Exposing Political, Economic, and Security Threats to the United States and the West

Political Islam

Weekly Briefing, February 8-13, 2015

Deterring ISIL is Not Enough – Rachel Ehrenfeld – “Muslims need to change the religious discourse and remove from it things that have led to violence and extremism.”… President Obama’s requested Congressional authorization to indefinitely use U.S. military forces in “systematic campaign of airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria” to “degrade and defeat” it. While ISIL may be degraded ...

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Weekly Briefing – February 1-6, 2015

Hell on Earth –  Dr. Mordecai [email protected] – Burning alive a human being is a method of eliminating enemies that is well known and documented in early Islamic sources, and based on a deductive legal principle of Sharia law… Anyone who attacks Islamic State will be condemned to Hell on earth – and if he is unsure about how Hell ...

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Weekly Briefing – January 24-30, 2015

ISIS Advances – January 22-28, 2015 – Rachel Ehrenfeld – As the White House claims its attacks on ISIS have weakened the barbaric jihadist movement, we are witnessing an expansion of its activities. In previously unseen coordinated attacks ISIS attacked Egyptian security forces in the Sinai Peninsula, killing 26 and wounding more than 60.  ISIS used simultaneously car-bombs and  mortars in attacks on ...

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Cyber Information Sharing – A Multidisciplinary Analysis*

“Is there a different paradigm in the world of information technology that would allow dealing with current and future cyber challenges without the need for sharing, or is there no choice but to join forces in the battle and rapidly adopt uniform standards for a sharing infrastructure? Either way, such an infrastructure must maintain a balance between individual rights and ...

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Weekly Briefing – January 12-16, 2015

Charlie Hebdo – A Missed Opportunity – Rachel Ehrenfeld — In less than a week the free world seems to have lost the United States’ leadership, and the media lost its courage. The winners are the Islamists, whose ‘sensitivities’ apparently weigh more than those of Christians, Jews, Hindus, and all other “infidels.” Could this be attributed to the fact that ...

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Weekly Briefing – January 5-9, 2015

The Mystery of the Islamic State – Rachel Ehrenfeld — Over several months last year, in an effort to understand the Islamic State movement, Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata, commander of American Special Operations forces in the Middle East, sought the advice of Defense, intelligence and State experts, and academicians….the general told the group: “We do not understand the movement, ...

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Weekly Briefing – December 28-January 2, 2014/15

Cybersecurity and the 114th Congress – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The Sony hacking served as a national reminder that cybersecurity should be taken more seriously…In May 2010, former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander lamented, “The scale of compromise, including the loss of sensitive and unclassified data, is staggering,” Miller said. “We’re talking about terabytes of data, equivalent to multiple libraries ...

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Cybersecurity and the 114th Congress

The Sony hacking served as a national reminder that cybersecurity should be taken more seriously. Thus, the lame-duck 113th Congress passed several cybersecurity acts, which the President signed on December 18. The new laws include: The National Cybersecurity Protection Act (S. 2519); The Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (S. 2521); The Critical Infrastructure Research and Development Advancement Act of 2014, or CIRDA Act ...

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Weekly Briefing – December 21-27, 2014

Left: Israel – completely clear – on Christmas morning from the International Space Station. Astronaut Barry Wilmore woke up early on Christmas to reflect upon the beauty of the Earth and snap some images to share with the world. Photo credit: NASA/Barry Wilmore 123C0777  — The Oil Market Crossroad – Chris Cook – “The number one crude oil exporter, Saudi ...

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Weekly Briefing – December 15-19, 2014

Left: A North Korean commando on an infiltration training mission to South Korea. Cyberwarfare Threatening U.S. Economy and Free Speech – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Lack of appropriate cybersecurity exposes U.S. vulnerable communications to sophisticated cyberattacks; the fastest and safest venue to attack the U.S. economy, national security, and our right to free expression. Sony’s recent hacking and publication of its ...

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