Issues, War on Terror

Airport Fail Number Two: Computers Offline at Miami Int’l

It wasn’t but a few weeks ago that Atlanta’s international airport was crippled by a mysterious fire in the basement that had passengers stranded in the dark and on the runway.

It took half a day to get everything back online again, but not before thousands of flights around the country were canceled, delayed or redirected.

And now Miami is added to the list of airports that have recently broadcast to terrorists how easy it is to bring American flights to their knees.

Miami’s international airport had thousands of passengers stuck in lines this week after computers went offline for no apparent reason.

One might have thought after 9-11 that simple issues like computers, electricity, and security would’ve been figured out.

And one would be wrong.

Here’s more from CBS…

It’s a rough night for international travelers at Miami International Airport.

Approximately 2,000 passengers are in line at customs at MIA due to an apparent computer outage impacting systems used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at passport control.

The outage is affecting other airports across the county, according to an official familiar with the situation.

Travelers in Miami say it was a mass of people and a mess.

Jennifer Martin stood in line for hours.  She was frustrated.

“The kiosk machines shut down,” Martin said. “So we couldn’t get our passport pictures down, so they cattled us to this line, then they opened up the line after we been standing in it for an hour and let the people who just got off a flight in front of us in customs.”

Other passengers experienced similar problems.

“The machines for customs and border patrol aren’t working, so all the things are printing out with X’s on them and everyone’s freaking out, so the lines about an hour to get thru,” said Brittany Jason.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a statement saying, in part, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection experienced a temporary outage with its processing systems at various airports today beginning at 7:30 pm and ending approximately 9:30 pm.  All airports are currently back on line.

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Report: US Preparing ‘Bloody nose’ Attack on North Korea

If insider reports are correct, the Pentagon may soon be launching a preemptive strike against North Korea, finally answering the ongoing question of who will hit first.

According to sources both inside the administration and out, the DOD is planning likely to knock out a missile launch site ahead of intelligence that points to yet another ballistic missile test from Kim Jong Un.

The judgment is that diplomatic solutions have been exhausted and there are no signs of N. Korea pulling back from its testing.

If the Pentagon does strike, the obvious next question is whether and how Kim may retaliate.

Either way, it will mark a watershed moment in the Trump administration.

Here’s more from NY Post…

The US is preparing plans to deliver a “bloody nose” attack against North Korea to knock out its nuclear weapons program.

The White House has “dramatically” ramped up its military plans amid fears that diplomacy won’t thwart North Korean despot Kim Jong Un from making good on his threats, sources told the UK’s Telegraph.

One option is destroying a launch site before the rogue regime uses it for a new missile test, while another is targeting weapons stockpiles, according to the news outlet.

The Trump administration hopes that pre-emptive action would show the trigger-happy dictator that the United States is serious about stopping his bellicose pursuits and persuading him to negotiate.

The Telegraph cited three anonymous sources, one inside the administration and two former officials familiar with the White House thinking.

“The Pentagon is trying to find options that would allow them to punch the North Koreans in the nose, get their attention and show that we’re serious,” a former US security official briefed on policy told the Telegraph.

President Trump’s decision to launch 59 cruise missiles against a Syrian airfield in response to the country’s chemical weapons attack that killed more than 80 civilians is considered an indication of his resolve, the paper reported.

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War on Terror

Unprepared: Atlanta Airport Blackout Sends Message to Terrorists

Late last night power was fully restored to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport after an electrical switch was reportedly destroyed earlier in the day due to fire.

Passengers roamed the airport in the dark for hours while others were stranded in planes on the runway or tarmac with nowhere to go.

Thousands of flights were canceled or diverted causing a massive domino-effect across the country, given that Atlanta serves as a major hub for Delta.

And now the big question is whether to what extent other airports across the country are prepared for a rather small incident.

Experts are now pointing out the obvious: the international news of Atlanta’s calamity is certain to have caught the attention of terrorists across the globe who now recognize that crippling a nation’s travel doesn’t require an elaborate airline bombing…a simple basement fire will do the trick just as well.

Well done, Homeland Security.

Here’s more from Daily Beast…

If a terrorist wanted to find the most vulnerable point in America’s airport network they could not have hoped for a better guide than what just happened at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson.

Just after 1 p.m. Sunday the whole airport, the world’s busiest, went dark. Thousands of flights were disrupted. For many hours nobody in authority attempted to explain—or even seemed able to explain—what had happened.

Just imagine this is a classic plan for phase one of a terrorist attack: Render the target blind. None of the defenses are operational. Thousands of people are trapped in restricted space without directions about how they can find an exit.

As chaos spreads nobody knows who turn to for information. The communications blackout is as complete as the power blackout.

Given this situation a small band of suicide bombers could roam freely and commit mayhem and massacre on an unprecedented scale.

Initial responses as the story broke were that the holiday season travel would be disrupted for days. That is true. The ripple effect of the paralyzed airport will be worldwide as thousands of international connections are canceled.

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International, War on Terror

Trump Renews Calls for Travel Ban, Wall After Egypt Attack

The death toll in yesterday’s church bombing has risen to at least 235 in what quickly became the most deadly attack in Egypt’s modern history.

Though no group has claimed responsibility yet, it is believed the attack was staged by a radical group in association with ISIS.

The attack culminated in the detonation of a bomb within a packed mosque followed by militants gunning down worshipers as they fled the building.

President Trump quickly condemned the attack and reiterated his commitment to pushing through on a travel ban for countries that host radical terror groups along with finishing the border wall to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

Indeed. This isn’t rocket science, folks.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

President Trump renewed his call for travel restrictions affecting foreign citizens after the mass-murder of Sufi mosque-goers in Egypt.

The attack during Friday prayers killed at least 235 adherents of the Muslim minority group.

“Will be calling the President of Egypt in a short while to discuss the tragic terrorist attack, with so much loss of life,” Trump tweeted after the death count spiked.

“We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before, and we will. Need the WALL, need the BAN! God bless the people of Egypt,” Trump wrote.

As a candidate, Trump in 2015 first called for a travel ban to protect against Islamic terrorism after the San Bernardino, Calif., slaughter of 14 people at a company holiday party.

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” Trump said, after U.S.-born citizen Rizwan Farook and his Pakistan-born wife committed the killings.

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Politics, War on Terror

Top Nuclear General: I’d Refuse ‘Illegal’ Launch Order From Trump

The media is making a rather large mountain of a molehill this weekend after what appeared to be controversial comments from a top US Air Force nuclear commander.

During a presentation at an international security conference in Novia Scotia, General John Hyten, who runs the U.S. Strategic Command, commented that he’d refuse an illegal order from President Trump concerning a nuclear launch.

The press has seized on those words to make a case for dissension within the ranks.

But looking at the context of his remarks, the key word is ‘illegal’ in which he was simply explaining that nuclear commanders must obey the law before they obey the Commander-in-Chief.

Either way, it’s good to know we have sober folks with their fingers near the red button.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, told a security conference in Nova Scotia that he would refuse to obey an “illegal” order from Donald Trump to launch nuclear weapons.

Asked if he has given much thought to how he would handle a nuclear strike order from President Trump that he thinks is unlawful, Hyten, who oversees the U.S. nuclear arsenal, answered, “I think some people think we’re stupid. We’re not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?”

“I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do,” Hyten said. “And if it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen? I’m going to say, ‘Mr. President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ‘What would be legal?’ And we’ll come up options, with a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works. It’s not that complicated.”

He explained that if he were to execute an unlawful order, “You will go to jail. You could go to jail for the rest of your life.”

The key word here is “illegal.” In fact, no U.S. military officer is bound to obey an order he believes to be “illegal,” so why this is being made into a big deal is something of a mystery.

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Issues, States, War on Terror

Feds Interviewed NYC Truck Attacker Back In 2015

Another day, another terrorist attack. Young radical men claiming allegiance to ISIS have been driving vehicles into crowds for months in Europe, and now the strategy has been brought to American soil.

Eight people were killed and roughly a dozen injured after Uzbek national Sayfullo Saipov drove a rented truck through a bicycle lane, folks are rightly asking why we didn’t know about this guy.

Well, turns out we did. Records already have revealed that Saipov was interviewed by the Feds fully two years ago.

And yet for some reason, he wasn’t being monitored for possible radicalization.

Despite this, folks on the left are still arguing we need to bring in more refugees.

Here’s more from ABC News…

The suspected New York City attacker, Sayfullo Saipov, was interviewed in 2015 by federal agents about possible ties to suspected terrorists, but the agents did not have enough evidence to open a case on him, laws enforcement officials tell ABC News.

Saipov was listed as a “point of contact” for two men whose were listed in a Department of Homeland Security counterterrorism database and later overstayed their tourist visas, one federal official told ABC News. One was merely flagged after arriving from a so-called “threat country,” while the other vanished and was being actively sought by federal agents as a “suspected terrorist.”

An official told ABC News that the FBI has since located him and he is not believed to have been involved in Tuesday’s attack.

Speaking on Wednesday, President Donald Trump noted that Saipov had served as the “point of contact” for 23 people. A source confirmed that number to ABC News but said it is unclear if those people are “immediate family members, distant family members, or friends.” Only those two men, however, were listed in the database.

Saipov, 29, came to the United States from Uzbekistan through a Diversity Visa Program lottery in 2010, making him a legal permanent resident of the United States upon arrival. He has lived in Ohio, Florida and, most recently, Paterson, N.J., where federal agents interviewed Saipov in 2015.

Authorities say Saipov claimed in a handwritten note found near his truck that he carried out Tuesday’s attack, which killed eight people on a bike path on the West Side of Manhattan, on behalf of the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS. The terror group has not claimed responsibility for the attack, but according to Rita Katz of the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks the online activity of jihadist organizations, the attack “fits [the] style” of recent suspected ISIS-inspired attack throughout Europe.

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President Trump Honors 9/11 Victims, Pledges to Continue the Fight

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Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

President Trump paid tribute on Monday to the victims and survivors of 9/11, telling Americans on the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that his administration is committed to doing “whatever we must to keep our people safe.”

The president and first lady joined thousands of service members and families of 9/11 victims at the Pentagon, where hundreds of military personnel were killed after a hijacked plane crashed into the western side of the complex on Sept. 11, 2001.

“For the families with us on this anniversary, we know that not a single day goes by when you don’t think about the loved ones stolen from your life,” Trump said. “Today, our entire nation grieves with you and with every one of those 2,996 innocent souls who were murdered by terrorists 16 years ago.”

Trump combined his solemn remarks with a promise to protect Americans from future domestic terror attacks by “making plain to these savage killers that there is no dark corner beyond our reach, no sanctuary beyond our grass and nowhere to hide on this Earth.

“America does not bend,” the president told the crowd. “We do not waiver and we will never ever yield. So here at this memorial, with hearts both sad and determined, we honor every hero who keeps us free, and we pledge to fight together, to work together and to overcome together every enemy and obstacle in our path.”

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Breaking: North Korea Fires Another Missile Over Japan

So while we were all busy about our dinner plans yesterday evening it was the wee hours of the morning in North Korea when Kim Jong Un and his crew of the criminally insane were huddled around the red button.

At just before 6am local time, North Korea launched yet another ICBM, this time over Japan in a defiant test of the resolve of the U.S. and its allies.

Japan made no attempt to shoot it down, which may have signaled to Kim that he has a clear pass to continue his taunting of the Japanese island.

What exactly his endgame is in all this isn’t really clear, but then again who can discern the mind of a psychopath?

As Redstate pointed out, the launch was essentially the latest middle finger to the White House.

So President Trump responded indicating that “all options are on the table.”

The only question is when exactly we’ll send special forces to take Kim out.

Where’s SEAL Team 6 when we need them?

Here’s more from Redstate…

Kim Jong Un has ramped up his saber rattling. Reportedly his latest missile test launched a projectile that traveled over Japan.

The Japanese government has warned that a North Korean missile is headed toward the Tohoku region at the northern end of the country, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK.

NHK also reported that Japan took no action to shoot down the projectile.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that it appeared that a ballistic missile was fired and that it flew over the country.

South Korea’s Yonhap, citing the military, said that Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile which flew through Japan’s airspace.

A South Korean military official told NBC News that the projectile was fired around 5:57 a.m. local time.

NHK said that the government has urged people in Tohoku to take refuge in solid buildings or underground shelters.

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War with North Korea: President Trump ‘Locked and Loaded’

Yesterday President Trump refused to back down from his previous statement threatening ‘fire and fury’ for North Korea.

Doubling down, he suggested that, if anything, his warning wasn’t strong enough.

Retweeting a post from the US Pacific Command, he declared the U.S. is ‘locked and loaded’.

Kim Jong Un responded that N. Korea could easily ‘reduce the U.S. mainland to ashes at any moment’ in heightened rhetoric that now has the governor of Guam warning citizens not to ‘look at the flash’ from any incoming ICBMs.

Um, wow.

Meanwhile, former Obama officials led by the absolutely trustworthy and inimitable Susan Rice chided the administration arguing that we should be totally cool with N. Korea possessing nuclear weapons; no concerns should be had at all.

Did she discover that from a random Youtube video too?

If you’re thinking all of this is a bit surreal, join the club.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

President Donald Trump continued his aggressive statements to North Korea, warning them not to threaten or act against America or any of its allies.

“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday. “Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”

The president’s message triggered another round of groans from the media and establishment national security community, particularly from former President Barack Obama’s staff.

“This isn’t a video game. Hundreds of thousands of lives at stake in war with NK,” complained former Deputy National Security Adviser to Obama, Ben Rhodes on Twitter. “Was this statement signed off on by anyone? Was this statement coordinated with South Korea and Japan, our allies who are at enormous risk in conventional conflict with North Korea?”

Yesterday, Trump signaled that he was purposefully trying to send a strong message to North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il [sic].

“It’s about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries,” Trump told reporters in Bedminster, New Jersey on Thursday.

Later in the day, Trump retweeted a post from  featuring B1 bombers standing ready for military action. 

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Canada Pays Millions to Ex-Gitmo Terrorist Who Killed US Soldier

The Canadians have proven once again that socialism isn’t some far-flung European phenomenon…it’s right in our backyard.

This week we awoke to news that the Canadian government awarded Omar Khadr 8 million Canadian bucks in a settlement in which he was seeking 16 million.

What was his grievance?

He was reportedly tortured in Guantanamo Bay as a terrorist prisoner.

This after being captured for participating in a terrorist incursion that left one U.S. soldier dead and another blind.

Meanwhile, two little kids were left without a dad and this scumbag becomes fabulously rich.

How’s that for Canadian justice?

One hopes beyond hope the Trump administration finds an interesting way to counter-punch this punch in the gut from an American ‘ally’.

Here’s more from Fox News…

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave Omar Khadr a big payout, but the terrorist’s real victims may never see any of that money.

Canada agreed to pay the former Guantanamo prisoner a reported $8 million in a lawsuit alleging civil rights violations. The settlement included an apology.

The Canadian-born Khadr was 15 in 2002 when he tossed a grenade in a firefight that killed U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer, a special forces medic.

Tabitha Speer, the soldier’s widow, and Layne Morris, who was blinded in the 2002 firefight, won a $134 million wrongful-death default judgment against Khadr two years ago in Utah.

Lawyers for the widow and Morris requested an order freezing Khadr’s assets, but last week a Canadian judge threw out the request, calling it “extraordinary.”

Conservative Member of the Canadian Parliament and official opposition critic for foreign affairs Peter Kent wrote in The Wall Street Journal Monday that the timing of the payout undermines Tabitha Speer’s legal options.

He added that Trudeau’s actions “are an affront to the memory of Christopher Speer, to Tabitha Speer and her children, to Layne Morris, to our U.S. allies and to all men and women in uniform.”

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