FBI BOSS SAYS DEFEAT OF ISLAMIC STATE MEANS MORE TERROR IN EUROPE AND AMERICA

James Comey warns Islamic State attacks now endemic in Europe coming to America

JULY 29, 2016

FBI Director James Comey told a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University Wednesday the eventual defeat of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq will result in more terrorism in Europe and the United States.

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“At some point there is going to be a terrorist diaspora out of Syria like we’ve never seen before,” Comey said. “Not all of the Islamic State killers are going to die on the battlefield.”

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He compared it to the situation in Afghanistan in the 1980s when the CIA recruited and armed Mujahideen to defeat the Soviet Union. Remnants of this CIA project subsequently evolved into al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

“This is an order of magnitude greater than anything we’ve seen before,” Comey said. “A lot of terrorists fled out of Afghanistan… this is 10 times that or more.”

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A similar situation evolved in Syria where ISIS jihadists from Iraq were imported and fed munitions through a “rat line” established by the CIA and MI6 after western supported rebels defeated and killed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

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ISIS began as an al-Qaeda offshoot in Iraq. It was manipulated by the Pentagon using a mercurial and largely mythical Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

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In 2012, the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency predicted Salafists, the Muslim Brotherhood (long a British intelligence asset) and al-Qaeda in Iraq would establish an “undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria” at the behest of “supporting powers to the opposition,” in short, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Emirates, Turkey, and the United States.

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CNN’s resident national security analyst Peter Bergen “blames a more complex regional breakdown for sowing the attacks” in Brussels, Paris, Munich and elsewhere in Europe. “He notes that the fracturing of authority in Iraq, Syria and Yemen has produced a massive migration of Muslims from those regions to Europe, which prompted reactionary political parties there to rail against them.”

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Bergen, however, does not mention the “breakdown” is the fault of the United States, France, and the Gulf monarchies.

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The situation in Iraq is the result of the 2003 US invasion and occupation. In Syria, the US, Britain, and the Gulf Emirates created the jihadist war against the government of Bashar al-Assad, destroying the country and killing over 250,000 people. The situation in Yemen is directly attributable to the involvement of Saudi Arabia and its war against the Shia of the impoverished country on the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula.

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The United States has provided munitions and logical support for the war. More than 8,000 people have died in Yemen, 93% of them civilians, according to Action On Armed Violence (AOAV) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
It is fair to conclude, then, based on this history of terrorist violence supported and encouraged by the West and Sunni Wahhabi fanatics in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the violence predicted by Comey is part of a larger plan now unfolding in Europe.

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“The neocon plan to destroy the Middle East and North Africa through prolonged military occupation, continued air strike bombing and forever war spilling blood into its second decade along with the fabrication of the fake enemy ISIS has singlehandedly created the migration crisis in Europe,” writes Joachim Hagopian, a West Point graduate and former US Army officer.

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“The refugee migration crisis in both America and Europe is part of the globalist divide and conquer agenda, specifically designed to create racial tensions and conflicts between the native populations and the new arrivals. It also conveniently provides the perfect cover for yet more false flag terrorism in both the US and Europe.”

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It also provides the state with a sufficient pretext to enlarge and extend a surveillance and police state apparatus.

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Both France and Germany, in response to recent terror attacks attributed to the Islamic State (tenuously attributed; the perpetrators often appear to be mentally disturbed individuals without IS connection), have moved to militarize society and curtail civil liberties. In France, under an extended state of emergency, police have turned their new powers against non-Islamic political groups.

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In the United States, the attacks of 9/11 were used to enact the Patriot Act, effectively repeal Posse Comitatus, adopt the National Defense Authorization Act, and tweak and extend a mélange of laws, mandates, and directives eroding the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, all under the banner of fighting terrorism largely created by intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, and their partners in the Middle East.

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In essence, Comey is announcing the police and surveillance state in America will be significantly expanded and local law enforcement further militarized as the manufactured threat of the Islamic State is imported.

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The attacks in Orlando and San Bernardino, in addition to ostensibly non-Islamic attacks on police in Dallas and elsewhere around the country, have resulted in Congress calling for more direct involvement in Syria and Iraq as well as, primarily on the part of Democrats, strident calls for rolling back the Second Amendment and incrementally disarming the American people.

BILL’S REAL DNC LOVE STORY: CIA OPERATIVE MEETS POWER HUNGRY GIRL

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice… won’t get fooled again

JULY 27, 2016

On Tuesday night at the Democrat convention, Bill Clinton told a fantasy story.
“In the spring of 1971, I met a girl,” he began, and then for the next 42 minutes Clinton waltzed through a storybook portrayal of his marriage to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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The Associated Press writes the goal of the story

…was to make Clinton, perhaps the most famous female politician in the world, yet a public figure her aides claim remains unknown, relatable to voters. He cast her as a liberal heroine of her own story, who fought for education reform, health care, civil rights, the disabled, 9/11 first responders and economically depressed rural areas.

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The reality is something else entirely.

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The Clintons Sabotaged Progressives They Claim to Support
Bill Clinton was a low-level CIA operative in the 1960s and Hillary Rodham a supporter of Barry Goldwater.

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During an NPR interview in 1996, Clinton told Scott Simon her political beliefs were “rooted in the conservatism that I was raised with” and added that she is “very proud that I was a Goldwater girl.”

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Clinton worked for the Goldwater campaign the same year the Civil Rights Act was passed. Goldwater opposed Section II of the Civil Rights Act on public accommodations and Section VII on equal employment opportunity and was one of six Republicans in the Senate who voted against the legislation.

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Dr. Roger Morris writes in his book “Partners in Power: The Clintons and Their America,” Hillary Clinton was “a closet Contra supporter” who aided Contra funding from Little Rock, Arkansas and also used her influence to undermine the work of peace activists and pro-Sandinista church groups opposed to Reagan’s policies in Central America.

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Morris demolishes the image of Bill and Hillary as liberals or conservatives. In a review of his book, The Sunday Telegraph writes the Clintons “have no conviction, no ideology, no guiding purpose. Driven by raw ambition, they will make any compromise necessary to advance their interests.”

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Once a CIA Agent, Always a CIA Agent
Prior to the partnership, Bill Clinton worked for the CIA during Operation CHAOS, an effort launched by LBJ and continued under Nixon to destroy the antiwar movement.

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As a Rhodes scholar studying at Oxford, he spied on fellow students involved in protest activities against the Vietnam War. Bill was sent to Norway to monitor activists who had taken refuge in Scandinavia to avoid the draft. According to Morris, Clinton’s spying activity was confirmed by a CIA station officer in Stockholm.

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Needless to say, Bill Clinton’s connection to the CIA has not made it into the official story and is certainly not part of the rosy narrative spun in Philadelphia last night.

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Detractors insist Roger Morris is merely a conspiracy theorist. “But Morris is no lightweight. He worked at the White House in both the Johnson and Nixon administrations, resigning from the National Security Council in 1970 in protest over the US invasion of Cambodia. He went on to become an acclaimed biographer of Richard Nixon,” the Sunday Telegraph notes.

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Deal to Get Hillary Elected
“Hillary was upholding her part of the deal to get Billy elected president, after which it would be her turn to be the first woman in the Oval Office.“ writes Dolly Kyle, a former longtime lover of Bill Clinton. Hillary ignored his satyriasis and abuse of women—and defended him against those who went public—because “Hillary needs the power” and she is ruthless.

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Bill and Hillary teamed up after Hillary flunked the DC bar exam and tried “to become a political force under her own steam,” but failed.

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Her former boss Jerry Zeifman, a Democrat who served as counsel and chief of staff for the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate scandal, said Hillary was a liar and unethical and fired her from a job working on the investigation.

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“I terminated her, along with some other staff members who were—were no longer needed, and advised her that I would not—could not—recommend her for any further positions,” Zeifman said when asked about the future first lady and presidential hopeful.
Hillary’s lust for power, her marriage of convenience to a sexual predator, and Bill’s work for the CIA did not make it into the all-American love story he spun last night. Many at the convention undoubtedly bought the fanciful story, but more than a few progressives know Hillary Clinton for what she really is—a self-seeking, power hungry political opportunist who will betray them the moment she enters the Oval Office.

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A large number of progressives realize Hillary worked behind the scenes with the DNC leadership and its superdelegates to steal the nomination from the socialist Bernie Sanders.

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No way in hell, they promise, will they ever vote for her.

28 Pages Suggest Huma-Connected Group Funded Terrorism

by LEE STRANAHAN

The declassified “28 Pages” released by Congress Friday afternoon concerning 9/11, terror funding, and Saudi Arabia contains a bombshell piece of information: The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) is specifically named as having connections to terror funding and support for a number of worldwide terror groups.

As Breitbart News has reported exclusively, the “Abedin family business” is an academic group called the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs that is based in the London offices of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth and its parent organization, the Muslim World League.

Huma Abedin, born in the United States but raised in Saudi Arabia, has worked closely with Hillary Clinton since 1996 and is now Hillary Clinton’s closest aide and the vice-chairwoman of her presidential campaign. Abedin, who is married to disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, is also at the heart of the Clinton email scandal.

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Page 24 of the 28 Pages report discusses Osama bin Laden’s half-brother and says in part:

According to the FBI. Abdullah Bin Ladin has a number of connections to terrorist organizations. He is the President and Director of the World Arab Muslim Youth Association (WAMY) and the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Science in America. Both organizations are local branches of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

According to the FBI, there is reason to believe that WAMY is “closely associated with the funding and financing of international terrorist activities and in the past has provided logistical support to individuals wishing to to fight in the Afghan War.” In 1998, the CIA published a paper characterizing WAMY as a NGO that provides funding. logistical support and training with possible connections to the Arab Afghans network, Hamas, Algerian extremists and Philippine militants.

Although the 28 Pages make no mention of Abedin at all, the information in the 28 Pages lays out a timeline of events during the planning and execution of the 9/11 terror attack that shows that, at all times, Huma Abedin was working for both Hillary Clinton and the WAMY organization the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs.

In the past, all efforts to vet or ask basic questions about Abedin have been shut down by the mainstream media and politicians on both sides of the aisle, including Republican Sen. John McCain and Democrat Congressman Keith Ellison.

A footnote on page 24 of the 28 Pages is inconclusive but doesn’t rule out the possibility that WAMY’s senior leadership may have supported terrorism.

According to the FBI’s November 8th, 2002 response, although several officials in WAMY support Al-Qa’ida and other terrorist groups, the intelligence is insufficient to show whether the organization as whole and its senior leadership support terrorism.

Although the footnote makes it clear that the depth of WAMY’s full support for terrorism wasn’t fully known in 2003, the matter is clearly a subject that should have been both investigated and discussed, especially given the connection between New York Senator Clinton, and one of her top aides at the time, to the group.

Further, it’s very clear that WAMY supports the Wahhabist strain of Islam that is both the state religion of Saudi Arabia and is behind nearly every terrorist group today, including al-Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas, and the Taliban.

As Breitbart News previously reported exclusively, while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, she even admitted that Saudi Arabia was using the Muslim World League and WAMY to fund terrorism, writing in a 2009 memo:

Saudi Arabia has enacted important reforms to criminalize terrorist financing and restrict the overseas flow of funds from Saudi-based charities. However, these restrictions fail to include &multilateral organizations such as the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), Muslim World League (MWL) and the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY.) Intelligence suggests that these groups continue to send money overseas and, at times, fund extremism overseas.

For decades, the Saudis have spent millions of dollars promoting Wahabbism through organizations like WAMY, its parent the Muslim World League, and other “charities” that promote Da’wa or Islamic evangelism throughout the world via activities such as building mosques.

The mainstream media has either ignored these clear connections between Huma Abedin and Saudi NGOs or, worse, smeared the people making the charges, most notably the Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney and former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

Further, the fact that the Bush administration’s compliance with the Saudi’s request to bury the information that is damaging to The Kingdom raises new questions of what influence the Saudis has on President Bush.

Breitbart News reported exclusively that just a month after 9/11, Newsweek claimed that the Muslim World League — the parent organization of WAMY with connections to Huma Abedin — was removed from a list of terror funders under pressure from Saudi Arabia.

The 28 Pages were available to members of Congress to read, although only under the right security conditions.

It is not known whether Sec. Clinton, then the Senator for New York, ever read the 28 Pages.

DEVELOPING…

U.S. WARSHIPS SURROUND DISPUTED CHINESE WATERS, PREPARED FOR WAR: “WWIII AT STAKE”

Territorial disputes are a delicate thing… and potentially deadly as well

Mac Slavo | SHTF PlanJULY 16, 2016

Territorial disputes are a delicate thing… and potentially deadly as well.

That’s why the U.S. is backing up its positions with an ever-increasing presence of warships  in the South China Sea.

China is very touchy about these territories, and unwilling to give up what they perceive as their waters, even as a UN tribunal just denied their claims and strengthened the U.S. hand.

Indeed, the entire situation is combustible and very dangerous.

As James Holbrooks of the Underground Reporter noted:

In a congressional hearing on Wednesday, former Director of National Intelligence and retired Navy admiral Dennis Blair told the panel that the United States should be prepared to use military force to oppose Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.

“I think we need to have some specific lines and then encourage China to compromise on some of its objectives,” Blair, who headed the U.S. Pacific Command while in the Navy, said at the hearing.

The admiral’s recommendation came the day after a United Nations tribunal invalidated China’s claim of territorial rights to nearly all of the waters in the South China Sea.

The U.S., citing the territorial dispute and security concerns raised by its allies in the region, have for months been sending warships into the South China Sea as a check against Chinese hostility.

Beijing, acutely aware of the military buildup off its coast, has publicly warned the U.S. it’s more than ready to defend against provocations. “China hopes disputes can be resolved by talks… but it must be prepared for any military confrontation.”

It seems that the situation is being deliberately stoked into conflict, and that tensions are programmed to reach a boiling over point. If true, there is no indication of where the point of no return would be.

The U.S. has the excuse of protecting its ally, and former territory, the Philippines, and thus has a pretext to play policeman in the region.

But in turn, that is only a thinly-veiled ruse to amplify the military pressure, and let bloated speech and menacing saber-rattling episodes set the tone for ‘diplomacy’ with the Red Dragon.

Now, there is not only an escalation, but an acknowledgement on both sides of the Pacific that things are headed towards war – and it is being openly discussed in those stark terms:

“If our security is being threatened, of course we have the right to demarcate a zone,” Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said Wednesday at a briefing in Beijing. “We hope that other countries will not take this opportunity to threaten China and work with China to protect the peace and stability of the South China Sea, and not let it become the origin of a war.”

And war, it appears, is becoming increasingly likely by the day — with other countries in Southeast Asia beginning to take sides.

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 forcing local powers to choose sides in the process — it seems the stage is being set for a potential military conflict in the South China Sea that could engulf the entire region.So, with the U.S. demanding compromise from a China who refuses to bow down — and

Are we really to expect a looming world war from China, who has played the parts of villain, ally, trade partner and rival all at the same time?

No one can say, but there is plenty of worry that war could really happen. Even billionaire George Soros warned that the potential danger of WWIII breaking out with China was ‘not an exaggeration’:

The US government has little to gain and much to lose by treating the relationship with China as a zero-sum game. In other words it has little bargaining power. It could, of course, obstruct China’s progress, but that would be very dangerous. President Xi Jinping has taken personal responsibility for the economy and national security. If his market-oriented reforms fail, he may foster some external conflicts to keep the country united and maintain himself in power. This could lead China to align itself with Russia not only financially but also politically and militarily. In that case, should the external conflict escalate into a military confrontation with an ally of the United States such as Japan, it is not an exaggeration to say that we would be on the threshold of a third world war.

And yet, President Obama and numerous other U.S. officials have been deliberately stoking the tension and adding fuel to the fire with provocation in the disputed waters.

As Michael Snyder wrote several months ago:

Barack Obama sent a guided missile destroyer into disputed waters in the South China Sea to see if the Chinese would start shooting at it. Yes, this is what he actually did. Fortunately for us, the Chinese backed down and did not follow through on their threats to take military action. Instead, the Chinese have chosen to respond with very angry words. The Chinese ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, says that what Obama did was “a very serious provocation, politically and militarily.” And as you will see below, a state-run newspaper stated that China “is not frightened to fight a war with the US in the region”. So why in the world would Obama provoke the Chinese like this? Yes, the Chinese claims in the South China Sea are questionable. But there are other ways to resolve things like this.

Most Americans assume that an actual shooting war between the United States and China is not even within the realm of possibility, but many of our leaders see things very differently. For instance, just check out what CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell thinks…

The current posturing in the area has led to heightened tensions between the world’s preeminent military powers, and in May Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell told CNN that the confrontation indicates there is “absolutely” a risk of the U.S. and China going to war sometime in the future.

Not long ago, the U.S. also demonstrated ballistic missiles – armed with nuclear warheads – over the coast of California in an apparent demonstration towards China regarding the readiness and seriousness of their clash.

Though it isn’t on the front burner right now amid other sensational headlines, keep an eye to the fact that World War III is slowly being brewed on the back burner. Someday, it could ignite into a full blown nightmare. Stay vigilant. Hope for peace, prepare for war.

GOV’T RELEASES [REDACTED] 28 PAGES FROM 9/11 REPORT

Report specifically mentions concerns of Saudi involvement

JULY 15, 2016

The US House Intelligence Committee has published a redacted version of the declassified missing 28 pages taken from the Congressional Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 Commission report.

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The pages, released Friday, were speculated to contain references mentioning Saudi involvement in the 9/11 terror attacks, after 15 of the alleged 19 hijackers were revealed to be from Saudi Arabia.

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“While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support or assistance from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Government,” the report reads. “There is information, primarily from FBI sources, that at least two of those individuals were alleged by some to be Saudi intelligence officers.”

The report goes on: “The Joint Inquiry’s review confirmed that the Intelligence Community also has information, much of which has yet to be independently verified, indicating that individuals associated with the Saudi Government in the United States may have other ties to al-Qa-ida and other terrorist groups.

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The FBI and CIA have informed the Joint Inquiry that, since the September 11 attacks, they are treating the Saudi issue seriously, but both still have only a limited understanding of the Saudi Government’s ties to terrorist elements.”

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Joint inquiry officials also commented that the CIA and FBI’s failure to “address the Saudi issue” was “unacceptable.”
Previously, several law enforcement agents including the FBI and police came forward with statements that investigations were inhibited when it came to looking at Saudi Arabia’s role.

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“The FBI was thwarted from interviewing the Saudis we wanted to interview by the White House,” said former FBI agent and investigator Mark Rossini, who added the White House “let them off the hook.”

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Former Fairfax County Police Lt. Roger Kelly also said the FBI would not field questions on Saudi Arabia.

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“The FBI covered their ears every time we mentioned the Saudis,” Kelly told the New York Post. “It was too political to touch.”

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The newly-released pages comprise a fraction of the joint inquiry’s 838-page report into the attacks, but were ordered classified by the Bush administration in 2004.

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Numerous high level Obama administration officials, including the president himself, have argued the release of the pages could pose a significant hazard to national security.
In May, CIA Director John Brennan told NBC the release of the missing pages could reveal “sensitive methods” used by US intelligence,” in addition to the government’s “investigative actions.”

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Obama had previously commented on legislation passed by the Senate which would allow the families affected by the 9/11 attacks to sue the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over their alleged involvement.

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“This is a matter of how generally the United States approaches our interactions with other countries. If we open up the possibility that individuals and the United States can routinely start suing other governments, then we are also opening up the United States to being continually sued by individuals in other countries,” Obama told CBS News’ Charlie Rose.
Questions still remain given White House adviser Richard Clarke’s admitted involvement in removing Saudi officials from the country following the 9/11 attacks.

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“The adviser, Richard Clarke, who ran the White House crisis team after the attacks but has since left the Bush administration, said he agreed to the extraordinary plan because the Federal Bureau of Investigation assured him that the departing Saudis were not linked to terrorism,” the New York Times reported in 2003.
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ISIS: Quietly preparing for the loss of the ‘caliphate’, tells Muslims to stay in their countries and wage holy war

This does not bode. The Islamic State is bringing the war here and urging Muslims not to immigrate to the Islamic State but stay in their host countries and wage war there.

“We do have, every day, people reaching out and telling us they want to come to the caliphate,” said the operative, who agreed to speak to a Western journalist on the condition that his name and physical location not be revealed. “But we tell them to stay in their countries and rather wait to do something there.”

Oh and imagine tens of thousands of battle hardened jihadis scattering around the world via “migration.”

“Inside ISIS: Quietly preparing for the loss of the ‘caliphate,” By Joby Warrick and Souad Mekhennet, Washington Post,  July 12

Even as it launches waves of terrorist attacks around the globe, the Islamic State is quietly preparing its followers for the eventual collapse of the caliphate it proclaimed with great fanfare two years ago.

In public messages and in recent actions in Syria, the group’s leaders are acknowledging the terrorist organization’s declining fortunes on the battlefield while bracing for the possibility that its remaining strongholds could fall.

At the same time, the group is vowing to press on with its recent campaign of violence, even if the terrorists themselves are driven underground. U.S. counterterrorism experts believe the mass-­casualty attacks in Istanbul and Baghdad in the past month were largely a response to military reversals in Iraq and Syria.

[Turkey and the Islamic State appear to be headed toward outright war]

Such terrorist acts are likely to continue and even intensify, at least initially, analysts say, as the group evolves from a quasi-state with territorial holdings to a shadowy and diffuse network with branches and cells on at least three continents.

Indeed, while the loss of a physical sanctuary would constitute a major blow to the Islamic State — severely limiting, for example, its ability to raise money, train recruits or plan complex terrorist operations — the group’s highly decentralized nature ensures that it will remain dangerous for some time to come, according to current and former U.S. officials and terrorism experts.

“Where al-Qaeda was hierarchical and somewhat controlled, these guys are not. They have all the energy and unpredictability of a populist movement,” said Michael Hayden, the retired Air Force general who headed the CIA from 2006 to 2009.

[ISIS’s allure increases as its territory shrinks]

Islamic State officials, in public statements and in interviews, insist that the group’s “caliphate” project remains viable while also acknowledging that military setbacks have forced a change in strategy.

“While we see our core structure in Iraq and Syria under attack, we have been able to expand and have shifted some of our command, media and wealth structure to different countries,” a longtime Islamic State operative, speaking through an Internet-based audio service, said in an interview.

“We do have, every day, people reaching out and telling us they want to come to the caliphate,” said the operative, who agreed to speak to a Western journalist on the condition that his name and physical location not be revealed. “But we tell them to stay in their countries and rather wait to do something there.”

But signs of desperation are mounting weekly inside the caliphate, which shrank by another 12 percent in the first six months of 2016, according to a report last week by IHS Inc., an analysis and consulting firm.

A series of communiques issued in the Islamic State’s Syrian enclave last month closed down Internet cafes in one province and ordered the destruction of TVs and satellite dishes in another.

The orders, billed as an effort to eliminate a tool for “disseminating infidel beliefs,” effectively cut off access to news from the outside world.
‘Without any city or land’

More signals of a coming downfall are contained in statements issued by Islamic State officials over the past six weeks, a period that saw the group’s fighters retreating across multiple fronts, from Fallujah in central Iraq to the Syrian-Turkish border.

A remarkable editorial last month in al-Naba, the Islamic State’s weekly Arabic newsletter, offered a gloomy assessment of the caliphate’s prospects, acknowledging the possibility that all its territorial holdings could ultimately be lost. Just two years ago, jihadist leaders heralded the start of a glorious new epoch in the world’s history with the establishment of their Islamic “caliphate,” which at the time encompassed most of eastern Syria and a vast swath of northern and western Iraq, a combined territory roughly the size of Great Britain.

[How ISIS tries to thwart attacks on its oil infrastructure]

The editorial, titled, “The Crusaders’ Illusions in the Age of the Caliphate,” sought to rally the group’s followers by insisting that the Islamic State would continue to survive, even if all its cities fell to the advancing “crusaders” — the separate Western- and Russian-backed forces arrayed against them.

“The crusaders and their apostate clients are under the illusion that . . . they will be able to eliminate all of the Islamic State’s provinces at once, such that it will be completely wiped out and no trace of it will be left,” the article states. In reality, the group’s foes “will not be able to eliminate it by destroying one of its cities or besieging another of them, or by killing a soldier, an emir or an imam,” it says.

The editorial asserts that the “whole world­ . . . has changed” with the creation of a theocratic enclave that has “shown all of mankind what the true Islamic state is like.”

“If they want to achieve true victory — they will not, God willing — they will have to wait a long time: until an entire generation of Muslims that was witness to the establishment of the Islamic State and the return of the caliphate . . . is wiped out.”

The same themes were repeated in an otherwise upbeat sermon by the Islamic State’s official spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, marking the start of Ramadan observances. Adnani’s missive attracted international attention because of its call for a global terrorism campaign during the Muslim holy month. But Adnani also appeared to be preparing his followers for heavy losses.

[In a deadly Ramadan, ISIS terrorism exposes the failures of others]

At one point he evoked one of the darkest chapters in the Islamic State’s history, when the group — then known as the Islamic State of Iraq — was all but destroyed in 2008 by a combination of forces, including the U.S. troop surge and the “Anbar Awakening,” a revolt against the Islamists by Sunni Arab tribes.

“Were we defeated when we lost the cities in Iraq and were in the desert without any city or land? And would we be defeated and you be victorious if you were to take Mosul, Sirte or Raqqa, or even take all the cities?” asked Adnani, referring to the Islamic State’s primary strongholds in Iraq, Libya and Syria. “Certainly not!”
Echoes of an inglorious past

The group’s near-defeat in 2008 also has been cited multiple times in recent weeks in social-media accounts, suggesting to some analysts that its leaders are trying to limit the inevitable damage to the Islamic State’s reputation among jihadists as an unstoppable military and moral force.

[CIA director: ISIS not yet close to being restrained]

“They don’t want to lose territory,” said Cole Bunzel, a doctoral candidate at Princeton University’s Near Eastern studies department who provided a translation and commentary on the al-Naba editorial in the blog Jihadica. “But they’re trying to remind people that the group has a long history and they’re going to persist, just as they did in earlier times.”

The deadly attacks against Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport and Baghdad’s Karrada shopping district — both relatively easy targets for terrorists concerned only with massive numbers of civilian casualties — were probably also part of the same effort to reassure followers of the Islamic State’s vitality, said Will McCants, a Brookings Institution researcher and author of the 2015 book “ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State.”

“The successful attacks abroad are an indication of deep worry at home,” McCants said. After years of boasting of the group’s invincibility, leaders such as Adnani are beginning to acknowledge battlefield losses while attempting to depict them in the most positive light, he said. Absent from the group’s statements is any acknowledgment of strategic and tactical errors that contributed to the Islamic State’s current predicament, fighting alone against a broad array of forces that includes the major Western powers, Sunni and Shiite Muslims, Russians and Kurds, McCants said.

“They’re not trying to be clever about it,” he said, “but they’re really trying to prepare their followers to cope with a ‘caliphate’ that is no longer a caliphate.”

The Islamic State operative who consented to an interview acknowledged that some of the group’s followers had become disillusioned because of mistakes by individual commanders. He said he didn’t care whether the organization’s headquarters remained in Raqqa or moved to North Africa or elsewhere — although he added that the loss of Raqqa would certainly be avenged.

“There is a message to all members of the coalition against us: We will not forget, and we will come into your countries and hit you,” he said, “one way or the other.”

European intelligence officials fear that the new phase is already underway. “They are . . . challenged as we adapt our strategy to their initial one, in order to start ‘de-sanctuarizing’ them,” said a senior French security official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss counterterrorism strategy. “But they will now expand to other tactics and start executing much more insidious and covert ops, in big cities.

“The next step,” he said, “has begun.”

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