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Entries in al Qaeda (15)


NSA snooping: Winding path from Clinton’s CALEA to Obama’s 'peacetime' dilemma

The controversy over government spying on citizens has erupted again, although the acrimony is at lesser volume than it was during the presidency of George W. Bush. A major eruption didn’t even occur as President Barack Obama reauthorized a bill he had roundly criticized during his campaigns.

Fact is, the current spying scandal is the result of a winding path that actually began with a bill passed during the presidency of Bill Clinton.

Clinton’s administration laid groundwork that would significantly and broadly influence later electronic spying.

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Al Qaeda’s claims about Libya ambassador’s kidnapping echo article by security expert

The FBI created pages about the Benghazi attack, including these photos of persons of interest. (Photo: FBI)One week after the temporary Special Mission Compound in Benghazi was attacked and four Americans were killed, security expert Kerry Patton wrote an article about the incident. In his essay In Libya’s ‘Little Bighorn’, was Stevens supposed to be taken alive?, Patton establishes ground for asking questions about the possibility Stevens was kidnapped for the purpose of exchanging him for the Blind Sheikh who orchestrated the World Trade Center bombing during the administration of President Bill Clinton.

The Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel-Rahman, is currently serving a sentence at a medical center located at a federal prison. He was prosecuted in a federal court, not a military court.

A new story by another expert, Bill Gertz, for The Washington Free Beacon raises the same questions.

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As U.S. focuses on gun rights, epic hostage crisis unfolding in Algeria

The village of Taghit in the Sahara in western Algeria seems to have frozen time. The 1,000 year old village is a popular tourist destination. (Photo: CIA World Fact Book/US Government)President Barack Obama claimed during his campaign that al Qaeda is “on the path to defeat,” but somebody forgot to tell the numerous groups who affiliate with al Qaeda through common religious roots and the quest for Islamist power. Many al Qaeda affiliated groups want Islamist rule for all.

As U.S. citizens watch theatrics about gun control play out in media and backrooms in Washington, a hostage crisis has unfolded in Algeria, a crisis The Financial Times called “one of the biggest hostage crises in years.”

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Former bin Laden unit chief on Benghazi: “Democrats are good at watching Americans die”

Book Cover: Michael Scheuer website Non-InterventionMichael Scheuer, former chief of the first bin Laden unit for the CIA, talked with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on Thursday. Scheuer held nothing back when it came to criticism of President Barack Obama’s handling of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

Scheuer held Obama and the State Dept. accountable for not sending help as Washington watched the attack in real time.

Scheuer also pointed out what media have missed. The Obama administration certainly took Facebook posts seriously as the Arab Spring unfolded in Egypt. They took it as “gospel,” he said.

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Prior to Benghazi attack, Obama told the world al Qaeda on “path to defeat”

(Left to Right) LTC Andrew Wood, Eric Nordstrom, Charlene Lamb and Patrick Kennedy testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. [Photo from C-SPAN screen; The US Report]A series of emails obtained by major media implicate President Barack Obama and administration officials in a major coverup about what happened in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.

The group responsible for the attack, according to one email, was Ansar al Sharia. The group aims at establishing Islamic law.

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Cartoonist riffs on obscure film smokescreen in Mideast

~~Cartoon by Chris Carter, TUSR Asso. Editor 



In Libya’s “Little Bighorn”, was Stevens supposed to be taken alive?

Commentary by Kerry Patton

Lt. Col. George A. Custer (U.S. Library of Congress, portrait)When  Lt. Col. George A. Custer moved his troops into a defensive fighting position in his iconic final battle, it was over. Custer knew the Battle of Little Bighorn would end with extremely close and intimate fighting and only a miracle would save him and his men.

Ambassador Chris Stevens needed a similar miracle that didn't arrive, and evidence exists today suggesting events preceding his death were similar in nature to what Americans call “Custer’s Last Stand.”

New evidence depicts one major difference between General Custer and Ambassador Chris Stevens—Stevens probably wasn’t supposed to be killed.  There are grounds to speculate that the ambassador was supposed to have been taken alive.

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Video from Al-Zawahiri marking 9/11 calls for kidnappings in countries that “fight Muslims”

MEMRI said Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for kidnappings in countries that "fight Muslims." (Photo: FBI Most Wanted Terrorists List)Ayman Al-Zawahiri has released a video commemorating the 9/11 hijackers and calling on Arabs to "take advantage of the U.S.'s weakness to purge the Muslim lands of corrupt rulers."

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) said Al-Zawahiri’s video was put on the Internet on September 13.

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Wildland fire expert says forest fires may be on al Qaeda ‘lone wolf’ agenda

Federal agencies that deal with wildland fire issues are already challenged, and now there’s another threat. Wildland fire expert Bill Gabbert said al Qaeda may be encouraging lone wolf operatives to set wildland fires.

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