***** PREMIUM REPORT *****
President Bush authorized the NSA to conduct wireless phone wiretaps shortly after September 11 attacks. When The New York Times revealed the program, administration officials insisted it was effective and vitally important. Former NSA Director Michael Hayden claimed that it had “been successful in detecting and preventing attacks inside the United States,” while Vice President Cheney went further, asserting that the program had “saved thousands of lives.”
Since the disclosure of the NSA’s massive domestic phone-records database, authorized under a tortured reading of the Patriot Act’s Section 215 authority to obtain business records, intelligence officials and their allies in Congress have claimed it plays a vital role in protecting Americans from “dozens” of terror attacks.
“Our review suggests that the information contributed to terrorist investigations by the use of section 215 telephony meta-data was not essential to preventing attacks,” the report found, “and could readily have been obtained in a timely manner using conventional section 215 orders.”
A senior CIA official told NSA historian Matthew Aid: “We spent a ton on the program but got back very little in the way of solid returns. I don’t think it was worth the money.”
In other words, the power wasn’t used because it was necessary: It was used to convince Congress that it was necessary.
Most of that data, by definition and intent, belonged to ordinary people suspected of nothing. But vast new storage capacity and processing tools enabled the NSA to use the information to map human relationships on a planetary scale. Only this way, its leadership believed, could the NSA reach beyond its universe of known intelligence targets.
Leading to evil outcomes!
This kind of forced “democratization” result in instability. This happened when Americans invaded Iraq; this happened recently, when NATO blatantly overstepped the UN Security Council mandate and bombed Libya; and this kind of external intervention is also happening in a number of other countries in the region. The Syrian conflict is another example of a situation where you have terrorists from all over the world, including Europe, US and Russia, fight there to turn Syria, and in fact this whole region, into a caliphate. So, forced democratization by outside forces undermines stability and produces new threats. Greater stability, on the other hand, provides the best environment for democratic reforms.
Resulting in the worms eating aways
The man believed to be responsible for a deadly shooting in Reseda has been identified by police as an Iraq war veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, the Los Angeles Police Department said, Ricardo Javier Tapia, 32, of Reseda, is accused of fatally shooting a man and critically wounding a woman in a Reseda apartment complex Friday night, police said.
Tapia was allegedly covered in blood and shouting "Hitler, President Obama and terrorists,” before going outside shirtless and charging at officers, said LAPD Lt. Robert Davis.
"We had a man with no shirt, who came out covered in blood head to toe who charged us like a football player,” said Lt. Robert Davis, of the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Division. “Officers showed a lot of restraint."
LAPD Capt. John Egan said it took several officers and a stun gun to restrain Tapia after a gun battle with officers.
Which leads to more evil
“Western colleagues are trying to “flirt” with the so-called Islamic front”, which has been struggling for influence with the Free Syrian Army. Lavrov believes the Islamic front could be ideologically close to such Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist groups as Al-Nusra.
The issue of the humanitarian crisis in Syria has been exploited, just as the issue of the chemical weapons before it, to lay all of the blame on Assad’s governmen
“It was a complete team to fire Grad rockets into (the neighboring city of) Baalbak,” the commander said, referring to Russian-designed unguided rockets commonly used by both Hezbollah and the rebels. “Our unit from (nearby) Britel knows the area very well and was waiting for them. They were slaughtered.”
The Hezbollah source described the rebels as members of the Nusra Front, an al Qaida-linked group often cited as among the most militarily competent of the rebel forces in Syria.
The battle was the second large-scale confrontation between Hezbollah and Syrian rebel units since the beginning of the nearly 3-year-old Syrian revolution. A similar battle in the area also was reported in June, in which 12 rebels were reported killed.
A group of Jordanian figures has sent a letter to Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, voicing support and solidarity with the resistance and its stances.
“Sayyed Nasrallah… we take great pride in your patriot and cJordanian flagourage stances as well as your path and the blood of your martyrs who have been defending the nation in the sites of heroism in south Lebanon against the Zionist enemy, its sponsors of the internal Zionists, the Wahabi Takfiris in Lebanon and Syria and all those who back them of Arab regimes and local mercenary powers,”
“It’s not vane that the powers who had colluded with the Zionist entity in July war 2006, are those who have dared to lash out at your eminence,” the letter, signed by several MPs, political figures and journalists, addedd.
As Sunnis and Christians, we deem far above being a Zionist or a US tools used against the resistance, on its head Hezbollah, the only power which defeated the Zionist enemy,” the figures pointed out, as they slammed the “suspicious channels” of seeking to ignite sectarian strife within the nation.
They also voiced support to Hezbollah’s stance regarding the ongoing crisis in Syria.
“If the position regarding Syria… is a mask used by the powers of conspiracy in a bid to target your eminence or your party… then we express our support to your stance and your heroes who are fighting beside the Syrian Arab Army and defending nation’s future and dignity, Sayyed Nasrallah… Go ahead, the entire nation is with you,”
“According to the information we get from the Christian communities in the region, they are deeply worried by what’s going on, as their 2000-year domicile in the Middle East appears to be at stake.”