BREAKING: DOD Orders Off-Duty Troops To Hide Their Military Identity In Public

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Written by Donald Joy on October 30, 2014

Unbelievable. Our military has to hide that they’re in the military on our own soil? Isn’t that giving terrorists the upper hand? Howzabout we put these Muslim stooges in internment camps instead? Check this out…

Through our confidential contacts in U.S. Military Special Operations, ClashDaily.com has been provided a copy of an unclassified Department of Defense directive, USNORTHCOM Force Directive 1-295, which essentially orders our troops into hiding here in their own sovereign territory and in Canada, whenever they leave their duty stations.

The directive, issued a week ago in close coordination with our Canadian allies, describes in detail the recent deadly sequence of Islamic jihad attacks on Canadian military members in Ottawa and near Montreal. It also describes the ongoing threats announced by ISIS, commanding their jihadi sleepers and “lone wolves” to murder any and all Americans possible (especially military members and their dependents) here at home. The directive orders that all U.S. military personnel in North America who are in “public venues” or using commercial transportation are to refrain from wearing uniforms, insignias, or any other kind of identifying clothing or items which indicate their military affiliation, “unless complying with official travel instructions or other orders.”

While it is understood that the specific targeting of U.S. and Canadian military personnel by ISIS is very serious, very real, and has already proven disastrously deadly, one cannot help but consider the fact that we are basically, timidly, allowing the enemy to dictate the terms and rules of engagement here, on our turf.

It’s extremely unfortunate, and even more so because it doesn’t have to be this way.

How is it avoidable? As with other maddeningly timid rules of engagement during this long war — in areas of operation overseas and in anti-terrorism policies and operations everywhere — the present situation is the result of the craven politically-correct ideology that says when dealing with those who resemble the enemy and share the enemy’s nationalities, culture, and stated religion, we must err on the side of non-aggression and exert ourselves to avoid giving offense.

In the aftermath of the 1941 attack by the Imperial Japanese on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, our country’s leadership ordered the rounding up all of those here on our soil who had at least some surface liability to sympathize or otherwise be aligned with our mortal enemies. We didn’t screw around and unnecessarily put more American lives at risk. The threat was real.

While World War II escalated, we didn’t excessively wring our hands and worry more about whether we were violating the rights of people whose loyalties were legitimately in question than we did about preventing further attacks — we were at war, and our leaders made the clear decision to protect the homeland, and to win.

At that time, rounding up the Nisei, and certain others related to the Axis powers, was the right thing to do given the circumstances. In her phenomenal and exhaustively researched book titled In Defense of Internment: The Case for Racial Profiling in World War II and the War on Terror, author Michelle Malkin details the specifics of our government’s systematic evacuation of the Nisei and others away from critical areas and into comfortable, secured communities (“internment camps” replete with recreation facilities and movie theaters, etc.) until the threat was eliminated and the war was over.

Those who go around apologizing for all of that today are in the same league of dhimmis, derelicts, doofuses, and outright traitors who squashed the Phoenix Memo prior to Sept. 11th, 2001, and who prevented FBI counter-terrorism agents from ever communicating with each other at all out of excessive concern for “sensitivities” and “appearances” (recall Clinton deputy Jamie Gorelick’s increased “wall of separation” between law enforcement and intelligence units). They are the same “progressives” who still refuse to secure our borders against illegal and dangerous foreign invasions and crime networks, and who continually release the worst of the worst of our enemy’s warriors and top commanders from Guantanamo Bay. They are the same worthless enablers of terror attacks who ignored numerous red flags to let the underwear bomber get on the plane in Africa, bound for Detroit, and who poo-pooed the Russians’ warnings about the Tsarnaev brothers prior to the Boston Marathon bombings.

They are the same people among the liberal vanguard of multiculturalist Canadian political bureaus who made sure that the murderous jihadis of last week, already known to security personnel as posing some degree of threat, were left free to plot and carry out their attacks. They are the psychotically stubborn people in the media and in office who do everything they can to not call last week’s jihad hatchet murder rampage against New York City cops exactly what it was, lest that assessment “contribute to negative stereotypes” of Muslims/minorities — until they have completely exhausted the fetid reservoir of diversity-correctness and are forced to acknowledge the facts.

They do everything they can to marginalize and vilify voices like mine and ours, when we call for more aggressive measures to contain and eliminate the broader threat posed by followers of Mohammed in this modern era.

They are the alleged “authorities” who say that instead of aggressively rounding up and/or otherwise profiling young Muslim men who pose at least some degree of threat of being aligned with jihad extremism, we must order our military personnel to go incognito in the very land our security forces and citizens could, instead, readily secure, if those so-called authorities would simply let us do it.

Here’s the meat of the text copied from USNORTHCOM Force Directive 1-295 itself:

3.(U/FOUO) SITUATION. THIS WEEK CANADA EXPERIENCED, AS DESCRIBED BY OFFICIALS, TERRORIST

ATTACKS TARGETING MILITARY PERSONNEL NEAR MONTREAL AND A SMALL ARMS ATTACK IN OTTAWA.

THE ATTACK NEAR MONTREAL WAS THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL SUNNI EXTREMIST ATTACK IN CANADA AND

RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF ONE CANADIAN SERVICE MEMBER WHEN A HOMEGROWN VIOLENT

EXTREMIST HIT THE SERVICE MEMBER AND ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL WITH HIS VEHICLE IN AN OFF BASE

PARKING LOT. TWO DAYS LATER, AT LEAST ONE GUNMAN SHOT AND KILLED A SOLDIER AT THE

NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL. THE GUNMAN THEN RAN TO THE PARLIAMENT BUILDING WHERE HE

ENGAGED SECURITY GUARDS AND WAS KILLED. WE DO NOT YET KNOW IF THESE ATTACKS WERE

RELATED OR DIRECTED BY AN OVERSEAS TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. REGARDLESS, THE ATTACKS

UNDERSCORE THE INCREASED TERRORIST THREAT TO WESTERN MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT

PERSONNEL, PARTICULARLY OUTSIDE SECURE FACILITIES. THESE ATTACKS FOLLOW THE 21 SEPTEMBER

GUIDANCE FROM AN ISIL AUDIO MESSAGE CALLING FOR THE KILLING OF MILITARY OR CIVILIANS IN THE

WEST BY ANY MEANS AVAILABLE. THE MESSAGE INCLUDED DIRECTION TO KILL AMERICANS, FRENCH

CITIZENS OR THEIR ALLIES. WE EXPECT THESE ATTACKS TO RESONATE AMONG EXTREMISTS IN NORTH

AMERICA AND THIS THREAT IS LIKELY TO PERSIST IN THE NEAR TERM.

4.(U) USNORTHCOM DIRECTIVE EFFECTIVE WITH MESSAGE ISSUANCE:

4.A.(U/FOUO) DOD ELEMENTS AND PERSONNEL UNDER THE SECURITY RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CHIEF OF

MISSION (COM), AMERICAN EMBASSY, OTTAWA WILL COMPLY WITH COM SECURITY GUIDANCE,

AND TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE, COMPLY WITH CANADIAN FORCES (CF) UNIFORM POLICY FOR OFF-DUTY,

OFF-INSTALLATION WEAR AS APPROPRIATE. REFER TO REF C FOR AMPLIFICATION OF COM SECURITY

RESPONSIBILITIES.

4.B.(U/FOUO) DOD ELEMENTS AND U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL UNDER THE SECURITY AND FORCE

PROTECTION RESPONSIBILITY OF THE USNORTHCOM AND NORAD COMMANDER IN CANADA WILL

COMPLY WITH USNORTHCOM TRAVELER FPCON MEASURE TC10 PER REF B; ELIMINATE THE VISIBLE

WEAR OF MILITARY UNIFORMS OR OTHER IDENTIFYING CLOTHING IN PUBLIC VENUES UNLESS

COMPLYING WITH OFFICIAL TRAVEL INSTRUCTIONS OR OTHER ORDERS. ADDITIONALLY, DOD

PERSONNEL WILL NOT WEAR VISIBLE UNIFORMS WHEN UTILIZING COMMERCIAL TRAVEL MEANS TO

AND FROM CANADA. REFER TO REF C FOR AMPLIFICATION OF COMBATANT COMMANDER

RESPONSIBILITIES.

4.C.(U) THIS DIRECTIVE REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL RESCINDED OR SUPERSEDED.

5.(U) U.S. MILITARY AND OUR ALLIES IN UNIFORM HAVE BEEN TARGETED IN REAL-WORLD INCIDENTS

AND VIRTUALLY VIA SOCIAL MEDIA. TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS HAVE OPENLY ENCOURAGED

SYMPATHIZERS TO ATTACK DOD PERSONNEL AND THEIR DEPENDENTS. FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE

SAFETY OF YOUR UNIT AND OTHERS AFFILIATED WITH THE MILITARY SERVICES I URGE YOU TO

MAINTAIN AWARENESS OF YOUR PUBLIC SURROUNDINGS, REFRAIN FROM POSTING TO PUBLIC MEDIA

OR SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES INFORMATION THAT MAY PLACE YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILIES, OR OTHER

DOD PERSONNEL IN JEOPARDY, AND REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY PROMPTLY TO MILITARY

POLICE OR OTHER APPROPRIATE AUTHORITY. BOTH UNITS AND INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS SHOULD HAVE,

EXERCISE, AND IMPLEMENT EMERGENCY ACTION PLANS SHOULD THREATS MATERIALIZE. I EXPECT

COMMANDERS TO CONTINUOUSLY EVALUATE EXISTING AT/FP MEASURES AND WORK-PLACE

EMERGENCY ACTIONS PLANS FOR EFFECTIVENESS, IN PARTICULAR THOSE FOR OFF-INSTALLATION

FACILITIES SUCH AS MILITARY RECRUITING STATIONS. COMMANDERS MUST ENSURE THEIR PERSONNEL

ARE EDUCATED ON THE POTENTIAL THREATS AND KNOW THE ACTIONS THEY CAN TAKE TO REMAIN

SAFE.

Unfortunately, all of that makes perfect sense, given the circumstances — circumstances which have resulted from the ongoing failure of leadership and deliberate policy decisions guided by the groveling, apologetic, anti-American ideology which says it’s more important to protect the feelings and the military academies (mosques) of the enemy than it is to protect innocent lives like little 8-year-old Martin Richard, murdered by a Tsarnaev brothers’ bomb at the Boston Marathon.

If we ever have sound leadership in this country again while the threat of Islamic jihad exists, any Muslims on our soil will cautiously hide their religious garb/affiliation while our troops proudly wear their uniform of our nation on their way home off-base or on their lunch break at the McDonald’s outside the post gate.

Practice situational awareness at all times.

Reid, Obama’s Allies Pump $1.3 Million In Bid To Save Jeanne Shaheen

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Breitbart) – Super PACs of the institutional left, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s personal Super PAC, are pumping more than a million dollars into the Granite State in a last-minute bid to save struggling incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

“A trio of Democratic-backing independent groups is adding another $1.3 million in TV ads to New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race as the contest there remains tight,” the Associated Press’ Phillip Elliott wrote on Wednesday evening. “Senate Majority PAC, Patriot Majority USA and Women Vote are running joint ads criticizing Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s Republican challenger, former Sen. Scott Brown. The ads started Wednesday and will run through Election Day on Boston broadcast and cable stations, as well as Manchester cable.”

Senate Majority PAC is Reid’s personal Super PAC. Patriot Majority PAC is funded by labor unions, and Women Vote is a project of pro-abortion EMILY’s List.

Shaheen has struggled as of late, even stooping as low this afternoon to attacking Brown’s past when he posed for a photograph in Cosmopolitan magazine. “I’m happy to talk about what Scott Brown was doing 30 years ago when he was in New York modeling,” she said in response to Brown criticizing her history on energy from years ago.

Brown has hit Shaheen time and again for supporting the president’s open borders policies and the ramifications that has for the current Ebola and ISIS crises. It came up again at a news conference Thursday morning, when Shaheen said America needs to get used to Ebola. Labor groups and Reid are some of the biggest national supporters of amnesty for illegal aliens. Immigration has become a battleground issue in this race, and if Shaheen loses, it will be seen nationally—according to Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)—as a major blow to the president’s plans for an executive amnesty.

“Ebola is a new disease—it’s not new, but it’s relatively new to the United States in terms of people not knowing enough about the disease and not being familiar with it,” Shaheen said. “So I appreciate that people are concerned about that threat. But the question is what do responsible leaders do about that threat? Do they try and address people’s fears and come up with responses to address both the potential emergency as well as the concerns people have, or do they play on that fear for their own political gain? That’s what my opponent has done. I think it’s important for serious people to come up with solutions and responses to help the public figure out what’s going on.”

Former Sen. Scott Brown, Shaheen’s opponent, is getting pummeled by the groups in ads—and the GOP establishment, radio’s Laura Ingraham says, has left Brown for dead on the battlefield because he’s fighting against amnesty.

“Republicans should be up 10 to 15 points,” Ingraham said this week. “I think where Republicans aren’t up, we’ve had an Establishment that has refused to contribute significant money like we’re seeing with Scott Brown. They are not giving him the resources he needs. How dare they not! So he’s not getting the ad coverage he needs.”

Brown is on television with a final campaign ad buy, a positive spot about himself in which he speaks directly to the camera about how he’ll be an independent Senator, and Shaheen will continue voting 99 percent of the time with President Barack Obama. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), spokesman Brad Dayspring told Breitbart News, is running $350,000 worth of television ads here this week. A Republican media buyer tracking NH ad buys told Breitbart News, too, that Ending Spending PAC—which is a Super PAC in favor of Brown—has just under $601,000 worth of ad time scheduled in Boston-area television markets and Manchester, New Hampshire cable.

- See more at: http://www.teaparty.org/reid-obamas-allies-pump-1-3-million-bid-save-jeanne-shaheen-64894/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=reid-obamas-allies-pump-1-3-million-bid-save-jeanne-shaheen#sthash.RhG8hbOU.dpuf

Islamic Indoctrination In U.S. Public Schools HEATING UP;Students Reciting “Shahada”!

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IT has never been the case that this site has “cried wolf”, relative to Islam or the Marxist left. If anything, readers should know that this investigative journalist has evinced remarkable “restraint”, considering the explosive info which comes this way, some of which is “too hot” to reveal. Believe it.

BUT one needn’t immerse themselves in the jihadi muck to know this: it is against the law to teach/indoctrinate religion within the public school system, and the Establishment Clause, housed within the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, is immutable. Yes, the oft-mentioned “separation of Church and State”. How dare the PC thought police – in the (mis)education department – allow this blatant violation, one which is counter to American law and ethos!

MORE specifically, the teaching of the “Shahada” should be viewed as the last straw…the “red line”, or more aptly termed, the “green line”…at least for ANY parent who is not looking for their kiddie to submit/succumb/prostrate to Allah! Ya think?

The Shahada (Arabic: الشهادة‎ aš-šahādah About this sound audio (help·info) “the testimony”; also aš-šahādatān(الشَهادَتانْ, “the two testimonials”)) is an Islamic creed declaring belief in the oneness of God and the acceptance of Muhammad as God’s prophet. The declaration, in its shortest form, reads:

لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ الله
lā ʾilāha ʾillā-llāh, muhammadun rasūlu-llāh
There is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God
MIND you, if this INDOCTRINATION is not enough to get parents to rise up and scream, “no more, stop messing with our kiddies”, nothing else will!

In Revere, Massachusetts the public school district there is not only requiring students to learn about Islam but is teaching these children the Shahada or the Islamic conversion prayer. As you can see in the news reports below, one dad is rightly upset but there are also some liberals who have no problem with it (after all, it is Boston). What many of these parents do not understand is that in Islam, the simple recitation of this prayer means a conversion to Islam.

Some of the parents may scoff at such a notion but make no mistake; there are Muslims who certainly do not. In the same way that the Ground Zero mosque was intended to be about conquest, so too is forcing non-Muslim children to recite the Shahada. The local news reports do not pick up on this very significant element of the story.

As Shoebat.com reported recently, the Boston Police Department just announced the promotion of its first Muslim to Captain. While that may seem a separate issue, consider what new Captain Haseeb Hosein had to say about his plans:

As Boston police Captain Haseeb Hosein, a former science teacher and a firm believer in the power of reading, assumes leadership in Mattapan as the department’s first Muslim captain, he plans to have his officers walking not only the streets, but school hallways.

“I want my guys to go into the schools and spend 30 minutes and read” with a child, said Hosein, 52, who received his captain’s shield Wednesday in a ceremony at police headquarters. “I hate that police officers are always the bad guy. We should be an asset.”

As a Muslim, Hosein knows the Shahada and he knows that reciting it means conversion. We know that he wants his officers to “read” with children. Revere, which is less than 15 miles from Mattapan, is already teaching children Islam’s conversion prayer.

Can we not conclude that Hosein would have no problem with his officers helping children recite the Shahada?

Millions of students in public schools don’t understand fractions or pronouns at even a basic level but students in the oceanfront Boston suburb of Revere, Mass. are taking the time to learn all about Islam — in the most embarrassingly shallow and cheerleading way imaginable.

Part of the textbook prints the Muslim Call to Prayer,according to Boston NBC affiliate WHDH.

“I bear witness that there is no God but Allah,” it says.

The textbook portion also reverently celebrates Muhammad’s life.

“Muhammad never expected to change world,” the admiring, rah-rah textbook reads.

“Muhammad later tended sheep on the dry hills like many young Arabians,” the text explains. “Later he became a successful merchant and married a wealthy widow. However, he felt as though something was missing in his life, so he went on a retreat.”

The founder of Islam was “upset about the cruelty of his people,” the text also optimistically explains. They “killed baby girls.” They “treated their slaves unkindly.” And “Muhammad had a strong sense of right and wrong.”

One local parent, Anthony Giannino, is upset about the textbook’s treatment of the Muslim religion.

IT gets worse…and this is just a sampling of the indoctrination through a so-called “cultural” textbook:

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THAT being said, children, the next generation, are the MAIN targets of Islamic leaders and their collaborators on the left. This is a fact. Not only that, but when jihad comes into full bloom on the streets of America – sooner than most realize – it is also a fact that they will head for America’s jugular: it’s kiddies!

David Gaubatz: As we all know children are the future of the world. Sadly most Muslim children are being taught hate and violence from an early age. Most people think Muslim children are only being taught this ideology in Palestine and throughout the Middle East. The vast majority of mosques in America teach hate and violence. There are several references in the Quran that inform Muslims to never take Christians and Jews as protectors and friends. The Sunni manual Tafsir Ibn Kathir is an excellent reference to what children are being taught in Islamic schools.

When I was in Iraq I had the opportunity to interview several captured Al Qaeda members. I asked them what type of future attacks America would endure. The answer over and over was that the hearts of Americans would be attacked. They explained that this meant the American children would be attacked because they are the hearts of the American people. These terrorists said the attacks would not necessarily be physical attacks, but rather a slow indoctrination in U.S. public schools and universities. The indoctrinating would include the Islamic ideology is peaceful and even as non-Muslims they support Islam and the Muslim people…..

PATRIOTS, parents and concerned citizens, do you believe the above penetration came out of nowhere and just magically appeared? Hope not.

SO what else have Islamic “stealth” jihadists accomplished relative to America’s school children? Much more than you think.

Accomplishment One:

IF anyone believes that the likes of Obama Inc. is NOT totally involved in said infiltration and penetration – through their Brotherhood links within the administration and outside its confines too – well, go back to sleep. It is just easier for some to close their eyes and muffle their ears. Yet for the rest….

Before we get to the recent “news” re Dearbornistan, let’s review a backgrounder on AG Holder’s Islamic putsch via the kiddies; a tag-team approach with Barack HUSSEIN Obama.

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There’s a new controversy in Texas involving the online public school curriculum called CSCOPE, which already has been the subject of heated debate and state legislative hearings.

This is the dreadful situation facing America’s kiddies, even as one of the most well-known private schools, Exeter Academy, trucks with terrorists, Obama’s surrogates are hide nor hare in interfering. Why? As if.

Full Disclosure: a few close acquaintances/business associates graduated from the halls of Philips Exeter Academy (the subject below) back in the early 1980’s, and just a few years before its Islamic infestation. These individuals are at the top of their chosen professions, therefore, the influence many of its graduates yield is considerable, even if not in the Presidential arena.

‘Academy That Produced Three Presidents Now Terrorist Breeding Ground’

Accomplishment Two:

MY word, even the IRS has jumped onto the bandwagon, in the rush to Islamize children, and this time in Europe! American taxpayers are funding overseas indoctrination! Did you know this?

Now isn’t this amazing on the close of tax season. It seems that the US taxpayers have a surprise. Some of the tax money from the US is not going to pay the National Debt. It’s not going to pay for the money taken from Veteran Pensions to pay for illegal immigrants in the United States. In fact, the money you pay to the IRS may not even be going to welfare. Instead your tax dollars are going to pay for the Islamification of Europe!

According to an investigation by WND and the Gatestone Institute many of the United States taxpayers are paying for a program overseas to teach children about Islam and attempts to convert the impressionable into becoming Muslim.

According to their research, the program directly targets the Czech Republic and is paid for by a grant from the US Embassy in Prague. The program called “Muslims in the Eyes of Czech Schoolchildren,” admits fully to being funded by US Taxpayers through the US Embassy. The grant is a branch of the Anna Lindh Foundation, the European Commission Representation and the Prague library. The program is fully supported by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports according to the coordinator and lecturer Klara Popovova.

IF the readers take away anything from this commentary’s thesis, suffice to say this: a double-prong plan is in place, one which is supported by Islamic leaders in America (aided and abetted by Brotherhood front-arms, throughout the Mid East & Africa) and their Marxist counterparts.

INTRINSICALLY, they are aiming, arming, for “soft” stealth jihad and frontal attacks. In effect, they are marching through America’s (and Europe’s, but let’s not digress) public (and some private ones too) schools, inch by inch leading the kiddies toward Islam’s “ways”. Basically, capturing their young and impressionable hearts and minds.

ON the other side of the Islamic thrust, the frontal one, there is no doubt that jihadists are lying-in-wait and will aim for “soft” targets first; schools and gathering places for children, when the signal to pounce is given.

BE prepared for them….

Top 10 ways Barack Obama has muzzled American media

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After US President Barack Obama entered office in 2009 pledging transparency and open government, it was a refreshing wind of change from the locked-down Bush years. The reality, however, has fallen dramatically short of the promise.

10. White House seizes phone records of Associated Press reporters
During a two-month period in 2012, the US Justice Department seized telephone records from some 100 journalists at AP offices in New York, Washington and Connecticut without providing any explanation. The government waited until May 2013 to inform the global news agency of the unprecedented surveillance, which naturally sparked a wave of consternation and not a little apprehension throughout the media world. “There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters,” AP Chief Executive Gary Pruitt said in a letter addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder.

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9. Emmy-award winning reporter accuses government of bugging her laptop
In her book, “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington,” former CBS anchor Sharyl Attkisson says she was informed that one of the US government’s intelligence agencies “discovered my Skype account handle, stole the password, activated the audio, and made heavy use of it, presumably as a listening tool.” Further inspection of the laptop revealed classified US documents that were “buried deep” in her computer. The reason for the “plant,” according to her unidentified source, “was probably to accuse you of having classified documents if they ever needed to do that at some point.”

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8. News correspondent’s emails monitored
In May 2013, Fox News correspondent James Rosen was accused under the Espionage Act of possibly being a “co-conspirator” in the 2009 release of classified information on North Korea’s nuclear plans based on interviews with his Washington source. It was revealed that the US government monitored Rosen’s emails, a clandestine activity that would seem to have little in common with the spirit of a free press. The charges came at a very peculiar time. Republican Senator Marco Rubio reminded that Rosen had been aggressively reporting on the 2012 Benghazi tragedy, which saw the US ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens killed during a massive protest. “The sort of reporting by James Rosen detailed in the report is the same sort of reporting that helped Mr. Rosen aggressively pursue questions about the Administration’s handling of Benghazi.” Was not-so-subtle pressure being exerted on Rosen to back off on Benghazi?

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7. Obama’s ‘Insider Threat Program’
Following a wave of whistleblowing activities inside government agencies, an “Insider Threat Program” is being organized inside government agencies that “require all federal employees to help prevent unauthorized disclosures of information by monitoring the behavior of their colleagues,” according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. In this atmosphere, instead of treating the disease of rampant intrusiveness of the sort revealed last year by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the government hopes to merely hide the symptoms of its abusive powers. Since 2009, seven government employees, including Snowden, have been subjects of felony criminal prosecutions under the 1917 Espionage Act, accused of leaking classified information to the media. AP’s Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee said some government employees have allegedly been told they could lose their jobs for talking to reporters, adding, “day-to-day intimidation of sources is also extremely chilling.”

6. Obama, the stage-managed president
Editors of The Associated Press condemned the White House’s latest novelty in the field of photojournalism of handing out press release-style pictures taken by his own staff photographers. These official photographs do little to capture history and are “little more than propaganda,” according to AP director of photography Santiago Lyon. Past presidential administrations were less restrictive about taking photographs, putting into doubt once again Obama’s claim that he aims for “the most transparent administration” in White House history.

US President Barack Obama (AFP Photo / Jewel Samad)US President Barack Obama (AFP Photo / Jewel Samad)

5. Censorship
In July, 40 news organizations reminded President Obama in a letter that any attempt to control what the public is allowed to see and hear is a form of “censorship.” The candid communication provided a picture of the increasingly repressive atmosphere US journalists must contend with when attempting to provide coverage on stories connected to the government: “Journalists are reporting that most federal agencies prohibit their employees from communicating with the press unless the bosses have public relations staffers sitting in on the conversations. Contact is often blocked completely: Reporters seeking interviews are expected to seek permission, often providing questions in advance. Delays can stretch for days, longer than most deadlines allow. Public affairs officers might send their own written responses of slick non-answers.” Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported in September that members of the White House press-pool have complained that Obama media officials demand changes to their stories before they are disseminated to the public, allowing the White House to put a positive spin on stories.

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4. Bye-bye military embeds
As the Obama administration has opened its latest military offensive, this time against the Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS] in Iraq and Syria, only a few photographs are trickling out of the war zone. Gone are the days when journalists were embedded in the military, documenting conflicts side-by-side soldiers as the action was happening. “News organizations can’t shoot photos or video of bombers as they take off – there are no embeds. In fact, the administration won’t even say what country the S. bombers fly from,” complained AP’s Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee.

Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr. speaks about the Syrian bombing campaign September 23, 2014 in Washington, DC (AFP Photo / Mark Wilson)Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr. speaks about the Syrian bombing campaign September 23, 2014 in Washington, DC (AFP Photo / Mark Wilson)

3. Guantanamo Bay information blackout
Despite early campaign promises to close down the infamous Guantanamo Bay detention center, the facility is not only still open but the Obama administration is keeping the public in the dark as the military tribunal against some 175 alleged terrorists enters its closing stages. Photo and video coverage is outright forbidden. This is strange considering that even the Nuremburg hearings against Nazi leaders – who killed far more people than Al-Qaeda – permitted the media a front-row seat at the international hearings. It is also a very unfortunate and telling footnote to the American claim that it wants to spread democracy around the world.

Detainees participate in an early morning prayer session at Camp IV at the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base (Reuters / Deborah Gembara)Detainees participate in an early morning prayer session at Camp IV at the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base (Reuters / Deborah Gembara)

2. Investigation against NYT’s reporter James Risen
Following the publication of James Risen’s 2006 book, “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration” ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was hit with felony charges for allegedly revealing classified information involving Iran’s nuclear program. Department of Justice lawyer Robert A. Parker, arguing that the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist should be forced to testify in the trial of Sterling, said there’s “no [reporter’s] privilege in the first place.” In June, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Risen, who now faces imprisonment for refusing to identify his source. “We can only hope now that the government will not seek to have him held in contempt for doing nothing more than reporting the news and keeping his promises,” his lawyer, Joel Kurtzberg, told the New York Times.

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1. Hunting season for whistleblowers
The Obama administration has filed seven cases under the Espionage Act, the latest one against former NSA contractor Edward Snowden this June. Before Barack Obama was sworn into office in 2009, there had been only three cases of the government using the Espionage Act to prosecute government officials for blowing the whistle on questionable activities. “There’s no question that this has a chilling effect,” Mark Mazzetti, who covers national security issues for the New York Times, told the Washington Post. “People who have talked in the past are less willing to talk now.”

Germany could be home to 7,000 Muslim extremists by Christmas

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German authorities fear there could be as many as 7,000 Muslim extremists in the country by the end of the year. Disenfranchised youths are particularly vulnerable to being recruited, while there are around 450 German extremists in Syria and Iraq.

The extremists all follow the strict interpretation of Islam known as Salafism and believe that jihad is a legitimate tool in their fight against the West, which they believe is an enemy of Islam. Hans-Georg Maassen, who is the head of Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence agency,told rbb-Inforadi that there are currently around 6,300 Islamic extremists in Germany, but this figure could rise to as many as 7,000 by the end of the year, AP reports.

There has been a steep rise in the number of Germans attracted to fundamentalist Islam. Three years ago there were only in the region of 3,800 followers of Salafism in the country, which then rose to 4,500 in 2012.

Speaking in late August in Berlin, Maassen said young Muslims are attracted to Islamic State (IS) because of its brutality. The militant group has become infamous for beheading captives amongst other things. The German domestic intelligence chief also says the group formally known as ISIS, seems to be “more authentic” than Al-Qaeda.

“There is a link between the successes IS has had so far in Iraq and the activities here in Germany and the propaganda and canvassing activities aimed at young jihadists,” said Maassen, which was reported by Reuters. “The Islamic State is, so to speak, the ‘in’ thing – much more attractive than the Nusra Front, the al Qaeda spin-off in Syria.”

“What attracts people is the intense brutality, the radicalism and rigor. That suggests to them that it is a more authentic organization even than al Qaeda,” he said. “Al Qaeda fades besides the Islamic State when it comes to brutality,” the BfV chief added.

Massen also mentioned that many young people who feel disenfranchised from society are attracted to extremist Islamic groups, as it gives them a sense of belonging and purpose. They hope that by joining such organizations, they will go “from being underdogs to top dogs.”

It is estimated that around 450 Islamic fundamentalists from Germany have travelled to Syria and Iraq. According to German authorities the majority are German nationals, with about 30 percent coming from a number of nations, which include Turkey, Morocco and Bosnia.

AP quoted a security official as saying that around a quarter of them are converts to Islam.

The BfV estimates that there are currently around 43,000 Islamists in Germany overall, with 1,000 being of serious concern, while 130 are under round-the-clock surveillance.

A report by German security officials also found that the “most important factor for radicalization” was friends. They had more of an influence than recruiters or radical imams, while the internet was also another important source to gain extremist followers.

The document states that it normally takes around a year for the vast majority of people to become radicalized, which would allow sufficient time for them to be offered help. However, identifying someone who is going through the process of radicalization is not so easy, with visible changes in behavior only taking place once the person is becoming more extremist, the report added, according to Der Spiegel.

A Sinking Ship: Even NBC Admits that Democrats Are in Serious Trouble this November

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October 26, 2014 By Greg Campbell

Even though the mainstream media is working diligently to distract from the midterm elections that are expected to go poorly for Democrats, even NBC News has seen the writing on the wall as more and more voters are voicing their disapproval of the Democrats’ message- or, more specifically, their lack of one.

According to NBCNews.com:
With just nine days to go until Election Day, Republicans’ national lead appears to be crystallizing, with voters still preferring a GOP-led Congress and viewing Republican campaigns significantly less negatively than those of Democrats.

According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll, a majority of likely voters – 52 percent – say they would like to see Capitol Hill controlled by Republicans, compared to 41 percent who favor the president’s party. (For registered voters, it’s 46 percent GOP and 42 percent Democrat-controlled.)

While neither party can boast stellar approval ratings, those surveyed gave Republicans better marks when asked whether what they’ve heard, seen or read in the past few weeks has made them feel more or less favorable towards either party.

Among likely voters, 25 percent said they’re feeling better about the Democratic Party, compared to 53 percent who are feeling worse — a net negative of 28 points.

For Republicans, 35 percent said the last few weeks have made them more favorable towards the GOP, versus 40 percent who are more down on the party — a net negative of only five points.

Independents seem to have been turned off by Democrats during the last few weeks of campaigning as well. Forty-six percent said they’re feeling less favorable to the party, versus just 15 percent who are viewing Democrats in a better light. (They’re a bit kinder to Republicans, with 37 percent feeling more negative and 21 percent feeling more positive.)

The president’s low approval ratings on foreign policy aren’t helping Democrats, either. Just four in ten likely voters approve of his handling of the terrorist militant group ISIS, while 57 percent disapprove.
The poll’s result are hardly surprising as the Democrats, as a whole, have been unable to weave a cohesive message directed towards solutions. The War on Women meme is tired and worn and the president’s abysmal foreign policy chops have, until now, been all but ignored. However, with the threat of radical Islam looming large and the president’s timid and out-of-touch response to the dangers jihadists pose to the Western world, the election that historically serves as a referendum on the president’s job performance is likely to go badly for those who, only years ago, clamored to embrace the savior of the Democratic Party.

The message posed by Democrats has been flailing and disjointed as none dare touch upon the one domestic “achievement” of the last six years- Obamacare. Instead of a substantive discussion of issues, the Democrats have adhered to a strategy of “every man for himself” as each tries to find a way to survive November the best they can.