In an attempt catch up with US capabilities, Russian Intelligence has ordered three systems to monitor and manipulate information line.Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service ordered a three-layered software system it that will monitor use to manipulate information on the internet using social networks and the blogosphere.The system will work as follows: The first part of the system will be used to discover critical propaganda attack points to be targeted. This layer will monitor information on the internet, paying special attention to the discovery of important hubs and paths information is traveled as it propagates across social networks and through the blogoshpere. The second part of the system will be used to create communities of controlled disinformation agents to inject state propaganda into the hubs identified in the first part of the system. These information warfare agents will work together to form an online virtual communities of subject matter experts that regularly receive information from non-controlled state agents and design tasks to control the flow of this information through the social media and across blogs. The third part of the system will to automatically spread propaganda support of information operations based on pre-prepared scenarios to influence mass audiences across social networks and blogs.(http://www.businessinsider.com/russian-hackers-publish-passwords-to-nearly-5-million-email-accounts-2014-90). An RT report on the new system quotes experts who doubt such a system could be implemented without hacking social networks and resorting to other illegal tactics. These experts are either clueless or are information agents themselves as one only needs to look into those who conduct information operations for the Pentagon to see that this is already being used in the United States, with the caveat the third part isn’t automated.
By Jeff Stein
Western technicians at Dhahran Air Base like to joke that the only aircraft the Saudis can keep in the air by themselves is a model of a British Tornado on a pedestal at the gates.Indeed, the entire Saudi military arsenal—including the world’s biggest fleet of American F-15s outside of the U.S. and Japan—couldn’t function without the several hundred mostly American and British technicians who keep the royal family’s tanks, ships, artillery and warplanes in working order. As with everything else in the Saudi economy, from servants to oil field workers, the Saudis just don’t “do” such hands-on work. The same goes for Saudi ground troops: There are officers, and there are grunts (not all of them Saudis), and nothing in-between. The concept of a corps of sergeants actually running things, is, well, foreign, to the desert kingdom’s rulers, for a variety of tribal and cultural reasons. But as any Western general knows, an army wins (or doesn’t) on the strength of its sergeants, the blue-collar guys down below the colonels, majors and lieutenants who prod the grunts and make sure things get done. And it’s the sergeants who do the training.Likewise, the prospect of Saudi pilots banking their F-15s into dive-bombing runs against ISIS targets in Iraq or Syria, is a fantasy. Just getting the king to issue a denunciation of the neck-slicing savages was considered a major victory in official Washington.
BY Ali Rizk
BEIRUT — Hezbollah is ready to confront jihadist groups in defending Lebanon, according to Hezbollah lawmaker Ali Fayyad. In an exclusive interview, Fayyad told Al-Monitor, “Hezbollah is determined to fight takfiri groups.” He said, “If the situation were to worsen, Hezbollah is ready to defend Lebanon.” Fayyad described Lebanon as being “under direct threat” from the Islamic State (IS).The northeastern Lebanese village of Arsal, adjacent to the Syrian border, has been the scene of violent clashes between the Lebanese army and jihadist militants from IS and Jabhat al-Nusra. A number of Lebanese army soldiers and security personnel were taken captive by the jihadists during these clashes, and two of them were executed by IS.Fayyad said Hezbollah was working with border villages to improve their security, but that it was ultimately the role of the Lebanese state to develop a security strategy for the border areas threatened by terrorist groups. “Hezbollah is not training groups. Many Christian border villages asked for our help to protect these towns and for military cooperation,” he said. “We have a principle: This task is that of the Lebanese state and the Lebanese army. Hezbollah is ready to cooperate as part of the Lebanese social fabric.”While acknowledging that the presence of Syrian refugees is having “negative effects” on the country, Fayyad holds that civilian Syrian refugees should not be blamed for terrorist activity. “We cannot hold civilians responsible for what terrorist groups, which have taken refuge in camps, are doing,” he said.Fayyad welcomed any military aid provided to the Lebanese army, but said the aid provided by Western countries, like the United States, was insufficient to defeat the militant groups. “The [current] aid doesn’t allow the Lebanese army to be in a position where it can decide this battle in its favor,” Fayyad said. “Lebanon is in need of helicopters and missiles, which would help in changing the course of the battle, in addition to drones to track terrorist groups that are on the move in the mountains.”The Hezbollah parliament member also welcomed any military action against IS inside Syria on the condition that it would be in coordination with the Syrian government. In response to a question regarding possible US military action against IS in Syria, Fayyad said, “There now exists broad common ground in the Middle East in the name of confronting takfiri terrorism. And all efforts to confront this phenomenon are welcome but must take into consideration the sovereignty of states and not be an aggression against the sovereignty of this or that country.”Fayyad denied any direct or indirect communication between the United States and Hezbollah regarding IS and said that there were no official meetings taking place between Hezbollah and Saudi Arabia, although he welcomed the thaw in relations between Tehran and Riyadh. “We hope it will develop into a fruitful dialogue and will usher in results that are not limited to Iraq but extend to the whole region,” he said.
The Hezbollah lawmaker categorically denied any military role for Hezbollah in Iraq, stating, “We have no military battlefield role in Iraq.” Hezbollah is, however, working on repairing relations between Hamas and the Syrian government, Fayyad acknowledged. “We do not spare any effort to repair the dysfunction that befell relations between resistance powers,” he said.
On Thursday, the Turkish Security Council held a summit in the Turkish capital of Ankara and decided that Turkey will not participate in the International Alliance against the Islamic State terrorist group.
Report: Turkey deported 830 Europeans trying to join Islamic State
The meeting lasted for three hours and many Turkey’s key political and military leaders participated, including Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Bulent Arinc, Interior Minister, Efkan Ala, Ismet Yilmaz, General Commander of the Turkish Army Forces, Hulusi Akar, Genral Commander of the Turkish Ground Forces, Adbdulla Atta, the Commander of the Turkish Special Forces, as well as many other military and foreign affairs consultants.
According to Turkish local media, the Turkish Security Council Summit finished in Ankara and they concluded that Turkey would not be participating in the International Alliance against IS but instead, to be inactively involved and to provide logistic support.
New Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoğlu supervised the summit. The meeting focused on two main issues: the formation of the International Alliance and the status of the Turkish citizens taken hostage by IS militants early last month.
Turkey has come under criticism from the international community after not having any active role in fighting IS militants in northern Iraq.
Detroit-A new religious group aims to bring the devil to Detroit.The Satanic Temple today marks the launch of its first chapter outside New York. But leaders say they don’t worship Satan. They don’t practice cannibalism, or sacrifice people or animals.“It’s peaceful,” said Jex Blackmore, 32, local leader and part of the temple’s executive ministry. “The idea of sacrifice specifically is to appease some demon or some god, and that’s a supernatural belief that we don’t subscribe to.”The group’s tenets include free will, compassion toward all creatures, respect of others’ freedom — including freedom to offend — and beliefs supported by scientific understanding: “We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs,” according to the Satanic Temple’s website.Based on Western civilization’s most notorious evil character, the sect is intrinsically controversial. The Satanic Temple was started about two years ago and has drawn national attention for First Amendment-related demonstrations in communities as far-flung as Florida and Massachusetts.In Oklahoma, the group aims to erect a bronze statue of Baphomet, a bearded, goat-headed deity posing with two children, in response to Christians posting the Ten Commandments at the state’s capitol. Blackmore said that if the Christians removed their monument, the push to install Baphomet would end.Charles Haynes, a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center in Washington, D.C., said Friday that the Satanists reflect the increasing diversity in America, a country founded on religious freedom, as protestant Christianity’s influence has lessened.Blackmore said the temple’s plans for Michigan include offering same-sex wedding ceremonies and advocating for women’s rights — in particular, opposing on religious grounds the informed consent laws requiring that women receiving abortions be given certain information. She also is working on plans to volunteer at local animal shelters and provide other needed community service in Detroit.
(Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko(‘Chocolate King’) has been invited to address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, congressional leaders said on Wednesday, an honor intended to underscore Washington’s commitment to his country as it battles separatist pro-Russian rebels.Republican John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives, invited Poroshenko to address a meeting of the House and U.S.
Senate on Sept. 18.”Having President Poroshenko address Congress is another signal of our steadfast commitment to the aspirations of his people,” Boehner said in a statement. “It will be an honor and a privilege to welcome him to the United States Capitol.”Foreign heads of states and heads of government have been invited to address joint meetings of Congress since the early 1800s, normally to underscore their countries’ close allegiance with the United States.The last such address by a foreign leader was South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s more than a year ago, on May 8, 2013.
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The emergence of terrorism in a new form has sent tremors of anxiety around the globe. ISIS, the self-proclaimed Islamic state and caliphate, has redefined the meaning of terror by combining relentless barbarism with military skill, religious bigotry, unprecedented affluence and the shrewd use of video and social media.
[np_storybar title="Why is ISIS beheading Americans? Five reasons for the terror group’s horrific provocation towards the U.S." link="http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/09/03/why-is-isis-beheading-americans-five-reasons-for-the-terror-groups-horrific-provocation-towards-the-u-s/"]As I noted in my last post, it’s a little hard to figure out ISIS’s strategy following its second videotaped execution of an American citizen in less than a month. Over the last two years, the group has shown impressive strategic acumen, growing into the world’s wealthiest terrorist group and something close to a viable theocratic state. It has achieved those aims via a strategy of gaining and consolidating control within Iraq and Syria—two of the world’s most unstable states—while, unlike al-Qaida, avoiding action…
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