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The “secret” information by Paula Broadwell

by Douglas J. Hagmann on Monday, November 12th, 2012

This is article 841 of 1211 in the topic International

A November 11, 2012 link from the Drudge Report titled Exposed: Secret CIA prison?asks whether Paula Broadwell, the alleged mistress of ex-CIA Director David Petraeus exposed a “secret CIA prison” in Benghazi during a speech on October 26, 2012 in Denver. During a question and answer session, she was asked about the September 11, 2012 attack against the embassy and responded with the following:

“Now I don’t know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually had taken a couple of Libya militia members prisoner. And they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back. So that’s still being vetted.”

Readers of this web site and Canada Free Press were given specific insight and clarification of this statement in an article dated October 29, 2012 under the title Obama’s October surprise – exposed by Benghazi? According to an intelligence source I interviewed, there was indeed a “kidnapping” in Benghazi, but not of Libyan militia members. As documented by international press reports, seven members of the Iranian Red Crescent were grabbed on July 31, 2012. The Iranian Red Crescent members were snatched while in the vicinity of the CIA operations center in Benghazi after a mortar round was fired into the compound.

As that report stated, an intelligence source stressed the importance of not only this “snatch and grab” operation, but the timing of their release. It is not about a secret prison in Libya, but about the nation-state actors involved in the September 11, 2012 attack. These were Iranians who were taken captive, and they were milling about to inspect the CIA compound for a future attack.

It is extremely important to understand the context and timing of their release as it directly relates to the talks between Valerie Jarrett and top Iranian officials in Qatar. The talks were being secretly conducted to hammer out an “October surprise” by Obama that would announce an agreement between Iran and the U.S. that would suspend Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Exposing this single fact helps people to understand the global implications of the attack in Benghazi, identify the nation-state actors and what this attack was all about. Furthermore, it explains the reason that the Obama regime had stuck to the nonsensical story about an obscure video as the reason for the attack.

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DHS Releases List of Hundreds of Keywords/Phrases Used to Monitor Net for Threats

by Doug Powers on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

This is article 56 of 113 in the topic Free Speech

nullWe really have to get this George W. Bush guy out of office so we can put a stop to this kind of government intrusiveness and… what? Who is president? Well, in that case I’m sure this is okay:

The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.

The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as ‘attack’, ‘Al Qaeda’, ‘terrorism’ and ‘dirty bomb’ alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like ‘pork’, ‘cloud’, ‘team’ and ‘Mexico’.

Released under a freedom of information request, the information sheds new light on how government analysts are instructed to patrol the internet searching for domestic and external threats.

The words are included in the department’s 2011 ‘Analyst’s Desktop Binder’ used by workers at their National Operations Center which instructs workers to identify ‘media reports that reflect adversely on DHS and response activities’.

Department chiefs were forced to release the manual following a House hearing over documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit which revealed how analysts monitor social networks and media organisations for comments that ‘reflect adversely’ on the government.

However they insisted the practice was aimed not at policing the internet for disparaging remarks about the government and signs of general dissent, but to provide awareness of any potential threats.

I just got myself flagged seven times just for running a snip of the story. It’s possible “pork” made the list because the government considers those who expose federal waste to be a clear and present danger to the security of the United States.

Read the entire list of words. It’s virtually impossible to write online without using several of them a day.

This kind of thing has been going on a long time. Remember Echelon? It’s a global surveillance network I first heard about back in the 1990′s that I think was invented as a way to allow Bill Clinton to eavesdrop on Elizabeth Hurley and Claudia Schiffer’s phone calls.

Strange. On the list of words that could constitute a threat to America, “Forward™” didn’t make the cut.

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Did You Know Homeland Security is Monitoring the Internet?

by Alan Caruba on Friday, January 13th, 2012

This is article 21 of 45 in the topic Cyber space

One of the lessons one learns in military basic training is “situational awareness”, a term that reflects the importance of watchfulness in combat. It can mean the difference between life and death. Police practice this as well, looking for people who seem out of place in a neighborhood.

The average citizen blithely ignores this when shopping or just going about their life, though many purchase private monitoring services to protect their homes against fire or theft or put up video surveillance systems to protect their businesses. I doubt there is any public place that does not have television cameras watching.

When it comes to protecting the nation, situational awareness is an essential element to spot a potential individual or group that might pose a danger. There is, of course, the potential for misuse or abuse, but that applies to everything government does.

The upside of such monitoring is contained in a short item from the Heritage Foundation’s January 12 Morning Line dispatch. “His plan was to rip apart nightclubs with explosives, unleash a wave of destruction on bridges, and open fire on police officers—all in sunny Florida. This was the murderous intent of Sami Osmakac, 25, an American citizen from the former Yugoslavia who was determined to spill blood, foment destruction, and bring terror to the United States all in the name of Allah. Fortunately, undercover FBI agents thwarted his efforts, making this the 44th foiled terrorist plot against America.”

I am a regular contributor to Harold Wylie’s excellent website, BorderfireReport.net. On a daily basis he gathers news about the effects of illegal immigration and related topics. He recently wrote to say that “my website has been placed on a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Operations Center Media Monitoring Initiative.” He learned about this during a visit to World Net Daily.com.

Is this a good or bad thing? Candidly, I thought it was a good thing because it suggests that someone at DHS recognized what an excellent “open source” of information Wylie’s site provides.

A government agency that’s “snooping” on Americans is not likely to issue such a notice and the sites listed represent, in government-speak, the opportunity “to collect information used in providing situational awareness and establishing a common operating picture.”

When one considers the billions the government spends on covert intelligence gathering, this is a far cry from “Big Brother.” Simply stated, DHS thinks that Wylie’s his site is performing a valuable service for their own Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement operation.

The cliché is that “being paranoid does not mean someone is not watching you.” There are so many sources of information available to individuals and groups regarding everything about your life that it bodes well to conduct oneself in conformance with common sense and the law. Meanwhile, your credit rating and other data are easily accessible.

Like millions of others I am on Facebook and DHS monitors both it and Spacebook. The occasional nutcase uses these social networks to announce to the world that he or she has bad intentions.

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