by, Joby Warrick | The Washington Post
The woman is young, perhaps 18, with olive skin and dark bangs that droop onto her face. In the Facebook photo, she attempts to smile but doesn’t look at her photographer.
The caption mentions a single biographical fact: She is for sale.
“To all the bros thinking about buying a slave, this one is $8,000,” begins the May 20 Facebook posting, which was attributed to an Islamic State fighter who calls himself Abu Assad Almani. The same man posted a second image a few hours later, this one a pale young face with weepy red eyes.
“Another sabiyah [slave], also about $8,000,” the posting reads. “Yay, or nay?”
The photos were taken down within hours by Facebook, and it is unclear whether the account’s owner was doing the selling himself or commenting about women being sold by other fighters. But the unusual posting underscores what experts say is an increasingly perilous existence for the hundreds of women who are thought to be held as sex slaves by the Islamic State.
As the terrorist group comes under heightened pressure in Iraq and Syria, these female captives appear to be suffering, too — sold and traded by cash-strapped fighters, subjected to shortages of food and medicine, and put at risk daily by military strikes, according to terrorism experts and human rights groups.
Social-media sites used by Islamic State fighters in recent months have included numerous accounts of the buying and selling of sex slaves, as well the promulgation of formal rules for dealing with them. The guidelines cover such topics as whether it’s possible to have sex with prepubescent prisoners — yes, the Islamic State’s legal experts say — and how severely a slave can be beaten.
But until the May 20 incident, there were no known instances of Islamic State fighters posting photographs of female captives being offered for sale. The photos of the two unidentified women appeared only briefly before being deleted by Facebook, but the images were captured by the Middle East Media Research Institute, a Washington nonprofit group that monitors jihadists’ social-media accounts.
“We have seen a great deal of brutality, but the content that ISIS has been disseminating over the past two years has surpassed it all for sheer evil,” said Steven Stalinsky, the institute’s executive director, using the common acronym for the Islamic State. “Sales of slave girls on social media is just one more example of this.”
Almani, the apparent owner of the Facebook account, is thought to be a German national fighting for the Islamic State in Syria, according to Stalinsky. He has previously posted to social-media accounts under that name, in the slangy, poorly rendered English used by many European fighters who can’t speak Arabic. Early postings suggest that Almani is intimately familiar with the Islamic State’s activities around Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital in Syria. He also regularly uses his accounts to solicit donations for the terrorist group.
In displaying the images of the women, Almani advised his Facebook friends to “get married” and “come to dawlah,” or the Islamic State’s territory in Iraq and Syria. Then he engaged with different commenters in an extensive discussion about whether the $8,000 asking price was a good value. Some who replied to the postings mocked the women’s looks, while others scolded Almani for posting photos of women who weren’t wearing the veil.
“What makes her worth that price? Does she have an exceptional skill?” one of his correspondents asks about woman in the second photo.
“Nope,” he replies. “Supply and demand makes her that price.”
The Islamic State’s leaders have historically used U.S.-based social media such as Facebook and Twitter to attract recruits and spread propaganda, but in the past year American companies have sought to block jihadist accounts and postings whenever they are discovered.
Facebook in particular has garnered high marks from watchdog groups for reacting quickly to terrorists’ efforts to use its pages. But at the same time, the militants also have become more agile, leaping quickly from one social-media platform to another and opening new accounts as soon as older ones are shut down.
The Facebook incident comes amid complaints from human rights groups about waning public interest in the plight of women held as prisoners by the Islamic State. The organization Human Rights Watch, citing estimates by Kurdish officials in Iraq and Syria, says the terrorist group holds about 1,800 women and girls, just from the capture of Yazidi towns in the region. After initial denials, the Islamic State last year issued statements acknowledging the use of sex slaves and defending the practice as consistent with ancient Islamic traditions, provided that the women are non-Muslims captured in battle or members of Muslim sects that the terrorist group regards as apostates.
A report last month by Human Rights Watch recounted the ordeals suffered by three dozen Iraqi and Syrian women who escaped from terrorist-held towns in recent months. Among the women were former Yazidi sex slaves who described abuses that included multiple rapes by different men as they were sold and traded.
The problems faced by such women appear to be growing worse as military and economic pressure against the Islamic State increases, the report said.
“The longer they are held by ISIS, the more horrific life becomes for Yazidi women, bought and sold, brutally raped, their children torn from them,” said Skye Wheeler, women’s rights emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Meanwhile, ISIS’s restrictions on [non-enslaved] Sunni women cut them off from normal life and services almost entirely.”
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by, Sam Prince | Heavy.com
In a new video purportedly released by the Islamic State titled “Crush Your Enemies,” ISIS militants in “Wilayat Aden Abyan,” Yemen precede their execution of crushing a Yemeni soldier’s head with a boulder with a beheading and gun execution. The video was released on May 20 on ISIS terrorist channels.
The video is stated to have been filmed in “Wilayat Aden Abyan.” According to the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium, “Wilayat Aden Abyan is a relatively new wilayat. The wilayat began at Wilayat Aden in the Spring of 2015 and then became Wilayat Aden Abyan in the Fall of 2015 as its reach expanded from the Aden province of Yemen to include the Abyan province.”
Unlike most ISIS snuff films, the propaganda begins with the execution of three men, alleged to be Yemeni soldiers. The first one is beheaded, the second is tied to a chair and shot at repeatedly, while the third is gruesomely killed by having a large rock dropped on his head.
Yemen has been in a state of political crisis since 2011 when now ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh tried to amend the constitution to eliminate presidential term limits and make himself president for life. After Saleh was forced to step down in 2012, the presidency was transferred to Vice President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Hadi was formally elected president in February 2012 in a one-man election. Soon after, Houthis, a Shia Islamist group, staged a coup d’état. Yemen has been in a civil war since between government forces and rebels.
Ever since war erupted in Yemen between the Houthis and government forces, groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have spied an opening to inflict their own brand of instability inside the Arab world’s poorest nation. AQAP has taken over key port towns and imposed its law on residents who haven’t been able to leave. Under the constant hammer of Saudi-led Arab coalition air strikes, Yemen’s chaos has created an opportunity for ISIS to grow.
ISIS arrived in early 2015 to exploit the chaos in Yemen.
WARNING: CONTAINS VERY GRAPHIC IMAGES
ISIS: Crush Your Enemies
Video courtesy of: Heavy.com
by, fairus.org. | h/t futuret
In last year’s National Defense Authorization Act, Congress cut benefits to veterans by increasing co-pays for prescriptions. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the increased co-pays saved the federal government approximately $1.5 billion. (See CBO Estimate FY2016 NDAA) However, it now appears that $336 million generated from the veterans’ cuts was used to pay for 3,000 additional Afghan interpreters to be resettled in the United States. (The Daily Caller News Foundation, May 16, 2016)
Known as the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV), this program was created by Congress in 2009 for Afghan employees and contractors who were employed by the U.S. government in Afghanistan any time after October 6, 2001, and who experienced an ongoing serious threat as a result of that employment. (See P.L. 111-8; 8 U.S.C. § 1101 note 26) Initially, the annual cap on SIVs issued was 1,500 but it was increased to 4,000 in the Fiscal Year 2015 NDAA before being increased again in the Fiscal Year 2016 NDAA to 7,000. (See FAIR Legislative Update, Dec. 9, 2014; Department of State SIV Guidelines)
While Afghan translators serve an important function in the ongoing war on terror, it is poor public policy to cut benefits to American citizen veterans to pay for these visas. “Military families shouldn’t be paying for the SIV program. The program should be funded outright because of the service our interpreters rendered,” said former Army combat veteran Alex Plitsas. (The Daily Caller News Foundation, May 16, 2016) There’s no reason to put veterans’ benefits on the chopping block, especially since there is overlap in jurisdiction with the State Department’s control of visa programs. (Id.)
Outrageously, it appears that several Senators want to cut veterans’ benefits again in the Fiscal Year 2017 NDAA to pay for even more SIV. An unnamed GOP Senate aide told the Daily Caller, “I’ve been told by multiple sources that they’re trying to use the co-pay hike to pay for the visa increase again this year.” (Id.) “With so much wasteful government spending that should be cut, it is befuddling how some in Congress are so eager to put military and veteran benefits on the chopping block.” (Id.)
The Senate is working on the Fiscal Year 2017 NDAA this week. Both Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have expressed a desire to increase the SIV cap but neither has explained how it would be paid for.
Video courtesy of: CBN News
by, RT | h/t Blazing CatFur
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wants to prevent information about its creepy biometric database, which contains fingerprint, face, iris, and voice scans of millions of Americans, from getting out to the public.
The Department of Justice has come up with a proposal to exempt the biometric database from public disclosure. It states that the Next Generation Identification System (NGI) should not be subject to the Privacy Act, which requires federal agencies to give people access to records that have been collected concerning them, “allowing them to verify and correct them if needed.”
Video courtesy of: ABC7 WJLA
The proposal states that allowing individuals to view their own records, or even an account of those records, could compromise criminal investigations or “national security efforts,” potentially reveal a “sensitive investigative technique,” or provide information that could help a subject “avoid detection or apprehension.”
The database contains biometric information on people who have provided fingerprints to employers, or for licenses and background checks, as well as on convicted criminals and those that have been suspected of wrongdoing even for a short period of time, according to Underground Reporter.
The proposal argues that the FBI should be able to retain the data it has collected on individuals even if they are later found to have done nothing illegal, as the information “may acquire new significance when new details are brought to light.”
The FBI claims the retained data could also be used for “establishing patterns of activity and providing criminal lead.”
In addition, the FBI’s proposal calls for an exemption to a clause which requires agencies to maintain records proving that their determinations regarding individuals in their data base are fair and legally justified, arguing that it is “impossible to know in advance what information is accurate, relevant, timely and complete.”
The proposal is open for comment until June 6.
Facial recognition is being used outside the realms of law enforcement as well. For example, a nightclub in Sydney uses the technology to identify clubbers previously deemed unruly to prevent them from getting in again.
Video courtesy of: fbi
Facebook has long used facial recognition software to identify people in uploaded photographs and offers facial recognition as a method of verifying a user’s identity.
There are now even facial recognition apps that can identify strangers on the street. While this may be great news for stalkers, it is less so for those not inclined to reveal their identity to random passersby.
Meanwhile, there are companies making products that can confuse or fool facial recognition software. A Japanese company has invented a “privacy visor” that will “scramble digital facial recognition software,”Biometric Update reports.
Specially made clothes and camouflage make up can turn a face “into a mess of unremarkable pixels” in order to throw the technology off.
Inside the NGI, in the words of the FBI
The information stored on the FBI’s Next Generation Identification System, the biometrics database it is trying to keep under wraps, gives federal agents access to a number of identification systems.
Here’s a rundown on the tools on offer to law enforcement, as detailed on the FBI’s website:
The Interstate Photo System contains 23 million front-facing photographs that can be used to identify suspects without human intervention.
The Repository for Individuals of Special Concern (RISC) allows agents in the field to rapidly identify detainees and criminal suspects by searching a repository of Wanted Persons, Sex Offenders Registry Subjects, Known or appropriately Suspected Terrorists, and other persons of special interest.
The Latents and National Palm Print System is an updated database of finger and palm prints that can be searched on a nationwide basis.
The Rap Back Service notifies agencies of the activity of individuals after “the initial processing and retention of criminal or civil transactions.” The service can “notify agencies of subsequent activity for individuals enrolled in the service. Including a more timely process of confirming suitability of those individuals placed in positions of trust and notification to users of criminal activity for those individuals placed on probation or parole.”
Iris Recognition is “poised to offer law enforcement a new tool to quickly and accurately determine identity.”
— MintPress News (@MintPressNews) May 20, 2016
— Lauren Walker (@laserlauren) May 13, 2016
Kings Cross club using facial recognition cameras to identify patrons previously banned for bad behaviour. @Sacre88https://t.co/T8hT9PdNmT
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) May 19, 2016
When you find out that the snapchat face swap is actually being used for a facial recognition database for the FBI pic.twitter.com/pDZrA461nQ
RT @bobatl: when you realize all the snap chat filters are really building a facial recognition database ☕️🐸pic.twitter.com/mfE7BPJgf9
Fun hands on workshop @webwewant festival on tricks to fool facial recognition software.Seems Adam Ant had it right. pic.twitter.com/vb6wicMwiB
by, Josie Ensor (Beirut Bureau) | The Telegraph | h/t Blazing CatFur
Islamic State has moved its chemical weapons operation to densely populated residential areas and is testing homemade chlorine and mustard gas on its prisoners, residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul have claimed.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) is reported to have set up laboratories in built-up neighbourhoods in the heart of its so-called caliphate to avoid being targeted by coalition air strikes.
The terror group is known to harbour chemical and nuclear ambitions, and is trying to manufacture weapons not only for attacks within Iraq and Syria but also the West.
It has a special unit for chemical weapons research made up of Iraqi scientists who worked on weapons programmes under Saddam Hussein, as well as foreign experts.
The head of the unit, Sleiman Daoud al-Afari, was captured during a raid by US special forces outside Mosul in March and is now sharing intelligence on Isil’s chemical operation.
An investigation by Syrian and Iraqi citizen journalists who report under the name Sound and Picture, reveal he has now been replaced by Abu Shaima, an Iraqi doctor who worked at the University of Baghdad during Saddam’s reign.
Other than his links to the late Iraqi dictator little is known about Shaima, which is customary for top Isil leaders.
He is said last month to have moved the group’s operations away from its main laboratories at the universities of Mosul and Tel Afar, which have both been hit in recent months, to residential areas to protect it against aerial attack.
Residents of al-Mohandseen – which had been a wealthy Christian neighbourhood until Isil seized the city – said several houses had been taken over by Isil officials in the last few weeks. A number of large unmarked trucks have been parked outside and more recently they reported seeing dozens of dead dogs and rabbits in nearby rubbish containers.
An Isil insider confirmed to the journalists, who shared the information with the Telegraph, that they had been dumped there after they were used for chemical testing.
The report also claimed Isil has been carrying out experiments on prisoners they are holding at a secret jail in al-Andalus, in the Nineveh governorate of Mosul, exposing them to chlorine and mustard gas to test the toxicity.
Residents near the prison have reported breathing difficulties and children developing severe rashes – some of the side effects of exposure to such substances.
The extremists have seized large quantities of industrial chlorine and are believed to have the expertise to make mustard gas. They are also feared to have captured chemical weapon stocks from Bashar al-Assad’s regime across the border in Syria.
And in March, a suspected Isil chemical attack on the Iraqi town of Taza, south of Kirkuk, killed three children and wounded some 1,500 people, with injuries ranging from burns to rashes and respiratory problems.
Brig Roger Noble, the deputy commander of international troops training and supporting the Iraqi army, told the Telegraph that Isil militants are expected to use chemical weapons against troops trying to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second city.
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, former commanding officer of the UK Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Regiment (CBRN) and chemical weapons adviser to NGOs in Syria and Iraq, told the Telegraph the revelations showed the group was adapting to the coalition’s punishing air strikes.
“Isil’s chemical weapons operation has been heavily targeted – as is detailed in this report – and moving into residential areas is exactly what you would expect them to do now.”
He said Western security services should be concerned that their chemical operations have effectively gone underground, allowing them to continue their work outside of strike range.
“Now we know the extent of the Isil chemical and dirty bomb aspirations we must make doubly sure that our security in the UK is absolutely water-tight against this threat.”
by, Tom Batchelor | Sunday Express
The National Guard force – which was approved by the Russian parliament today – will be put under the strongman’s personal command.
It will be used for major counter-terrorism operations across the planet and have vast powers, including the authority to shoot into crowds and hold suspects for indefiite interrogation.
Experts say the ruthless force will act as an “extension” of Putin himself.
It will be used to conduct military operations around the world, detaining terror suspects for as long as is necessary to glean intelligence from them before handing them over to the police.
The former KGB leader was today given the green light by Russia’s parliament for the elite unit, which will be headed by his one-time bodyguard Viktor Zolotov.
Russia’s State Duma passed the first reading of the controversial bill with 345 parliamentarians approving the motion and just 14 voting against.
Mr Zolotov will report directly into the Russian president, giving Putin an iron grip over the country’s counter terrorism effort and increasing the chances of a tough crackdown on home-grown jihadi extremists.
Among the new powers being handed to the guard is a licence to shoot into crowds of people during terrorist attacks or hostage situations – a method of policing that has until now been banned because of the risk of injuring or killing bystanders.
National Guard officers will also be deployed on combat missions abroad, including anti-ISIS operations in the Middle East as well as peacekeeping missions.
But critics claimed Mr Putin could use the force to crush internal dissent in Russia.
Tatiana Stanovaya, of the Center of Political Technologies in Moscow, said the new guard force was so tightly tied to the Russian president that it would inevitably become “a continuation of Putin himself.”
Russian sociologist Ella Paneyakh added: “The National Guard is not just another law enforcement agency.
“This is another army, with the right to conduct military operations on the territory of the country and against the country’s citizens.
“It looks like they can seize anyone and keep them as long as they want, wherever they want, until they are handed over to the police or a court.”
On Tuesday it announced plans to restore the Cold War-era Dnepr base near Sevastopol, which will be equipped to intercept ballistic, cruise and hypersonic missiles at a range of around 2,000 miles.
The vast complex has not been used for 10 years but fell back under the Kremlin’s control when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
Russian media said the rocket could “erase from the face of the earth land plots the size of Texas or France”.
The missile has been designed with stealth technology which enables it to be fired at a target without being picked up by radar systems.
It follows a warning by a former Nato commander that war between Britain and Russia was increasingly likely.
Sir Alexander Richard Shirreff said Putin should be judged “by his deeds not his words”.
He added: “He has used force and got away with it. In a period of tension, an attack on the Baltic states is entirely plausible.”
by, Beth Dalbey | Dearborn Patch | h/t Blazing CatFur
DEARBORN, MI – The evangelical Christian group whose members paraded a pig’s head on a stick and chanted that Muslims would “burn in hell” at a large Arab-American celebration in Dearborn four years ago has won the last hurdle in a free speech battle.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday offered no explanation when it declined to hear an appeal of an earlier 6th U.S. Court of Appeals decision upholding the demonstrators’ free speech rights.
The Bible Believers sued Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and two deputies who ejected some of their members from the 2012 Arab International Festival as tensions were brewing over anti-Islam messages and preachings at the largely Muslim gathering. Angry members of the crowd pelted the evangelicals with rocks, water bottles and eggs, prompting police to step in.
Muslims Stoning Christians in Dearborn, Michigan:
The First Amendment case hinged on what’s known as a “heckler’s veto” — that is, the premise that police are justified in silencing a speaker to maintain peace and prevent potential violence.
In October, the 6th Circuit rejected that argument.
In its ruling upholding the First Amendment rights of the protesters, the Cincinnati appeals court decried the speech as loathsome and intolerant, but protected, and said that law enforcement and other public officials have special obligations in situations where the speech has the potential to incite violence.
“Bearing in mind the interspersed surges of ethnic, racial, and religious conflict that from time to time mar our national history, the constitutional lessons to be learned from the circumstances of this case are both timeless and markedly seasonable,” Judge Eric Clay wrote
In a rare move, the full court agreed to hear the appeal and set aside 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel in August 2014 that ruled deputies didn’t violate the evangelists’ free speech rights.
by, Letta Tayler | Senior Terrorism and Counter-terrorism Researcher | Human Rights Watch
(Misrata) – The extremist armed group Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has unlawfully executed at least 49 people in its Libyan stronghold of Sirte since February 2015, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Those killed, by means such as decapitating and shooting, include captive fighters, political opponents, and people ISIS accused of “spying,” “sorcery,” and “insulting God.”
The 41-page report, “‘We Feel We Are Cursed’: Life under ISIS in Sirte, Libya,” also finds that ISIS is inflicting severe hardship on the local population by diverting food, medicine, fuel, and cash, along with homes it seized from residents who fled, to fighters and functionaries it has amassed in the Mediterranean port city. As the de facto government in Sirte, ISIS has the duty to ensure that all residents are able to exercise their basic human rights, including the rights to food and health.
“As if beheading and shooting perceived enemies isn’t enough, ISIS is causing terrible suffering in Sirte even for Muslims who follow its rules,” said Letta Tayler, senior terrorism and counterterrorism researcher. “While the world’s attention is focused on atrocities in Syria and Iraq, ISIS is also getting away with murder in Libya.”
The 49 executions by ISIS in Sirte city and outlying areas that Human Rights Watch documented followed largely secret proceedings that negate the most basic fair-trial standards. ISIS also has kidnapped and disappeared dozens of Libyan militia fighters, many of whom are presumed dead, exiled Sirte city councilmen and fighters from groups opposing ISIS told Human Rights Watch.
The murder of civilians, or wounded or captive fighters, by members of a party to an armed conflict is a war crime, as is executing people without a fair trial by a regular court. The nature and scale of ISIS’s unlawful executions and other acts in Libya also may amount to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said.
Human Rights Watch interviewed 45 former and current Sirte residents in March 2016, in Misrata, a coastal city 240 kilometers west of Sirte, as well as by telephone and email. They included relatives of people ISIS killed or detained, as well as exiled local officials and members of rival armed groups. Human Rights Watch also interviewed Misrata government and security officials and foreign-based Libya security analysts, among others, and crossed-checked information against sources including media reports and videos of ISIS acts in Sirte.
The Sirte residents described scenes of horror – public beheadings, corpses in orange jumpsuits hanging from scaffolding in what they referred to as “crucifixions,” and masked fighters snatching men from their beds in the night. They said morality police aided by informants patrolled the streets, threatening, fining, or flogging men for smoking, listening to music, or failing to ensure their wives and sisters were covered in loose black abayas, and hauling boys and men into mosques for prayer and religion classes.
A photo of a billboard in Sirte, Libya released by ISIS media lists seven rules for women’s abayas, which must be ‘bulky’ and cover their entire bodies.
“Ahlam,” 30, who had come to Misrata for health care, cried as she said she and her family would have to return to Sirte:
Life in Sirte is unbearable. Everyone is living in fear. They are killing innocent people. There are no groceries, the hospital has no doctors or nurses, there is no medicine. …There are spies on every street. Most people have left but we are trapped. We don’t have enough money to leave.
ISIS also is looting and destroying homes of perceived enemies, more than a dozen residents said. The group also closed shops specializing in lingerie or Western clothing, they said.
ISIS began taking over Sirte in February 2015. By August, it controlled the entire city, including the port, air base, main power station, and radio station, along with all local government offices and finances, creating its biggest stronghold outside of Iraq and Syria. ISIS has set up at least three prisons in Sirte, including one in a former preschool. The group has allowed communications with the outside world only through ISIS-run call centers, and shut all banks but one, which is open only to its members, former residents said.
Classes have been suspended at Sirte University since late 2015, when teachers and students stopped attending after ISIS banned history and law instruction, and ordered separate shifts for male and female students. ISIS has patrolled primary and secondary schools and quizzed the students on Islamic law, former residents said.
Fighting since 2014 between militant factions supporting two rival governments, one to the east and one to the west, has left governing institutions in a state of near-collapse. A third, United Nations-brokered “unity” government has yet to gain authority. The United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, and France are reported to be preparing a military campaign against ISIS in Libya. In May 2016, rival Libyan armed forces began separate mobilizations for an advance on Sirte.
An ISIS lecture on Sharia (Islamic law) at the Ouagadougou complex in Sirte, Libya, where former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi once hosted summits with world leaders. The caption in Arabic reads: “Speech by one of the brothers (why we are holding Sharia sessions)” ISIS 2016 image, circulated on social media.
by, Michelle Malkin | New York Post | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
Social-media giant Twitter’s got 99 problems, yet the politically correct company is far more worried about the ‘‘optics” of cooperating with federal agents trying to stop jihadist plotters online.
The company’s stock hit a record low this month. Half of the company’s senior executives abandoned their posts earlier this year. Ad growth is sluggish. Desperate attempts to mimic Facebook have turned off users. And the micro-blogging network’s political pandering to liberals through the formation of an Orwellian Trust and Safety Council earned global scorn.
Despite these existential troubles, Twitter bigwigs turned their attention this week to what they reportedly perceive as a real threat to their ailing business: American counter-terrorism officials!
No wonder Twitter’s twumbling.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the tech titan cut off US intelligence agencies’ access to an exclusive tweet-sifting service it owns a 5 percent stake in called Dataminr. Its staff sends clients valuable analyses and alerts of ‘‘unfolding terror attacks, political unrest and other potentially important events.”
For the past two years, Dataminr has worked with government-surveillance operatives to detect and flag real-time patterns and national-security dangers found in hundreds of millions of daily tweets. It offered early warnings on the Paris terror attacks last fall, the Brussels jihad this March and ISIS attacks on oil fields in Libya.
The feds have been rightly under fire for not being on top of terrorists’ social-media organizing and communications. ISIS recruiters, propagandists and planners have spread like gangrene on the Internet. Pilot programs with cutting-edge private-tech companies like the one developed with Dataminr make absolute homeland-security sense.
You might think it would also make good business sense. Who wouldn’t want to boast of proprietary algorithms producing actionable intelligence that might save countless American lives (as opposed to just benefiting Wall Street traders)?
Answer: The preening social-justice nitwits at Twitter who, according to the Journal’s intel sources, are concerned with the negative impression some in the public might have because Dataminr teamed with the government against Muslim terrorists.
Twitter is putting progressive politics above patriotism much like Apple, which infamously refused to help the FBI unlock dead San Bernardino jihadist Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone earlier this year.
Here’s the difference: There’s no privacy principle involved in denying our intel agencies access to Dataminr’s expertise. All the tweets published on the platform are public information.
Moreover, Twitter and Dataminr are happy to sell their news alerts to other paying clients — including financial institutions, NGOs and media organizations — just as long as those clients aren’t using the data to, you know, stop bloody terrorist attacks by Islamic suicide bombers, mass murderers and machete-wielders.
Twitter’s direct message to government counter-terrorism experts now shut out of the Dataminr service: Screw you. Screw America. You’re on your own.
The ACLU is ecstatic, of course. Its deputy legal director Jameel Jaffer praised the cutoff and told Techcrunch.com: ‘‘It’s completely understandable that a social-media company like Twitter doesn’t want to be seen as an arm of American intelligence agencies.”
So Twitter prefers to be seen as a de facto arm of al Qaeda, al-Shabab, ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood? Duly noted. If the social network hadn’t allowed tens of thousands of jihad operatives from around the world to infest and exploit the site in the first place, there’d be no urgent reason for our intel agencies to monitor them.
As for troublesome ‘‘optics,” nobody beats the jihadists at disseminating negative images. Just a few months ago, the Islamic State put out a video threatening Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey with bullet-riddled photos of his face and the iconic Twitter bluebird logo.
Twitter won’t help the government track terrorists with the best available tools in its arsenal. But if jihad were to strike Twitter headquarters, these same information-squelching executives will expect every last government counterterrorism agency and law-enforcement office to help them out and bring Islamic attackers to justice.
Keep screwing yourselves, Twitter.
A Message to ISIS: ‘..We Own You Bitches!..’
Video courtesy of: Wauchula Ghost
by, Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
On 4/16/2016 at approximately 9pm, a female reported that she was walking when a group of males called her over to their vehicle. She spoke with them for a bit and then walked away. They approached her a short time later on foot near the area of 32nd St W and Blaisdell Av S, where they sexually assaulted her.
There are five reported suspects. They are described as: 1. 19-23 year old dark skinned; Somali male, 6’, light build, with short black frizzy hair. 2. 19-23 year old dark skinned Somali male, 6’, light build, with black short hair. 3. 15-17 year old dark skinned; Somali male, 5’10”- 6’ light build with short black hair. 4. 19-23 year old dark skinned Somali male, 6’, light build with short black hair. 5. 50-56 year old dark skinned Somali male, 6’, heavy build, with a balding head. The vehicle they were in was described as a small black 4 door vehicle with tinted windows and a gray/silver interior.
* If you have any information on this case, including any information that can help identify a suspect, please call the Sex Crimes unit at 612.673.3081 in reference to police case number 16-082076. Alternatively, you can call our Tips Line at (612) 692-8477, or use the free MPD Tip 411 app, or text MPD + your tip to 847411 (Tip 411). MPD Tip 411 is anonymous.
WE do hereby hold Barack Hussein Obama personally responsible for this crime.
WE will seek justice for this victim and WE will secure it…
..by ANY MEANS necessary.
*There is no expiration date on this decree.