Saturday, November 28, 2015

Russian S-400 missiles turn most of Syria into no-fly zone, halt US air strikes | National Counterintelligence and Security Center Releases National Counterintelligence Strategy | President Obama’s Hypocrisy on Syria - The New York Times | Is Syria the beginning of the end of Putinism? - The Washington Post | Kenya Police: 2 Kenyans Arrested for Spying for Iran - NYTimes.com | Top Kurdish lawyer killed in southeast Turkey, protests expected - Reuters | Iranian media is revealing that scores of the country’s fighters are dying in Syria - The Washington Post | KIDAL, Mali (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked and fired rockets at a U.N. peacekeeping base in Kidal in northern Mali on Saturday | New Orleans police identify suspect in shooting that wounded 17 - Reuters | The mayor of Colorado Springs says authorities aren't ready to discuss a possible motive of the gunman who attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic there but says people can make "inferences from where it took place." - The Latest: Mayor Hints at Motive in Colorado Clinic Attack - ABC News | Obama on Colorado Shooting: 'Enough Is Enough' - 8:44 PM 11/28/2015

Rifles are displayed in the exhibition hall of the ''Zastava Arms'' weapons factory in the Serbian town of Kragujevac in this May 8, 2013 file picture. REUTERS/Marko Djurica/Files

Gaffer tape and 500 euros: running guns to the heart of Europe



Gunman kills officer, two others at Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado 

The mayor of Colorado Springs says authorities aren't ready to discuss a possible motive of the gunman who attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic there but says people can make "inferences from where it took place." - The Latest: Mayor Hints at Motive in Colorado Clinic Attack - ABC News 

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The deployment of the highly advanced Russian S-400 anti-air missiles at the Khmeimin base, Russia’s military enclave in Syria near Latakia, combined with Russia electronic jamming and other electronic warfare equipment, has effectively transformed most of Syria into a no-fly zone under Russian control.
Iranian agents are suspected of attacks or thwarted attacks around the globe in recent years, including in Azerbaijan, Thailand and India. Most of the plots had connections to Israeli targets.
Several resorts on Kenya's coast are Israeli-owned. Militants in 2002 bombed an Israeli-owned luxury hotel near Mombasa, killing 13 people. The militants also tried to shoot down an Israeli airliner at the same time. An al Qaeda operative was linked to those attacks.
Investigators believe that if the Iranian plot had been successful, suspicion would have naturally fallen not on Iran but instead on the Somali militant group al Shabaab. Al Shabaab has threatened to bring Nairobi's skyscrapers to the ground following Kenya's military push into Somalia in October 2011.
In June 2013 a Kenyan court convicted two Iranian nationals of being Quds agents plotting attacks against Western targets in Kenya and they were sentenced to life in prison.
KIDAL, Mali (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked and fired rockets at a U.N. peacekeeping base in Kidal in northern Mali on Saturday, causing an unspecified number of casualties, a spokesman for the U.N. force in Mali (MINUSMA) said.
Granted, Putin’s capacity to trouble the waters is huge. But Russia’s ability to rival the United States as a world power and dominate events in the Middle East is not — though some Obama critics appear to wish it were so, if for no other reason than to disable this president.
And that, too, is no laughing matter.

National Counterintelligence and Security Center Releases National Counterintelligence Strategy

National Counterintelligence and Security Center Releases National Counterintelligence Strategy

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


NEWS RELEASE 

National Counterintelligence and Security Center Releases National Counterintelligence Strategy
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       
ODNI News Release No. 24-15
November 18, 2015

Today the ODNI’s National Counterintelligence and Security Center released the 2016 National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America. The strategy, which was approved by President Obama, sets forth how the U.S. Government will identify and disrupt foreign intelligence entity threats.

The strategy is being released at both the unclassified and classified level in order to broadly address counterintelligence concerns both inside and outside government. The strategy focuses on known and suspected FIE threats and emphasizes developing and deploying advanced intelligence techniques and tools. In addition, the strategy provides information on coordinating, integrating, and sharing FIE threat information with the public and private sectors and guidance on greater integration and employment of CI capabilities.  

“The current and emerging CI challenges facing the nation require an integrated, whole-of-government approach that brings together our collective CI efforts and broadens their reach throughout the U.S. Government and private sector,” said Bill Evanina, the National Counterintelligence Executive and Director of NCSC.  “Releasing an unclassified, in addition to a classified, version of the strategy enables greater distribution, transparency, and integration of U.S. Government agencies’ and private sector activities to counter FIE threats,” Evanina added.

The strategy is being released in accordance with the Counterintelligence Enhancement Act of 2002, which requires the NCIX to produce a strategy for CI programs and activities of the U.S. government at least every three years for the President’s approval. The previous strategy was released in 2012 at only the classified level.

The NCSC provides effective leadership and support to the CI and security activities of the US Intelligence Community, the U.S. Government, and private sector entities who are at risk of intelligence collection or attack by foreign adversaries.

To read the strategy and for more information on CI issues and NCSC, please visit ncsc.gov.