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Friday, September 19, 2014

Eric Clapton
Baloise Session
Basel, Switzerland (2013)


00:00 Don't Go To Strangers
04:43 Knock On Wood
09:00 Hoochie Coochie Man
14:26 Got My Mojo Working
18:46 Since You Said Goodbye
24:47 After Midnight
29:46 Call Me the Breeze
34:54 Gin House
41:49 How Long
46:48 Driftin' Blues
52:22 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
55:40 Layla
1:02:02 Pretending
1:07:39 Wonderful Tonight
1:11:26 Crossroads
1:17:35 Little Queen of Spades
1:28:14 Cocaine
1:34:12 High Time We Went

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The Leadership Structure of The Islamic State

Sinister and organised network that begins with 'the caliph' and continues with a rigid chain of command down to foot soldiers

From the Daily Mail:
Commanding an area larger than Britain with a population of more than four million brutally oppressed citizens, Islamic State terrorists use a strict hierarchical system to manage operations. 
Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has appointed a rigid chain of command beneath him, divided into separate councils responsible for everything from the sale of oil, to internal communications and decisions on which prisoners to execute and how. 
The highly detailed information on exactly how the terror group operates, as well as the names of Baghdadi's deputies and department heads, stems from the discovery of a USB stick inside the home of Abu Abdul Rahman al-Bilawi - the now deceased former-head of ISIS' military operations in Iraq.
While terror group Al Qaeda's central command operates using a small highly-centralized group of trusted advisers close to leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, ISIS has been able to to rapidly respond to issues and developments thanks to a team of executives with the power to act on Baghdadi's behalf. 
While Baghdadi - whose real name is Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarai - is the overall leader of ISIS, he is understood to have appointed two deputies to oversee operations in Iraq and Syria. Fadel Ahmad Abdullah al-Hiyali, who uses the code name Abu Muslim al-Turkmani, is understood to be in charge of operations in Iraq, while a man identified as Abu Ali al-Anbari is responsible for Syria. 
Baghdadi has also appointed a seven-man 'cabinet', with each member reporting to him directly and and advising on operational policy across the territory, according to new research by the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC). 
Included in this group of seven are thought to be Shawkat Hazem al-Farhat, who uses the code name Abu Abdul Kadr and advises on general management issues, and Abdul Wahid Khutnayer Ahmad, who calls himself either Abu Louay or Abu Ali and counsels on security, according to the Telegraph.
GO READ THE WHOLE THING. 
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Obama's Non-War

The wrong mission (hat tip to Will of MFS - The Other News):
The real mission of the “Do Something” coalition isn’t to destroy ISIS; it is to protect the reputation of Islam. Kerry’s real mission in the Senate wasn’t to lay out a strategy for defeating ISIS, but to protect the reputation of Obama. If the strategy is out to lunch and the mission seems vague, it’s because the real action isn’t taking place in Iraq, but in Washington. It’s not about defeating ISIS. It’s about perpetuating the disastrous policies that allowed it to become so big and so powerful.
Read the rest of "Saving Private Kerry," an essay by Daniel Greenfield, HERE.

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1 In 4 Americans are Open To The Idea of Seceding From America


I live in California and have all my life. California is a nice place to live.

However, I would move in a heartbeat, if there was a reasonable secession plan.

From Reuters:
Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion. 
The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners, according to the poll. 
Anger with President Barack Obama's handling of issues ranging from healthcare reform to the rise of Islamic State militants drives some of the feeling, with Republican respondents citing dissatisfaction with his administration as coloring their thinking. But others said long-running 
Washington gridlock had prompted them to wonder if their states would be better off striking out on their own, a move no U.S. state has tried in the 150 years since the bloody Civil War that led to the end of slavery in the South. 
"I don't think it makes a whole lot of difference anymore which political party is running things. Nothing gets done," said Roy Gustafson, 61, of Camden, South Carolina, who lives on disability payments. "The state would be better off handling things on its own."
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Obama Administration Is Paying Monthly Salaries of Thousands of Syrian Rebels



From Gateway Pundit:


Since July 2014, the Obama-backed Free Syrian Army, Al Nusra Front, and ISIS have paired together in order to fight the Syrian Assad regime.
According to one Free Syrian Army commander, the combining of forces with ISIS was needed in order to achieve “the greater good.”
Since around that time ISIS has traveled around the Caliphate in their brand new Toyota Hilux trucks.
The New York Times reported:
In a secret office near the Syrian border here, intelligence agents from the United States and its allies are laying the groundwork for what they hope will become an effective force of Syrian rebels to serve as ground troops in the international battle against the extremist Islamic State.
The office, the Military Operations Command, has slowed funding to Islamist groups, paid salaries to thousands of “vetted” rebels and given them ammunition to boost their battlefield mettle.

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Happy Iranians to Receive Jail Time and 91 Lashes; Afterwards They Will No Longer be Happy

But there is great news! If the happy people remain unhappy for three years, they may not be jailed or whipped. Which will make them happy. 

I guess.



By Kemberlee Kaye
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THIS MAN WILL GET US ALL KILLED



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Washington Post:

Rift widens between Obama, U.S. military over strategy to fight Islamic State

September 18 at 8:47 PM
Flashes of disagreement over how to fight the Islamic State are mounting between President Obama and U.S. military leaders, the latest sign of strain in what often has been an awkward and uneasy relationship.
Even as the administration has received congressional backing for its strategy, with the Senate voting Thursday to approve a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a series of military leaders have criticized the president’s approach against the Islamic State militant group.
Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who served under Obama until last year, became the latest high-profile skeptic on Thursday, telling the House Intelligence Committee that a blanket prohibition on ground combat was “Half-hearted or tentative efforts, or airstrikes alone, can backfire on us and actually strengthen our foes’ credibility,” he said. “We may not wish to reassure our enemies in advance that they will not see American boots on the ground.”
Mattis’s comments came two days after Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took the rare step of publicly suggesting that a policy already set by the commander in chief could be reconsidered.
Despite Obama’s promise that he would not deploy ground combat forces, Dempsey made clear that he didn’t want to rule out the possibility, if only to deploy small teams in limited circumstances. He also acknowledged that Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, the commander for the Middle East, had already recommended doing so in the case of at least one battle in Iraq but was overruled. The White House and Pentagon have scurried this week to insist there is no hint of dissent in the ranks, though in some cases their efforts have focused only more attention on the issue.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tried to reassure the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday that civilian and military leaders at the Pentagon were in “full alignment” and in “complete agreement with every component of the president’s strategy.”
Some lawmakers were skeptical. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, suggested that Obama should listen more closely to his commanders. “I think it’s very important that he does follow the advice and counsel that he receives, the professional advice of the military. They are the ones best suited to do that.”
“I realize he’s commander in chief, he has the final say and the final obligation and responsibility,” McKeon added. “I would also request that he not take options off the table.”
Obama’s strategy received a boost with the Senate’s passage of his plan to train and arm about 5,000 Syrian rebels to help fight the Islamic State, a jihadist movement that controls large parts of Iraq and Syria and has threatened to destabilize much of the region.
The 78-22 vote in the Senate came just a day after the House approved its own measure.
Since Aug. 8, the U.S. military has launched 176 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq. Obama has signaled the military will expand the strikes into Syria, but it is unclear when that new phase will begin. Hagel testified Wednesday that he and Dempsey had approved a plan to conduct strikes against the Islamic State in Syria, and that Obama had received a briefing from Austin that same day at U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa.
When asked if the president had endorsed the plan, however, Hagel acknowledged that Obama had not but did not elaborate.
Divisions between Obama and his generals have become a recurring feature of his presidency. In 2009, shortly after Obama took office, Pentagon leaders pressured the new president — who had run on a platform of ending the war in Iraq — to deploy a surge of troops to Afghanistan to rescue the faltering fight against the TalibanAfter a lengthy and tense internal debate, Obama did send more troops, but not as many as some commanders wanted. At the White House, Obama’s top aides privately expressed frustration that the Pentagon had tried to restrict his choices to get the result the military preferred.
At the Pentagon, military commanders expressed their own frustration last year as Obama weighed whether to take action in Syria following the determination that President Bashar al-Assad had employed chemical weapons against civilians. Although the Pentagon had internal disagreements about whether military action was warranted, there were widespread concerns that Obama was on the verge of ordering strikes without articulating goals or a clear strategy.
This time around, The White House and Pentagon agree on the basic outlines of a strategy to attack the Islamic State — one that centers on arming and training proxy forces, including Syrian rebels, Kurdish fighters and the Iraqi army, backed by U.S. and allied air power. But the Pentagon is eager to retain the option of deploying small numbers of Special Operations forces to the front lines to help the proxy troops or to call in airstrikes from close range.
Mindful of the president’s campaign pledge to end the last war in Iraq, which led to the withdrawal of all U.S. military forces in December 2011, Obama and his aides have insisted since May that he will not send Americans back into combat there.
But as the conflict with the Islamic State has deepened, and 1,600 U.S. troops have deployed to fill advisory and other roles, the White House has struggled to reconcile that reality with its prior statements that Obama would not put “U.S. boots on the ground” in Iraq. Military leaders have increasingly suggested that Obama’s political promises are restricting their ability to fight. On Wednesday, former defense secretary Robert M. Gates, still an influential figure at the Pentagon, bluntly criticized his former boss.
“There will be boots on the ground if there’s to be any hope of success in the strategy,” Gates said in an interview with CBS News, adding that “the president in effect traps himself” by repeating his mantra that he won’t send U.S. troops into combat.
There are signs that the White House is becoming more flexible. Antony Blinken, the deputy national security adviser, allowed Thursday that “there may be cases where American advisers would go with some of the forces on the ground” or help “to call in some air power” — the kind of leeway the Pentagon wants.
In an interview with MSNBC, Blinken insisted that such deployments would not amount to combat “where Americans are on the ground leading the fight. That is not going to happen. That’s not part of this campaign. The president’s been clear about that.”

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ISIS Leader Recruits 11 Muslim Men And Sodomizes All Of Them

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"As IS sympathisers drive by Catholic school and threaten children and nun I pray God takes pity on them"


From the London Telegraph:
THE nerve. The sheer nerve of threatening children and staff outside their Catholic primary school. 
How dare these cowards threaten to “slaughter the Christians” on the footpath outside the Our Lady of Lebanon Church in Harris Park. 
But rather than seek revenge or retribution. I will pray. I will pray for these miserable excuses of humans who think it’s manly to drive by in a car threatening innocent children.  
I will pray that God takes pity of their pathetic lives and grants them the sense to grow the f*** up.
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Australia: Anglican Leader Blames Islam For Rise Of ISIS, Hits Obama For Claiming Islam Has Nothing To Do With It


From the Sydney Morning Herald:
The Anglican Dean of Sydney, Phillip Jensen, has described Islam as “false” and attacked the religion for the rise of Islamic State. 
“It’s time to face the truth that Islam itself is part to blame,” Dean Jensen wrote last week in his blog titled “From the Dean”. “Islam is false.” 
Despite the possibly inflammatory comments, the Sydney Anglican Church has stood behind the 70-year-old minister’s comments. 
“The Dean was at pains to point out that Australia does not want the religious diversity of our own nation to be inflamed into conflict,” a spokesman said. 
“There is nothing remarkable in stating the fact that the ISIS militants claim to be Islamic.”  
The article in the blog, which is published as part of Dean Jensen’s role at St Andrews Cathedral, also criticised US President Barack Obama. Dean Jensen’s criticism centred on Mr Obama’s decision to separate his criticism of the Islamic State from a critique of Islam. 
“They are waging war in the name of Islam and in accordance with their Islamic beliefs,” Dean Jensen said. 
“They wish to create the Caliphate. Their commitment is more than a power grab for land – it is a religious zeal and if we ignore it, we will seriously underestimate them.”
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ISIS Calls On Muslims In America To Go To Homes Of U.S. Soldiers And “Slaughter Them”


From Fox:
A law enforcement bulletin obtained by FoxNews.com warned that Islamic State fighters have increased calls for “lone wolves” to attack U.S. soldiers in America in recent months, citing one tweet that called for jihadists to find service members’ addresses online and then “show up and slaughter them.” 
There will be “a continued call – by Western fighters in Syria and terrorist organizations – for lone offender attacks against U.S. military facilities and personnel,” warned a July law enforcement intelligence bulletin from the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange, a state-run agency that gathers, assesses and shares threat information and works with the Department of Homeland Security. 
“These threats will most likely increase should the U.S. or its allies attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) in Syria or Iraq.” 
In one example cited in the bulletin, a British jihadist encouraged radicals still living in the West to use Facebook and LinkedIn to find and target soldiers. 
“You could literally search for soldiers, find their town, photos of them, look for address in Yellowbook or something,” the tweet read. “Then show up and slaughter them.”  
Killing U.S. troops on American soil is is an increasing focus of jihadists, according to the bulletin, titled “Continued Threat to Military Personnel from Al-Qaida Inspired Homegrown Violent Extremists.” 
It was sent out on July 8, 2014 “in response to recent social media messaging from Western fighters in Syria calling for attacks against “soldiers in the West.” 
Instead of luring radicalized Americans to the Middle East, Islamic State will likely encourage them to stay home and kill U.S. soldiers here, the bulletin warned.
MEANWHILE:


Dem. Senator Blocks Ted Cruz Bill To Seize Passports From ISIS Fighters Who Return To The US

AND THIS:

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The Daily Caller:

Why ISIS Isn’t The Whole Picture

Posted By J. D. Gordon On 3:33 PM 09/16/2014
Imagine a team of doctors removing the largest malignant tumor from a lung cancer patient, leaving in countless smaller ones, and then allowing the patient to smoke 2-3 packs of cigarettes a day. Does anyone think this would cure the problem?
Yet that is basically Barack Obama’s approach to “destroy” ISIS.
And why is that?
While eliminating today’s largest terror network will help protect Americans and allies for the moment, it does nothing about smaller ones, nor changes the underlying conditions that led to their rise in the first place.
Let’s face it, a hit parade of anti-Western, radical Islam-inspired terror groups have stung Americans under every single president since Jimmy Carter. It’s not so simple as to just “blame Bush” or even the current administration.
For instance, Iranian revolutionaries humiliated Carter by capturing the U.S. Embassy and holding hostages in Tehran for 444 days. Islamic Jihad blew up the Marine Barracks in Beirut, killing 241 service members during Ronald Reagan’s first term. George H.W. Bush was president-elect when Libyan agents exploded Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Bill Clinton was the Commander-in-Chief during the first World Trade Center terror attack, the Khobar Towers explosion in Saudi Arabia, East Africa Embassy attacks, and USS Cole bombing in Yemen. George W. Bush presided during 9/11 and the aftermath.  Though Barack Obama ordered the hit on Osama Bin Laden, Islamic terror groups are even stronger now, despite his olive branch attempts to close Guantanamo and rid the world of nuclear weapons.
Yet militarily attacking Sunni terror groups like Al Qaeda, Taliban, ISIS, Ansar al Sharia, Al Nusra Front, Hamas, Al Shabab and Boko Haram, some of whom want to re-establish an Islamic Caliphate stretching from Afghanistan to Spain; and rival Shia groups who follow Iran’s state orders like Hezbollah, Mahdi Army and Badr Corps, is akin to pruning poison ivy. It works for a while, though stronger ones eventually rise to take their place. In order to stop the problem entirely, we must tear up the roots.
Though political correctness has muddied the waters of public discourse, Americans should not be fooled — the roots of terror are in radical Islam.
Exported by Shia-led Iran, and the competing Sunni branch from Saudi Arabia plus other Gulf States, adherents of both versions seek to destroy Israel and drive the U.S. out of the Middle East.
Complicating matters further, since the Saudis and other hardline Sunnis consider Iranians upstarts and apostates, they have fought proxy wars against Tehran to thwart their exportation of Shia Islam.
In preserving the Arabian Peninsula as center of gravity for the Muslim world, the Saudis and their allies in Qatar, Kuwait and U.A.E. have spent an estimated $100 billion to promote their extreme Sunni form of Wahhabism. They built madrassas throughout Pakistan and Afghanistan, teaching boys only the Koran, which helps explain why the Taliban emerged as a powerful force. And their material support to defeat the Soviet’s decade-long occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, aided by the U.S., similarly gave jihadists worldwide an appetite for further glory.
The world has slowly, yet steadily felt the repercussions of intolerant, political Islam. As a cultural indicator, for instance, take a look at pictures from 1970’s Egypt, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan – women commonly wore dresses, skirts and enjoyed far more equality. Now they’re in hijabs in Cairo, Istanbul and Tehran. And while under the Taliban rule, burqas in Kabul, much like the female second class citizens wearing obligatory niqabs are in Gulf States, with just the eyes visible. In some places, they’re even whipped, stoned or hanged for alleged infractions of ultra-rigid sharia law. Freedom has been extinguished in large swaths of the planet.
Meanwhile, though it sounds good in the faculty lounge, Mr. Obama’s proclamation that ISIL is not “Islamic,” rings hollow coming from an American.
Instead, he and other Western leaders ought to be pressuring the national leaders of top Islamic countries, including ruling clerics to say that — often, publicly and loudly. That would truly help undermine the legitimacy of groups like ISIS, sapping their strength and undermining recruiting. Without the perception of Mecca’s support, ISIS would be exposed as just another morally bankrupt criminal gang, no more appealing than MS-13, Bloods, Crips, or neo-Nazis.
It’s time for Americans to demand that Washington take stronger action to prevent terror groups in the first place — not simply reacting after we’ve been attacked. And that pressure must be decisively applied to Saudi, Gulf State and Iranian leaders to stop exporting extremism, and officially or unofficially supporting those waging war to kill us. Otherwise destroying ISIS will be just another costly, yet partial and temporary fix to a long term security nightmare.

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Khorasan Group

L.A. Times

Pakistan villagers flee military offensive, harsh militant rule

For the tribespeople of North Waziristan, fleeing their homes amid a Pakistani military offensive was in many ways like escaping a torture cell.
Islamist militants had roamed through neighborhoods with impunity, villagers said. They collected taxes, controlled the streets and routinely detained and abused anyone they suspected of espionage, with no interference by Pakistani security forces stationed nearby.
“Virtually the entire government’s administrative system had collapsed,” said one man who fled to the town of Bannu. Like many displaced residents, he declined to give his name for fear of reprisals.
Since June 18, the Pakistani military has bombarded the North Waziristan tribal area in an operation that officials say has flushed out militants responsible for attacks on both sides of the Pakistani-Afghan border. It has also sent 1 million residents, most of them women and children, fleeing to other parts of Pakistan or to Afghanistan, overwhelming local authorities and international aid agencies.
Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa, a Pakistani military spokesman, said Tuesday that more than 400 Pakistani and foreign militants had been killed and that soldiers had destroyed dozens of bomb-making factories and confiscated large quantities of explosive material from Miram Shah, the regional capital. Twenty-six soldiers have been killed, according to military officials, who have declined to specify how long the operation will last.
North Waziristan is in effect sealed off to outsiders, but many villagers believe that, as with previous operations, top militant commanders left the area before the bombings began. The offensive had been in the offing for several months as the Pakistani government’s attempts to engage the insurgents in peace talks collapsed, and even some military officials acknowledged that militants had time to flee. “The fact of the matter is, the leadership at the moment is not present in the areas where we have carried out the operation. If they were, we would have apprehended them,” Maj. Gen. Zafarullah Khan, an army commander in the tribal region, told reporters last week at a briefing in a cantonment in Miram Shah.
Commanders said they had cleared militants out of Miram Shah, but many experts believe the most powerful insurgent leaders slipped across the border into Afghanistan, where they may be responsible for a recent increase in insurgent attacks coinciding with the country’s presidential election.
The Haqqani network, which has been behind some of the deadliest attacks against U.S. forces in Afghanistan, has been untouched by the Pakistani offensive, said C. Christine Fair, a Georgetown University professor and author of “Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army’s Way of War.”
The array of militant groups that found a haven in North Waziristan includes the Haqqanis, the Pakistani Taliban, Arab extremists loyal to Al Qaeda, Uighurs opposed to the Chinese government and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. Many began pouring into the area after a 2006 army operation against militants that ended in a cease-fire.
Activists say that despite the truce, the militant groups quickly reorganized and were joined by a flood of fighters from Russia, Central Asia, Germany, China, Turkey and European countries, many of whom came to fight U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan.
“The nightmare started when the Taliban, along with Arabs, Uzbeks and other foreigners, poured into the area after the army conducted the 2006 operation,” said Gul Wazir, a political activist in Bannu, a town at the edge of North Waziristan.
Some tribesmen tell of how militants enjoyed free rein in the towns and villages, with the Pakistani security forces mainly confining themselves to a small garrison in Miram Shah. The militants started off friendly, cracking down on a gang of criminals in Miram Shah and winning residents’ sympathies. Many fighters married local women.
“We never thought that they would become monsters,” Wazir said.
Even in the relative safety of Bannu, where hundreds of thousands have taken shelter in recent weeks, many villagers were hesitant to discuss the extent to which militants had taken over the rugged Pakistani-Afghan border.
Some said that fighters with the Pakistani Taliban collected taxes from drivers for transporting goods to and from North Waziristan, while security forces did nothing to intervene. As part of their parallel government, the militants developed an extensive intelligence network and regularly arrested and executed people they believed were passing information to the U.S. or Pakistani governments, residents said.
“A big worry of the militants … was that local people would spy on their activities,” said one man who said he was detained for three months in 2010 on suspicion of spying for Americans in Afghanistan.
He said he was held in one of several small cells in a large compound somewhere in North Waziristan, his hands and feet bound with steel chains. He denied spying and was released after three months, but a friend was killed in militant custody, he said, his body later found on a road, riddled with bullet holes.
The task of rooting out spies largely belonged to the fearsome Khorasan Group, described by experts as the intelligence wing of the powerful Pakistani Taliban faction led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur. These well-trained fighters often went barefoot, their faces covered with black cloth, with a black band around their heads that read, “God is great,” residents said.
The Khorasan Group had its own torture cells and detention centers where an unknown number of civilians were killed. The group recorded confessional statements by those accused of spying. Beheaded bodies were found hanging from trees, bearing warnings not to bury them for three days, contravening Islamic custom.
A doctor who said he had treated fighters said the militants devised new techniques to terrorize residents. One morning he saw 29 human heads placed in a row outside the government hospital in Miram Shah, opposite a security base. Later, militants began kicking the heads, he said.
“I have never seen such a horrific scene in my life,” he said.

Counter Jihad Report:

INTEL DETECTS AL-QAEDA INTENTIONS TO SMUGGLE EXPLOSIVES ONTO U.S.-BOUND AIRLINER USING WESTERN RECRUITS

Breitbart, by EDWIN MORA, Sep. 14,2014:
A cell of seasoned al-Qaeda fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan has joined forces with al-Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate to pilot innovative methods aimed at smuggling explosives onto U.S.-bound airliners, according to U.S. officials.
Citing unnamed U.S. officials and classified intelligence assessments, the Associated Press revealed that the group’s brutal Yemen affiliate, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has been working with an al-Qaeda offshoot from Afghanistan and Pakistan known as the Khorasan group.
A U.S. official said the al-Qaeda coalition is contriving ways to pack uncharged telephones and laptops with “hard-to-detect explosives” that can dodge airport security and detonate unimpeded.
“The fear is that the Khorasan militants will provide these sophisticated explosives to their Western recruits who could sneak them onto U.S.-bound flights,” said AP.
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri reportedly sent the Khorasan extremists into Syria to enlist Americans and Europeans who possess passports that facilitate boarding planes en route to the U.S.
According to an anonymous U.S. official, in a direct response to information on the cooperation between the Khorasan group and AQAP, the U.S.Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in July, moved to prohibit passengers from bringing uncharged devices onto U.S.-bound flights coming from Europe and the Middle East.
AQAP has already placed three bombs on U.S.-bound planes, but ultimately failed in bringing the airliners down.
The Khorasan cadre of fighters was recently described by the Los Angeles Times as a ruthless wing of the Pakistani Taliban clique led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur charged with intelligence gathering.
In a July 15 article, the Los Angleles Times provided a glimpse into the group’s vicious tactics, revealing how it has killed an undetermined number of civilians in their own torture chambers and detention centers.
The group “recorded confessional statements by those accused of spying. Beheaded bodies were found hanging from trees, bearing warnings not to bury them for three days, contravening Islamic custom.”
“A doctor who said he had treated fighters said the militants devised new techniques to terrorize residents,” also mentioned the LA Times, gruesomely adding:
One morning he saw 29 human heads placed in a row outside the government hospital in Miram Shah, opposite a security base. Later, militants began kicking the heads.
During his weekly address delivered on September 13, President Obama alleged that his administration has inflicted damage upon the core al-Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.
“Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, we took out Osama bin Laden, much of al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and leaders of al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Somalia,” said Obama. “We’ve prevented terrorist attacks, saved American lives and made our homeland more secure.”
However, the AP article highlighted that the al-Qaeda movement still poses a threat to the West.
Furthermore in January, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate panel that the expansion of al-Qaeda’s ideology through its affiliates makes the terrorist group a “formidable threat.”
Of concern to intelligence officials are the score of Americans and Europeans who have gone joined the fight on the side of various extremist factions in Syria.
“Some of those Westerners’ identities are unknown and therefore they are less likely to draw the attention of intelligence officials when they purchase tickets and board a crowded jetliner heading for European and American cities,” warned the AP report.
The Khorasan group went into Syria to link up with the al-Qaeda branch there, the Nusra Front.
According to The Long War Journal, Khorasan “refers to a region that encompasses large areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Iran. Jihadists consider the Khorasan to be the area where they will inflict the first defeat against their enemies in the Muslim version of Armageddon. The final battle is to take place in the Levant – Israel, Syria, and Lebanon.”

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Jeff Beck & Jimmy Page
Beck's Bolero, Immigrant Song, Train Kept A Rollin'

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Another Feeble Attempt to Deflect Attention Away From Islamic Jihad in the UK by Pointing To Non-existent/theoretical violence from victims of Islamic violence

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Florida’s Pinellas County School District received almost two dozen M16 rifles, while San Diego and Los Angeles schools took in armored vehicles capable of withstanding mine explosions

From HERE
Because there is a distinct need for school districts in the USA to acquire automatic weapons, and mechanized armor.
Next year, LA will have to get some self propelled 155mm artillery in case there is danger from Orange County.
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"We’ve seen this Before. There’s a Master Race; Now there’s a Master Faith."

“But these people, because they’re forcing you to face up to the moral limits that democracies obey, are basically forcing you to fight a new war.”

Netanyahu's brilliant turns of phrase. Churchillian.

From CNS News article by Lauretta Brown

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John Kerry: We Are "At War Against This Enemy of Islam"

PROOF THAT ISLAM IS IT'S OWN WORST ENEMY



KERRY: If you’re more comfortable calling it a war against this enemy of Islam then please do so. We are happy with calling it that. I think it’s much more important to focus on how we’re going to do it.

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John Kerry: “We Do Have A Strategy To Defeat ISIS” But We Can’t Tell You What It Is

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THE FUTURE OF RESISTANCE: Small Technology and the Death of Big Government

From Al Fin:


As powerful technologies grow smaller, more capable, more affordable, and more concealable, large and oppressive governments grow less viable. If a person can supply his own food, clothing, shelter, security, health care, and means of income — all at a minimum of expense in time, effort, or money — who needs governments, as we know them?
Some governments are more oppressive toward their citizens than others. Dictatorships of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia are currently among the most tyrannical. But particular agencies in western nations have become oppressively high-handed and corrupt. To oppose these quasi-criminal government enterprises, people need the will to resist. But they also need appropriate technology and the organisational skills of resistance.
Consider, for example, a nanotech nuclear weapon that is the size of a thumb drive or writing pen. Or a tiny assassin that travels on the wind as microscopic dust until it reaches its target, self-assembles, enters easily into a body orifice and burrows into a vital organ to detonate, deposit a toxin, or do all types of other mischief. If no government official or agent is beyond retribution, the balance of power between governments and their citizens will shift.
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First Was Al-Qaida, then ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State/whichever, NOW The Khorasan Group

Believe it or not this is a war among the groups to figure out who is the biggest baddest nastiest most vile Islamists on the planet.

And to prove themselves their plan is to attack us, right in the homeland.

So I say it's time for every American to gun up.

Because when that shit hits this fan, We The People, WE THE MILITIA as the Founders understood and envisioned it, are going to be the first and front line of defense.

It's not likely to be a cop hanging around that stops someone from being taken off the street to face Foley's fate, but a determined individual with the tools and balls to do what has to be done.

Fox:

Al Qaeda cell in Syria poses ISIS-level threat, intel chief says

A group of Al Qaeda fighters in Syria is emerging as a rival terror threat to the Islamic State.
The network, known as the Khorasan Group, was acknowledged and named publicly for the first time on Thursday by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. He confirmed the group is operating in the region and said they may pose as great a threat to the U.S. as the Islamic State.
“There is potentially yet another threat to the homeland, yes,” Clapper said at an intelligence conference in Washington.
The Khorasan Group has been described by U.S. intelligence officials as a cell of veteran Al Qaeda fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan who are trying to recruit western extremists to attack Europe and the U.S.
U.S. officials say they want to link up with the Al Qaeda affiliate known as the al-Nusra Front. Their members are said to include operatives trained by notorious bombmaker Ibrahim al-Asiri, thought to be behind the 2009 attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound jet and another unsuccessful plot in 2010.
In July, information related to the Khorasan Group and fresh plotting led the TSA to change its security posture and call for increased scrutiny of cell phones and laptops on U.S.-bound flights.
At the intelligence conference on Thursday, Clapper was asked if the fighters pose a risk similar to that of the Islamic State, or ISIS.
“In terms of threat to the homeland, perhaps they do,” Clapper said, identifying them as the “Khorasan Group.”
He also stressed the threat of homegrown terror in connection with ISIS, citing the newly disrupted plot in Australia by people reportedly suspected of planning to behead random citizens.
Clapper said ISIS includes “very sophisticated recruiters and motivators.”
“And so we continue to worry, I think, more than any other single threat is the homegrown version which are very hard to detect. And so I think what's happened in Australia is a manifestation of that threat,” he said.
But the acknowledgement of Al Qaeda fighters in Syria adds to the already complicated picture of militant groups operating inside Syria, some posing a threat to the West.
President Obama last week authorized U.S. airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State, and is seeking final congressional authorization to launch a mission to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels as part of that fight.
But the U.S. is also at odds with Syria’s president, Bashar Assad. Al Qaeda fighters pose another threat and challenge in the effort to uproot and defeat ISIS.
"The media is just now catching on to the Khorasan Group -- the intelligence community has been watching them for a while," a U.S. official close to the intelligence community told Fox News. Asked to compare the threat of the group to ISIS, he replied, "I don't like the act of comparing, but I would not say [Khorasan] are less of a threat."
CBS News reported that Khorasan fighters are developing plots to target the U.S.

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This Week On The Gathering Storm: Open Mic

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch.

The show broadcasts live for 30 minutes every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

We have no scheduled guest this week. Open mic!

The call-in number is 646-915-9870. Callers welcome!

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Italian Mother: ‘My son the only Italian at school’ - This is not integration but integration in reverse


From Will at THE OTHER NEWS:

"To me, having a school with 65 foreign children and only one Italian seems like an educational and teaching mistake,” Eleonora Baccaro said in a letter, addressed to Massimo Bitonci, the mayor of Padua, northern Italy.
The letter was published in Il Mattino di Padova, a local newspaper. 

Baccaro added that she is very concerned about what's happening at Quadrifoglio pre-school in the city's Arcella area, which takes children aged three to six. 
The ratio is so disproportionate; we can't even talk about integration. Unless it's integration in reverse, with Italian children being among a large group of foreigners, she wrote, as cited by the Local. 

Baccaro added that she is not a racist and her concerns are not based on “intolerance towards those who come from afar." She explained that the question she poses is only from a cultural and pedagogical standpoint. 

"With so many children from a different cultural background, and having a different religion to ours, how can you arrange, for example, any kind of Christmas play inspired by our Catholic faith? This is not good." 
Gabriella Balbo, a teacher at Quadrifoglio School, said that the majority of the children were born in Italy. 

"We have always been multiethnic," she told the Local, "We do our best to welcome all children and have had to come up with strategies to maintain a good level of education and ensure all children are taken care of.” 

However, she added that the school needs cultural and linguistic mediators, adding that the teachers’ goodwill and organizational efficiency are not enough. 

Other teachers at school complain of linguistic problems they face while dealing with metalinguistic parents.

"On the first day of school [September 15] a Chinese mother wanted, at all costs, to speak to us teachers about her son, who was in his first year," one teacher told Il Mattino di Padova. 
According to the teacher, the woman had only been in Padua “for a short time and didn't speak a word of Italian.”“So we had to find another Chinese mother to translate," she added.

By January 1, 2014, the number of foreign residents in Italy had reached 4,987,721. The majority of migrants came from Romania, Morocco, Albania and China. 


The numbers, however, exclude illegal immigrants, whose numbers are difficult to determine. The country has been hit by an influx of illegal immigrants since the beginning of this year, with over 50,000 seeking refuge in the Mediterranean country since January. The government has been hard-pressed to deal with the situation and has called on the EU to intervene.
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European Parliament Calls For Cancellation All Energy Sector Contracts With Russia


From Will at THE OTHER NEWS:
European Parliament Calls For Cancellation of South Stream Agreements. (RN). MOSCOW, September 18 (RIA Novosti) – In a resolution adopted Thursday, the European Parliament called on the EU leadership to cancel agreements with Russia, including on the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline. 
The European Parliament “calls… on the Member States to cancel planned agreements with Russia in the energy sector, including the South Stream gas pipeline,” the resolution reads.
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"Islamic State: Predictive Analysis"

By Tammy Swofford in the September 2014 edition of Economic Affairs

Excerpt:
...The Islamic State will continue to aggressively seek expansion of physical boundaries and acquisition of quality military hardware. The doctrine which is driving the foot soldiers is one of conquest and not of governance. Human beings are the pawns on the geopolitical chessboard, and as such, merely represent a “service industry” to meet the needs of the military men of the Islamic State. Professional standing armies provide needed goods and services of their military branches via the funds allocated from a national treasury. The Islamic State acquires fundamental goods and services through a doctrine of disciplined pillage and looting of the general population.

The expansionist vision of the leadership of the Islamic State seeks an endgame which completely changes the geopolitical chessboard of the Middle East and beyond. This vision requires state of the art military hardware. Recent acquisitions have come from existing stockpiles within Iraq....

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We must get ahead of the inglorious bastards of the Islamic State. “The Untouchables” has a scene that drives what I write today. In the words of Sean Connery, “What are you prepared to do?”
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Jihadi Attacks Disrupted In United States and Australia


Four Terrorists Captured on US Border on September 10 – Day Before 9-11




AND THIS:


A series of major pre-dawn counter-terrorism raids across Sydney and Brisbane on Thursday disrupted plans to “commit violent acts in Australia”, including against random members of the public,police said.
“Police believe that this group that we have executed this operation on today had the intention and had started to carry out planning to commit violent acts here in Australia,” federal police chief Andrew Colvin said.
“Those violent acts particularly related to random acts against members of the public.”
Asked whether the planned violence involved the beheading of a member of the public, Colvin replied: “That allegation will relate to serious violence on a random member of the public here on the streets of NSW (the state of New South Wales).
“Let’s let it run its course in court.”
More than 800 officers were involved in the raids that police said were the largest of their kind Australia has ever conducted.
They came barely a week after Canberra raised the terror threat level to “high” for the first time in a decade on growing concern about militants returning from fighting in Iraq and Syria.
Some 25 search warrants were executed and 15 people were detained. So far one person has been charged with serious terrorism-related offences, police said.
Asked if those held were related to the Islamic State jihadists, police said full details would emerge later Thursday during court appearances.

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