Category: Security


Cellphone Privacy Is Shaky, Researchers Say

 

 

 

” German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies, and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale — even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption available.

  The flaws, to be reported at a hacker conference in Hamburg this month, are the latest evidence of widespread insecurity on SS7, the global network that allows the world’s cellular carriers to route calls, texts, and other data to one another. Experts say it’s increasingly clear that SS7, designed in the 1980s, is riddled with serious vulnerabilities.

  The flaws discovered by the Germans are actually functions built into SS7 for other purposes, such as keeping calls connected as users speed down highways, switching from cell tower to cell tower. Hackers can repurpose them because of the lax security on the network.”

 

Read more at the Boston Globe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20 Items Found By The TSA That Would Probably Be Inappropriate Anywhere At Any Time

 

” The TSA’s confusing rules and thorough safety measures can be frustrating, but their existence is a necessary evil. Their personal Instagram account may make you simultaneously thankful for the TSA and terrified of traveling. “

 

 

” Grenades and bombs from Chicago, Milwaukee and Austin”

 

 

TSA Bombs

 

“Oh, these aren’t allowed?”

 

 

Here’s another genius move …

 

 

” Grenade in a penguin “

 

Penguin Grenade

“He did NOT tell me. Bad penguin!”

See the other discoveries here

Police Officers Draw Guns During Unannounced ‘Active Shooter Drill’ At Elementary School

 

 

 

 

 

” Students, teachers and parents were taken by surprise after an “active shooter drill” brought the Winter Haven middle school into lockdown as armed police officers burst into classrooms with their weapons drawn.

  Students at Jewett Middle Academy said they were terrified when police officers burst in the doors for a planned active shooter drill – but students and teachers are irked they were not told ahead of time.

  Seventh-grader Lauren Marionneaux told WTVT-TV that when the officers burst into her class with an AR-15, she was in fear for her life.

“ We actually thought that someone was going to come in there and kill us,” the station quoted her as saying.”

 

CBS Tampa Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AT&T Stops Adding Web Tracking Codes On Cellphones

” AT&T Mobility, the nation’s second-largest cellular provider, said Friday it’s no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its users’ smartphones. The practice made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers’ identities online.

  The change by AT&T essentially removes a hidden string of letters and numbers that are passed along to websites that a consumer visits. It can be used to track subscribers across the Internet, a lucrative data-mining opportunity for advertisers that could still reveal users’ identities based on their browsing habits.

  Verizon Wireless, the country’s largest mobile firm, said Friday it still uses this type of tracking, known as “super cookies.” Verizon spokeswoman Debra Lewis said business and government customers don’t have the code inserted. There has been no evidence that Sprint and T-Mobile have used such codes.

” As with any program, we’re constantly evaluating, and this is no different,” Lewis said, adding that consumers can ask that their codes not be used for advertising tracking. But that still passes along the codes to websites, even if subscribers say they don’t want their data being used for marketing purposes.

  The tracking codes are part of the latest plan by the cellular industry to keep tabs on users and their devices. While the codes don’t explicitly contain personal information, they’re unique and nonetheless sent to websites alongside personal details that a user may submit voluntarily — like a name or a phone number.

  That means enough data can transform a large chunk of random digits into a digital fingerprint that’s as identifying as a Social Security number. AT&T said Friday its tracker was part of a testing project that’s been phased off of its network.

” This is more like a license plate for your brain,” said Jacob Hoffman-Andrews, a senior staff technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties organization that opposed the practice. “Everything you wonder about, and read, and ask the Internet about gets this header attached to it. And there are ad agencies out there that try to associate that browsing history with anything that identifies you.”

AP News

Drones Now Patrol Half Of Mexico Border

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to the Canadian border.

  It represents a significant departure from a decades-old approach that emphasizes boots on the ground and fences. Since 2000, the number of Border Patrol agents on the 1,954-mile border more than doubled to surpass 18,000 and fencing multiplied nine times to 700 miles.

  Under the new approach, Predator Bs sweep remote mountains, canyons and rivers with a high-resolution video camera and return within three days for another video in the same spot, according to two officials with direct knowledge of the effort on condition of anonymity because details have not been made public.

  The two videos are then overlaid for analysts who use sophisticated software to identify tiny changes — perhaps the tracks of a farmer or cows, perhaps those of immigrants who entered the country illegally or a drug-laden Hummer, they said.

  About 92 percent of drone missions have shown no change in terrain, but the others raised enough questions to dispatch agents to determine if someone got away, sometimes by helicopter because the area is so remote. The agents look for any sign of human activity — footprints, broken twigs, trash.

  About 4 percent of missions have been false alarms, like tracks of livestock or farmers, and about 2 percent are inconclusive. The remaining 2 percent offer evidence of illegal crossings from Mexico, which typically results in ground sensors being planted for closer monitoring.”

 

NewsMax has the story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 50 Most Violent Cities In The World

 

 

 

” Murder is more common in Latin America than in any other part of the world.

  That’s the most striking takeaway from a ranking of the most violent cities compiled earlier this year by Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice. The ranking doesn’t count deaths in war zones or cities with unavailable data.

  Thirty-four of the 50 worst cities were located in the region, including repeat murder capital of the world — San Pedro Sula, Honduras — which saw 187 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in 2013 and is getting steadily worse. A full one-third of global homicides occur in Latin America even though the region has just 8% of the world’s population, according to United Nations data.

  Drug trafficking, gang wars, political instability, corruption, and poverty combine to cause the region’s elevated violence.

  US cities also made the list, led by Detroit at No. 24 and New Orleans at No. 26. “

 

 

     If readers are looking for a common thread in the violence of the US cities look no further than the local governance of each one . Baltimore hasn’t seen a republican mayor since 1967  and Detroit since 1962  . The last time New Orleans elected a republican leader was in 1872 and St Louis has been led by the Democrats since 1943 . Surprised ? I didn’t think so .

   Elections have consequences …

 

Business Insider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bullet That Could Make 3-D Printed Guns Practical Deadly Weapons

 

 

 

 

 

 

” As 3-D printed guns have evolved over the past 18 months from a science-fictional experiment into a subculture, they’ve faced a fundamental limitation: Cheap plastic isn’t the best material to contain an explosive blast. Now an amateur gunsmith has instead found a way to transfer that stress to a component that’s actually made of metal—the ammunition.

  Michael Crumling, a 25-year-old machinist from York, Pennsylvania, has developed a round designed specifically to be fired from 3-D printed guns. His ammunition uses a thicker steel shell with a lead bullet inserted an inch inside, deep enough that the shell can contain the explosion of the round’s gunpowder instead of transferring that force to the plastic body or barrel of the gun. Crumling says that allows a home-printed firearm made from even the cheapest materials to be fired again and again without cracking or deformation. And while his design isn’t easily replicated because the rounds must be individually machined for now, it may represent another step towards durable, practical, printed guns—even semi-automatic ones.

“ It’s a really simple concept: It’s kind of a barrel integrated into the shell, so to speak,” says Crumling. “Basically it removes all the stresses and pressures from the 3-D printed parts. You should be able to fire an unlimited number of shots through the gun without replacing any parts other than the shell.”

  Last week, for instance, Crumling shot 19 rounds from a 3-D printed gun of his own design created on an ultra-cheap $400 Printrbot printer using PLA plastic. (He concedes his gun isn’t completely 3-D printed; it uses some metal screws and a AR-15 trigger and firing hammer that he bought online for a total of $30. But he argues none of those parts affected the gun’s firing durability.) Though the gun misfired a few times, it didn’t suffer from any noticeable internal damage after all of those explosions. Here’s a time lapse video that shows 18 of those shots.”

 

Wired

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The US Government Doesn’t Want You To Know There’s A Run On Silver Bullion

 

 

Gold Coin Demand US Mint

 

 

 

” It looks like the entire world is spitting out gold and silver as an investment or hedge, as the prices of both precious metals were tumbling in the past few weeks. Well, at least the demand for gold and silver ‘paper’ isn’t anymore what it used to be, but the demand for physical silver is really booming.

  Reports have reached us from Germany that the demand for silver is really surging, and this is an interesting sentiment meter because Germany usually acts as one of the main distribution centers for the European Union. Several large bullion dealers have seen the demand for silver increase, and in just the next few days after last week’s crash, almost all dealers sold as many silver coins in just three days as they usually do in an entire month.

  Now you can try to dismiss this easily by saying that the Germans and the rest of the European Union are simply preparing for an upcoming implosion of the Eurozone, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The US Mint recently had to announce that there were no more silver Eagles in inventory, and that it would have to suspend deliveries for new orders. This announcement hasn’t been made public (why not, US Mint? Are you trying to keep the people dumb?) but was only sent to larger bullion dealers in the USA. “

 

Zero Hedge has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Creepy Website Is Streaming From 73,000 Private Security Cameras

 

A Creepy Website Is Streaming From 73,000 Private Security Cameras

 

” It shouldn’t be so easy to peer into a stranger’s bedroom, much less hundreds of strangers’ bedrooms. But a website has collected the streaming footage from over 73,000 IP cameras whose owners haven’t changed their default passwords. Is this about highlighting an important security problem, or profiting off creepy voyeurism—or both?

  Insecam claims to feature feeds from IP cameras all over the world, including 11,000 in the U.S. alone. A quick browse will pull up parking lots and stores but also living rooms and bedrooms. “This site has been designed in order to show the importance of the security settings,” the site’s about page says. But it’s also clearly running and profiting off ads. “

Gizmodo has more

The “Border States Of America” With Nick Searcy

 

 

 

Published on Oct 16, 2014

” Please visit www.BorderStatesOfAmerica.com for more information about this film.

  An unprecedented wave of illegal immigration is washing over America, threatening the fabric of our nation. But the Obama Administration refuses to enforce our immigration laws, resulting in tens of thousands of people illegally entering the US. Now, our new film reveals the full scope of this crisis.

  The Border States of America takes viewers from the Rio Grande Valley to towns across the country, telling the story of human smugglers and drug cartels who profit from Obama’s policies; of American citizens whose lives are put at risk; and the social and economic toll on our communities. We cut through the fog to bring you the truth about what is really happening with the border crisis.

  Television and film star Nick Searcy has come on board to narrate The Border States of America. He is an accomplished actor, director, and producer with a career spanning more than 30 years in cinema, television, and on the stage. With dozens of starring and supporting roles across a wide range of feature films and TV shows under his belt, we couldn’t be more excited to have him help tell this story.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aimpoint Launches Affordable New ‘Carbine Optic’ Red Dot

 

 

 

” Aimpoint is getting into the entry-level market — entry level for Aimpoint, anyway — with its new ACO red dot sight. The ACO, or Aimpoint Carbine Optic, is tailored for the “black rifle” crowd, AR-15s in particular.

  The design draws on some of Aimpoints existing products, chiefly the Aimpoint PRO, the company’s previous entry-level optic, and delivers on the ruggedness and reliability the market has come to respect from Aimpoint, just at a more approachable price.

  With an MSRP of $393, the ACO is sure to be a hit with rifle owners of all stripes looking for a non-magnified optic. Realistically the sight will have a significantly lower retail price when it hits shelves later this October.

“ By choosing this optic, shooters get a premium Aimpoint sight at an extremely friendly price point. If you own an AR-15 rifle, the ACO is exactly what you need to complete the package,” Brian Lisankie, Aimpoint’s president, said in a press release. “

 

Read more at Guns.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” How refreshing to hear something resembling candor in the Obama administration’s public pronouncements on the threat from Ebola.

  Problem is, the implications of what is being said with this newfound candor are ominous to say the least, a flabbergasted Rush Limbaugh outlined for his radio listeners yesterday. (Audio)

LIMBAUGH: … Some of the highlights from the congressional hearing on Capitol Hill today, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on the Ebola crisis, Dr. Thomas Frieden …. Oh he’s got a new answer here …. I don’t believe this, we gotta play this one! I just basically scanned this one. This Frieden guy, he’s got to want to be thrown out of office here. You just gotta hear this! I don’t want to characterize it before I actually here it. I don’t want to tell you what it says and then have it not say that and look like I got egg on my face.

Here’s the setup: Fred Upton, Republican (of) Michigan, is asking Frieden, the director of the CDC, this question — the question I have is, if other countries are restricting travel from these African countries and, as you said, the fundamental job of the US is to protect American citizens, why can’t we move to a similar ban on travel from these other countries? The exposure rate of 14 days or 15 days is well within the 21 days of incubation and in fact knowing that there 150 people coming a day from those countries, we have not 94 percent in terms of screening at US airports. It seems to me it’s not a fail safe system that’s put into place here.

FRIEDEN (testifying before House subcommittee): Right now we know who’s coming in. If we tried to eliminate travel, the possibility that someone will travel over land, will come from other places, and we don’t know that they’re coming in will mean that we won’t be able to do multiple things. We won’t be able to check them for fever when they leave.

LIMBAUGH: OK, that’s one. There’s part two, just hang on. I know that sounds confusing but there’s a part two. He said, right now we know who’s coming in. Don’t forget that. Right now we know who’s coming in. If we tried to eliminate travel, the possibility that some will travel over land and come from other places and we don’t know that they’re coming will mean that we won’t be able to do multiple things. Do you know what he just said there? …. He just threw amnesty overboard! He, he, he just threw amnesty under the bus. He just threw Obama’s precious open borders under the bus. He says if we try to eliminate travel, then they’re going to come here illegally — acknowledging there are others already doing that! If we try to eliminate travel, the possibility that some will travel over land like the Hoof Express through the Rio Grande River. They’ll come from other places and we don’t know that they’re coming in. It’ll mean that we won’t be able to do multiple things! In other words, what’s already happening will continue to happen and yet some of the people coming might have Ebola! Oh no!  He can’t last much longer! The Chamber of Commerce is having a conniption fit right now. (Democrat congressman) Luis Gutierrez is having a conniption fit right now.

So his answer seems to be, if we don’t let them come in on planes, they’ll come by land over our porous border.

FRIEDEN: Borders can be porous, especially in this part of the world. We won’t be able to check them for fever when they leave. We won’t be able to check them for fever when they arrive. We won’t be able, as we do currently, to take a detailed history to see if they were exposed when they arrive. When they arrive, we wouldn’t be able to impose quarantine as we now can if they have high-risk contact. We wouldn’t be able to obtain detailed locating information which we do now including not only name and date of birth but email addresses, cell phone numbers, address, addresses of friends, so that we could identity and locate them. We wouldn’t be able to provide all of that information as we do now to state and local health departments so that they can monitor them under supervision.

LIMBAUGH: Well, uh, ladies and gentlemen, it sounds to me like he’s saying that if we don’t let them come in on planes, what he’s saying is — unbelievable! — do you understand what he’s saying?! If we don’t let them come in under our auspices, they’re going to come in via illegal immigration and we’re not going to know who they are and it’s going to be even worse. Like the 300,000 children that came in and might have brought enterovirus and like the 12 million who are already here that we want to grant amnesty …

This guy, he has swerved into something, folks, that is totally, unless I’m missing something, I didn’t see this coming. This guy is acknowledging that we do not have a closed border. He’s acknowledging we cannot control who comes into the country. This guy is saying, the Centers for Disease Control director Thomas Frieden is saying, that we cannot close airports. We cannot shut down flights to this country because other parts of our border are wide open with thousands already crossing the border! And we don’t know who they are and we don’t know what they have and we don’t know how sick they might be. And we don’t know  and will have no way of knowing. Oh man! “

 

NewsBusters has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With This Tiny Box, You Can Anonymize Everything You Do Online

 

 

 

 

 

 

” No tool in existence protects your anonymity on the Web better than the software Tor, which encrypts Internet traffic and bounces it through random computers around the world. But for guarding anything other than Web browsing, Tor has required a mixture of finicky technical setup and software tweaks. Now routing all your traffic through Tor may be as simple as putting a portable hardware condom on your ethernet cable.

  Today a group of privacy-focused developers plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign for Anonabox. The $45 open-source router automatically directs all data that connects to it by ethernet or Wifi through the Tor network, hiding the user’s IP address and skirting censorship. It’s also small enough to hide two in a pack of cigarettes. Anonabox’s tiny size means users can carry the device with them anywhere, plugging it into an office ethernet cable to do sensitive work or in a cybercafe in China to evade the Great Firewall. The result, if Anonabox fulfills its security promises, is that it could become significantly easier to anonymize all your traffic with Tor—not just Web browsing, but email, instant messaging, filesharing and all the other miscellaneous digital exhaust that your computer leaves behind online.

 

Wired has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hackers Steal Millions In Cash From ATMs Worldwide

 

 

 

 

 

” A mysterious gang of cyber hackers have been reportedly using a new malware called Tyupkin, which allows them to steal money from ATMs worldwide, without using debit or credit cards.

  The malware is installed on an ATM, allowing the hackers to steal money by simply entering a series of codes. 

  The attack, which was first detected by Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab, has detected infected ATMs in Europe, Latin America, and Asia so far, Business Insider reports.

  An unnamed financial institution reportedly asked the Russian security firm to investigate the cyber-attack. There is no details made available on the alleged criminal gang behind these sophisticated thefts, but Kaspersky Lab says the gang has stolen “millions of dollars” using the malware.”

 

 

International Business Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats To Defend Its Ships

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Navy ships are at their most vulnerable when they’re resupplying in port or navigating narrow straits or rivers because they’re tricky to maneuver in tight quarters and vulnerable to attack. The attack 14 years ago on the USS Cole as it refueled while berthed in Yemen, an attack that killed 17 American sailors and reiterated the need to protect warships in port.

  To counter asymmetric attacks—the 505-foot Cole was attacked by a small craft packed with explosives that ripped 40-foot gash in the destroyer—the Navy uses small patrol craft for close-quarters defense. And that means placing sailors in the line of fire. That got the Office of Naval Research into developing autonomous technology for small “swarmboats” that could be used for risky jobs.

  These vessels would, much like the autonomous minesweepers the Army is testing, act as a force multiplier, allowing one sailor to do the work of several, from a safe location.

  The technology, called Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing (CARACaS), is essentially an autopilot on steroids that can be installed on nearly any boat. During a test in August on the James River in Newport News, Virginia, Navy researchers used 13 rigid-hulled inflatable boats equipped with the technology to escort a “high-value” ship and swarm an “enemy” vessel. The boats decide on their own where to go, when to steer, and when to apply the throttle. A human operator, who can be in another ship, a helicopter, or well away from the action, uses a laptop to tell the swarmboats which craft are to be protected and which are to be attacked. Think of it as an officer giving his (robotic) sailors a mission—protect this guy, attack that one—and letting them determine how best to fulfill it.”

 

 

 

Wired has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2nd Amendment Could Be Safe Forever After What The FBI Just Revealed

FBI:CDC Mass Shooting Report

Click pic for PDF of report

 

 

” A CDC study combined with a FBI study reveals that far more people were killed on bicycles and from falling than by mass shootings.

  An FBI study revealed that from 2000 to 2013 there were 64 incidents of “mass shootings”–and that the gunmen involved in these caused 418 deaths

  The New York Times and AP covered the study, but only focused on the rise in mass shootings, not a comparison of the number of mass shooting deaths to other deaths.

  If you look at the numbers, more deaths were caused by people on bicycles in one year, according to the CDC, than the entire fourteen year period of mass shootings.

  That’s right. There were 800 people killed by bicycles in 2010, more than the number of people killed from 2000 to 2013 (418) from mass shootings.

  There were also 26,009 deaths from “falling” in 2010 alone, once again outweighing tremendously the number of people killed from mass shootings.”

 

Western Journalism

 

 

 

 

Windows 10 Preview Has A Keylogger To Watch Your Every Move

 

 

 

” This week Microsoft announced the next version of its Operating system, dubbed WIndows 10, providing Windows 10 Technical Preview release under its “Insider Program” in order to collect feedback from users and help shape the final version of the operating system, but something really went WRONG!

Inside Microsoft’s Insider Program you’ll get all the latest Windows preview builds as soon as they’re available. In return, we want to know what you think. You’ll get an easy-to-use app to give us your feedback, which will help guide us along the way.” Microsoft website reads.

  Well, how many of you actually read the “Terms of Service” and “Privacy Policy” documents before downloading the Preview release of Windows 10? I guess none of you, because most computer users have habit of ignoring that lengthy paragraphs and simply click “I Agree” and then “next“, which is not at all a good practise.”
” Do you really know what permissions you have granted to Microsoft by installing Free Windows 10 Technical Preview edition? Of Course, YOU DON’T. Well, guess what, you’ve all but signed away your soul .
 
  If you are unaware of Microsoft’s privacy policy, so now you should pay attention to what the policy says. Microsoft is watching your every move on the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview, Thanks to portions of Microsoft’s privacy policy, which indicates that the technology giant is using keylogger to collect and use users’ data in a variety of astounding ways without the user being aware.”
Hacker News has all the details

ComputerCOP: The Dubious ‘Internet Safety Software’ That Hundreds Of Police Agencies Have Distributed To Families

 

 

 

 

 

 

” For years, local law enforcement agencies around the country have told parents that installing ComputerCOP software is the “first step” in protecting their children online.

 Police chiefs, sheriffs, and district attorneys have handed out hundreds of thousands of copies of the disc to families for free at schools, libraries, and community events, usually as a part of an “Internet Safety” outreach initiative. The packaging typically features the agency’s official seal and the chief’s portrait, with a signed message warning of the “dark and dangerous off-ramps” of the Internet.

  As official as it looks, ComputerCOP is actually just spyware, generally bought in bulk from a New York company that appears to do nothing but market this software to local government agencies.

  The way ComputerCOP works is neither safe nor secure. It isn’t particularly effective either, except for generating positive PR for the law enforcement agencies distributing it. As security software goes, we observed a product with a keystroke-capturing function, also called a “keylogger,” that could place a family’s personal information at extreme risk by transmitting what a user types over the Internet to third-party servers without encryption. That means many versions of ComputerCOP leave children (and their parents, guests, friends, and anyone using the affected computer) exposed to the same predators, identity thieves, and bullies that police claim the software protects against.”

 

 

Read the entire , exhaustively comprehensive dissection of this “child protecting” scam at EFF 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Son Shoots, Kills Alleged Intruder In Hockley-Area Home

 

 

Hockley Home Invasion

Click pic for video

 

 

” A man opened fire on a group of home invaders inside his family’s northwest Harris County home early Friday, deputies said.

  One of the suspects died at the scene while the other two fled in a getaway vehicle. It all happened around 4:30 a.m. in the 23000 block of Botkins Road in the Hockley area.

  Family members told deputies that their mother was in the kitchen cooking breakfast with three young granddaughters when the armed men broke in. The woman’s adult son heard the commotion from his bedroom and grabbed his gun.”

 

 

HT/Bearing Arms read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Case For Panic

 

 

 

 

 

” Deadly, irrational, and determined, the intruder snuck across a weakened perimeter. Eluding capture, the intruder was detained only after missteps and close calls. The spin began soon after the threat was isolated. Information was selectively leaked. Half-truths and untruths were uttered. Responsibility was avoided; privileges and credentials asserted; authority reasserted. Trust us. Remain calm. Don’t panic.

  This is the template of recent events. A mental case jumps the White House fence. He makes it to the East Room before he’s tackled by an off-duty Secret Service agent. Initial statements turn out to be misleading or false. We discover that lapses in security are much worse than previously understood, that in recent memory the White House was sprayed with bullets, and that an armed man with a criminal record rode in an elevator with the president. The official in charge of the Secret Service, promoted for reasons of affirmative action, resigns hours after the White House expresses its confidence in her abilities. The overriding impression is of disarray, confusion, bad management, failed communication, anomie, disillusion, corruption, and secrecy. But do not worry. Things are under control.

  The elevator? It was in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where the president told the American people that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is not a threat to our country. President Obama said the chances of Ebola appearing in the United States are “extremely low.” If a carrier somehow finds his way to the 50 states, “We have world-class facilities and professionals ready to respond. And we have effective surveillance mechanisms in place.” Two weeks later, as Byron York points out, the president was proven utterly wrong.

  It is the same story as the fence-jumper: lax security, missed opportunities, hollow defenses. A Liberian national exposed to the terrible virus travels on a visa to visit his sister in Dallas. He has a three-hour layover in Dulles Airport. Upon his arrival in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area he exposes, at a minimum, 100 people, including children, to Ebola. When he visits a hospital looking for help, he is examined and sent away. Two days later he begins vomiting uncontrollably. “His whole family was screaming.” An ambulance arrived. He was returned to the hospital, where he remains.

  Again, the authorities behave irresponsibly and inscrutably. Again, the faces on our televisions say there is no cause for alarm. “I think the notion that we will not have an outbreak of Ebola here, more than just an isolated person or two, is very reliable and very true,” says MSNBC house doctor Zeke “If You Like Your Doctor You Can Pay More” Emanuel. Emanuel is not bothered in the slightest—but then he has just 18 years left anyway.

  I have a second opinion. Not only do I disagree with the constant stream of soothing and complacent rhetoric from Dr. Zeke’s friends in government and media. I also believe it is entirely rational to fear the possibility of a major Ebola outbreak, of a threat to the president and his family, of jihadists crossing the border, of a large-scale European or Asian war, of nuclear proliferation, of terrorists detonating a weapon of mass destruction. These dangers are real, and pressing, and though the probability of their occurrence is not high, it is amplified by the staggering incompetence and failure and misplaced priorities of the U.S. government. It is not Ebola I am afraid of. It is our government’s ability to deal with Ebola.”

 

 

Here is another key paragraph in an essay full of key paragraphs providing a virtual laundry list of State malfeasance …

 

 

” Over the last few years the divergence between what the government promises and what it delivers, between what it says is happening or will happen and what actually is happening and does happen, between what it determines to be important and what the public wishes to be important—this gap has become abysmal, unavoidable, inescapable. We hear of “lone-wolf” terrorism, of “workplace violence,” that if you like your plan you can keep your plan. We are told that Benghazi was a spontaneous demonstration, that al Qaeda is on the run, that the border is secure as it has ever been, that Assad must go, that I didn’t draw a red line, the world drew a red line, that the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups involved not a smidgen of corruption, that the Islamic State is not Islamic. We see the government spend billions on websites that do not function, and the VA consign patients to death by waiting list and then cover it up. We are assured that Putin won’t invade; that the Islamic State is the jayvee team of terrorism; that Bowe Bergdahl served with honor and distinction; that there is a ceasefire between Ukraine and Russia.”

 

 

 

    Read Matthew Continetti’s damning indictment of our corrupt authorities and their “move along , nothing to see here” toadies in the media . If you are counting on The State for your safety you are F**ked 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Charts Show How Gender Bias May Have Played A Role In The White House Secret Service Breaches

 

 

SS Double Standards

 

 

 

” Even MSNBC and their Democratic guests agreed: Julia Pierson was not the right person for the job, and her gender may have played a bigger role than it should have in getting her hired.

  But looking past the former Secret Service director, who resigned on Wednesday, and examining the people who make up the Secret Service may give even more insight to whether political correctness was too overzealous within the organization.

  Reportedly, White House intruder Omar Gonzalez “overpowered” the agent who was stationed just inside the front White House door, The New York Times reports.

  The NY Times story initially included the fact that that agent was a “female,” but, as the Weekly Standard reports, that fact was later edited and omitted.

  And it might now be clear why.

  The Secret Service’s own web site includes a flier detailing the physical standards that its agents must meet to be eligible for the service – but these charts reveal a surprising tidbit of information: women and men doing the same job are not held to the same standards of physical fitness. “

 

Story continues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JPMorgan Says Data Breach Affected 76 Million Households

 

 

Data Breaches

 

 

 

” JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), the biggest U.S. bank, said a previously disclosed data breach affected 76 million households and 7 million small businesses.

  Customer names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses were taken, the New York-based bank said today in a regulatory filing. Hackers also obtained internal data identifying customers by category, such as whether they are clients of the private-bank, mortgage, auto or credit-card divisions, said a person briefed on the matter.

  The breach affected anyone who visited the company’s websites, including Chase.com, or used its mobile app, said the person, who requested anonymity because that information wasn’t publicly disclosed. Some of those affected by the incursion are former clients of JPMorgan, which currently has 65 million customers and reaches half of all U.S. households, the person said. “

 

Bloomberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Has Missed Over Half His Second-Term Daily Intel Briefings

 

 

 

 

 

” A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI)report reveals that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014.

  The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama’s PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second.

  The GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rapid rise squarely at the feet of his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

“  I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” said Obama.

According to Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake, members of the Defense establishment were “flabbergasted” by Obama’s attempt to shift blame. “

 

 

 

 Below is the gist of the report from GAI which puts Obama’s dereliction on stark display …

 

 

 

PDB 09-12

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    Here is the balance of 2012 thru September 29th 2014 .

 

 

PDB 12-14

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    As anyone can see  , 2014 with all the failures of his foreign policy blossoming around him , from Ukraine to Crimea , from Gaza to Syria , from the Mexican border to Ebola the man has set an all time low in attendance to the most important briefings of his work day .

 

 

    This from the man who’s primary job is NOT fundraising for the democratic party but protecting the security of the American people and territory .

 

  By contrast “Dear Leader” hasn’t missed a tee time in years

 

 

 

 

 

   The total figure of 140 rounds played in the above graphic does not include all of 2013’s duffing nor any of 2014’s golf outings of which there have been 35 through August 23 , which gives him a grand total of plus or minus 192 rounds of golf since he took office . 

 

 

 

 

Obama (#GOLFTUS) Golf Outings
 
Round
 
Date
  Venue

US Casualties in Afghanistan

  194  
 – 
Guess
Since last outing
 
193
   
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  192   23-Aug-14
 – 
Farm Neck Golf Club – One More Round before going back to White House for #GOLFTUS
 
 
191
  21-Aug-14
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Farm Neck Golf Club – What to do after all the critism? Golf
  190   20-Aug-14
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Vineyard Golf Club – 20 Minutes After Beheading Presser, #GOLFTUS is Golfing, Smiling
 
 
189
  15-Aug-14
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Farm Neck Golf Club – 1 Hour Biking With Obama Ladies, Then Golf
 
188
  14-Aug-14
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Vineyard Golf Club – #GOLFTUS Calls for Calm in Ferguson, Skips Gen Greene Funeral, Golfs
 
187
  12-Aug-14
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Vineyard Golf Club – Just another vacation day… golfing
 
186
  10-Aug-14
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Farm Neck Golf Club – 10 of First 30 Hours on Vacation Spent Golfing
 
185
  9-Aug-14
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Farm Neck Golf Club – 30 Minutes after arriving on Martha’s Vineyard, Golf
 
184
 
2-Aug-14
 – 
Andrews Air Force Base – #GOLFTUS celebrates birthday on golf course, of course  
 
183
 
26-Jul-14
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Congressional Country Club – #GOLFTUS Playing Golf at Congressional
1
 
182
 
20-Jul-14
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Fort Belvoir – The world’s on fire and #GOLFTUS is on the green  
 
181
 
12-Jul-14
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TPC Potomac Golf Club – #GOLFTUS Heads Out to the Golf Course of Course  
 
180
 
5-Jul-14
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Andrews Air Force Base – #GOLFTUS Golfing with Old Friends  
 
179
 
28-Jun-14
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Fort Belvoir – It’s Saturday, of course #GOLFTUS is Playing Golf
1
 
178
 
21-Jun-14
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Fort Belvoir – #GOLFTUS Heads Out to Play
3
 
177
 
15-Jun-14
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Rancho Mirage, CA – #GOLFTUS Weekend Tally: Two Golf Outings  
 
176
 
14-Jun-14
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Rancho Mirage, CA – Exhausted #GOLFTUS Golfs as Terrorists Flood Baghdad
6
 
175
 
7-Jun-14
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Fort Belvoir - #GOLFTUS rushes back from Normandy to work on illegal immigrant child refugee situation..and golf game
2
 
174
 
31-May-14
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Fort Belvoir, VA – #GOLFTUS Golfs with Money Buddy, Wall St banker Robert Wolf
1
 
173
 
24-May-14
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Andrews Air Force Base – #GOLFTUS Rolls Out of Bed to Play Golf  
 
172
 
17-May-14
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Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Gainesville, VA – #GOLFTUS Motorcade Gets The Finger
3
 
171
 
10-May-14
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Andrews Air Force Base – Golf as Usual  
 
170
 
3-May-14
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Fort Belvoir, VA – Yes, We’re Playing Golf
3
 
169
 
19-Apr-14
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Andrews Air Force Base – It’s Saturday #GOLFTUS  
1
 
168
 
12-Apr-14
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Andrews Air Force Base – #GOLFTUS Playing Golf on a Perfect Saturday  
 
167
 
5-Apr-14
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Andrews Air Force Base – #GOLFTUS Spends Saturday Playing Chess
1
 
166
 
17-Mar-14
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Andrews Air Force Base – Golf season in Washington is underway  
 
165
 
9-Mar-14
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Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, FL – Russia invades Ukraine, #GOLFTUS golfs  
 
164
 
8-Mar-14
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Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, FL – #GOLFTUS links up with celebrities for golf game
2
 
163
 
17-Feb-14
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Rancho Mirage, CA – #GOLFTUS Golfing in California  
 
162
 
16-Feb-14
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Rancho Mirage, CA – #GOLFTUS Golfing in California  
 
161
 
15-Feb-14
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Rancho Mirage, CA – #GOLFTUS Golfing in California
10
 
160
 
4-Jan-14
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Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, Hawaii – #GOLFTUS Squeezes in One More Round
1
 
159
 
2-Jan-14
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Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, Hawaii - #GOLFTUS Has Played Golf Every Day of 2014  
 
158
 
1-Jan-14
 – 
Mid Pacific Country Club, Hawaii – Video || #GOLFTUS Putts on the 18th
1

 

Above list courtesy of The Obama Golf Counter

 

 

 

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Armed Private Contractor Was Allowed On Elevator With Obama

 

 

 

 

 

 

” An armed private security agent was allowed on an elevator with President Barack Obama earlier this month in Atlanta, a Secret Service official said on Tuesday, in another case involving a security failure for the embattled agency.

  The incident occurred while Obama was visiting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sept. 16, three days before a man with a knife jumped the White House fence in Washington and ran into the executive mansion.

  The White House intrusion has sparked sharp criticism of the agency responsible for protecting the president. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson told a congressional committee on Tuesday: “This is unacceptable and I take full responsibility.”

  In the Atlanta incident, first reported by the Washington Examiner and Washington Post, a security contractor with the CDC was operating the elevator carrying Obama and his Secret Service detail.

  The man began taking pictures and video of Obama on his phone, prompting the Secret Service to take him aside for questioning after they left the elevator, the agency official said.”

 

Chicago Tribune

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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