Friday, October 30, 2015

As crime escalates, Obama has a plan: Give out more ice cream - Beaufort Observer

As crime escalates, Obama has a plan: Give out more ice cream - Beaufort Observer

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As crime escalates, Obama has a plan: Give out more ice cream
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FBI Director James BComey recently gave a speech at the University of Chicago Law School that is very disturbing. In it he posits that police are no longer willing to confront criminals as they once did and as is likely required in most cases ...

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Islamist militants turn to less-governed social-media platform - Washington Post

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Islamist militants turn to less-governed social-media platform
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The Islamic State and other terror groups are flocking to a Berlin-based social-media service that imposes few barriers on the distribution of violent content or recruiting propaganda, according to a new report. Thousands of followers have subscribed ...

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Nuclear black market thriving in Eastern Europe despite efforts to stop it 

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The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting authorities in some of Europe’s poorest states in their efforts to stop criminals with Russian connections from selling radioactive material to foreign terrorist organizations. The Associated Press said earlier this month that joint efforts by the FBI and Eastern European governments have frustrated at least four attempts to sell stolen radioactive material in the black market since 2010. 

Immigrants caught at border believe families can stay in US

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Immigrants caught illegally crossing the Mexican border believed they would be permitted to stay in the U.S. and collect public benefits.

Be Prepared! Always Prepared! Putin Decrees New Komsomol-Type Youth Group

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the creation of a new national youth organization, the latest in a long line of Kremlin-backed youth movements that stretch back to the Komsomol and Pioneers groups of the Soviet Union.

US, Polish airmen build capabilities, partnership

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The 86th and 182nd Airlift Wings are participating in bilateral training with the Polish Air Force here during Aviation Detachment 16-1 in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve from Oct. 12 through Nov. 6.
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Russian Deputy FM Confirms Holding Meetings With Free Syrian Army

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that Free Syrian Army does not have single commander and headquarters.

Baghdad Information Center Nearly Ready for Full-Fledged Operations

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Hakim Zamili the head of the Iraqi parliament's defense and security committee said that at the moment there was a lack of coordination with the Iraqi army on carrying out airstrikes against ISIL in Syria, but Iraq had already used some of the information collected by the Baghdad Information Center.

Syrian-American with links to ISIS admits lying to FBI - fox5sandiego.com

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Syrian-American with links to ISIS admits lying to FBI
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SAN DIEGO — A San Diego man admitted Thursday that he deliberately made false statements to FBI and State Department officials during a terrorism- related interview at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati, 24, pleaded guilty to ... 
Syrian immigrant, 24, admits links to Islamic State and pleads guilty to lying ...Los Angeles Times

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James B. Comey, Unlike Other FBI Directors, Takes On Controversial Issues - New York Times

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James B. Comey, Unlike Other FBI Directors, Takes On Controversial Issues
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But as F.B.I. director for the past two years, Mr. Comey has witnessed a major rethinking of that period, much of it by the Justice Department and the White House. President Obama and other administration officials have described law enforcement ...

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Iran’s elite Rev Guards units routed by ISIS in the Al Safira pre-battle for Aleppo

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October 30, 2015, 10:36 AM (IDT)
The battle for Al-Safira, 20 km. south of Aleppo - and the key to its capture - will go down in Iran’s Revolutionary history as the most humiliating defeat its elite forces have sustained in all its 36 years. This week, Iran sent 2,000 of its best-trained, loyal and well-equipped combat troops, detached from six elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) units into battle at Al-Safira, which was supposed to be the turning point in the Syrian civil war. But they were driven back by ISIS amid heavy losses.

FBI planes gathered days of video, electronic surveillance over Baltimore - Ars Technica

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FBI planes gathered days of video, electronic surveillance over Baltimore
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The FBI flew a Cessna 182T similar to this plane and another aircraft over Baltimore for over 36 hours following the riots in the city, gathering video and other electronic intelligence, according to records obtained by the ACLU through a FOIA request.
New details released about high tech gear FBI used on planes to monitor ...Baltimore Sun
FBI spy planes flew 10 times over Freddie Gray protests: documentsReuters
FBI spy planes used thermal imaging tech in flights over Baltimore after ...Washington Post

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FBI spy planes flew 10 times over Freddie Gray protests: documents - Reuters

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FBI spy planes flew 10 times over Freddie Gray protests: documents
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The flights, totaling more than 36 hours and involving at least two planes, occurred over Baltimore from April 29 to May 3, showed the flight logs provided to the ACLU under the Freedom of Information Act. The ACLU, a civil rights group, released the ...
FBI spy planes used thermal imaging tech in flights over Baltimore after ...Washington Post

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News Roundup and Notes: October 30, 2015 

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.
IRAQ and SYRIA
Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Vienna yesterday for meetings with Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey ahead of today’s talks aimed at reaching a political resolution to the Syrian conflict. [Wall Street Journal’s Valentina Pop]  The peace negotiations getting underway today are the “broadest” to take place since the start of the conflict in 2011, with “any hope of a solution” riding on Iran and Saudi Arabia, the former advocating in support of the Assad regime and the latter against it, reports Martin Chulov. [The Guardian]
“Rancor” between rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran poses the greatest threat to the talks, with “more invested in the outcome” than any of the other participants to the talks. The two states sitting together at the same table was “unthinkable” until two weeks ago. David E. Sanger et al report. [New York Times]
The US position on the regime of Bashar al-Assad has softened, the Obama administration entering into talks willing to accept an agreement that leaves Assad in power for several months or more during political transition, report Carol E. Lee and Adam Entous. [Wall Street Journal]  Colum Lynch and John Hudson explore the “pivot to Tehran,” and how the US has moved away from insisting on an “unequivocal commitment” from Iran on removing Assad from power. [Foreign Policy]
Iran’s role in the Syria talks demonstrates again that “defiant Iranian rhetoric is often a distraction from Iranian actions, which may be more pragmatic,” writes Roger Cohen at the New York Times.
Russia has said no state should use military force in Syria without the permission of the country’s central government, TASS news agency reported. [Reuters]  However, Russia may be rethinking its alliance with the Syrian government, deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken commenting that Moscow appears evermore wary of becoming entangled in the Syrian conflict. [Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Dalton]
Qatar has ruled out the possibility of engaging in military action in Syria, the country’s foreign minister saying that financial aid is more important. [Al Jazeera]
Syrian government airstrikes hit a market in Douma, a Damascus suburb today, killing 45 people and injuring another 140, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports. [Al Jazeera]
US-led airstrikes continue. The US and coalition military forces carried out 13 strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq on Oct. 29. [Central Command]
A rocket attack on a former military base close to Baghdad international airport – used to house a group of Iranian exiles – has left more than 20 people dead. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. [AP]
ISIS and other militant groups are increasingly moving to Telegram, a Berlin-based social media service which imposes few barriers on the sharing of violent and extremist content. [Washington Post’s Greg Miller]
The Syrian conflict is pulling in Muslim fighters from former Soviet Central Asian republics, reports Yaroslav Trofimov. [Wall Street Journal]
“Who has gained ground in Syria since Russia began its airstrikes? A visual explanation from theNew York Times.
GUANTÁNAMO BAY
The last British citizen held at Guantánamo Bay detention facility has been released and is on his way back to the United Kingdom, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond confirmed. Shaker Aamer was held for 14 years but was never tried for any offense. Earlier this year, Prime Minister David Cameron raised his case to President Obama, gaining an assurance of his release. [The Guardian’s Richard Norton-Taylor et al]
A Mauritanian detainee was repatriated on Wednesday; Ahmed Ould Abd al Aziz was cleared for release in 2009 and has been held at the prison camp since 2002. [Miami Herald’s Carol Rosenberg]
IRAN
An Iranian-American businessman has been arrested by Iranian security forces, a move that highlights efforts by hardliners to prevent foreign investment in the Islamic Republic, report Farnaz Fassihi and Jay Solomon. [Wall Street Journal]  Siamak Namazi has advocated for improved relations between Iran and the US and is the first dual American citizen to be detained since the nuclear accord in July. [New York Times’ Thomas Erdbrink]
Tehran considered the pursuit of a nuclear deterrent when it started its nuclear program in the 1980s, according to former president Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The IAEA is set to report on Iran’s past nuclear work on Dec. 15, which the Iranian government insists was only ever used for peaceful purposes. [Reuters]
OTHER DEVELOPMENTS
The European Parliament voted to call on EU member states to grant protection to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, as a “human rights defender.” The resolution has no legal weight but was welcomed by Snowden on Twitter as an “open hand extended by friends.” [The Intercept’s Jenna McLaughlin]
The Palestinian uprising has shifted its focus to the West Bank city of Hebron, report Diaa Hadid and Rami Nazzal, a city with a “stark history of violence and tension.” [New York Times]  And right-wing Israeli politicians are pushing for greater control over the Al Aqsa mosque compound. [Al Jazeera]
Fighting in recent weeks around the Yemeni city of Taiz is having a severe toll on the civilian population, leaving at least 1,300 civilians dead since violence escalated there. [Al Jazeera]
The Afghan government is turning to the country’s irregular militias to assist in the war effort against the Taliban, as the insurgent group gains in strength and the US presence in the country remains significantly reduced. [Washington Post’s Sudarsan Raghavan]
Boko Haram has lost control of territory, contrary to the group’s claim that it maintains a region of similar size to Belgium in northern Nigeria. Commenting on the militant group, head of US Africa Command, Gen David Rodriguez added that Boko Haram remains a grave threat. [Wall Street Journal’s Julian E. Barnes]
The US power grid is vulnerable to cyberattacks, President Obama warned yesterday, suggesting that there is insufficient investment in heightening its defense. [The Hill’s Cory Bennett]
Is Hillary Clinton a liar over Benghazi? Glenn Kessler explores the accusations that have been leveled against the former secretary of state. [Washington Post]
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