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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Hoist that false flag, me hearties!

Looks like the intel community is putting the fix in for the Republican candidate (whoever he turns out to be)...
Top U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that ISIS was likely to attempt direct attacks on the U.S. in the coming year and that the group was infiltrating refugees escaping from Iraq and Syria to move across borders.

ISIS "will probably attempt to conduct additional attacks in Europe, and attempt to direct attacks on the U.S. homeland in 2016," Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who was also at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, estimated that violent extremists were active in about 40 countries and that there currently exist more terrorist safe havens "than at any time in history."

Clapper warned that ISIS and its eight branches were the No. 1 terrorist threat, and that it was using the refugee exodus from violence in Iraq and Syria to hide among innocent civilians in order to reach other countries.

Clapper said ISIS was "taking advantage of the torrent of migrants to insert operatives into that flow," adding that they were "pretty skilled at phony passports so they can travel ostensibly as legitimate travelers."
The passport thing is real, as seen in previous posts. The claim about refugees is misleading, as this famed John Oliver clip demonstrates. Of course, American intelligence looked the other way when the jihadis traveled to Syria, and they can just as easily look the other way when they travel back.

NSA has all the tools it needs to track every single one these guys in real time, 24/7. If and when a big BOOM occurs, your first theory should be that the spooks wanted to hear a BOOM. And your first, best question -- as always -- is cui bono?
As MoA notes in his latest post:

"Last year the U.S. intelligence community stated that there were some 20,000 foreign fighters with ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorists groups in Syria and Iraq. In a congressional testimony today (pdf) the director of national intelligence James Clapper put the current number at 38,000. Turkey claims it closed its border for foreign fighters going to Syria and Iraq. If so how did those additional 18,000 foreign Jihadis enter Syria and Iraq? "
Almost 15 years of the War On Terror and the problem has only gotten worse. Is this not the same result as the War On Drugs? And yet, according to conventional wisdom in the US political structure, this failure is worthy of being rewarded with approval and extended powers.
As I asked my co-workers just before the 2004 election: "Are you frightened enough to vote Republican yet?"
I don't see how this really makes a difference for the election. Both parties are firmly invested in the surveillance police state, and not even Bernie will be able to stop the "war of terror" that the deep state is so intent on having. We hear this same song every year, since 9/11/01. The same people benefit, the military/intelligence industrial complex. As Anon says, this is exactly like the "War on Drugs", the "War on Communism", the "War on Eastasia", etc., etc. I really don't think it matters, at this point, who the President will be, because they have virtually no impact on the status quo. Don't worry though, I would NEVER vote for any of the Republicans. I personally don't think voting matters one bit in the grand schemes of the powers that be, but I do it anyway, just in case. It obviously matters to some extent, or there wouldn't be so much money, media frenzy, and time put into convincing us to vote one way or the other. I just find that cynicism seems the only logical response to our current state of affairs. For me, anyway.
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