women.”

They are also buying pepper sprays, which Mayer said are in big demand among those who can’t get a gun.

Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, said he recently returned from a gun rights event in Europe, where he sensed a change in attitude toward firearms.

“I just returned from a gun rights meeting in Belgium, and I can attest that all over Europe people now want the means to defend themselves,” Gottlieb told WND. “Self-defense is no longer a dirty word. In countries like Austria, where it is still legal to own a firearm, gun sales are at record levels. I can tell you first-hand that people in Europe now wish they had a Second Amendment.”

More potential new customers are entering the market than ever before, according to the Czech report.

Until the refugees started flooding Europe, it was mostly hunters and sport shooters who purchased firearms. Now, people are seeking weapons for self-defense because they are worried about their personal safety. Most have never used a gun before.

So-called “projectile weapons” are available in Austria under two classifications, C and D, which are rifles and shotguns. Every adult Austrian is legally able to apply for a weapons permit but must disclose to the government their reason for wanting to own a gun.

The Czech station cited an interview with a sociologist and an Austrian journalist, both of whom said the weapons purchases were based on unfounded fears about foreign migrants.

‘Something is very wrong here’

The Viennese sociologist, identified only as Mr. Gertler, said no such fears about migrants should ever be published by any Austrian news outlet.

A journalist named Wittinger said “something is very wrong here” if Austrians are buying guns to protect themselves against migrants.

“Shotguns will not, after all, solve any immediate problems, quite the contrary,” he said.

The Czech TV station then reported that Islamists are promising: “We will cut the heads off unbelieving dogs even in Europe.”

“Look forward to it, it’s coming soon!” the Czech newscaster said.

ISIS-trained jihadists are now returning as European citizens or they are trying to infiltrate as migrants. In one propaganda video an ISIS operative informs his comrades back home in Germany to slit the throats of unbelievers in Germany, Czech TV reports.

“Overall, the ministry of interior stated that Germany is in the cross-hairs of Islamic terrorists but that he does not have any indications of specific threats,” he said.

Bracing for another Islamic invasion

The Czech site reflects awareness of a major event in Western history, said Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America.

“Polish King John Sobieski defeated the Muslim invaders at the gates of Vienna in 1683. Another Muslim invasion is underway and Austrians are alarmed, hence their run on gun stores,” Pratt told WND. “Women are right to be concerned in view of the Muslim view of women that they are good for raping and little else.”

The Czech TV report cited the Arab Spring as the root cause for the flood of Muslim migrants into Europe.

“More and more, the whole thing is turning into the situation that we will experience the much-touted Arab spring from very close up – right here at home,” the reporter said. “What’s more, many European are alienating large part of their own populace with unfortunate social and multicultural politics, merciless removal of children, unfair seizures and trading on traditional European values and with policies which are usually less friendly toward conservative and traditional native inhabitants and leans toward that portion of inhabitants who have little trouble with globalization and nonchalant liberalization, removal of traditions and Islamization. Yet we will not be able to rely on it, that portion of (population) once the Arab Spring comes here. And that will probably be, as they say, closing the barn after the cows are gone.”

Source: WND

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Obama & Clinton’s #Benghazi #USA #OPSEC Special Forces & Trey Gowdy Demand Accountability [2VIDS]

Publisher’s Update:
Before #Benghazi there was a letter from the, then alive, Libyan leader Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, to “Our dear son, Excellency, Baraka Hussein Abu oumama” aka POTUS Barack Obama. The letter was published by AP Apr 06, 2011 2:12 PM EST

POTUS Obama’s administration via then US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, was allegedly arming AlQaeda in Benghazi, Libya via the “special diplomatic mission” as means for meetings. Were #Benghazi4 allegedly killed by stand down orders to eliminate witnesses? We think it’s sickeningly obvious. ~

Above Video Source: Trey Gowdy
So what has changed since this video below was published? Very little. After today’s Special Committee on the events of Benghazi chaired by Representative Trey Gowdy, we allege Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama et al,  have only grown more callous towards the victims and the families who survived the preventable Islamist terrorist attack of #Benghazi Libya September 11, 2012

H/T Dishonorable Disclosure Special Forces OPSEC


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Hillary Clinton Testifies at #Benghazi Select Committee Hearing

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36K Troops 30 Nations – Largest #NATO exercise since Cold War 10.03.15-11.06.2015 #TJ15 #USA

Here’s what’s happening USA:


Opening ceremony of the Trident Juncture 2015 exercise.

Opening ceremony of the Trident Juncture 2015 exercise.

19 Oct. 2015
Alliance kicks off live military exercise Trident Juncture in Italy

NATO Allies and partner nations kicked off the Alliance’s Trident Juncture live military exercise on Monday (19 October 2015) during an opening ceremony at the Trapani air force base in Italy, launching three weeks of intensive training involving 36,000 troops from more than 30 nations across Italy, Spain and Portugal. ~ Source: NATO.INT

Photo Credits – NATO

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Putin’s boost in battle against ISIS: China preparing to ‘team up with Russia in Syria’

Chinese army

Russia has carried out a series of deadly airstrikes against the terrorist group over the last few days and Vladimir Putin has now sent the country’s most elite special forces team into the war zone.

And speculation is heightening that offensive will be bolstered by the China’s People’s Liberation Army, following a number of reports of military movements in the region backed up by strong words from a senior government member at a United Nations meeting.

Reports emanating from the Middle East last week said China was planning on joining the fight against ISIS “in the coming weeks”, according to a Syrian army official.

While Beijing insists it will abide by the United Nations (UN) in the region, hints of an action were backed up when it spoke strongly about a coordinated response to the rising terrorist threat.

Speaking of the Syrian crisis China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said at the UN Security Council session in New York: “The world cannot afford to stand by and look on with folded arms, but must also not arbitrarily interfere.”

He added that nations should stand united against “violent extremist ideology”.

Mr Wang and his opposite number in Russia, Sergey Lavrov met at length last week and afterwards Mr Lavrov said the two countries are in “similar positions” on many domestic and international issues.

Chinese foreign minister Wang

China has also shown solidarity with Syria, joining Russia in vetoeing UN proposals against Bashar al-Assad, which are likely to prevent him being referred by the council to the International Criminal Court.

The latest actions at the UN conference have come amid reports, citing key military sources, Chinese warships have made their way to Syrian shores through the Suez Canal.

It was said China’s J-15 warplanes would launch from an aircraft carrier for attacks on ISIS.

Russian media followed that up by quoting Igor Morozov, a member of the Russian Federation Committee on International Affairs, confirming Chinese aircraft carrier, Lianoning, and a guided missile cruiser were heading to the area, and adding Chinese military advisers were already in the region.

Mr Morozov said: “It is known that China has joined our military operation in Syria.

“The Chinese cruiser has already entered the Mediterranean, followed by its aircraft carrier.”

These reports have not been verified by China and satellite images show the Syrian port of Tartus, currently empty.

However, China come under threat from ISIS in recent months increasing the theory an attack is in the pipeline.

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Putin and Xi Jinping


It began last year when ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sent out a chilling threat to China over the perceived oppression of the Muslim Uighur minority in the state of Xinjiang.

Beijing claims members of the Uighur militant group, the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, have been training with extremists in Syria and Iraq.

China officials also say they face a severe threat of terror attacks in Xinjiang, where hundreds have died in clashes over the past three years.

China was further angered by ISIS insurgents releasing photos last month purporting to be of a Chinese citizen who had recently gone missing in the region.

They were demanding a ransom for his return.

ISIS has also spoken of its desire to increase its presence in China and last month a document from the group revealed the country is among a list of nations it wants to seize by 2020.

China has long maintained a policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states but, as well as the threat to its own country from ISIS, the situation in Syria is impacting on the Asian state’s economy.

That includes the China National Petroleum Corporation being forced to abandon its oilfields in Syria.

China also has oil fields in Iraq and would suffer heavily financially if these fell into the hands of ISIS.

Any interference in the region would pit China against USA and the Asian country would be keen to avoid a confrontation with its fellow superpower.

However, it would be a major boost to the Russian war strategy in Syria.

Source: Express

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Russian jets ‘intercept’ US predator drones over Syria, officials say


US officials tell Fox News Russian fighter jets closely approached U.S. predator drones over Syria at least three times in the past week.

Russian fighter jets shadowed U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russia’s air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region.

“The first time it happened, we thought the Russians got lucky. Then it happened two more times,” said one official.

Both officials said that the incidents took place over ISIS-controlled Syria, including its de facto headquarters in Raqqa, as well as along the Turkish-Syrian border near Korbani. Another occurred in the northwest, near the highly contested city of Aleppo.

The U.S. military’s MQ-1 Predator drone is not a stealth aircraft.

“It is easy to see a predator on radar,” said one official.

The Russians have not attempted to shoot down any of the U.S. drones, but instead have flown “intercept tracks,” a doctrinal term meaning the Russians flew close enough to make their presence felt, according to one official.

 One other official said, “the Russians flew very close, but did not impede the drone flight.”

“The first time it happened, we thought the Russians got lucky. Then it happened two more times.”

– U.S. official briefed on intelligence

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook, traveling with the defense secretary in Europe leading up to a NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels Thursday, said the Pentagon is open to more military-to-military talks with the Russians. No immediate date has been established to conduct the next round of talks, according to one defense official.

This development comes as Russia has moved some of its Mi-24 gunships and transport helicopters from an air base along the Mediterranean to another air base outside Homs, roughly 100 miles away. Russian ground forces, hundreds of Russian marines — as well as four BM-30 Smerch rocket launchers capable of firing cluster munitions, mines as well as high explosive warheads — are now in position to strike, but there is no evidence they have done so according to multiple defense officials. Infantry fighting vehicles and more a conventional artillery battery has also been seen by the intelligence community.

All these movements demonstrate the Russians are forming a “protective belt” around Latakia, the stronghold of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and are carrying out airstrikes against anti-Assad rebel forces, some backed by the CIA, to protect both regime and Russian interests, including a Russian naval base in Tartus established in the 70s.

The Pentagon maintains the vast majority of strikes from its forward operating base at Bassel al-Assad airport in Latakia including some 30 fighter/bomber jets have been against Syrian opposition forces and not ISIS, and one official pushed back on Russian defense ministry claims on the number of strikes the Russians have launched.

“The Russians carried out only one half or at best a quarter of the strikes they claim to have conducted,” said a senior military official.

Over the past weekend, Turkey claims that Russia on two separate occasions violated its airspace. Despite Turkish pressure on NATO and top US government officials calling the action “unprofessional” and a “provocation” two senior US military officials downplayed the incident.

“The Russians flew along the border and we still don’t know for sure what happened.”

At least one of the alleged incidences occurred in Turkey’s Hatay Province.

In 1939, land belonging to Syria and the Assad family in the northwest, along the Mediterranean bordering Latakia where the Russia has established an air base, was annexed by Turkey. Syria has never recognized the action and the two countries have been bitter enemies ever since.

Source: FOX News

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Iran: Missiles Pointed at U.S. Targets

If a nuclear device designed to emit an EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) were detonated about 300 miles over the midwest portion of the USA the entire United States would as we now know it would be gone. The whole of the nation’s powering electric grid down, communications, fuel manufacturing, hospitals, 911 call centers, water treatment, food storage, offline. Even your vehicle, everything. Gone. Does Iran have ICBM capabilities? Very possible, they do certainly have the capability to strike our bases, and they are threatening to do that now. Bluster from the Prince of Persia? Doubtful, and who would want to take the chance. I disagree with much of what John McCain has said, but during the run for US President, he sung to the song Barbara Ann…”Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran” Maybe it’s time to shut the hate machine down.

This is not fear mongering, these are the facts. Wake up USA, we must  have strong leadership, not this garbage we have in the congress, judiciary and executive branches. Truth: ISIS is Islam, we along with the rest of the non-Islamic nations are at war with Islam. Simple fact. And Muslims (formally spelled Moslem) are RUNNING to get free from a culture of death and destruction. My prayer is that they will seek the name and face of Jesus. -@DrDaveOrts


Isis is Islam, and we are at war.

A senior Iranian military leader warned this weekend that “all U.S. military bases in the Middle East are within the range of” Iran’s missiles and emphasized that the Islamic Republic will continue to break international bans on the construction of ballistic missiles.

Much of this missile work, like the details of Iran’s advanced arsenal, remains secret, according to Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force.

Hajizadeh dismissed the threat of military action by the United States, warning that all U.S. assets and allies are in range of Iran’s current missile arsenal, according to comments made Sunday in Tehran and recorded by Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency.

The threats of attack on the United States were issued as Iran unveiled new high-tech torpedoes and the formation of a joint war room along with Russia, Syria, and Iraq.

“Some of the threats by the U.S. are aimed at appeasing the Zionists, while others are for the purpose of domestic consumption (in the U.S.), but what is important is that they are aware of and acknowledge our capabilities and deterrence power,” Hajizadeh was quoted as saying.

“We do not feel any need to increase the range of our missiles and (our perceived enemy) targets are fully within the range of our missiles,” he added.

Iran will not slow down the research and construction of advanced missiles, the IRGC leader said, despite international bans on such action.

Actual untouched photo taken in Iran

“We do not see any restriction for our missiles and the IRGC’s preparedness and missile drills are conducted without a halt and according to our annual time-table, but only some of them are publicized through the media,” Hajizadeh said.

The comments echo those of IRGC Navy Commander Ali Fadavi, who warned last month that “the U.S. knows the damages of any war and firing bullets in the Persian Gulf.”

“The U.S. is obedient and passive in the Persian Gulf and we impose our sovereignty right in the Persian Gulf very powerfully,” Fadavi said.

The Pentagon confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon last month that Iranian warships confront the U.S. Navy on a “daily basis.”

Iran’s renewed war rhetoric and anti-U.S. posturing comes amid reports that Iran and Russia have taken the lead in Syria, where both countries are working to bolster the embattled President Bashar al-Assad.

A senior Iranian official disclosed over the weekend that Iran, Russia, Syrian, and Iraq are working on forming a joint war room to coordinate operations in the region.

The so-called “information exchange center” would be the first step in formalizing a joint operations center to coordinate military efforts in Syria and elsewhere, according to political adviser to Iraq Mohsen Hakim, head of the country’s Islamic Supreme Council.

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Democrats inline who think like Obama have brought this hatred of the USA to our shores.

“The information center has been formed some days ago after six months of discussions,” Hakim was quoted as telling Fars.

Information obtained by this operations center would be disseminated to officials from each participating country, according to Hakim, including the Russian and Syrian armies.

“Hakim underlined that the information center can be a preliminary step to set up a joint operations room or Centcom,” Fars reported.

Meanwhile, Iran unveiled a new high-tech torpedo that it claims can hit targets both in and out of the water. The technology for the missile has been borrowed from the Russians, according to Iranian officials who spoke to Fars.

Source: Washington Free Beacon

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Bombshell #USA #UCCShooter on Russian Terror List Obama refused Plus 9.28.2015 Islamic “Shooter University” & more [2VIDS]

10.2.2015 9:07 PM ET Bombshell update: Russia tried to give Obama terror list. Obama refused. Chris Harper Mercer, the #UCCShooter was listed as a black male Muslim Islamic terrorist.

The Federal Security Services (FSB) is reporting today that an American black-Islamist terror suspect, who yesterday committed an act of mass murder in the State of Oregon (United States), had been included on a list of 87,000 “known/suspected” Islamic terrorists that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) refused last month to accept from the Federation due to its not being “politically viable in the present atmosphere”.

According to this report, the black-Islamist terrorist who committed this act of terror, Chris Harper Mercer, had previously been indentified by electronic intelligence specialists within the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) as being an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) adherent after he had attempted to gain passage to Syria via Turkey during the first week of September, 2015.

By the Obama regime refusing to accept this terror list from the Federation, this report continues, Mercer was able to accomplish his terror act when yesterday he killed 9 people and wounded 7 others at the Umpqua Community College prior to his being shot and killed by local US police forces.

Most critical to note about this FSB report is that where it ends, the mysterious, and hugely read, Russian publication Reedus ( continues—and to fully understand this information one must note that Russian intelligence agencies (SVR/FSB) frequently use Reedus to put information into the public sphere that otherwise would have serious international consequences should the government be found to be behind it—thus giving Reedus its current status known as “a Kremlin resource” and an “agency of Orthodox journalism”. [Русский]

And the information relating to the black-Islamist terrorist Mercer “leaked” into Reedus by the SVR/FSB is, to say the least, shocking and disturbing–including that immediately after the Oregon mass shooting, his Internet personal profile was changed from his true identity as an ISIS/ISIL terror supporter to one of his being a “white conservative Republican”. [Русский]

H/T @SmillingHK

10.2.2015 4:40pm ET UPDATE:

  • ISIS allegedly takes responsibility for Chris Harper Mercy killings since he was Muslim shooting Christians.
  • Islamic terror “Kill The Jews” connection via on-line “friend” accounts traced by Walid Shoebat & Breitbart reports.
  • Shooter allegedly had another FB account from Texas deleted prior to uploading newer FB revealing he was definitely black not portrayed as MSM would have you view him.
  • On-line Social Media accounts of shooter allegedly hacked changing details of political status from Dem to Conservative…updated later to actually have online ID changed from ISIS/IS terrorist to a Conservative Republican.
  • Potential alleged connection of black Muslim Baltimore activist #BlackLivesMatter to Islamic/IS ties to Obama Jarrett & WH admin
  • It is alleged Chris Har9er Spencer, the #UCCShooter was an official registered student in one of the classes he started shooting at Umpqua Community college and it is also alleged that Obama et al knew he was Islamic terror risk did not inform State of Oregon or Douglas County.
  • Reports from officials changed in alleged cause of Islamic shooter’s death. They now say he committed suicide by shooting himself rather than shot by first police on scene at Umpqua College.
  • Reported number of guns Muslim shooter has allegedly changed from total of 4 (four) to 6 (six) on his person and 7 (seven) in his vehicle.
  • Witnesses state shooter asked what religion they were. One new (Muslim?) witness came forward denying all others. Taqiyya?
  • Islamic shooter’s alleged Paternal parent is Irishman who blames his son’s alleged terrorist crimes on guns not son. Very odd given the situation.
  • more TBA pending

Barack Obama’s speech on gun control after the horrific tragedy of yesterday’s college shooting, killing ten people and injuring at least seven, could have been mistaken for the substance of an article titled, “Shooter University” published (coincidentally?) in The Islamic Monthly on September 28th,2015 just three days prior to the horrific events which occurred October 1st 2015 on Umpqua’s Community College campus located just outside Roseburg, Oregon population 22,000.


Compare the following quote from the article by Fariq Foure an Islamic Social Justice essayist/author and activist who hails from Baltimore, Maryland.

“What happened at Virginia Tech was no aberration.” writes Foure in his article titled “Shooter University” published in an online magazine called Islamic Monthly 09.28.2015:



Barack Obama’s speech on the Umpqua Community College shooting intentionally politicizing tragedy for promoting gun control laws 10.01.2015:  “Our thoughts and prayers are not enough…Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response, here at this podium, ends up being routine. The conversation, in the aftermath of it, we’ve become numb to this.” Obama goes on to mention past college, school and theatre shootings to build his case. Before an investigation has truly been undertaken, Obama states the shooter must have been mentally ill.  Perhaps he was, or perhaps he clung to an ideology of death which Islam embraces over modern Western Civilization. The shooter allegedly clung to the darkside of “spiritual” things aligning himself allegedly with Wiccans and similar dark beliefs. We do know he had Islamic ties on at least one social media site, according to Walid Shoebat.

The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christian,” tweeted Bodhi Looney, who said her grandmother was in the room as the shooting unfolded. “If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs.” (H/T The Blaze)

We must not be ignorant. Only good guys with guns can successfully repel bad guys with guns no matter what the motive the bad guys may employ.

ISIS is Islam and Islam is ISIS.

USA we are under attack please remain prayerful and vigilant. ~ M. Katherine Orts Pastor’s wife to David A. Orts reporting for and founders of “Pushing Back Tyranny With Truth” &



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Urgent Request Type O Blood Needed for Wounded #UCCShooting #OR #DouglasCounty

Roseburg OR (Douglas County) – Unbelievable tragedy has struck a local community college at 10:30am PT , Umpqua college in Roseburg, OR population 22,000 out of Douglas County 107,000.

UPDATE: Type O blood is urgently needed to treat wounded. If you are near neighboring hospitals in the local Douglas County, OR area contact to donate ASAP.

Where to go to donate Type O blood which is the universal donor blood type:

Roseburg Blood Donation Center at 1176 NW Garden Valley Boulevard in Roseburg, or Eugene OR. Walk-ins welcome in times of crises at local Red Cross or call 1-800-RED CROSS for more information.

According to Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, the shooter, now deceased, was a 20 year old male and is the alleged shooter of multiple fatalities and multiple casualties.

According to authorities, there have been four guns removed from the scene. 20 students are reported to have been injured and The Attorney General states there are 13 dead, others have stated up to 20 dead. At least two injured were flown to Mercy Hospital others transferred to a regional trauma center.

Arriving police officers first on the scene engaged in a firefight with the suspect and promptly “neutralized” him shooting him dead, according to Douglas County Fire Marshal Ray Shoufler leading the initial press conference.

According to witnesses, the first shots fired within at least one to two classrooms within Snyder Hall. The sounds were thought to have been fireworks or perhaps items loudly dropped. One young female student went to check on the noise and was immediately shot in the arm and stomach.

We do not have details of names or conditions of students at present. Other witnesses have stated the shooter demanded to know what religion each victim belonged to before executing them.

The bomb squad is going car to car in the Umpqwa Community college parking lot making sure there are no preplanted booby traps by the shooter. There was an alleged anonymous warning via Facebook stating, ” Do not go to school in the Northwest tomorrow.” The post has since been deleted by FB & authorities and is being investigated.  ~ M.Katherine Orts reporting for “Pushing Back Tyranny With Truth” & “ “Bringing Truth To The Nations” M. Katherine Orts & husband Pastor David Orts founders.

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