Wednesday, June 17, 2015

'Cute' octopus may be new species | Pentagon: Islamic State to continue looking for ways to expand in Afghanistan | Is ‘Whack-A-Mole’ Working Against al Qaeda? | Ex-CIA operatives concerned about personal data breach: “The form is a personal and financial colonoscopy,” says Berntsen, who led the first teams of CIA operatives into Afghanistan in 2001. | Sony fails to dismiss lawsuit over 'Interview' data hacking - AOL.com | OVERNIGHT CYBERSECURITY: Calls grow for firings over hack | Senate Attempts To Arm Kurds Directly, Reform Military Justice Fall Short | "Cyber attacks that are defined in the manual as a legal use of force governed by the laws of war include digital strikes that can cause a nuclear plant to melt down, a dam to open in a populated area causing destruction, and cyber attacks against air traffic control that cause aircraft to crash." - Obama Considering Range of Options in Response to OPM Hack 17/06/15 05:00 from Washington Free Beacon - U.S. National Security and Military News Review



'Cute' octopus may be new species

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Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California think they have found a new species of octopus that is being described as adorable.
    


Muslims Worldwide to Mark the Start of Ramadan on Thursday

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Muslims around the world to mark the start of Ramadan on Thursday with fasting and prayers

Michelle Obama Brings Gifts for Young UK Prince, Princess

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Michelle Obama leaves gifts: Prince George, Princess Charlotte not forgotten by US first lady

Escaped Tiger in Tbilisi Killed Man Before Being Caught and Put Down 

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News reports of the mauling near the central square of the Georgian capital came after the zoo had said all of the missing lions and tigers had been found dead.

EU Agrees To Extend Sanctions On Russia

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Meeting in Brussels, European Union ambassadors have agreed to extend economic sanctions on Russia by another six months to the end of January 2016, and prolong an investment ban on Crimea for another year.

Berkeley Irish student deaths: minister hits out at New York Times coverage 

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Aodhán Ó Ríordáin condemns ‘disgraceful’ article referencing wild Irish student behaviour in context of balcony tragedy in Berkeley, California
An Irish government minister has denounced a New York Times article detailing the “drunken partying” lifestyles of Irish students in California as disgraceful, coming so soon after the death of six young people in a balcony collapse in Berkeley.
The feature, written by three NYT journalists, makes reference to the thousands of Irish students who travel with special J-1 visas allowing them to work in the United States every summer.
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» Islamic State: more popular than you think
17/06/15 06:21 from openDemocracy
The powerful rise of religious fascism, though exacerbated by economic and political crises, is rooted in the ethnic and religious intolerance that has thrived in the region for decades. A recent Al-Jazeera Arabic online poll s...
» Code Red alert at N. Golan villages
17/06/15 05:35 from DEBKAFile
Alert sirens and explosions heard shortly before noon Wednesday at Ortal, Alonei Bashan, Merom Hagolan, Ein Zivan and Keshet. The army is investigating the cause. This area is already on edge over the situation of Syrian Druze near the b...
» The looming threat of ISIS in Sudan
17/06/15 05:34 from openDemocracy
ISIS is succesfully recruiting among disaffected Sudanese youth, and not enough is being done to stop it. Albert Gonzalez Farran/Demotix. All rights reserved. The news about Sudanese students who  fled  to Syria via  Turke...
» Cyber security specialists join forces to combat growing threat - The Australian Financial Review
17/06/15 05:09 from Cyberwarfare - Google News
The Australian Financial Review Cyber security specialists join forces to combat growing threat The Australian Financial Review As cyber security problems intensify, a group of cyber security companies is hoping an alliance of private se...
» Obama Considering Range of Options in Response to OPM Hack
17/06/15 05:00 from Washington Free Beacon
President Obama is considering a range of options in addition to economic sanctions in response to the massive theft of data from federal government computer networks, a senior White House security official said Tuesday.
» Obama Admin Excluded Iran from Threat Assessment
17/06/15 05:00 from Washington Free Beacon
Leading U.S. officials are expressing concern about newly disclosed efforts by the Obama administration to intentionally downplay the terrorism threat posed by Iran in an official report issued this year.
» Israel Considering Creation of ‘Safe Zone’ in Syria for Threatened Druze Sect
17/06/15 05:00 from Washington Free Beacon
JERUSALEM—Israel is considering the creation of a “safe zone” on the Syrian side of the Golan border where members of the threatened Druze sect could shelter under the protection of guns on the Israeli side of the border and receive huma...
» China Claims Aggressive Island Building Will Be Used For Humanitarian Relief
17/06/15 04:59 from Washington Free Beacon
China continues to claim its construction on contested islands and reefs in the South China Sea is primarily for civilian uses and will enhance its international aid efforts, even as critics say that Beijing’s humanitarian assistance is ...
» Asia stocks off three-month lows as China bounces, all eyes on
17/06/15 04:53 from Search Results
Asia stocks off three-month lows as China bounces, all eyes on Fed Fed eyes mixed bag of data as new rate 'regime' nears Greek central bank issues 'Grexit' warning if aid talks fail Renzi's digital plan sets new industrial course for Ita...
» “What human rights?” Why some companies speak out while others don’t
17/06/15 04:30 from openDemocracy
Many companies speak out for human rights when it relates directly to their operations, but are some companies willing to take a stand on broader human rights issues? Français , Español After much pressure from human rights activists, an...
» Analysing Aaronovitch: a sceptical narrative
17/06/15 04:10 from openDemocracy
Prosecution and conviction rates for sexual crime are lamentably low in the UK. If David Aaronovitch cares about 'genuine abuse', why isn't this what worries him more? Part Two. Newspaper front pages on Jimmy Savile's crimes. Credit: Rav...
» Analysing Aaronovitch: has the scourge of ‘conspiracists’ become one himself?
17/06/15 04:09 from openDemocracy
David Aaronovitch claims ‘unbelievable’ notions about child abuse that ‘bewitched’ professionals decades ago are echoed in the VIP historic abuse cases. Where is his evidence? Part One. Newspaper front pages on Rolf Harris's arrest Credi...
» Jeju island and the war mindset in Asia and the Pacific 
17/06/15 04:00 from openDemocracy
Jeju is called the Island of Peace, but in spite of seven years of constant large protests it's where the South Korean military has almost finished construction of a new naval base.  Photo by Ann Wright. Only section of Gurombi rock...
» The Real Fog of Cyberwar: Operational Cyber Planning - War on the Rocks
17/06/15 03:56 from cyber warfare - Google News
The Real Fog of Cyberwar : Operational Cyber Planning War on the Rocks Cyber operations and strategies are assumed to be critically important to national security strategies. The United States has gone to great lengths to involve cyber p...
» Don’t call it a comeback: racial slavery is not yet abolished
17/06/15 03:56 from openDemocracy
The long and on-going history of black freedom struggle should remain the contemporary focal point and forum of political demands for global justice. A 'black lives matter' protest in Washington DC in 2014. Cory Clark/Demotix. All Rights...
» Was Paul Kennedy Right? American Decline 30 Years On - War on the Rocks
17/06/15 03:55 from anti-Americanism - Google News
Was Paul Kennedy Right? American Decline 30 Years On War on the Rocks Anti-Americanism in truth is a complex and contradictory thing, and is pronounced among those who crave what America produces. But if the concept of decline, as one fo...
» The challenge facing the Liberal Democrats
17/06/15 03:55 from openDemocracy
The Lib Dems must embark on an ambitious course if they are to survive in the new, fractured political landscape. Flickr/Liberal Democrats. Some rights reserved. Mourning Becomes Election I slightly amended the title of Eugene O’Neill’s ...
» The gendered impact of Universal Credit
17/06/15 03:29 from openDemocracy
Women and poor families will fare badly under the new welfare system due to measures aimed at those in part-time or low-paid work. Flickr/Number 10. Some rights reserved. The recent Conservative election victory has been swiftly followed...
» Commissioner said MLB knew of FBI investigation into Cardinals - Boston Globe
17/06/15 03:21 from fbi - Google News
Boston Globe Commissioner said MLB knew of FBI investigation into Cardinals Boston Globe Stopping well short of characterizing it as the first “cyber attack'' by a Major League Baseball team against another, commissioner Rob Manf...
» The truth behind Osborne's devolution "revolution"
17/06/15 03:08 from openDemocracy
Despite the “radical devolution” promised by the chancellor, the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill wil leave Westminster firmly in control of the things that matter. Flickr/Conservatives. Some rights reserved. George Osbor...
» US Navy uses SM-6 to intercept medium-range supersonic target from 'over-the ... - PR Newswire (press release)
17/06/15 03:06 from CyberWar - Google News
Military Embedded Systems US Navy uses SM-6 to intercept medium-range supersonic target from 'over-the ... PR Newswire (press release) During over-the-horizon test scenarios, the shooting ship uses information from off-board sensors ...
» Carter, Dempsey to answer questions about Mideast strategy
17/06/15 02:52 from News - Stripes
Carter, Dempsey to answer questions about Mideast strategy Two of America's top military leaders will be asked to defend President Barack Obama's handling of the tinderbox of violence and struggle in the Middle East. Futenma neighbors aw...
» NATO: Russian actions in Ukraine create long-term security challenge - Ukraine Today
17/06/15 02:47 from Nato Russia - Google News
Ukraine Today NATO : Russian actions in Ukraine create long-term security challenge Ukraine Today Philip Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe: "In the east, Russia is blatantly attempting to change the rules and principle...
» Nato lashes out at Russia's nuclear expansion plans, calls it dangerous - Oneindia
17/06/15 02:44 from Nato Russia - Google News
Oneindia Nato lashes out at Russia's nuclear expansion plans, calls it dangerous Oneindia London, June 17: The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ( Nato ) lashed out at Russia 's move to expand its nuclear arsenal, saying it amou...
» FBI cookbook offers 'top secret' recipes - New York Daily News
17/06/15 02:31 from fbi - Google News
New York Daily News FBI cookbook offers 'top secret' recipes New York Daily News There's a “secret” document the FBI doesn't want you to know about. And it's delicious. “Top Secret Recipes of the New York Office” is a...
» Havana: a city on the brink of a potentially fraught transition - The Guardian
17/06/15 02:30 from anti-Americanism - Google News
The Guardian Havana: a city on the brink of a potentially fraught transition The Guardian In keeping with the absolute absence of anti-Americanism I have come across in Cuba, Hemingway remains a venerated figure on the island, with the c...
» Havana: one of the world's great cities on the brink of a fraught transition - The Guardian
17/06/15 02:30 from anti-Americanism - Google News
The Guardian Havana: one of the world's great cities on the brink of a fraught transition The Guardian In keeping with the absolute absence of anti-Americanism I have come across in Cuba, Hemingway remains a venerated figure on the i...
» Predicting Support for Arabs' Autonomy from Social Dominance: The Role of Identity Complexity and Dehumanization
17/06/15 02:26 from Political Psychology
The present study extends previous research on the influence of social dominance orientation (SDO) in international affairs by investigating the role of sociocognitive processes such as social identity complexity (SIC) and intergroup deh...
» US ambassador noncommittal on veto for Palestinian state
17/06/15 02:13 from DEBKAFile
“We would oppose anything designed to punish Israel or undermine Israel’s security,” said US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday. But when asked if the US would exe...
» Kerry drops Iran’s past weapons tests as part of nuclear deal
17/06/15 02:13 from DEBKAFile
US Secretary of State John Kerry now says that the US wouldn’t make Iran’s accounting of any past atomic weapons research as a condition for reaching a deal. “The possible military dimensions, frankly, gets distorted a ...
» I Only Have Eyes for You: Does Implicit Social Pressure Increase Voter Turnout?
17/06/15 01:57 from Political Psychology
Get-out-the-vote mailers using explicit social pressure consistently increase electoral turnout; however, they often generate a negative reaction or backlash. One approach to increase turnout, yet alleviate backlash, may be to use implic...
» ATTRITION: Gripen Grounded
17/06/15 01:32 from StrategyPage.com
» St. Louis Cardinals reportedly being investigated by FBI for hacking Houston ... - FOXSports.com
17/06/15 01:31 from fbi - Google News
CBSSports.com St. Louis Cardinals reportedly being investigated by FBI for hacking Houston ... FOXSports.com The New York Times first reported that the FBI and Justice Department were investigating whether Cardinals front-office official...
» Power, Conflict, and Community: How Gendered Views of Political Power Influence Women's Political Ambition
17/06/15 01:27 from Political Psychology
We provide a novel approach to understanding the political ambition gap between men and women by examining perceptions of the role of politician. Across three studies, we find that political careers are viewed as fulfilling power-related...
» Cybersecurity problems at hacked agency 'decades in the making' - Fox News
17/06/15 01:20 from cybersecurity - Google News
Fox News Cybersecurity problems at hacked agency 'decades in the making' Fox News Archuleta said such cybersecurity problems are "decades in the making," though Chaffetz said, "We don't have decades!" Chaf...
» What does FBI probe into Cardinals' cyber activity mean for Cubs? - Chicago Sun-Times
17/06/15 01:11 from fbi - Google News
Chicago Sun-Times What does FBI probe into Cardinals' cyber activity mean for Cubs? Chicago Sun-Times Whether the FBI ultimately can do to the St. Louis Cardinals what the Cubs and Pirates have not, life in the National League Centra...
» Identity Conflict or Compatibility: A Comparison of Muslim Minorities in Five European Cities
17/06/15 00:57 from Political Psychology
Drawing on large-scale comparative surveys across nine sociopolitical contexts, we address the question when and why ethno-religious and city or national identities of European-born Muslims are in conflict. We argue that the sociopolitic...
» FBI investigating Cardinals for allegedly hacking into Astros files - CBSSports.com
17/06/15 00:56 from Cyberwar - Google News
CBSSports.com FBI investigating Cardinals for allegedly hacking into Astros files CBSSports.com Law enforcement officials believe the hacking was executed by vengeful front-office employees for the Cardinals hoping to wreak havoc on the ...
» Asia shares, dollar dither as focus turns to Fed
17/06/15 00:39 from Search Results
Asia shares, dollar dither as focus turns to Fed Japan's Amari: Hard to hold TPP ministerial talks this month Euro on defensive on Greece default fears, dollar upbeat ahead of Fed Clinton friend Blumenthal 'shed no light' before Benghazi...
» Source offers possible motivation for Cardinals hacking Astros' system - SI.com
17/06/15 00:38 from Cyberwar - Google News
Source offers possible motivation for Cardinals hacking Astros' system SI.com On SI Now, Sports Illustrated senior writer Tom Verducci talks about the FBI investigating the St.Louis Cardinals for allegedly hacking the Houston Astros....
» Australian spies use paid informants abroad to stop human smuggling
17/06/15 00:37 from intelNews.org
Australian law enforcement and intelligence agencies routinely use paid informants in Indonesia and Pakistan as part of a decade-old covert war against human traffickers in the Indian Ocean.
» John Oliver Gets Helen Mirren To Read CIA Torture Report As An eBook To Get ... - Techdirt
17/06/15 00:31 from cia - Google News
Mediaite John Oliver Gets Helen Mirren To Read CIA Torture Report As An eBook To Get ... Techdirt Another week, another John Oliver report that covers topics we talk about on Techdirt. This time, it's the CIA torture report, put toge...
» FBI was recording crooked cop before he was slain - San Antonio Express-News (subscription)
17/06/15 00:12 from fbi - Google News
San Antonio Express-News (subscription) FBI was recording crooked cop before he was slain San Antonio Express-News (subscription) At a hearing for one of the slaying suspects Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Shearer and FBI special...
» What should the Middle East do to enforce cyber security? - Gulf Business News
17/06/15 00:07 from Cyberwarfare - Google News
Gulf Business News What should the Middle East do to enforce cyber security ? Gulf Business News The third area refers to systems or product development: It is imperative that IT leadership lead a fundamental shift to embedded security ,...
» NATO Slams Russia for Response to US Deployments - Antiwar.com
17/06/15 00:06 from Nato Russia - Google News
NATO Slams Russia for Response to US Deployments Antiwar.com Capping 72 hours of announcements of military buildups in Eastern Europe, NATO today angrily condemned Russia for “sabre rattling” after Russia announced its intentions to resp...
» Al Qaeda’s Yemen Branch Confirms U.S. Missile Strike Killed Leader
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces
Nasser al-Wuhayshi, 38, had led the group’s operations in the country since 2002 and was also the second-ranking leader of the global extremist network.
» Offering Services, ISIS Ensconces Itself in Seized Territories
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
The jihadists’ governing efforts, from inspecting food to offering perks to newlyweds, have brought a stability unavailable from national governments.
» Offering Services, ISIS Digs In Deeper in Seized Territories
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
The jihadists’ governing efforts, from inspecting food to offering perks to newlyweds, have brought a stability unavailable from national governments.
» Al Qaeda Confirms U.S. Strike Killed Nasser al-Wuhayshi, Its Leader in Yemen
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces
Nasser al-Wuhayshi, 38, had led the group’s operations in the country since 2002 and was also the second-ranking leader of the global extremist network.
» Tracing a 17-Year-Old’s Path From Britain to an ISIS Suicide Attack
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
Talha Asmal, a student from West Yorkshire, would be his country’s youngest known suicide bomber if his role in an attack in Iraq is confirmed.
» St. Louis Cardinals Investigated by F.B.I. for Hacking Astros
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > Federal Bureau of Investigation
The F.B.I. and Justice Department are investigating the Cardinals for hacking into the internal networks of the Houston Astros to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.
» Cardinals Face F.B.I. Inquiry in Hacking of Astros’ Network
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > Federal Bureau of Investigation
The F.B.I. and the Justice Department are investigating whether officials for the St. Louis Cardinals hacked into the internal networks of the Houston Astros to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.
» ISIS Loses Control of Crucial Syrian Border Town
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
Kurdish rebel fighters, helped by American-led airstrikes, took the town of Tal Abyad, which ISIS had used to smuggle in fighters and supplies.
» Nasser al-Wuhayshi, Al Qaeda Yemen Leader, Confirmed Dead in U.S. Strike
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces
Nasser al-Wuhayshi, 38, had led the group’s operations in the country since 2002 and was also the second-ranking leader of the global extremist network.
» Cardinals Face F.B.I. Inquiry in Hacking of Astros’ Database
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > Federal Bureau of Investigation
The F.B.I. and the Justice Department are investigating whether officials for the St. Louis Cardinals hacked into the internal networks of the Houston Astros to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.
» Queens College Student Is Charged With Conspiring to Support ISIS
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
Munther Omar Saleh, 20, a student living in Queens who was arrested Saturday, has been charged with allegedly plotting to attack New York City on behalf of ISIS, according to authorities.
» Killing Terrorists May Be Best U.S. Can Hope for
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces
Killing terrorist leaders may be a victory for drone strikes, but it has not helped the Obama administration and its Western allies stem the chaos in Yemen and Libya.
» U.S. Could Lift Sanctions Before Iran Accounting
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces
John Kerry suggested that major sanctions might be lifted before international inspectors get answers to questions about Iranian experiments and work that appeared aimed at developing a bomb.
» For U.S., Killing Terrorists Is a Means to an Elusive End
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces
Killing terrorist leaders may be a victory for drone strikes, but it has not helped the Obama administration and its Western allies stem the chaos in Yemen and Libya.
» St. Louis Cardinals Are Said to Have Breached Rival’s Database
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > Federal Bureau of Investigation
The F.B.I. and the Justice Department are investigating whether officials for the St. Louis Cardinals hacked into the internal networks of the Houston Astros to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.
» U.S. Weapons in Ukraine and Eastern Europe?
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces
Readers discuss the wisdom of giving arms to Ukraine and placing U.S. weaponry in Eastern Europe.
» Angels, Dodgers are responsible for their own cyber security - Los Angeles Times
16/06/15 23:35 from Cyberwarfare - Google News
Los Angeles Times Angels, Dodgers are responsible for their own cyber security Los Angeles Times When Jerry Dipoto retired as a player and started his climb up the front-office ladder 15 years ago, the Angels' general manager discove...
» Man Charged in 'Draw Muhammad' Attack Eyed Super Bowl Plot: FBI - NBCNews.com
16/06/15 23:13 from fbi - Google News
NBCNews.com Man Charged in 'Draw Muhammad' Attack Eyed Super Bowl Plot: FBI NBCNews.com An Arizona man arrested in connection with an attack on a "Draw Muhammad" contest in Texas last month allegedly also discussed a pl...
» 69472Search 69,472 Articles:
16/06/15 23:03 from United States Defense and Military Forces - News - Times Topics - The New York Times
69472 Search 69,472 Articles: For U.S., Killing Terrorists Is a Means to an Elusive End By MARK MAZZETTI and SCOTT SHANE Killing terrorist leaders may be a victory for drone strikes, but it has not helped the Obama administration and its...
» Senate Passes Amendment Banning Torture
16/06/15 21:44 from Defense One - All Content
The measure has little chance of becoming law if the White House vetoes the NDAA, but it is nonetheless a symbolic measure.
» Senate Attempts To Arm Kurds Directly, Reform Military Justice Fall Short
16/06/15 21:36 from Defense One - All Content
The Senate voted to move forward with the annual defense authorization bill earlier than in recent years, but as peppered with controversy as ever.
» US foreign policy and cyber security among top concerns for Sen. David Perdue - The Albany Herald
16/06/15 21:31 from Cyberwarfare - Google News
The Albany Herald US foreign policy and cyber security among top concerns for Sen. David Perdue The Albany Herald I just think that we cannot allow Iran to become a nuclear weapons base, not now, not in 10 years, not ever.” #The situatio...
» Blumenthal says ex-CIA officer gave him Benghazi memos - Washington Post
16/06/15 20:54 from cia - Google News
Reuters Blumenthal says ex- CIA officer gave him Benghazi memos Washington Post A former high-ranking CIA official wrote memos passed by Hillary Clinton confidant Sid Blumenthal to the former secretary of State before and after the 2012 ...
» What the CIA and Silicon Valley have in common - Fortune
16/06/15 20:25 from cia - Google News
Fortune What the CIA and Silicon Valley have in common Fortune UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 18: The seal of the Central Intelligence Agency is displayed in the foyer of the original headquarters building in Langley, Virginia, U.S., on Frida...
» Chase Carey to stay at Fox to advise newly promoted Murdoch sons
16/06/15 20:22 from Search Results
Chase Carey to stay at Fox to advise newly promoted Murdoch sons Greek PM tears into lenders as euro zone prepares for 'Grexit' Wall Street up with eyes on Greece, Fed; M&A supports | | Adobe profit beats analysts estimates; forecast...
» CIA Kills al Qaeda's No. 2 Leader - Wall Street Journal
16/06/15 20:14 from cia - Google News
Wall Street Journal CIA Kills al Qaeda's No. 2 Leader Wall Street Journal A Central Intelligence Agency drone strike in Yemen killed the No. 2 al Qaeda leader in the world, officials said on Tuesday, delivering a serious blow to the ...
» Russia and the West Move Further Apart - STRATFOR
16/06/15 20:08 from stratfor russia - Google News
STRATFOR Russia and the West Move Further Apart STRATFOR As Stratfor laid out in its annual forecast, "The Ukrainian crisis and the ensuing standoff between Russia and the West was the result of a collision between two geopolitical ...
» NATO question lingers for Sweden - Alaska Dispatch News
16/06/15 19:45 from nato - Google News
Alaska Dispatch News NATO question lingers for Sweden Alaska Dispatch News Even with military exercises and calls for a “route plan” toward possible membership, Sweden has kept the Western military alliance NATO at arm's length. Just...
» Why ‘decapitation’ strikes have killed terrorist leaders, but not al-Qaeda
16/06/15 19:40 from National Security: National Security, Pentagon & Defense Department News - The Washington Post
In separate strikes last week on veteran al-Qaeda leaders, the United States demonstrated again the extent to which it has perfected an almost eerie capability to find the world’s most wanted terrorism suspects in some of the world’s mos...
» OVERNIGHT CYBERSECURITY: Capitol Hill wants people fired for hack - The Hill
16/06/15 19:33 from cybersecurity - Google News
OVERNIGHT CYBERSECURITY : Capitol Hill wants people fired for hack The Hill Welcome to OVERNIGHT CYBERSECURITY , your daily run-down of the biggest news in the world of hacking and data privacy. We're here to connect the dots as lead...
» NATO commander: U.S. weighs placing military equipment in east - Military Times
16/06/15 19:30 from nato - Google News
Military Times NATO commander: U.S. weighs placing military equipment in east Military Times USTKA, Poland — The U.S. and other NATO members are considering placing heavy military equipment in the alliance's eastern flank nations, NA...
» ManTech expands cybersecurity work - Washington Post
16/06/15 19:23 from cybersecurity - Google News
GovConWire ManTech expands cybersecurity work Washington Post ManTech International has acquired Reston cybersecurity firm Knowledge Consulting Group for an undisclosed sum, the company said Tuesday. The deal is the latest in Washington&...
» Sony fails to dismiss lawsuit over 'Interview' data hacking - AOL News
16/06/15 19:11 from Cyberwar - Google News
Deadline Sony fails to dismiss lawsuit over 'Interview' data hacking AOL News (Reuters) -- A U.S. judge rejected Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc's bid to dismiss a lawsuit by nine former employees who claimed their personal d...
» Russia to add 40 new intercontinental missiles this year - Yahoo News
16/06/15 19:06 from missile defense - Google News
Yahoo News Russia to add 40 new intercontinental missiles this year Yahoo News MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's military will add over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles this year alone that are capable of piercing any missile defenses...
» Toddlers, rats, asbestos. G4S, asylum seekers’ landlord
16/06/15 19:00 from openDemocracy
Why would the UK government let its commercial contractor get away with housing vulnerable asylum seekers in dangerous slums? Inside Jane’s flat I went to see Jane in her upstairs flat in Sheffield. She was anxious and panicky. “I put an...
» 69470Search 69,470 Articles:
16/06/15 18:57 from United States Defense and Military Forces - News - Times Topics - The New York Times
69470 Search 69,470 Articles: Nasser al-Wuhayshi, Al Qaeda Yemen Leader, Confirmed Dead in U.S. Strike Military Spouses, Facing Deployment, but Not Alone By T. T. ROBINSON As I looked ahead to my husband’s long term deployment, I felt as...
» PVCC adds career certificate programs in construction management, cybersecurity - The Daily Progress
16/06/15 18:47 from cybersecurity - Google News
Richmond.com PVCC adds career certificate programs in construction management, cybersecurity The Daily Progress The cybersecurity certificate is 28 credits and prepares students to work as network specialists. The program follows standar...
» Trauma in the frame
16/06/15 18:43 from openDemocracy
Laurent Bécue-Renard’s film Of Men and War is a painstaking documentation of PTSD afflicting those returned from Iraq. At the Open Documentary Festival on 17 June 2015. Laurent Bécue-Renard, Of Men and War, 2014. All rights reserved. In ...
» Former CIA operatives concerned about info nabbed in government hack - TBO.com
16/06/15 18:40 from cia - Google News
Former CIA operatives concerned about info nabbed in government hack TBO.com Last year, former CIA operative Gary Berntsen spent more than a week filling out a 127-page security clearance application that seeks a wide range of personal i...
» North Korea risk fails to thaw Japan, South Korea military ties
16/06/15 18:39 from News - Stripes
North Korea risk fails to thaw Japan, South Korea military ties South Korea is not ready to expand military ties with Japan even though cooperation between the two U.S. allies is a deterrent to North Korea, South Korea's defense minister...
» The Top Secret (Fake) Memo to Putin on How to Counter NATO's Latest Move - Foreign Policy (blog)
16/06/15 18:37 from nato - Google News
Foreign Policy (blog) The Top Secret (Fake) Memo to Putin on How to Counter NATO's Latest Move Foreign Policy (blog) Your series of “snap exercises” all around the periphery of our country have clearly frightened NATO . Additionally,...
» How NATO Is Meeting New Threats - Wall Street Journal
16/06/15 18:37 from nato - Google News
Wall Street Journal How NATO Is Meeting New Threats Wall Street Journal This exercise brings together more than 2,000 troops from nine NATO countries, including Czech and Dutch paratroopers, German and Norwegian infantry, Polish and Lith...
» Chasing dreams in Guangzhou
16/06/15 18:34 from openDemocracy
Måns Månsson’s film Stranded in Canton straddles false promises and Sino-African culture clash. At the Open City Documentary Festival on 17 June 2015. Måns Månsson, Stranded in Canton, 2014. All rights reserved. Director Måns Månsson, wi...
» FBI chases 'Family Annihilator' with Facebook campaign - New York Daily News
16/06/15 18:30 from fbi - Google News
New York Daily News FBI chases 'Family Annihilator' with Facebook campaign New York Daily News The FBI is trying a new tact to chase the aging “Family Annihilator” nearly four decades after he allegedly slaughtered his mother, wi...
» FBI uses Facebook to find 1976 murder suspect known as 'Family Annihilator' - New York Daily News
16/06/15 18:30 from fbi - Google News
New York Daily News FBI uses Facebook to find 1976 murder suspect known as 'Family Annihilator' New York Daily News The FBI is trying a new tact to chase the aging “Family Annihilator” nearly four decades after he allegedly slaug...
» Is the Kremlin worried about US tanks in Europe? - Foreign Policy (blog)
16/06/15 18:23 from nato - Google News
Foreign Policy (blog) Is the Kremlin worried about US tanks in Europe? Foreign Policy (blog) Your series of “snap exercises” all around the periphery of our country have clearly frightened NATO . Additionally, the brilliant concept of “h...
» US and China are Two Top Botnet Attack Targets - Nextgov
16/06/15 18:21 from Cyberwar - Google News
Nextgov US and China are Two Top Botnet Attack Targets Nextgov A new report released by Level 3 Communications tracking botnet activity in the first quarter of 2015 reveals the United States gives and receives the lion's share of bot...
» MLB commissioner addresses fan safety, FBI investigation into Cardinals - Boston Globe
16/06/15 17:59 from fbi - Google News
Boston Globe MLB commissioner addresses fan safety, FBI investigation into Cardinals Boston Globe Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, in Boston as part of his whistle-stop tour of all 30 major league clubs, said Tuesday he was hopeful tha...
» The unwritten rules of hacking another team's computer system - SB Nation
16/06/15 17:43 from Cyberwar - Google News
The unwritten rules of hacking another team's computer system SB Nation We're here to talk about a literal FBI investigation about a team literally hacking into the computers of another team. It's a modern update to the Giant...
» Is ‘Whack-A-Mole’ Working Against al Qaeda?
16/06/15 17:38 from Defense One - All Content
The terror group’s No. 2 was killed in Yemen, reportedly by a U.S. strike. But are such killings bringing the U.S. any closer to “degrading and ultimately defeating” terrorism?
» Iraqi Prime Minister to visit Iran for Talks On Bilateral Relations, Islamic State
16/06/15 17:26 from Washington Free Beacon
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will travel to Iran Wednesday for talks on bilateral relations between the countries and the war against the Islamic State, his office said.
» Latest from Iran - Press TV
16/06/15 17:24 from nato - Google News
Press TV Latest from Iran Press TV Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia will defend itself against NATO which is increasing its military presence on “our borders.” "If someone puts some of our territories under threat, that ...
» Kerry says focus in Iran nuclear talks is on the future, not the past
16/06/15 17:06 from National Security: National Security, Pentagon & Defense Department News - The Washington Post
Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Tuesday said the United States is more concerned about preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons than it is in getting Tehran to publicly acknowledge past work to develop a bomb.Read full article...
» FBI: Man shot near Arkansas base not linked to terrorism - AirForceTimes.com
16/06/15 17:02 from fbi - Google News
AirForceTimes.com FBI : Man shot near Arkansas base not linked to terrorism AirForceTimes.com JACKSONVILLE, Ark. — The armed man who was shot and critically wounded while trying to get into Little Rock Air Force Base had no ties to terro...
» Military Spouses, Facing Deployment, but Not Alone
16/06/15 17:01 from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces
As I looked ahead to my husband’s long term deployment, I felt as if I were drowning—until the Navy issued me a life preserver.
» A Sweeping Victory for the McCain-Feinstein Anti-Torture Measure
16/06/15 16:59 from Just Security
Jennifer Daskal The anti-torture measure that David talks about here passed the Senate by an overwhelming majority today of 78-21.  Not that this should be a surprise.  After all, as David wrote, the United States has long opposed tortur...
» FBI Spends Up to One-Third of Its Aviation Budget on Executive Travel ... - GovExec.com
16/06/15 16:55 from fbi - Google News
GovExec.com FBI Spends Up to One-Third of Its Aviation Budget on Executive Travel ... GovExec.com Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, in 2012 inquired about then-Attorney General Eric Holder's use of FBI ...
» Putin says Russia beefing up nuclear arsenal, NATO denounces 'sabre-rattling' - Reuters
16/06/15 16:48 from Nato Russia - Google News
Reuters Putin says Russia beefing up nuclear arsenal, NATO denounces 'sabre-rattling' Reuters Putin made his comments a day after Russian officials denounced a U.S. plan to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO member states on...
» Al Qaeda's Middle Management Problem
16/06/15 16:44 from Defense One - All Content
Recent strikes against the group’s top officials in Libya and Yemen illustrate its organizational weaknesses.
» MLB Commissioner: 'Too Early To Speculate' On Cardinals Hacking Probe - NESN.com
16/06/15 16:43 from Cyberwar - Google News
NESN.com MLB Commissioner: 'Too Early To Speculate' On Cardinals Hacking Probe NESN.com He added that while the league makes computer security resources available to its member clubs, teams are not compelled to utilize them. “We ...
» Food Security: Is the US Food and Water Supply Safe?
16/06/15 16:43 from InHomelandSecurity.com - News & Analysis of Critical Issues in Terrorism & Homeland Defense
By Sheri L. Hernandez Program Director, Hospitality Management at American Public University Is the U.S. food and water supply appropriately protected? Based on research and opinion, the debate on this topic is always robust and interest...
» Consolidation Continues: ManTech Buys Cybersecurity Adviser Knowledge ... - CRN
16/06/15 16:42 from cybersecurity - Google News
GovConWire Consolidation Continues: ManTech Buys Cybersecurity Adviser Knowledge ... CRN ManTech aims to stay the course in its strategy to turn around its ailing business through acquisitions by purchasing cybersecurity adviser Knowledg...
» 5 Reasons Chris Pratt is Even Better Than You Think
16/06/15 16:41 from Washington Free Beacon
5 things that make Chris Pratt truly amazing.
» NATO commander: US weighs placing army equipment in east - Yahoo News
16/06/15 16:40 from nato - Google News
NATO commander: US weighs placing army equipment in east Yahoo News USTKA, Poland (AP) — The U.S. and other NATO members are considering placing heavy military equipment in the alliance's eastern flank nations, NATO's commander f...
» The True Cost of War On Terror Can Be Measured By the Number of Refugees
16/06/15 16:38 from ThereAreNoSunglasses
World leaders’ neglect of refugees condemns millions to death and despair Worst refugee crisis since World War II. · One million refugees desperately in need of resettlement. · Four million Syrian refugees struggling to survive in Turkey...
» Pentagon: Islamic State to continue looking for ways to expand in Afghanistan
16/06/15 16:37 from National Security: National Security, Pentagon & Defense Department News - The Washington Post
The Islamic State is likely to continue looking for ways to expand in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Tuesday in a new report, setting the stage for bloodshed between militant groups competing for influence.Read full article >>
» FBI Investigates St. Louis Cardinals For Alleged Hack Of Astros System - NPR
16/06/15 16:30 from fbi - Google News
FBI Investigates St. Louis Cardinals For Alleged Hack Of Astros System NPR The FBI is investigating an alleged hack by members of the St. Louis Cardinals organization against a rival now working for the Houston Astros. The teams say they...
» Mercury Computer (MRCY) Announces $10.6M Order for Subsystems for Missile ... - StreetInsider.com
16/06/15 16:30 from missile defense - Google News
Mercury Computer (MRCY) Announces $10.6M Order for Subsystems for Missile ... StreetInsider.com Mercury Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRCY) announced it received $10.6 million in orders from a leading defense prime contractor to provide radar s...
» The MLB: From Steroids to Asterisks and Now Cyber Warfare? - Techzone360
16/06/15 16:28 from cyber warfare - Google News
Deadspin The MLB: From Steroids to Asterisks and Now Cyber Warfare ? Techzone360 There are few things more American than baseball. As the 'boys of summer' make their way toward the All-Star Break, The New York Times has reported ...



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» Human Rights Watch details abuse of mentally disabled prisoners
14/05/15 10:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . In jails and prisons throughout the United States, correctional staff have sprayed mentally disabled prisoners with painful chemicals, shocked them with electric stun weapons, and strapped them for days in re...
» Iraq says Islamic State demolishes ruins to cover up looting - Middle East
14/05/15 10:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top news - (TEST). BAGHDAD — The videos of Islamic State militants destroying ancient artifacts in Iraq's museums and blowing up 3,000-year-old temples are chilling enough, but one of Iraq's top anti...
» Blackwater founder turns white-collar boss, aids China firms - Pacific
14/05/15 10:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top news - (TEST). HONG KONG — Almost five years after selling his notorious soldiers-for-hire business, the founder of Blackwater Worldwide is again running operations in some of the world's most ha...
» Jade Helm 15 explored on TV: Checkpoint challenges the conspiracy theories
14/05/15 10:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . As debate and conspiracy theories continue to percolate about the new military exercise Jade Helm 15, Checkpoint has been asked to help explain what the operation is — and is not. Above, a video providi...
» White House Hosts Teen Beaten by Israeli Police
14/05/15 10:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. AP BY: Adam Kredo A White House official confirmed that the Obama administration’s national security team recently met with a teenager who garnered international headlines aft...
» U.S. Marine Helicopter With Eight Aboard Missing in Nepal Quake Zone
14/05/15 10:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. Nepalese service members load relief supplies into a U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom from Joint Task Force 505 at Sindhuli, Nepal in this May 11 / Reuters BY: Reuters By David Alexand...
» Triple Whammy: Obama Makes Straw Man Argument, Rips Fox News And Jokes About His Coolness in One Breath
14/05/15 10:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. BY: David Rutz President Obama is fond of taking potshots at Fox News  for its sin of criticizing his White House. He’s very fond of constructing straw man arguments that...
» Saudi Arabia Promises to Match Iran in Nuclear Capability
14/05/15 10:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . WASHINGTON — When President Obama began making the case for a deal with Iran that would delay its ability to assemble an atomic weapon, his first argument was that a nuclear-armed Iran would set off a &...
» The Best Way To Save Obama's Camp David Summit
14/05/15 10:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense One - All Content. In the wake of the P5+1- Iran nuclear framework agreement, U.S. officials are taking pains to reassure Middle East governments that worry that Tehran will increase its destabiliz...
» Pentagon recommends new Navy, Army chiefs - Navy
14/05/15 10:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top news - (TEST). Army Gen. Mark Milley and Navy Adm. John Richardson were nominated Wednesday to command their respective services, marking a shift at the top at a time of strategic and budgetary turbule...
» President Nominates Milley, Richardson to Lead Army, Navy
14/05/15 10:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Secretary of Defense Speeches. President Nominates Milley, Richardson to Lead Army, Navy By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 – President Barack Obama has nominat...
» Senators Say China Diverted U.S. Nuclear Technology to Submarines in Violation of ’85 Accord
14/05/15 10:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. A Chinese technician lays cables on a nuclear reactor built with the technologies of Hualong-1 reactor at Fangchenggang Nuclear Power Plant / AP BY: Bill Gertz China has illegally d...
» Passengers Accuse TSA Agents of Sexual Assault
14/05/15 10:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. Airport security at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport / Wikimedia Commons BY: CJ Ciaramella Passengers at several of the busiest airports in the United States complained th...
» NATO to Keep Some Troops in Afghanistan After 2016
14/05/15 10:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers inspect the wreckage of vehicles at the site of a suicide attack that targeted a NATO convoy in Jalalabad city / Reuters BY: Reuters By Adrian Cr...
» Pentagon, U.S. Spy Chief Urge Use of More Russian Rocket Engines
14/05/15 10:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington / Reuters BY: Reuters By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretar...
» Russia Plans Army Training Exercises With China, India
14/05/15 10:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. AP BY: Reuters By Denis Dyomkin SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian land forces will join troops from China, India, Mongolia and Belarus in a series of joint military training e...
» Iraq Defense Ministry Says Second in Command of Islamic State Killed
14/05/15 10:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa / Reuters BY: Reuters BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s Defense Ministry said on W...
» Azerbaijan Funded Trip for 10 U.S. Lawmakers
14/05/15 10:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. Baroque fountain square at the old city of Baku, Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Asia / AP BY: Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Azerbaijan’s state-owned oil company paid hundred...
» Meet Gen. Mark Milley and Adm. John Richardson, the new picks to lead the Army and Navy
14/05/15 10:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced Wednesday that President Obama has selected a career infantry officer with extensive experience in Iraq and Afghanistan and a naval officer who has commanded a var...
» Obama Nominates Nuclear Chief To Head Navy
14/05/15 10:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense One - All Content. U.S. President Barack Obama will nominate Adm. John Richardson, the head of the military’s nuclear-powered ship programs, to lead the Navy at a time when the sea service is...
» Senate Reaches Deal on Trade Vote After Democratic Revolt Against Obama
14/05/15 10:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. AP BY: Reuters By Krista Hughes and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators reached a deal on Wednesday to move forward this week with legislation key to the propos...
» Yoda’s replacement: Air Force veteran to lead legendary Pentagon office
14/05/15 10:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . There’s a new Yoda at the Pentagon. Jim Baker, a retired Air Force colonel, has been tapped to run the Pentagon’s legendary Office of Net Assessment, taking over from Andrew W. Marshall ...
» Obama Nominates Former Afghanistan War Deputy To Lead Army
14/05/15 10:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense One - All Content. President Barack Obama will nominate Gen . Mark Milley, a soldier with a background steeped in Special Forces and infantry command, to lead the Army. If confirmed as the ArmyR...
» Pentagon names military leaders selected to head Army, Navy
14/05/15 10:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, announced the nominations on Wednesday of Army General Mark Milley, center, to be the next Army chief of staff, and Admiral John Richardson, left, to be the chief of ...
» Top FBI official is appointed to take helm at the DEA
14/05/15 10:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . The Justice Department on Wednesday appointed a top FBI official and former U.S. attorney to be the new head of the embattled Drug Enforcement Administration. Chuck Rosenberg, chief of staff to the FBI direct...
» No. 2 Leader of ISIS Killed in U.S.-Led Airstrike, Iraq Says
14/05/15 10:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government said Wednesday that the second-in-command of the Islamic State had been killed in an airstrike carried out by the American-led coalition in northern Iraq , a claim America...
» Defense Secretary Nominates New Army and Navy Chiefs
14/05/15 10:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter on Wednesday recommended Gen. Mark Milley, the head of Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., to be the next Army chief of staff, and Adm. John Richardson, head of the Nav...
» NATO Worried By Russia Crimea Build-Up
14/05/15 09:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. NATO on Wednesday expressed alarm over a "wide-ranging" military build-up by Russia in Crimea, as well as talk that Moscow could even install nuclear weapons on the annexed Black Sea p...
» Everything China's doing isn't working - Business Insider
14/05/15 09:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Cyber Warfare - Google News. Business Insider Everything China's doing isn't working Business Insider A bunch of data about the state of China's economy came out on Tuesday night, and all together it told ...

» This Pentagon map shows what's really driving China's military and diplomatic ... - Business Insider
14/05/15 09:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Cyber Warfare - Google News. Business Insider This Pentagon map shows what's really driving China's military and diplomatic ... Business Insider Continued economic growth is imperative for China's leaders....
» Islamic State: more popular than you think
17/06/15 06:21 from openDemocracy
The powerful rise of religious fascism, though exacerbated by economic and political crises, is rooted in the ethnic and religious intolerance that has thrived in the region for decades. A recent Al-Jazeera Arabic online poll s...
» Code Red alert at N. Golan villages
17/06/15 05:35 from DEBKAFile
Alert sirens and explosions heard shortly before noon Wednesday at Ortal, Alonei Bashan, Merom Hagolan, Ein Zivan and Keshet. The army is investigating the cause. This area is already on edge over the situation of Syrian Druze near the b...
» The looming threat of ISIS in Sudan
17/06/15 05:34 from openDemocracy
ISIS is succesfully recruiting among disaffected Sudanese youth, and not enough is being done to stop it. Albert Gonzalez Farran/Demotix. All rights reserved. The news about Sudanese students who  fled  to Syria via  Turke...
» Cyber security specialists join forces to combat growing threat - The Australian Financial Review
17/06/15 05:09 from Cyberwarfare - Google News
The Australian Financial Review Cyber security specialists join forces to combat growing threat The Australian Financial Review As cyber security problems intensify, a group of cyber security companies is hoping an alliance of private se...
» Obama Considering Range of Options in Response to OPM Hack
17/06/15 05:00 from Washington Free Beacon
President Obama is considering a range of options in addition to economic sanctions in response to the massive theft of data from federal government computer networks, a senior White House security official said Tuesday.
» Obama Admin Excluded Iran from Threat Assessment
17/06/15 05:00 from Washington Free Beacon
Leading U.S. officials are expressing concern about newly disclosed efforts by the Obama administration to intentionally downplay the terrorism threat posed by Iran in an official report issued this year.
» Israel Considering Creation of ‘Safe Zone’ in Syria for Threatened Druze Sect
17/06/15 05:00 from Washington Free Beacon
JERUSALEM—Israel is considering the creation of a “safe zone” on the Syrian side of the Golan border where members of the threatened Druze sect could shelter under the protection of guns on the Israeli side of the border and receive huma...
» China Claims Aggressive Island Building Will Be Used For Humanitarian Relief
17/06/15 04:59 from Washington Free Beacon
China continues to claim its construction on contested islands and reefs in the South China Sea is primarily for civilian uses and will enhance its international aid efforts, even as critics say that Beijing’s humanitarian assistance is ...
» Asia stocks off three-month lows as China bounces, all eyes on
17/06/15 04:53 from Search Results
Asia stocks off three-month lows as China bounces, all eyes on Fed Fed eyes mixed bag of data as new rate 'regime' nears Greek central bank issues 'Grexit' warning if aid talks fail Renzi's digital plan sets new industrial course for Ita...
» “What human rights?” Why some companies speak out while others don’t
17/06/15 04:30 from openDemocracy
Many companies speak out for human rights when it relates directly to their operations, but are some companies willing to take a stand on broader human rights issues? Français , Español After much pressure from human rights activists, an...
» Analysing Aaronovitch: a sceptical narrative
17/06/15 04:10 from openDemocracy
Prosecution and conviction rates for sexual crime are lamentably low in the UK. If David Aaronovitch cares about 'genuine abuse', why isn't this what worries him more? Part Two. Newspaper front pages on Jimmy Savile's crimes. Credit: Rav...
» Analysing Aaronovitch: has the scourge of ‘conspiracists’ become one himself?
17/06/15 04:09 from openDemocracy
David Aaronovitch claims ‘unbelievable’ notions about child abuse that ‘bewitched’ professionals decades ago are echoed in the VIP historic abuse cases. Where is his evidence? Part One. Newspaper front pages on Rolf Harris's arrest Credi...
» Jeju island and the war mindset in Asia and the Pacific 
17/06/15 04:00 from openDemocracy
Jeju is called the Island of Peace, but in spite of seven years of constant large protests it's where the South Korean military has almost finished construction of a new naval base.  Photo by Ann Wright. Only section of Gurombi rock...
» The Real Fog of Cyberwar: Operational Cyber Planning - War on the Rocks
17/06/15 03:56 from cyber warfare - Google News
The Real Fog of Cyberwar : Operational Cyber Planning War on the Rocks Cyber operations and strategies are assumed to be critically important to national security strategies. The United States has gone to great lengths to involve cyber p...
» Don’t call it a comeback: racial slavery is not yet abolished
17/06/15 03:56 from openDemocracy
The long and on-going history of black freedom struggle should remain the contemporary focal point and forum of political demands for global justice. A 'black lives matter' protest in Washington DC in 2014. Cory Clark/Demotix. All Rights...
» Was Paul Kennedy Right? American Decline 30 Years On - War on the Rocks
17/06/15 03:55 from anti-Americanism - Google News
Was Paul Kennedy Right? American Decline 30 Years On War on the Rocks Anti-Americanism in truth is a complex and contradictory thing, and is pronounced among those who crave what America produces. But if the concept of decline, as one fo...
» The challenge facing the Liberal Democrats
17/06/15 03:55 from openDemocracy
The Lib Dems must embark on an ambitious course if they are to survive in the new, fractured political landscape. Flickr/Liberal Democrats. Some rights reserved. Mourning Becomes Election I slightly amended the title of Eugene O’Neill’s ...
» The gendered impact of Universal Credit
17/06/15 03:29 from openDemocracy
Women and poor families will fare badly under the new welfare system due to measures aimed at those in part-time or low-paid work. Flickr/Number 10. Some rights reserved. The recent Conservative election victory has been swiftly followed...
» Commissioner said MLB knew of FBI investigation into Cardinals - Boston Globe
17/06/15 03:21 from fbi - Google News
Boston Globe Commissioner said MLB knew of FBI investigation into Cardinals Boston Globe Stopping well short of characterizing it as the first “cyber attack'' by a Major League Baseball team against another, commissioner Rob Manf...
» The truth behind Osborne's devolution "revolution"
17/06/15 03:08 from openDemocracy
Despite the “radical devolution” promised by the chancellor, the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill wil leave Westminster firmly in control of the things that matter. Flickr/Conservatives. Some rights reserved. George Osbor...
» US Navy uses SM-6 to intercept medium-range supersonic target from 'over-the ... - PR Newswire (press release)
17/06/15 03:06 from CyberWar - Google News
Military Embedded Systems US Navy uses SM-6 to intercept medium-range supersonic target from 'over-the ... PR Newswire (press release) During over-the-horizon test scenarios, the shooting ship uses information from off-board sensors ...
» Carter, Dempsey to answer questions about Mideast strategy
17/06/15 02:52 from News - Stripes
Carter, Dempsey to answer questions about Mideast strategy Two of America's top military leaders will be asked to defend President Barack Obama's handling of the tinderbox of violence and struggle in the Middle East. Futenma neighbors aw...
» NATO: Russian actions in Ukraine create long-term security challenge - Ukraine Today
17/06/15 02:47 from Nato Russia - Google News
Ukraine Today NATO : Russian actions in Ukraine create long-term security challenge Ukraine Today Philip Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe: "In the east, Russia is blatantly attempting to change the rules and principle...
» Nato lashes out at Russia's nuclear expansion plans, calls it dangerous - Oneindia
17/06/15 02:44 from Nato Russia - Google News
Oneindia Nato lashes out at Russia's nuclear expansion plans, calls it dangerous Oneindia London, June 17: The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ( Nato ) lashed out at Russia 's move to expand its nuclear arsenal, saying it amou...
» FBI cookbook offers 'top secret' recipes - New York Daily News
17/06/15 02:31 from fbi - Google News
New York Daily News FBI cookbook offers 'top secret' recipes New York Daily News There's a “secret” document the FBI doesn't want you to know about. And it's delicious. “Top Secret Recipes of the New York Office” is a...
» Havana: a city on the brink of a potentially fraught transition - The Guardian
17/06/15 02:30 from anti-Americanism - Google News
The Guardian Havana: a city on the brink of a potentially fraught transition The Guardian In keeping with the absolute absence of anti-Americanism I have come across in Cuba, Hemingway remains a venerated figure on the island, with the c...
» Havana: one of the world's great cities on the brink of a fraught transition - The Guardian
17/06/15 02:30 from anti-Americanism - Google News
The Guardian Havana: one of the world's great cities on the brink of a fraught transition The Guardian In keeping with the absolute absence of anti-Americanism I have come across in Cuba, Hemingway remains a venerated figure on the i...
» Predicting Support for Arabs' Autonomy from Social Dominance: The Role of Identity Complexity and Dehumanization
17/06/15 02:26 from Political Psychology
The present study extends previous research on the influence of social dominance orientation (SDO) in international affairs by investigating the role of sociocognitive processes such as social identity complexity (SIC) and intergroup deh...
» US ambassador noncommittal on veto for Palestinian state
17/06/15 02:13 from DEBKAFile
“We would oppose anything designed to punish Israel or undermine Israel’s security,” said US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday. But when asked if the US would exe...
» Kerry drops Iran’s past weapons tests as part of nuclear deal
17/06/15 02:13 from DEBKAFile
US Secretary of State John Kerry now says that the US wouldn’t make Iran’s accounting of any past atomic weapons research as a condition for reaching a deal. “The possible military dimensions, frankly, gets distorted a ...
» I Only Have Eyes for You: Does Implicit Social Pressure Increase Voter Turnout?
17/06/15 01:57 from Political Psychology
Get-out-the-vote mailers using explicit social pressure consistently increase electoral turnout; however, they often generate a negative reaction or backlash. One approach to increase turnout, yet alleviate backlash, may be to use implic...
» ATTRITION: Gripen Grounded
17/06/15 01:32 from StrategyPage.com
» St. Louis Cardinals reportedly being investigated by FBI for hacking Houston ... - FOXSports.com
17/06/15 01:31 from fbi - Google News
CBSSports.com St. Louis Cardinals reportedly being investigated by FBI for hacking Houston ... FOXSports.com The New York Times first reported that the FBI and Justice Department were investigating whether Cardinals front-office official...
» Power, Conflict, and Community: How Gendered Views of Political Power Influence Women's Political Ambition
17/06/15 01:27 from Political Psychology
We provide a novel approach to understanding the political ambition gap between men and women by examining perceptions of the role of politician. Across three studies, we find that political careers are viewed as fulfilling power-related...
» Cybersecurity problems at hacked agency 'decades in the making' - Fox News
17/06/15 01:20 from cybersecurity - Google News
Fox News Cybersecurity problems at hacked agency 'decades in the making' Fox News Archuleta said such cybersecurity problems are "decades in the making," though Chaffetz said, "We don't have decades!" Chaf...
» What does FBI probe into Cardinals' cyber activity mean for Cubs? - Chicago Sun-Times
17/06/15 01:11 from fbi - Google News
Chicago Sun-Times What does FBI probe into Cardinals' cyber activity mean for Cubs? Chicago Sun-Times Whether the FBI ultimately can do to the St. Louis Cardinals what the Cubs and Pirates have not, life in the National League Centra...
» Identity Conflict or Compatibility: A Comparison of Muslim Minorities in Five European Cities
17/06/15 00:57 from Political Psychology
Drawing on large-scale comparative surveys across nine sociopolitical contexts, we address the question when and why ethno-religious and city or national identities of European-born Muslims are in conflict. We argue that the sociopolitic...
» FBI investigating Cardinals for allegedly hacking into Astros files - CBSSports.com
17/06/15 00:56 from Cyberwar - Google News
CBSSports.com FBI investigating Cardinals for allegedly hacking into Astros files CBSSports.com Law enforcement officials believe the hacking was executed by vengeful front-office employees for the Cardinals hoping to wreak havoc on the ...
» Asia shares, dollar dither as focus turns to Fed
17/06/15 00:39 from Search Results
Asia shares, dollar dither as focus turns to Fed Japan's Amari: Hard to hold TPP ministerial talks this month Euro on defensive on Greece default fears, dollar upbeat ahead of Fed Clinton friend Blumenthal 'shed no light' before Benghazi...
» Source offers possible motivation for Cardinals hacking Astros' system - SI.com
17/06/15 00:38 from Cyberwar - Google News
Source offers possible motivation for Cardinals hacking Astros' system SI.com On SI Now, Sports Illustrated senior writer Tom Verducci talks about the FBI investigating the St.Louis Cardinals for allegedly hacking the Houston Astros....
» Australian spies use paid informants abroad to stop human smuggling
17/06/15 00:37 from intelNews.org
Australian law enforcement and intelligence agencies routinely use paid informants in Indonesia and Pakistan as part of a decade-old covert war against human traffickers in the Indian Ocean.
» John Oliver Gets Helen Mirren To Read CIA Torture Report As An eBook To Get ... - Techdirt
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17/06/15 00:12 from fbi - Google News
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» What should the Middle East do to enforce cyber security? - Gulf Business News
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» NATO Slams Russia for Response to US Deployments - Antiwar.com
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» Al Qaeda’s Yemen Branch Confirms U.S. Missile Strike Killed Leader
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces
Nasser al-Wuhayshi, 38, had led the group’s operations in the country since 2002 and was also the second-ranking leader of the global extremist network.
» Offering Services, ISIS Ensconces Itself in Seized Territories
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The jihadists’ governing efforts, from inspecting food to offering perks to newlyweds, have brought a stability unavailable from national governments.
» Offering Services, ISIS Digs In Deeper in Seized Territories
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
The jihadists’ governing efforts, from inspecting food to offering perks to newlyweds, have brought a stability unavailable from national governments.
» Al Qaeda Confirms U.S. Strike Killed Nasser al-Wuhayshi, Its Leader in Yemen
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces
Nasser al-Wuhayshi, 38, had led the group’s operations in the country since 2002 and was also the second-ranking leader of the global extremist network.
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Talha Asmal, a student from West Yorkshire, would be his country’s youngest known suicide bomber if his role in an attack in Iraq is confirmed.
» St. Louis Cardinals Investigated by F.B.I. for Hacking Astros
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The F.B.I. and Justice Department are investigating the Cardinals for hacking into the internal networks of the Houston Astros to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.
» Cardinals Face F.B.I. Inquiry in Hacking of Astros’ Network
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > Federal Bureau of Investigation
The F.B.I. and the Justice Department are investigating whether officials for the St. Louis Cardinals hacked into the internal networks of the Houston Astros to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.
» ISIS Loses Control of Crucial Syrian Border Town
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» Nasser al-Wuhayshi, Al Qaeda Yemen Leader, Confirmed Dead in U.S. Strike
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces
Nasser al-Wuhayshi, 38, had led the group’s operations in the country since 2002 and was also the second-ranking leader of the global extremist network.
» Cardinals Face F.B.I. Inquiry in Hacking of Astros’ Database
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > Federal Bureau of Investigation
The F.B.I. and the Justice Department are investigating whether officials for the St. Louis Cardinals hacked into the internal networks of the Houston Astros to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.
» Queens College Student Is Charged With Conspiring to Support ISIS
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
Munther Omar Saleh, 20, a student living in Queens who was arrested Saturday, has been charged with allegedly plotting to attack New York City on behalf of ISIS, according to authorities.
» Killing Terrorists May Be Best U.S. Can Hope for
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces
Killing terrorist leaders may be a victory for drone strikes, but it has not helped the Obama administration and its Western allies stem the chaos in Yemen and Libya.
» U.S. Could Lift Sanctions Before Iran Accounting
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces
John Kerry suggested that major sanctions might be lifted before international inspectors get answers to questions about Iranian experiments and work that appeared aimed at developing a bomb.
» For U.S., Killing Terrorists Is a Means to an Elusive End
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces
Killing terrorist leaders may be a victory for drone strikes, but it has not helped the Obama administration and its Western allies stem the chaos in Yemen and Libya.
» St. Louis Cardinals Are Said to Have Breached Rival’s Database
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > Federal Bureau of Investigation
The F.B.I. and the Justice Department are investigating whether officials for the St. Louis Cardinals hacked into the internal networks of the Houston Astros to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.
» U.S. Weapons in Ukraine and Eastern Europe?
17/06/15 00:00 from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces
Readers discuss the wisdom of giving arms to Ukraine and placing U.S. weaponry in Eastern Europe.
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» Senate Passes Amendment Banning Torture
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The measure has little chance of becoming law if the White House vetoes the NDAA, but it is nonetheless a symbolic measure.
» Senate Attempts To Arm Kurds Directly, Reform Military Justice Fall Short
16/06/15 21:36 from Defense One - All Content
The Senate voted to move forward with the annual defense authorization bill earlier than in recent years, but as peppered with controversy as ever.
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» Blumenthal says ex-CIA officer gave him Benghazi memos - Washington Post
16/06/15 20:54 from cia - Google News
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» CIA Kills al Qaeda's No. 2 Leader - Wall Street Journal
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» Russia and the West Move Further Apart - STRATFOR
16/06/15 20:08 from stratfor russia - Google News
STRATFOR Russia and the West Move Further Apart STRATFOR As Stratfor laid out in its annual forecast, "The Ukrainian crisis and the ensuing standoff between Russia and the West was the result of a collision between two geopolitical ...
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16/06/15 19:45 from nato - Google News
Alaska Dispatch News NATO question lingers for Sweden Alaska Dispatch News Even with military exercises and calls for a “route plan” toward possible membership, Sweden has kept the Western military alliance NATO at arm's length. Just...
» Why ‘decapitation’ strikes have killed terrorist leaders, but not al-Qaeda
16/06/15 19:40 from National Security: National Security, Pentagon & Defense Department News - The Washington Post
In separate strikes last week on veteran al-Qaeda leaders, the United States demonstrated again the extent to which it has perfected an almost eerie capability to find the world’s most wanted terrorism suspects in some of the world’s mos...
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16/06/15 19:33 from cybersecurity - Google News
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» NATO commander: U.S. weighs placing military equipment in east - Military Times
16/06/15 19:30 from nato - Google News
Military Times NATO commander: U.S. weighs placing military equipment in east Military Times USTKA, Poland — The U.S. and other NATO members are considering placing heavy military equipment in the alliance's eastern flank nations, NA...
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» Sony fails to dismiss lawsuit over 'Interview' data hacking - AOL News
16/06/15 19:11 from Cyberwar - Google News
Deadline Sony fails to dismiss lawsuit over 'Interview' data hacking AOL News (Reuters) -- A U.S. judge rejected Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc's bid to dismiss a lawsuit by nine former employees who claimed their personal d...
» Russia to add 40 new intercontinental missiles this year - Yahoo News
16/06/15 19:06 from missile defense - Google News
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Richmond.com PVCC adds career certificate programs in construction management, cybersecurity The Daily Progress The cybersecurity certificate is 28 credits and prepares students to work as network specialists. The program follows standar...
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» North Korea risk fails to thaw Japan, South Korea military ties
16/06/15 18:39 from News - Stripes
North Korea risk fails to thaw Japan, South Korea military ties South Korea is not ready to expand military ties with Japan even though cooperation between the two U.S. allies is a deterrent to North Korea, South Korea's defense minister...
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Foreign Policy (blog) The Top Secret (Fake) Memo to Putin on How to Counter NATO's Latest Move Foreign Policy (blog) Your series of “snap exercises” all around the periphery of our country have clearly frightened NATO . Additionally,...
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The terror group’s No. 2 was killed in Yemen, reportedly by a U.S. strike. But are such killings bringing the U.S. any closer to “degrading and ultimately defeating” terrorism?
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Pentagon: Islamic State to continue looking for ways to expand in Afghanistan

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The Islamic State is likely to continue looking for ways to expand in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Tuesday in a new report, setting the stage for bloodshed between militant groups competing for influence.
U.S. military officials said the potential emergence of the Islamic State in, which seized broad sections of Iraq and Syria, has “sharply focused” Afghan officials and military leaders. Thus far, U.S. forces have seen evidence of limited recruiting efforts in Afghanistan and noted a few militants rebranding themselves, likely in an attempt to draw media attention, greater resources and more recruits.
“ISIL’s presence and influence in Afghanistan remains in the initial exploratory phase,” the Pentagon report said, using one of the acronyms for the militants. “The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan has publicly expressed support for ISIL as the leader of the global jihad; however, the Taliban has declared that it will not allow ISIL in Afghanistan.”
The report was released the same day that the Taliban released a letter Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi warning that if Islamic State militants want to fight in Afghanistan, it must be under the Taliban. Fighting broke out this week in the eastern province Nangahar between Taliban fighters and militants affiliated with the Islamic State.
“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from a brotherhood point of religion wants your goodness and has no intention of interfering in your affairs,” reads the letter, which was sent to journalists on Tuesday. “Reciprocally, we hope and expect the same from you.”

Afghan police patrol on the outskirts of Kunduz, north of Kabul, in May. (Rahmat Gul/AP)
The potential expansion of the Islamic State into Afghanistan has prompted broad and concern andspawned militias operating on their own. None of them at this time pose an existential threat to the government in Kabul, but the Afghan military and police will likely be tested again this year in fighting that killed thousands of Afghan troops last year, the Pentagon report said.
Despite the buzz created by the rift, it’s actually the Haqqani network that remains the greatest threat to U.S., coalition and Afghan forces, the Pentagon report said. Based in Pakistan, it continues to be a “critical enabler” of al-Qaeda.
“The Haqqani Network and affiliated groups share the goals of expelling U.S. and coalition forces, overthrowing the Afghan government, and re-establishing an Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” the report said. “The Haqqani Network led the insurgency in the eastern Afghan provinces of Paktika, Paktiya, and Khost, and demonstrated the capability and intent to support and launch high-profile, complex attacks across the country and in the Kabul region.”
There are probably fewer than 100 al-Qaeda members in Afghanistan on a full-time basis, and they remain focused mainly on survival, rather than planning future attacks on the United States, the new Pentagon report said. The remaining members are concentrated largely in the eastern provinces of Kunar and Nuristan, but receive support from the Taliban and “at least tacit support” from some civilians.
Al-Qaeda fighters began to move into other provinces, including Ghazni, Zabul, and Wardak, in the spring and summer, the Pentagon report said.
Dan Lamothe covers national security for The Washington Post and anchors its military blog, Checkpoint.
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Is ‘Whack-A-Mole’ Working Against al Qaeda?

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The White House is touting the deaths of top al Qaeda officials this week as evidence that its counterterrorism strategy is working, even in Yemen and Libya, where U.S. personnel have been withdrawn amid deteriorating security. But it is unclear whether the “whack-a-mole” strike campaign has actually set back the hydra-headed terrorist network.
On Tuesday, National Security Council spokesman Ned Price announced that Nasir al Wahishi, leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, had been killed in Yemen. Price said Wahishi oversaw plots against the U.S. and caused the deaths of Yemenis and Americans, “but—through the concerted efforts of our counterterrorism professionals—we were able to thwart many of his attack plans.”
Price called Wahishi’s death “a major blow to AQAP, al-Qa’ida’s most dangerous affiliate, and to al-Qa’ida more broadly” and said it “removes from the battlefield an experienced terrorist leader and brings us closer to degrading and ultimately defeating these groups.”
Price’s statement confirmed the death — not U.S. responsibility for it. But Yemeni officials quoted by the Associated Press said that Wahishi was killed in a U.S. strike last week in southern Yemen. Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch also confirmed the death and quickly named a replacement: Qassim al Raimi, AQAP’s senior military commander.
The announcement comes just days after Pentagon officials confirmed that a Saturday night strike by F-15s in Libya was meant to kill Mokhtar Belmokhtar, whom they dubbed the “operational leader” of an al Qaeda-associated group in northwest Africa. Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said Belmokhtar led the 2013 attacks at a gas complex in Algeria that killed 38 people, including three Americans.
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Warren said on Tuesday he could not confirm that Belmokhtar was dead. Meanwhile, al Qaeda and other militant groups in Libya released a list of those killed in the U.S. strike; it didn’t include Belmokhtar.
The tactical, whack-a-mole approach is not having the desired effect.
Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
Critics say the difficulty of assessing the results of such strikes, along with terror groups’ apparent ability to recover quickly from them, underscore the limited effectiveness of the Obama administration’s counterterrorism strategy. Others note that even if the strikes have undercut al Qaeda, other militant groups such as the Islamic State have filled the vacuum. In Yemen, the Islamic State has gained recruits as Shia rebels known as Houthis are battling separatists, Sunni fighters and backers of ousted President Abed Rabbo Hadi Mansour. And in recent weeks, the Islamic State hasgained ground in Libya, where militant groups continue to battle each other and two governments for control of the country.
“The tactical, whack-a-mole approach is not having the desired effect,” the Council on Foreign Relations’ Micah Zenko told The New York Times.
The White House and Pentagon are touting the stepped-up campaign of airstrikes against al Qaeda leaders, particularly in the wake of President Obama’s much-cited comment that “We don’t yet have a complete strategy” for defeating ISIS. “The President has been clear that terrorists who threaten the United States will not find safe haven in any corner of the globe,” Price said.
The administration argues the strikes prove the U.S. can continue to conduct counterterrorism operations even when there are no Americans on the ground, as in Yemen, where the U.S. withdrewthe last of its personnel in March. “We still have a global reach,” Warren told reporters Tuesday. “We still retain the ability to find and kill terrorists anywhere they’re hiding in the world.”
Administration officials also say the assassinations have hurt al Qaeda’s ability to operate by taking experienced fighters off the battlefield and disrupting its command structure. “We have been patient, we have been focused and this week we have seen success across a broad spectrum of our anti-terror operations,” Warren told reporters Tuesday before the NSC announcement. “We have reports unconfirmed, reports by al Qaeda, that their leader’s dead in Yemen. We have a targeted airstrike against Mokhtar Belmokhtar in Libya. We have advances across the Syrian-Turkish border in Syria. And we have continued evidence of a continued gain of momentum of our friendly forces in [Iraq.]”
But Warren seemed to struggle when asked about the impact of such assassinations. “Any time an organization loses its leader, that organization is disrupted. In some cases the disruptions are longer than in other cases, but there’s always a disruption,” he said. “It causes this enemy organization to have to reorganize, it introduces a leader which could potentially create confusion among the ranks, and overall it degrades that organization’s ability to conduct their operations. During reorganizations, there’s vulnerability.”
Of AQAP’s recently promoted leader, Warren said, “He will now have to live in even more fear because we will find him and we will kill him.”
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, praised the announcements Tuesday, noting that al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri is increasingly relying on a smaller group of lieutenants as ISIS challenges his group for territory and recruits.
“In the case of top leadership like al-Wuhayshi, that interruption in organizational planning is all the more profound,” Schiff said. But he noted the steady flow of fighters into ISIS. “Counterterrorism operations of the type reported to have taken place here must always be considered as only one element in a multi-pronged approach that includes building capacities of local and regional authorities, countering the flow of resources to terrorists, and working with partners in the Islamic world to defeat the ideology that attracts new recruits to replenish the ranks of those removed from the battlefield.”
Marcus Weisgerber contributed reporting. 
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Ex-CIA operatives concerned about personal data breach

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Last year, former CIA operative Gary Berntsen spent more than a week filling out a 127-page security clearance application that seeks a wide range of personal information. Aside from the individual’s Social Security numbers, it demands names and Social Security numbers of cohabitants, history of arrests, bankruptcies and mental health issues and lists of foreign contacts, business associates, investments and personal information of foreign-born relatives — including whether they work for other governments or intelligence agencies.
“The form is a personal and financial colonoscopy,” says Berntsen, who led the first teams of CIA operatives into Afghanistan in 2001.
And now that information may be in the hands of Chinese hackers, who could use it to damage U.S. national security by compromising American spies and developing a better understanding of what American intelligence and military personnel are doing, several former spies and a Florida congressman on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence told The Tampa Tribune.
The local head of a national organization of former intelligence officers says the hack is further proof that the United States and China are already involved in a cyberwar.
The concern over the hack is so great that on Tuesday the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on the matter.
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The Associated Press reported last week that the hackers, who unnamed U.S. officials say have ties to the Chinese government, appear to have accessed the forms — called Standard Form 86 or SF86 for short — by hacking in to the computer system run by the federal Office of Personnel Management. The personal information of upward of 14 million government and military employees might have been exposed in two breaches, according to the AP, with the cybertheft of the SF86 forms — like the one Berntsen filled out — creating increased alarm.
“Nearly all of the millions of security clearance holders, including CIA, National Security Agency and military special operations personnel, are potentially exposed in the security clearance breach, the officials said,” according to the AP. “More than 2.9 million people had been investigated for a security clearance as of October 2014, according to government records.”
Members of the oversight committee pummeled OPM director Katherine Archuleta on Tuesday for, among other things, ignoring warnings that her office knowingly used unprotected systems.
Although Archuleta saved specific responses for a closed-door classified committee session, Berntsen is unequivocal in his concern.
“From a national security prospective, this is awful,” says Berntsen, a 23-year veteran of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service. “This is a disgraceful failure to protect really sensitive information.”
Obtaining information from the security clearance applications creates a lot of opportunities for hostile intelligence agencies to cause serious harm, Berntsen says,
Illicit access of Social Security information is a well-known problem, says Berntsen. But beyond that, the personal information in the forms can be used to compromise individuals, he says, which is pretty much Spycraft 101. So too can the information about foreign contacts and relatives, especially if they live in China.
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But there is another, perhaps bigger concern, Berntsen says.
By being able to piece together information gleaned from the records, hostile intelligence agencies can build a “matrix” of how individuals fit into the larger intelligence and military picture. That’s an issue of particular sensitivity here in Tampa, Berntsen says, where three key military commands, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, are voracious consumers of intelligence.
Accessing the information in the forms “gives hostile intelligence agencies a better read on what the commands are doing,” Berntsen says.
Officials from both U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command declined comment, deferring to the Pentagon. Pentagon officials deferred to OPM, which did not respond to requests for comment.
“I would be concerned with people’s capability to connect dots that up until this time have not been able to be connected,” says U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Pensacola, a member of the intelligence committee, who agrees with Bernt­sen’s concerns.
Miller says his committee was briefed about the breach by OPM officials in the past several weeks. Although he would not comment on the nature of those discussions, he says that he is “personally concerned about the potential data on individuals who have gone through the rigorous classified process.”
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OPM officials did not say for sure that the forms had been accessed, Miller says, but that there was a possibility they were.
The OPM breach “has the potential to be the size of the Edward Snowden leak,” says Miller, referring to the former Booz Allen Hamilton contractor who walked off with a wealth of information about National Security Agency surveillance programs.
Another concern, Berntsen says, is that so-called “black” contractors — civilian companies and individuals providing secret intelligence and military services — will also be outed by the OPM breach.
“These black contracts aren’t public,” Berntsen says. “But a hostile intelligence agency would be able to ascertain who is doing what because people’s histories are all laid out. It’s just a question of analysts and time. And the Chinese have a lot of people and time.”
Gary Gorsline, president of the Tampa chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, agrees that such a breach would provide a treasure trove of information to hostile foreign intelligence.
“They can grab every name they can, get a feel for what the structure of the organization is and look for holes and fill them in,” says Gorsline, a former intelligence community member. “It is a common sense way of getting intelligence on an organization, for whatever purpose, good or bad.”
Based on information gleaned from media reports, Gorsline says that the U.S. and China “are definitely in a cyberwar. There is no doubt about it.”
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Scott Schlimmer, who left the CIA last summer after seven years, says that although he has national security concerns, “my No. 1 worry is that if you can do this to the federal government, what about our private companies?”
Schlimmer, who now runs Schlimmer Intelligence Consulting, a St. Petersburg cybersecurity firm, says that smaller firms in particular are “a little behind the curve” when it comes to protecting themselves against intrusions.
Concerns about personal security are not as big, says Schlimmer, who stalked to a friend whose Social Security information was listed on his security clearance form.
“She isn’t really that concerned either,” he says.
Lora Griffith, a former senior CIA operations officer with extensive experience in the Middle East who now lives in Tampa, says her concerns are cumulative. And personal.
“The most concerning thing is the systemic failure of computer security on the part of the federal government,” Griffith says. “Obviously the worry of identity theft and compromise of other sensitive information that may be stored in OPM computer databases. We will remain very vigilant in following our credit reports and financial information.”
None of the former CIA officers interviewed by the Tribune has been contacted by the CIA in the wake of the OPM breach.
The CIA did not return an email seeking comment.
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Sony fails to dismiss lawsuit over 'Interview' data hacking - AOL.com

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(Reuters) -- A U.S. judge rejected Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc's bid to dismiss a lawsuit by nine former employees who claimed their personal data was stolen in a 2014 hacking tied to the studio's release of a comedy set in North Korea, "The Interview."
U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner said the plaintiffs could pursue claims that the Sony Corp unit was negligent and violated a California confidentiality law by spurning security measures to stop the theft of employees' salary and health data, Social Security numbers and other sensitive information.
Without ruling on the merits, the Los Angeles judge on Monday said Sony created a "special relationship" with its employees by requiring them to provide personal information to be eligible for salaries and benefits.
He said this justified letting the plaintiffs seek to hold Sony liable for its "business decision" not to bolster security after prior breaches, such as a 2011 infiltration of the PlayStation video game network.
The former workers said Sony's negligence caused them economic harm by forcing them to beef up credit monitoring to address their greater risk of identity theft.
They also said the data breach, for which U.S. officials blamed North Korean hackers, was an "epic nightmare" for them and thousands of former colleagues.
Klausner dismissed some other claims in the lawsuit, which seeks class-action status.
Sony did not immediately respond on Tuesday to requests for comment.
Michael Sobol, a lawyer, said on the plaintiffs' behalf: "We are pleased that the court has properly recognized the harm to Sony's employees resulting from their private information escaping their employer's protection."
"The Interview" starred Seth Rogen and James Franco, and depicted the fictional assassination of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.
Sony shelved the movie's wide theatrical release after the hacking, which drew international attention. It later offered the movie through digital downloads.
The case is Corona et al v. Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, No. 14-09600.
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OVERNIGHT CYBERSECURITY: Calls grow for firings over hack

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Welcome to OVERNIGHT CYBERSECURITY, your daily rundown of the biggest news in the world of hacking and data privacy. We're here to connect the dots as leaders in government, policy and industry wrap their arms around cyberthreats. What lies ahead for Congress, the administration and the latest company under siege? Whether you're a consumer, a techie or a D.C. lifer, we're here to give you ...
THE BIG STORIES:
--WILL HEADS ROLL?: The Capitol Hill calls for firings over a massive government data breach started in earnest Tuesday. Over three bruising hours in a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing lawmakers tore into officials from the Office of Personnel Management, which was compromised by suspected Chinese hackers. The intrusion has potentially exposed up to 14 million people's sensitive data. Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) left the hearing unimpressed by the agency's director and chief information officer. "They weren't garnering much support and certainly weren't exuding confidence," Chaffetz told reporters. "It's time for them to resign, and if they don't, I think the president should fire them." To read more about Chaffetz's comments, click here. To read our piece on the OPM's defense of its officials, click here.
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--WHAT'D THEY SAY?:
 During Tuesday's hearing on the OPM hack, administration officials 
repeatedly rebuffed
 lawmakers' questions about the scope of the breach, maintaining that the answers were better suited for a confidential briefing later that day. But exiting the Tuesday afternoon briefing, lawmakers indicated they hadn't learned a whole lot during the classified briefing. "Quite frankly, I didn't hear much classified in the classified briefing," Chaffetz said. "There wasn't a whole lot of information there." Questions are swirling about exactly who and what information is affected by the breach. Speculation is that all federal employees, military and intelligence community personnel, government contractors and even friends, roommates and family members named in background checks are at risk. "I think employees of the federal government are going to be dealing with this for years," Chaffetz said. To read our full piece, click 
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--BIG LEAGUE BREACH?: Employees of the St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly under federal investigation for hacking databases belonging to the Houston Astros. The employees, who have not been named, are alleged to have hacked into a database used by the Astros to track player development. The database was developed by a former Cardinals executive who had left to join the Houston team. Cardinals employees allegedly used a list of master passwords belonging to the executive from his time with the team to access the system. To read our full piece, click here.
AN UPDATE ON CYBER POLICY:
--CYBER BELLS AND WHISTLES. Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) on Tuesday introduced an amendment to the annual defense authorization bill aimed at bolstering the federal cybersecurity workforce. The add-on resembles a bill the two lawmakers backed last Congress. "This amendment will create a consistent framework for identifying and filling critical cybersecurity positions and is a vital step toward ensuring federal agencies can recruit top cybersecurity talent to help defend against foreign hackers and terrorists," Bennet said in a statement.
--FIRST RESPONSE SECURITY. Lawmakers pressed officials at a Tuesday hearing about the security of a nascent network for emergency first responders. "We have a unique opportunity as we develop a network that's going to be deployed that we can start from the beginning and bake in security from day one," said TJ Kennedy, the acting executive director of FirstNet. FirstNet, an independent segment of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), was conceived after the September 11 attacks, when many first responders had incompatible communication systems. It was authorized by Congress in 2012. To read our full piece, click here.
A LIGHTER CLICK:
--OH, NOW I GET IT. After four years, Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel finally got around to explaining the disappearing message service in an odd, dimly-lit YouTube video. Per TechCrunch: "In it, he uses a sketchpad, a Sharpie and some secret knowledge to explain why younger demographics of users love Snapchat and to explain why the app has one of the more confusing design schemes in existence." Read on here.
WHO'S IN THE SPOTLIGHT:
--SENATE MAJORITY WHIP JOHN CORNYN (R-TEXAS), who's become more of a cyber player in wake of the GOP's failed attempts to link the language of an anti-hacking bill to the defense authorization measure currently being debated. For the second time in as many weeks, the lawmaker took to the floor to blast Democrats for blocking the bill -- intended to boost the exchange of public-private data on hackers -- from being attached to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). "While our nation's public servants are having their personal, sensitive personal information stolen, the Democratic leader led nearly all of his colleagues to block sensible bipartisan legislation that was focused on that specific threat," Cornyn said. To read our full piece, click here.
A LOOK AHEAD:
WEDNESDAY
--The House Energy and Commerce Committee will vote at 10:00 a.m. on the DOTCOM Act.
--The House Appropriations Committee will vote at 10:00 a.m. on an appropriations bill that could block the FCC's net neutrality rules.
--The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies will host a lunch and discussion on "Privacy and Security: A Comparative Constitutional Law Conversation."
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Links from our blog, The Hill, and around the Web.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Tuesday accused a major government contractor that performs background checks of refusing to appear before Congress as questions swirl about whether hackers used information stolen from the company to infiltrate federal networks. (The Hill)
House lawmakers defied a White House veto threat on Tuesday, passing an annual intelligence policy bill including a handful of controversial provisions. (The Hill)
A Senate subcommittee on Tuesday approved a $47.1 billion bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard and other agencies in fiscal 2016. (The Hill)
The historic theft of millions of government workers' data was "honorable espionage work" and a "legitimate foreign intelligence target," according to former CIA Director Michael Hayden. (The Hill)
Bitcoin surged by as much as 7 percent on Tuesday and was on track for its longest winning streak in 18 months. (Reuters)
Inside Obama's stealth startup, which doesn't have a name, but is 140 people strong. (Fast Company)
Google expanded its security rewards program to include bugs in Android devices. (VentureBeat)
As many as 600 million Samsung phones may be vulnerable to attacks that allow hackers to make the phone a remote bugging device. (ArsTechnica)
What does it mean when a password manager gets hacked? (Slate)
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Senate Attempts To Arm Kurds Directly, Reform Military Justice Fall Short

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The Senate moved ahead with the annual defense authorization bill on Tuesday, and a final vote could come in the next couple days, a feat many consider a legislative accomplishment given that while Congress for more than 50 years has passed the bill that approves spending levels for U.S.military operations, it lately has come far beyond the Oct. 1 deadline for each fiscal year.   
Typically, lawmakers have increasingly used the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, as a catch-all for personal defense passions, burnishing security credentials, and most of the defense policy debates. This was on full display Tuesday, the filing deadline for amendments in the Senate. At the top of the list for bill watchers was a language limiting interrogation techniques — a follow-up to last year’s Senate “torture report.” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, got their “Reaffirmation on the Prohibition of Torture” amendment through on a 78 to 21 vote.
The McCain-Feinstein amendment would limit the CIA and other agencies to the interrogation techniques authorized in the Army Field Manual, which explicitly covers Defense Department. While Obama already issued an executive order banning torture early in his administration, Feinstein said, “Today’s vote puts the Senate on record that there can be no return to the era of so-called ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ and that President Obama’s executive order should be enacted into law.”
McCain said, “This amendment provides greater assurances that never again will the United States follow that dark path of sacrificing our values for our short-term security needs.”
But Republicans — including the four senators running for president in 2016 — were divided, with some arguing it would hamstring intelligence agencies.
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“The Senate vote on the McCain amendment was not about taking a stance on torture,” Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said in a statement. “What I do not support is telegraphing to the enemy our intelligence-gathering playbook, which the enemy can use to train their recruits on counter-interrogation techniques.”
Another bipartisan amendment which would enable the U.S. military to directly arm Kurdish fighters didn’t fare so well. The language, from Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, fell six votes short of the required 60 in a 54-45 vote. The amendment met early opposition from the White House and Iraqi government, who argued it would violate Iraq’s sovereignty. Similar proposals from the House have also sparked controversy.
Ernst emphasized ahead of the vote Tuesday that the legislation would affirm the administration’s current policy of supplying the Kurds, in consultation with the Iraqis. “The Administration is not required to act, but the amendment provides the President authorization to do so if he feels the situation warrants it to respond to ISIS, who is gaining momentum on the battlefield,” Ernst toldDefense One in a statement.
“I am committed to supporting the Iraqi Kurds who are the key partners in defeating ISIS, maintaining an inclusive and unified Iraq, and providing key humanitarian assistance to nearly two million people,” she said. “The United States simply cannot afford any delays in arming our Kurdish partner on the ground at such a critical moment in the battle against ISIS.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., again fell short of the 60 votes needed to move forward with heramendment to reform the military justice system by stripping away the historic power of commanders serving as the “convening authority” in the chain-of-command over military court cases.
In a passionate speech on the floor, Gillibrand reminded that the military had promised progress, at the behest of President Obama. But the Pentagon acknowledges no progress has been made onretaliation for reporting the crimes, and Gillibrand noted the rate of sexual assault is at the same levels it was five years ago, with some 50 sexual assaults occurring each day in the military, on average.
The Senate voted down the amendment 50-49.
Once again, a majority of the U.S. Senate supported a strongly bipartisan measure to finally hold the military accountable and create a fair, non-biased military justice system. Yet, once again, Senate filibuster rules protected military brass. Still, we will not back down,” Gillibrand said in a statement after the vote. “I continue to be inspired by the survivors who have come forward to demand reform. In their honor, we will continue this fight.”
The Senate could vote on the NDAA as soon as the next few days, and then the bill will go to the House. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., next wants to take up the annual defense spending bill, which Democrats have pledged to block from moving forward for what they argue is a misleading accounting of war funding. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, emphasized Tuesday, “It’s not a vote against the Department of Defense,” citing Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey’s opposition to the GOP’s “budget gimmick.”
He warned of another shutdown in calling for a bipartisan budget compromise, urging, “Let’s sit down in June and do this and not wait until the end of September, or god forbid the end of December, before we achieve this.”
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