Tag Archive: Security


5 Benghazi Mysteries That Must Be Solved

 

 

 

 

” On Wednesday, at least three State Department employees will testify before the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee on Benghazi. They are expected to say that yes, there was a stand-down order during the battle. They may also testify that the State Department itself has tried to bully them into silence. What else they may say is not yet known.

As the Benghazi story has unfolded, many mysteries have persisted. Why wasn’t the Benghazi mission’s security enhanced? Where was President Obama? What role, if any, did Obama campaign officials play in crafting the government’s communications after the attack? Perhaps Wednesday’s witnesses can help shed some light on them.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shots Fired At TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant

 

 

 

 

” A TVA spokesperson confirmed that a security officer patrolling TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City was involved in a shootout with a suspect Sunday at about 2:00 a.m.

The security incident happened on the Tennessee River side of the plant property, more than a quarter mile from the plant’s protected area, which houses its reactor and power production facilities.

TVA spokesperson Jim Hopson said the subject traveled up to the plant on a boat and walked onto the property.  When the officer questioned the suspect, the individual fired multiple shots at the officer. The officer shot back, and when he called for backup, the suspect sped away on his boat. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston, And The Future Of IEDs In America

 

 

 

 

” In the aftermath of 9/11 and the run-up to the Iraq war, the Bush administration raised the specter of terrorists using weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). Indeed, then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice made the case for toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime by ominously stating, “We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.” 

Yet, the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon is a tragic reminder that the more likely terrorist threat has been (and will continue to be) old-fashioned explosives — otherwise known as improvised explosive devices or IEDs.

And unlike WMDs, IEDs are relatively cheap and easy. McVeigh’s truck bomb is estimated to have cost him $5,000 for the truck and all the materials. Backpack IEDs probably cost a few hundred dollars, if that. None of the component parts needed to build an IED are illegal (the Boston backpack bombs are believed to have been built using pressure cookers as the containers, black powder or gunpowder as the explosive charges, and nails, BBs, and ball bearings as shrapnel). And the know-how to build IEDs is pervasive.

So what should we do now that threat has come to roost at home?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From All Shot Out :

 

 

AllShotOut Reviews: AR500ARMOR

 

 

 

” I recently came upon a company called AR500 Armor, primarily a web-based enterprise which started in 2012. My first impression: This stuff is too cheap to be real. The tactical market has conditioned us to believe that everything needs to be at least $100.00 and painted black before it is worth buying. My SRT unit has attempted to acquire modern body armor over the past three years while their existing carriers, soft armor, and single polymer front plates put overall cost at an approximate $2700.00 per officer. The rifle plates alone can range in prices of $500.00 – $900.00 depending on the material, vendor, and multi-hit capability. The low cost of AR500ARMOR.COM’s 10” x 12” trauma plates had me believing it was a scam, with costs ranging between $65.00 and $110.00 plus shipping.

I began with 10 rounds of .223 PMC Bronze FMJ training ammunition. Following the first few rounds I happened to notice where the surrounding vest carrier material was becoming absolutely shredded. The next observation was that not a single round had penetrated the plate. I examined the vest and found that none of the fragments had penetrated through the final layer. Although the plate was slightly bent and indentations could be seen on the strike face, there was no loss of material and no indentation that could be measured at more than 1mm.”

 

 

 

 

Game of Drones

 

 

 

” True enough: as Stanford Law’s Ryan Calo notes, under current law, “citizens do not enjoy a reasonable expectation of privacy in public, nor even on the portions of their property visible from a public vantage.”

That’s a problem. Drone technology dramatically enhances the government’s ability to monitor citizens in public places and on their own property — and privacy law hasn’t kept pace with technological change.

Law enforcement agencies already have access to some 146 commercial drones — and that may be just the beginning as drones get smaller and more capable.

Defense contractor AeroVironment is perfecting the “Nano Hummingbird,” a drone that weighs less than an AA battery and is capable of alighting on a window ledge to record video.”

 

 

Off-Grid Community ‘The Citadel Project’ Gets Thumbs Up To Manufacture Firearms

 

Citadel layout concept

 

 

 

” A company called III Arms has just received ATF approval to manufacture firearms. Setting up a gun manufacturer is just a small part of III Arms’ plan, which is to establish a completely self-sufficient community in the mountains of Idaho.

It will be called “The Citadel” and include a walled urban center—10 feet thick by 20 feet high and four miles long—surrounded by rural plots for farming. It is, to turn a phrase, a planned prepper community.

Despite being armed and armored, the Citadel isn’t being made to defend its people from military or government action, rather, it’s intended to be a safe haven for forward-thinkers to weather a social, economic or environmental collapse. It is at the leading edge of anti-establishment living, but it “is not designed to withstand any direct .mil or .gov attack. Nor is the Citadel, in any manner, attempting to provoke any government entity,” according to the project FAQ.

III Arms began taking pre-orders for AR-15 rifles and 1911 handguns last November anticipating the FFL. Both have pre-order prices of $1,550, reflecting the difficulty of making small batches of firearms and current market trends.”

This is a giant first step towards self-sufficiency for the proposed “off-grid” community which we have posted on before .

Bill Stevens – Gun Violence Prevention Working Group Public Hearing

Meet The Groundbreaking New Encryption App Set To Revolutionize Privacy And Freak Out The Feds.

” For the past few months, some of the world’s leading cryptographers have been keeping a closely guarded secret about a pioneering new invention. Today, they’ve decided it’s time to tell all.

Back in October, the startup tech firm Silent Circle ruffled governments’ feathers with a “surveillance-proof” smartphone app to allow people to make secure phone calls and send texts easily. Now, the company is pushing things even further—with a groundbreaking encrypted data transfer app that will enable people to send files securely from a smartphone or tablet at the touch of a button. (For now, it’s just being released for iPhones and iPads, though Android versions should come soon.) That means photographs, videos, spreadsheets, you name it—sent scrambled from one person to another in a matter of seconds.

“This has never been done before,” boasts Mike Janke, Silent Circle’s CEO. “It’s going to revolutionize the ease of privacy and security.”

Just in time for the revolution … truly secure comms

HT/Instapundit

Daily Video 1.31.13

MPs Provide Safety, Security on Afghan Roads

 STAND AND FIGHT

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=miSjgv1MH7s

SRST Inc.

 

 

 

Of Course The Sheep Get Eaten

Heckler & Kock USC 45 Carbine

 

 

 

” The HK USC45 Carbine is a Blow Back operated civilian version of the famed HK UMP which has been employed by both military and law enforcement agencies around the world chambered in 45 ACP.

The USC45 is yet another fine example of Heckler & Kock’s commitment to the creed of “No Compromise”, based on the proven track record and performance of the UMP which is employed by military and law enforcement agencies around the world. The appearance of this carbine has been modified from that of the UMP in direct response to requirements to meet import sales. I would describe the overall appearance of the weapon as being simple, modern and sleek.

The frame is made of reinforced polymers with a skeletonized stock stock with a cheek pad and a pistol grip. The USC boastes a cold forged 16″ target barrel with a heavy bolt mechanism which accounts for the majority of the weapons weight. “

Your First Shotgun – The Remington Model 870

Remington Model 870 Tactical-Build One For Yourself

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The best single tool ever devised and utilized by law enforcement, sportsmen, soldiers and home defenders. It has saved lives, protected those in blue, opened terrorist doors and bagged a days worth of doves. It can be behind the door tact-out and in 30 minutes or less be ready for the bird blind with a few part changes. That tool is the Remington Model 870 shotgun. ”

Cheaper Than Dirt

 

 

 

 

 ” Last week’s Black Friday guns sales increased noticeably over last year’s record breaking levels. The FBI did 154,873 instant background checks on Nov. 23, which is up 20% over the 129,166 background checks they did last year. But since multiple guns can be sold with each background check, even these impressive numbers do not tell the whole story. There may have been twice as many guns sold as there were background checks performed.”

Why The Ambassador Died

Professor Mead on Benghazi Incompetence

 

 

 

 

” Defenders of the administration will point to this Times story as partially exonerating White House officials from some of the charges leveled against them. At least they tried to save Ambassador Stevens and his team.”

 

 

  ” As officials in the White House and Pentagon scrambled to respond to the torrent of reports pouring out from Libya — with Mr. Stevens missing and officials worried that he might have been taken hostage — they took the extraordinary step of sending elite Delta Force commandos, with their own helicopters and ground vehicles, from their base at Fort Bragg, N.C., to Sicily. Those troops also arrived too late.”

 

 

 ” Ambassador Stevens didn’t die because the White House had a bad night. He died because the White House has bungled North Africa.”

… ‘Better to die the death of a hero
than it is to live the life of a coward’ [VIDEO]

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” “I was contacted by military personnel yesterday, who
told me an interesting fact. And that is any consulate
anywhere in the world is American soil,” Woods said.
“Any attack on an American consulate is an attack on
American soil. There were American citizens that were
attacked for seven hours on American soil a couple
thousand miles away from Washington, D.C.” (RELATED
VIDEO: Father of slain SEAL Tyrone Woods accuses
White House of murder)
“My question of the president would be this: Your Honor,
I respect your office as president. But if this attack on
American citizens, on American soil, happened 2,000
miles away from Washington, D.C. — say in Los Angeles
or in Seattle — would you have waited seven hours
before you sent the first airplane? Would you have
waited seven hours until the attack was over? Would you
have waited a couple of days until you had all of the
videos and all the information before you responded in a
responsible military way?” ”

Posted by John Galt

Jennifer Rubin

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  ” So how about it, Mr. President — who called off a rescue and why?
President Obama, a little more than a week before the election, won’t
tell Americans what happened. Well, why should he — the press
doesn’t hound him, the liberal elite still rushes to his defense, and
his White House attack dogs bark “Politics!” whenever legitimate
questions are asked.

  Meanwhile, the father of slain SEAL Tyrone Woods is furious with
the administration, demanding to know why his son wasn’t saved
when “apparently even the State Department had a live stream and
was aware of their calls for help. My son wasn’t even there. He was
at a safe house about a mile away. He got the distress call; he heard
them crying for help; that’s why he and Glen risked their lives to go
that extra mile just to take care of the situation. And I’m sure that
wasn’t the only one received that distress call — you know, ‘Come
save our lives.’” ”

Posted by John Galt

At Least One Reporter Has Some B***s

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  ” When you spend all your media time being interviewed by Jon Stewart, MTV, and the ladies of The View, I guess you get used to never being asked the tough questions. President Obama, doing a satellite interview tour of battleground states was thoroughly, but politely, undressed by KUSA anchor Kyle Clark on Friday. He asked a series of direct and pointed questions that other members of the media aren’t asking. What he got from the President was campaign-speak and evasion.

Here are some of the juicy excepts of the exchange (via KUSA)

    KYLE CLARK: Were the Americans under attack at the consulate in Benghazi Libya denied requests for help during that attack? And is it fair to tell Americans that what happened is under investigation and we’ll all find out after the election?

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, the election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened. These are folks who served under me who I had sent to some very dangerous places. Nobody wants to find out more what happened than I do. But we want to make sure we get it right, particularly because I have made a commitment to the families impacted as well as to the American people, we’re going to bring those folks to justice. So, we’re going to gather all the facts, find out exactly what happened, and make sure that it doesn’t happen again but we’re also going to make sure that we bring to justice those who carried out these attacks.

    KYLE CLARK: Were they denied requests for help during the attack?

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, we are finding out exactly what happened. I can tell you, as I’ve said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice. And I guarantee you that everyone in the state department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number one priority making sure that people were safe. These were our folks and we’re going to find out exactly what happened, but what we’re also going to do it make sure that we are identifying those who carried out these terrible attacks. ”

Posted by John Galt

… Demanding Answers on Libya Attack

 

 

HT/America’s Freedom Watcher

Horses and Bayonets Would Have Helped In Benghazi 

A statue memorializing soldiers who rode into battle in Afghanistan after 9/11 has been placed in front of the World Trade Center PATH station and will be formally dedicated on Friday.

Hillary Jumps Under the Bus …

… But Can’t Save the Driver From Himself

 

 

 ” The State Department clearly made some bad decisions about security in Libya, and whatever the complicated reasons why that happened might be, Hillary Clinton as a serious and responsible official did the right thing by stepping up to the plate.

But there is a larger failure in Libya. Just as George W. Bush couldn’t dodge responsibility for the decision to go to war in Iraq on the basis of nukes that never showed up, President Obama owns the Libya mess in which the attack in Bengazi was just an incident … “

 

WHAT HAPPENED IN BENGHAZI

 

 

” The State Department has released a transcript of a briefing that two high-ranking department officials gave to a number of reporters via conference call on October 9 (Tuesday). I am not certain about this, but I believe the transcript was only made public today. You should read it in its entirety; it is the most detailed description I have seen of the events in Benghazi on September 11.

While this is by no means clear, it appears that the State Department may have released the transcript as part of the escalating conflict between Barack Obama and Joe Biden and the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. In their desperation to avoid responsibility for the Benghazi debacle, Obama and Biden have pointed fingers in two directions: at the intelligence community for reporting incorrectly that the incident was a protest over a YouTube video clip, and at the State Department for not providing adequate security for the Ambassador.

Here are some excerpts from the narrative:

A few minutes later – we’re talking about 9 o’clock at night – the Ambassador retires to his room, the others are still at Building C, and the one agent in the [Tactical Operations Center]. At 9:40 p.m., the agent in the TOC and the agents in Building C hear loud noises coming from the front gate. They also hear gunfire and an explosion. The agent in the TOC looks at his cameras – these are cameras that have pictures of the perimeter – and the camera on the main gate reveals a large number of people – a large number of men, armed men, flowing into the compound. One special agent immediately goes to get the Ambassador in his bedroom and gets Sean, and the three of them enter the safe haven inside the building. … “

“Multiple Pleas” For “More, Not Less” Security Staff

 

 

 ” The former head of a Special Forces “Site Security Team” in Libya tells CBS News that in spite of multiple pleas from himself and other U.S. security officials on the ground for “more, not less” security personnel, the State Department removed as many as 34 people from the country in the six months before a terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.

Lt. Col. Andy Wood will appear this week at a House Oversight Committee hearing that will examine security decisions leading up to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi.

Speaking to CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, Wood said when he found out that his own 16-member team and a six-member State Department elite force were being pulled from Tripoli in August – about a month before the assault in Benghazi – he felt, “like we were being asked to play the piano with two fingers. There was concern amongst the entire embassy staff.”

He said other staffers approached him with their concerns when the reduction in security personnel was announced.

“They asked if we were safe,” he told Attkisson. “They asked… what was going to happen, and I could only answer that what we were being told is that they’re working on it – they’ll get us more (security personnel), but I never saw that.” “