The American “Inability to Understand” Jihadis

By Jim Campbell

April 19, 2028

Is it really American’s ability to understand Jihadists or the medias selective reporting along with progressive/liberals in our congress that choose to ignore them?

Should the jihadis gain a serious foot hold in America which I’m by no means certain they ever will, it would be the politicians and so called intelligent people first to be rounded up and executed.

 

Jihad Watch

Robert Spencer

 

It has hamstrung our foreign policy for decades.

 

One of the biggest ongoing problems of U.S. foreign policy is a failure to understand what we’re really up against.

This problem is nothing new, although Barack Obama took it to new heights by banning all mention of Islam and jihad from counter-terror training, with many of his loyalists still in place and hampering our ability to deal realistically with the jihad threat today. (Source)

How could U.S. and allied troops be engaged in “Overseas Contingency Operations,” as Obama called them rather than wars.

His actions were all over the place and would change with the blowing winds and sands.

 

 

This myopia goes back decades.

In Theodore H. White’s America In Search of Itself, there is this telling passage about the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979:

Of the negotiating effort, the most biting summary was that later made by Captain Gary Sick of U.S. Naval Intelligence.

“Nobody knew what kind of person Khomeini was,” said Sick.

”In every day of this early crisis,” he said, “and right through until this day, there’s been this American inability to understand the true fanaticism of this man, not moved by any sense of compassion, by any concern for law, by any understanding of international tradition.

We’d been dealing with people like Kim Il-Sung, Mao Tse-tung, and other dictators.

 

 

Previously, there was said that leaving the life of Comrade Mao Zedong, Kim Il Sung commanded to hold high the torch of the world revolutionary liberation. to which Chairman Mao brought Lenin and Stalin.

One day in April 1975, Kim Il Sung, who arrived in Beijing, Mao Zedong met with the patient’s bed, his eyes which fairly moist.

Mao opened his soul to the distinguished guests from North Korea:

– I received the news of the visit of President Kim Il Sung in China a week ago, arrived in Beijing. During those days I kept thinking of Comrade Kim Il Sung. Yesterday and today, in fact, I could not sleep for joy of the forthcoming meeting with President Kim Il Sung.

“… As before, we continue to world revolution and the international communist movement should be in charge of President Kim Il Sung. About world revolution no one can care for, but Kim Il Sung. My sincere request to you, Comrade Kim Il-sung – and continue to maintain direct cause of world revolution and the international Communist movement. ”

Before parting, he firmly took the hand of Kim Il Sung, he said like this:

– Apparently, this is for us the last farewell.

I have a very close battle a friend and brother – such a world a great personality, as President Kim Il Sung.

I think this is my boundless joy.

The fate of the world revolution and the international communist movement – on your shoulders, Comrade Kim Il Sung.

I wish you long life and good health. This is my last request …

So it was difficult for us to grasp the total, unyielding, unwillingness of this man to consider any other factor outside of his own limited view of the world.

Khomeini was beyond the experience, if not the imagination, of anyone in the United States government.

We made that mistake repeatedly, of trying to deal with Khomeini as if he were a government.”

Khomeini’s Islamic regime was a government, but not in any sense that American diplomats were used to dealing with.

What set Khomeini and his regime apart from the likes of Kim and Mao was Islam, and few, if any, foreign service professionals in the State Department understood that or knew how to deal with it.

 

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We were just donating food: What’s the problem?

It’s probably inappropriate to make lite of Assad’s use of chemical weapons on his own subjects.

The U.S. must know where he is and the appropriate response would be an “Unsanctioned,” drone strike on his home when he was there sleeping with his wife, children and goats.

 

 

Human decency must never be used it the same sentence with the name Bashir Assad.

He gasses his people because the majority of Syrians want him removed from office.

From Human Rights Watch: (Source)

Providing weapons and limited training to the rebels will simply improve their ability to kill.

 

It will not unite them, create a viable power-sharing arrangement among fractious ethnic and sectarian communities, or build strong government institutions.

These same shortfalls led to Afghanistan’s unraveling once Soviet forces withdrew; the victorious Mujahideen soon started fighting one another, which eventually allowed them all to be crushed by the Taliban. (Source)

 

The CIA helped the Afghan rebels, Mujahideen fight against the Soviet Union. In the 1980’s the Soviet Union is our enemy (Cold War). Operation Cyclone. The CIA, the Mujahideen and Osama bin Laden are all on the same side of the war against the Soviets!

“An Army to Defeat Assad: How to Turn Syria’s Opposition Into a Real Fighting Force.”

The source above is from the Brookings Institute a leftist-think tank.

It’s difficult to argue with their reasoning.

Let us also not forget that the Mujahadeen was set up and funded by the CIA to fight a proxy war in Afghanistan so U.S. troops would not need to become involved. (Source)

That worked well didn’t it?

 

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How North Korea’s Hackers Became Dangerously Good

By Jim Campbell

April 19, 2018

This articles says and infers, American hackers are ranked quite high.

In this respect, are the other countries merely fighting back against US cyber attacks ie a good offense is the best defense?

No one has clean hands in this business.

I suspect it is not incompetence as much as it is arrogance that ‘no one does it better than us’, when in fact they can and do.

At least in the shot run if not long-term the North Korean hacking efforts pose a potentially greater threat than Muslim Jihadists world-wide.

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

By Timothy W. Martin

 

 


Under leader Kim Jong Un, pictured with his wife, North Korea has developed a sophisticated hacking operation. STR/AFP/Getty Images

SEOUL—North Korea’s cyber army, long considered a mid-level security threat, is quietly morphing into one of the world’s most sophisticated and dangerous hacking machine,

Over the past 18 months, the nation’s fingerprints have appeared in an increasing number of cyber attacks, the skill level of its hackers has rapidly improved and their targets have become more worrisome, a Wall Street Journal examination of the program reveals.

 

 

As recently as March, suspected North Korean hackers appear to have infiltrated Turkish banks and invaded computer systems in the run-up to the Winter Olympics, cyber security researchers say.

For years, cybersecurity experts viewed North Korea as a second-rate hacking force whose attacks were disruptive but reasonably easy to decode.

Researchers rated its operational skills well behind countries such as Russia, Israel and the U.S.

Those days appear to be over, with Pyongyang flashing levels of originality in its coding and techniques that have surprised researchers.

It also has shown a willingness to go after targets such as central banks and point-of-sale systems.

As North Korea prepares for possible negotiations with Washington aimed at freezing its nuclear program, its hacking capabilities could help it generate money to compensate for economic sanctions or to threaten foreign financial institutions.

 

A North Korean student works in a university computer lab in Pyongyang. Promising students are sent to special schools to learn hacking.
A North Korean student works in a university computer lab in Pyongyang. Promising students are sent to special schools to learn hacking. Photo: David Guttenfelder/Associated Press

North Korea is cultivating elite hackers much like other countries train Olympic athletes, according to defectors and South Korean cyber and intelligence experts.

Promising students are identified as young as 11 years old and funneled into special schools, where they are taught hacking and how to develop computer viruses.

“Once you have been selected to get into the cyber unit, you receive a title that makes you a special citizen, and you don’t have to worry about food and the basic necessities,” says​ a defector familiar with North Korea’s cyber training.

Global Threat:

See the images in the original article to note the players and their reach. (Source)

Note: Hacking groups’ country affiliations are based on cyber security firms’ presumed ties or location.

The defectors and South Korean researchers say North Korea’s cyber army has about 7,000 hackers and support staffers, loosely divided into three teams.

The A team, often called “Lazarus” by foreign researchers, attacks foreign entities and is associated with North Korea’s most headline-grabbing campaigns, such as the WannaCry and Sony attacks.

 

Then-White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert and Jeanette Manfra, chief of cybersecurity for the Department of Homeland Security, briefed reporters on the WannaCry cyberattack in December.
White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert and Jeanette Manfra, chief of cybersecurity for the Department of Homeland Security, briefed reporters on the WannaCry cyber attack in December. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The B team traditionally focused on South Korea and swept for military or infrastructure secrets, though it has begun mining for intelligence elsewhere recently, the cyber researchers say.

The C team does lower-skilled work, such as targeted email attacks called spear phishing.

While its earlier attacks used well-known tools and familiar coding, Pyongyang tried to learn from better hackers abroad, says Simon Choi, a cyber security consultant to South Korea’s government who tracks online behavior.

North Korean-linked accounts on Facebook and Twitter began following famous Chinese hackers and marked “like” on pages of how-to books outlining how to make malicious code for mobile devices, he says.

Some North Koreans registered for online courses offered in South Korea teaching people how to hack smartphones, he says.

North Korea has planted programmers abroad where they can more easily connect online with the global financial system, security firms say.

Recorded Future Inc., an intelligence firm, says it has tracked cyber activities with North Korean fingerprints to places such as China, India, New Zealand and Mozambique

Frequency of hacks by 5 most active operations, measured by how often they are mentioned in cyber security reports each quarter

To assess North Korea’s cyber program, the Journal interviewed dozens of North Korean defectors, foreign cyber security researchers, South Korean government advisers and military experts.

The researchers emphasize that catching hackers is difficult, and that they can’t be 100% certain that every attack attributed to North Korea was orchestrated by its cyber=warriors.

These experts point to numerous signs that the hackers have become better.

North Koreans are acting on security glitches in widely used software only days after the vulnerabilities first appear, and crafting malicious code so advanced it isn’t detected by antivirus programs, they say.

When software or security firms plug holes, the hackers are adapting within days or weeks, fine-tuning their malware much as Apple Inc. would release an update to the iPhone’s operating system.

Many North Korean hackers are using perfect English or embedding other languages into coding to make it appear hacks came from other countries, the researchers have concluded.

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to Join Donald Trump’s Personal Legal Team

By Jim Campbell

April 19, 2018

This can only be viewed as great news for president Trump and his Administration.

 

 

With a Special Prosecutor, who hasn’t proved himself to be all that special, but more like a rabid pit bull with his latest attacks on the president’s additional attorney, Michael Cohen, usurping the Fourth Amendment to raid his personal home and offices, he has shown himself to be the wrong individual guy for the position at hand.

Yes the raid was conducted under a search warrant, but how difficult in Washington D.C. is it to find a leftist judge to sign of on such a warrant?

 

 

In this case it was only to easy to tap Rod Rosensein, Mueller’s “Butt Plate,” to obtain the warrant.

To further compound this charade, Rosenstine advised Trump’s team that Trump is not a target of the investigation.

That was 4 hours ago. (Source)

 

 

In a personal discussion, Cohen  told the president he would turn against  him if charged, if it meant that he would be required in any way to purjor himself. 

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

By Rebecca Ballhaus

He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved,’ president says.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, shown at a meeting with cybersecurity experts in January 2017, is joining President Donald Trump’s legal team.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, shown at a meeting with cybersecurity experts in January 2017, is joining President Donald Trump’s legal team. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump, said Thursday he will join the president’s private legal team representing him in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

The addition of Mr. Giuliani was confirmed by Jay Sekulow, currently the primary lawyer on the team. He took over as lead attorney after John Dowd resigned last month.

“Rudy is great,” Mr. Trump said in a statement provided by Mr. Sekulow.

“He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country.”

In an interview, Mr. Giuliani said he was “very enthusiastic” about joining the team.

“These people have worked so hard to get this done. Hopefully we can speed it up,” he said.

Mr. Mueller is investigating whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election and whether associates of Mr. Trump colluded with Moscow.

Russia has denied interfering in the election, and Mr. Trump has denied any collusion.

Mr. Giuliani, a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said his first task after joining the team will be to “find out what Bob Mueller needs to complete the investigation.”

“I’m pretty sure we can comply with it,” he said, adding no decision has been made on whether to allow Mr. Trump to sit for an interview with Mr. Mueller.

The idea of Mr. Giuliani joining the legal team was first broached in a dinner with the president at Mar-a-Lago, the president’s Florida resort, in the last week, Mr. Giuliani said.

“He wanted to try to get my advice,” he said.

“I said, look, I’ll give it to you anyway.” He said he is taking a brief leave of absence from his law firm and will work as an unpaid volunteer for the legal team.

“He has a special trust in me,” said Mr. Giuliani, referring to the president. He said he has also known Mr. Mueller for two decades.

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Trump slams Jerry Brown’s National Guard ‘charade,’ says feds won’t pay for it

By Jim Campbell

April 19, 2018

“Governor Jerry Brown announced he will deploy ‘up to 400 National Guard Troops’ to do nothing.

A state or a country cannot deem itself sovereign if it chooses not to protect its borders.

A concept lost on Brown , most Californians and leftists across the country.

 

The crime rate in California is high enough, and the Federal Government will not be paying for Governor Brown’s charade,”according to President Trump.

This is one battle “Governor Moonbeam,” will not win.

Cut off the money and Brown will come sniveling like a whipped pup back to the trough to get the money.

California for all intents and purposes is a bankrupt state. (Source)

Think of CA is a patient on life support with no functioning brain cells.

All know the plug must be pulled unless an alternative would be entered into the equation.

That would be a fiscally conservative new governor and getting rid of the California Assembly, a corrupt left-wing body that must be cut out like the cancer it is in order to save the patient.

For his part, Brown prefers to kick the can down the road and stick the incoming governor with his years of fiscal failures.

The Washington Times

by Melissa Quinn

April 19, 2018

President Trump accused California Gov. Jerry Brown of conducting a “charade” by agreeing to send National Guard troops to the border with restrictions on their activity and said the federal government won’t foot the bill for Brown’s move.

 

 

“Governor Jerry Brown announced he will deploy ‘up to 400 National Guard Troops’ to do nothing.

The crime rate in California is high enough, and the Federal Government will not be paying for Governor Brown’s charade.

We need border security and action, not words!” Trump tweeted.

Brown, a Democrat, announced late Wednesday he would deploy 400 National Guard troops to address issues about immigration.

But the California governor said the members of the California National Guard will not enforce immigration laws or help build Trump’s border wall, and said not all would be sent to the border.

He said the troops could be used to interdict illegal firearm and drug shipments going across the southern border and disrupt transnational criminal gangs, human traffickers, and drug smugglers, among other tasks.

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Cohen Would Turn Against President if Charged, Counselor Warned Trump

By Jim Campbell

April 19, 2018

This article is one of the most ridiculous I’ve come across this week.

Yet, it is certainly worth the read.

 

 

The progressive/left is desperate and their evil minds will use anything to try to diminish the good works of the president and his team.

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

 

 

 

Apparently in their zest to invalidate President Trump’s administration they have forgotten that we still have a 4th Amendment functioning in the United States of America.

“The President objects to the government’s proposal to use a ‘taint team’ of prosecutors from the very Office that is investigating this matter to conduct the initial privilege review of documents seized from the President’s personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen”

A “taint team” is a team of government lawyers who are not involved in the case that search through evidence to ensure no materials that would violate attorney-client privilege make their way into the case.

Their hypocrisy is just simply disgusting.

Nobody asked for a saint or perfect president, but one with the guts and resolve to tackle the real issues affecting the common good and the longevity of this nation.

They just cannot stand that after all the havoc politicians have created over the decades, finally someone had the decency to start overturning all the non-sense and policies that continue to eat at the core of our society, our families, and our communities.

Former prosecutor Jay Goldberg says he cautioned president that his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, could be compelled to cooperate with prosecutor Michael Cohen, longtime personal lawyer and confidante for President Donald Trump, leaving the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Monday.

 

The Wall Street Journal

One of President Donald Trump’s longtime legal advisers said he warned the president in a phone call Friday that Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer and close friend, would turn against the president and cooperate with federal prosecutors if faced with criminal charges.

Mr. Trump made the call seeking advice from Jay Goldberg, who represented Mr. Trump in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Mr. Goldberg said he cautioned the president not to trust Mr. Cohen.

On a scale of 100 to 1, where 100 is fully protecting the president, Mr. Cohen “isn’t even a 1,” he said he told Mr. Trump.

Mr. Cohen is under criminal investigation for potential bank fraud and campaign-finance violations.

FBI agents raided Mr. Cohen’s home, hotel and office last week, seeking documents about, among other things, a $130,000 payment he made in October 2016 to a former adult-film actress to prevent her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump in 2006.

The Wall Street Journal previously reported, citing people familiar with the matter.​

Trump and Cohen deny such an encounter occurred.

Investigators are examining whether Mr. Cohen committed bank fraud in using a home-equity line of credit to pay the former porn star for her silence, as well as potential campaign-finance violations related to the payment, the people said.

“Michael will never stand up [for you]” if charged by the government, Mr. Goldberg said he cautioned the president.

Neither Mr. Cohen, who hasn’t been charged, nor his lawyer responded to requests for comment. The White House confirmed the phone call of Messrs. Trump and Goldberg.

The 15-minute discussion between the two men provides an inside peek at the president’s efforts to seek guidance amid the rapidly escalating developments involving Mr. Cohen.

Mr. Goldberg is one of several longtime advisers Mr. Trump has reached out to as he and his legal team try to assess the potential fallout from the criminal investigation of Mr. Cohen and devise a response.

In the call, Mr. Goldberg, a former prosecutor who represented Mr. Trump in divorce and real-estate matters, said he told the president Mr. Cohen could even agree to wear a wire and try to record conversations with Mr. Trump.

(Dubious at best)

“You have to be alert,” Mr. Goldberg said he told the president.

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City inspector to veteran: ‘You did nothing for this country!’

By Jim Campbell

April 18, 2018

A great find by Dr. Eowyn at Fellowship of the Minds.

I’ll give the city inspector the benefit of the doubt and chalk it up to having a bad day or week.

One thing certain, she showed very poor judgement and I wouldn’t be calling for her job until more of the story unfolds.

It would seem she owes all veterans an apology!

 

The Daily Wire reports that on April 16, 2018, a Jacksonville, Florida city inspector issued a warning citation to a sports store for flying on its rooftop the American flag and flags of the five branches of the U.S. military.

The inspector’s name is Melissa Power. The store is Jaguar Power Sports.

A customer in the store, a military veteran, took issue with Power’s citation.

As recounted by store employee Katie Klasse, Power got in the veteran’s face.

Jacksonville city inspector Melissa Power tells off veteran

Power: “What did you do for this country?”

Veteran: “I took three bullets to the leg. I almost lost my life for this country. I’m retired. I’m a veteran.”

Power gets in his face, points her finger at him and says, “You did nothing for this country.”

 

The store’s employees said Power became so disruptive she was asked to leave.

Power’s supervisor was at Jaguar Power Sports when the incident occurred.

When Jacksonville mayor Lenny Curry was informed about the incident, he tweeted (@lennycurry):

We support our military and veterans, and we appreciate businesses who honor their service.

I have directed city staff that military flags should be treated same as US flag. Let them fly. I Have reached out to the business owner & will review employee procedures. COJ employees r expected to be respectful of our customers – you, the people of Jacksonville.

The Blaze reported that Jacksonville City Hall was inundated with calls about the citation, and that many calls wanted the inspector fired.

Many military veterans are furious:

  • Dan Arbour: “They’re flying a flag on their building and it’s not out in the street. It’s not in the public right-of-way. All these flags represent people who lived, worked and died serving our country so we can do this. Somebody needs to school her on what the codes are. She doesn’t know what she’s talking about. We have the life we have because of these flags and the men who serve. I’ve got words for her that I can’t say on TV.”
  • Stephen Anthon: “I was very offended. If this business didn’t support veterans, I wouldn’t be here right now.”
  • Navy veteran Lanny Austin: “I was enraged. I’m retired Navy. My son’s retired Army. We put our butts out there and they pull this. I don’t like it. The way she handled herself was totally disrespectful.”

Contact info. for Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry:

  • Mailing address: Mayor’s Office, City Hall at St. James Building, 117 W. Duval St. Suite 400, Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • Phone: (904) 630-1776
  • Email: MayorLennyCurry@coj.net

Petition to fire Melissa Power here.

~Eowyn

Truth is, with the major stuff being hidden from us, the small stuff just doesn’t irritate me like it once did. LOL

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