Nukes & Terrorism | Mar 2016

Belgium Fears Nuclear Plants Are Vulnerable

– NY Times

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“BRUSSELS — As a dragnet aimed at Islamic State operatives spiraled across Brussels and into at least five European countries on Friday, the authorities were also focusing on a narrower but increasingly alarming threat: the vulnerability of Belgium’s nuclear installations.

The investigation into this week’s deadly attacks in Brussels has prompted worries that the Islamic State is seeking to attack, infiltrate or sabotage nuclear installations or obtain nuclear or radioactive material. This is especially worrying in a country with a history of security lapses at its nuclear facilities, a weak intelligence apparatus and a deeply rooted terrorist network.

On Friday, the authorities stripped security badges from several workers at one of two plants where all nonessential employees were sent home hours after the attacks at the Brussels airport and one of the city’s busiest subway stations three days earlier. Surveillance footage of a top official at another Belgian nuclear facility was discovered last year in the apartment of a suspected militant linked to the extremists who unleashed the horror in Paris in November.

Asked on Thursday at a London think tank whether there was a danger of the Islamic State’s obtaining a nuclear weapon, the British defense secretary, Michael Fallon, said that “was a new and emerging threat.”

While the prospect that terrorists can obtain enough highly enriched uranium and then turn it into a nuclear fission bomb seems far-fetched to many experts, they say the fabrication of some kind of dirty bomb from radioactive waste or byproducts is more conceivable. There are a variety of other risks involving Belgium’s facilities, including that terrorists somehow shut down the privately operated plants, which provide nearly half of Belgium’s power.

The fears at the nuclear power plants are of “an accident in which someone explodes a bomb inside the plant,” said Sébastien Berg, the spokesman for Belgium’s federal agency for nuclear control. “The other danger is that they fly something into the plant from outside.” That could stop the cooling process of the used fuel, Mr. Berg explained, and in turn shut down the plant.

The revelation of the surveillance footage was the first evidence that the Islamic State has a focused interest in nuclear material. But Belgium’s nuclear facilities have long had a worrying track record of breaches, prompting warnings from Washington and other foreign capitals.

Some of these are relatively minor: The Belgian nuclear agency’s computer system was hacked this year and shut down briefly. In 2013, two individuals managed to scale the fence at Belgium’s research reactor in the city of Mol, break into a laboratory and steal equipment.

Others are far more disconcerting. In 2012, two employees at the nuclear plant in Doel quit to join jihadists in Syria, and eventually transferred their allegiances to the Islamic State. Both men fought in a brigade that included dozens of Belgians, including Abdelhamid Abaaoud, considered the on-the-ground leader of the Paris attacks.

One of these men is believed to have died fighting in Syria, but the other was convicted of terror-related offenses in Belgium in 2014, and released from prison last year, according to Pieter Van Oestaeyen, a researcher who tracks Belgium’s jihadist networks. It is not known whether they communicated information about their former workplace to their Islamic State comrades.

At the same plant where these jihadists once worked, an individual who has yet to be identified walked into the reactor No. 4 in 2014, turned a valve and drained 65,000 liters of oil used to lubricate the turbines. The ensuing friction nearly overheated the machinery, forcing it to be shut down. The damage was so severe that the reactor was out of commission for five months.

Investigators are now looking into possible links between that case and terrorist groups, although they caution that it could also have been the work of an insider with a workplace grudge. What is clear is that the act was meant to sow dangerous havoc — and that the plant’s security systems can be breached.

“This was a deliberate act to take down the nuclear reactor, and a very good way to do it,” Mr. Berg, the nuclear agency spokesman, said of the episode in a recent interview.

These incidents are now all being seen in a new light, as information is mounting from investigators that the terrorist network that hit Paris and Brussels may have been in the planning stages of some kind of operation at a Belgian nuclear facility.”

…Continuing reading @ NY Times

Digital Security | Mar 2016

Gmail will now warn you if you’re being targeted by the government

– Digital Trends

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Apple isn’t the only company fighting against government-backed cyber attacks.

While Apple and the FBI bicker over user security, Google is bringing security into the public eye in a different way – by simply telling you what’s going on. The company will be increasing the visibility of Gmail security warnings to try and help people better protect themselves when sending and receiving emails.One of the changes is the expansion of the “safe browsing” notifications, which basically tell you when you’re about to open a suspicious link from an email. These warnings will show up when a link is clicked, but before the link actually opens, presenting users with one final option to retreat instead of visiting the page.

Google is also continuing the fight against state-sponsored attacks, showing a full-page warning when it thinks you’re being targeted by a government-backed hacker. Google does mention in a blog post that less than 0.1 percent of Gmail users will be receiving this warning, however, it highlights the importance of the warnings because of the fact that the people getting them are often journalists, policy-makers, and activists.”

…Continue reading @ Digital Trends

 

The Ted Cruz Melt Down Begins | Mar 2016

The National Enquirer Runs Story of Multiple Ted Cruz Affairs…

– The Conservate Tree House

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“The National Enquirer is indeed a tabloid – and as such there are various grains of salt that should be applied when reviewing anything they present.

However, that said, they have been unfortunately accurate for more than a few presidential hopefuls:  Gary Hart, Jesse Jackson and John Edwards to name a few of the more infamous examples.

Beyond the story itself there’s a few presenting elements which point to a high degree of confidence, and as a consequence ‘legal avoidance’, on the publishers’ part.

Firstly, they post pictures of the collective mistresses.  NE would never legally “go there” if they did not hold a very reasonable certainty the outlined players were factually part of the story.

Secondly, there’s at least one face in the group that is easily identifiable.

When you accept the NE editorial/legal requirement for research and attributed comment prior to publication, you recognize there is more than a strong probability each of the outlined group (pictured) was contacted prior to publication; and one of those is very close to the Donald Trump campaign.  Ergo, it’s entirely likely presidential candidate Donald Trump knew this story was coming out.

Which puts candidate Trump’s prior discussion and opinion of media libel in a strangely much larger, and more substantially prescient, aspect.  3-D political strategy not withstanding.

The National Enquirer has essentially baited the hook in a typical manner and one famously utilized by Andrew Breitbart.

So now they wait and see if, and how, the Cruz campaign responds.   It is entirely possible the story could explode exponentially depending on the severity of any denials or admissions therein.”

…Continue reading @ TheConservativeTreeHouse.com

 

 

 

 

Illegal Alien ‘refugees’ released into the USA by Obama Admin | Mar 2016

‘Credible Fear’ Loophole Gives Illegal Aliens from Terrorist Hub Nations Asylum In USA

– Breitbart

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“Illegal Aliens from terrorist hub nations like Egypt, Somalia, Pakistan, Iran and Syria are using a loophole in American immigration policy to get asylum and remain in the U.S. after being caught by border officials.

The illegal aliens are taking a page from the playbook of Central American illegal aliens, particularly unaccompanied children and incomplete families, by claiming they have a “credible fear of prosecution,” according to a Fox News report by William La Jeunesse. Critics of the program claim these, what Customs and Border Protection officers call Special Interest Aliens (SIA), illegal aliens are taking advantage of a loophole in our immigration policies to avoid deportation after capture.

By using the phrase “credible fear of persecution,” these SIAs can not only remain in the U.S., they are then entitled to work permits and are immediately released from custody.

Before 2009, La Jeunesse reported, many of the people seeking asylum at our borders were held in custody until they could make their case in an immigration court. President Obama changed that policy to allow for an immediate release of anyone claiming that “credible fear of persecution.”

…Continue reading @ Breitbart

 

 

Border Patrol Union Chief Says Arrests Of Afghans And Pakistanis Have Skyrocketed This Year

– DailyCaller

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“The number of arrests made at the border of people from Afghanistan and Pakistan is up significantly this year compared to last, the president of the National Border Patrol Council said when he testified during a House hearing on Tuesday.

Judd began by denying what he says is the Obama administration’s claim that “the border is more secure today than it’s ever been.”

“As a Border Patrol Agent, I will tell you the exact opposite,” Judd said.

“Already in the first five months of this fiscal year, the United States Border Patrol has arrested 18 from Afghanistan…79 from Pakistan and 619 from the Peoples Republic of China,” the union chief said.

“Those numbers should alarm everyone and we are seeing a similar trend from other key countries like Albania, Bangladesh and Brazil,” he continued.

Judd also pointed to what he said is evidence that drug cartels “are winning.”
…Continue reading @ DailyCaller

See the whole House Oversight and Govt Reform Committee hearing on Border Security:
https://youtu.be/yaMJDjkZPP8
http://www.c-span.org/video/?407138-1/hearing-border-security

 

“The Awful Legacy of the Last Eight Years” – Bill Clinton | Mar 2016

Bill Clinton Attacks Obama’s “Awful Legacy” on Campaign Trail 

– Youtube

“Monday in Spokane, WA, while campaigning for Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bill Clinton during a campaign speech characterized President Barack Obama’s time in office as the “awful legacy of the last eight years.”

Clinton said, “If you believe we can all rise together, if you believe we’ve finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us, and the seven years before that where we were practicing trickle-down economics and no regulation in Washington, which is what cause the crash, then you should vote for her.”

…Continue watching @ Youtube

 

 

The Left on the Move in Global Lockstep | Mar 2016

Obama: ‘Hopefully, We Can Learn From’ Cuba About Improving Human Rights In America

– DailyCaller

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“Speaking to reporters in Havana Monday, President Barack Obama said that, “hopefully,” the United States can learn a thing or two from Cuba’s record on improving basic, human rights.

“Our starting point is that we have two different systems,” Obama explained. “What I have said to President Castro, is that we are moving forward and not looking backwards.”

“President Castro, I think, has pointed out that it, in his view making sure that everybody is getting a decent education or health care, has basic security in old age, that those things are human rights as well.”

…More here @ DailyCaller

 

 

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Meets with China’s Propaganda Chief

– Breitbart

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“BEIJING (AP) — Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a rare meeting with China’s propaganda chief, at a time when Chinese authorities are tightening control over their cyberspace.

Liu Yunshan told Zuckerberg in their meeting Saturday that he hopes Facebook can share its experience with Chinese companies to help “Internet development better benefit the people of all countries,” China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported. Zuckerberg was in Beijing to attend an economic forum.

China has called for the creation of a global Internet “governance system” and cooperation between countries to regulate Internet use, stepping up efforts to promote controls that activists complain stifle free expression.

Facebook and other Western social media, including Twitter, are banned in China. Zuckerberg has long been courting China’s leaders in a so far futile attempt to access the country with the world’s largest number of Internet users – 668 million as of last year.

China has been increasing control over its Internet, dubbed the Great Firewall because it is already heavily censored. Liu, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, the ruling Communist Party’s top leadership panel, recently said that all Internet users must not cross the “baseline” when discussing China’s governance.

Chinese censors have introduced a slate of new regulations to better enable them to police digital and social media as closely as traditional publications. The country’s top Internet regulator has repeatedly warned that an untamed cyberspace would pose a risk to domestic security, and that the government should decide who to allow into “its house.”

…Continue reading @ Breitbart

 

 

DiCaprio: Communist China Is Becoming A ‘Hero On Climate Change’

– DailyCaller

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“Leonardo DiCaprio said China, one of the most polluted countries in the world and ruled by a communist government, has an opportunity to become the “hero of the environmental movement” for its concerted efforts to curb carbon emission output.

DiCaprio, coming off his big Oscar win, heaped praise on China while promoting his new movie “The Revenant” in Beijing Sunday.

“As we all know, the United States and China are the two biggest contributors, and I think that China has made radical movements forward as far as alternative energy and ways to be sustainable,” he said at a press conference.

China has the opportunity “to change the world and I have all the confidence in the world that that is their intention,” DiCaprio added.”

…Contine reading @ DailyCaller

 

 

 

Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Give Illegal Aliens US Healthcare | Mar 2016

Hillary Clinton Wants To Give Americans’ Healthcare to Millions of Illegals, Says Chelsea Clinton

– Breitbart

“Hillary Clinton wants American taxpayers to pay for the healthcare of all illegal immigrants who get into the United States, Chelsea Clinton told a health-care salesman.

Clinton “thinks it’s so important to extend the Affordable Care Act to people who are living and working here, regardless of immigration status, regardless of citizenship status,” Chelsea told the advocate March 15, at an event in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Roughly 14 million illegal immigrants are living in the United States, alongside 310 million Americans, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

American taxpayers pay roughly $5,000 per year for each person enrolled in Obamacare. So the addition of only 10 million current illegals to Obamacare would cost taxpayers at least $50 billion per year, or $500 billion over 10 years, partly because many migrants lack workplace skills or even the ability to speak English.

But Clinton has also promised she will largely stop deportations of foreigners who sneak into the United States. “I would not deport children. I do not want to deport family members either,” she said at a March 10 Latino political rally hosted by Univision and theWashington Post.

If Clinton’s open-borders policy encourages more migrants to enter the United States, American taxpayers will have to divert funding from their relatives — retirees, children, unemployed and disabled — to pay for the healthcare of many more millions of foreign people who choose to break the nation’s popular immigration laws.

At least 150 million more foreigners would like to migrate to the United States, according a 2012 survey by Gallup. If one-seventh of the 150 million migrants arrive in the United States, the 10-year bill would rise to $1.5 trillion.”

…Continue reading more @ Breitbart.com

 

Sanders plan would cover undocumented immigrants

– Politico

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“Millions of undocumented immigrants would gain health care coverage under Bernie Sanders’ plan for a single-payer health care system, a detail he didn’t include explicitly in his just-released proposal but one confirmed by an aide shortly after Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate.

“It would cover everyone, including aspiring Americans,” said Warren Gunnels, senior policy adviser to the Vermont senator’s campaign, when asked whether the plan would cover immigrants in the country illegally.

Sanders, along with immigration advocacy groups, has long lamented that Obamacare left an estimated 10 million to 12 million undocumented immigrants without access to coverage through the law’s exchanges, though aides emphasized to the Washington Post last fall that he didn’t necessarily support offering them subsidies to afford coverage. Clinton, similarly, said during the October debate that she’d favor allowing undocumented immigrants to buy coverage through Obamacare exchanges, but not with subsidies.”

Read more @ Politico

 

– Question is: No one is saying how a government already 20 Trillion dollars in debt is going to pay for healthcare for people illegally in the country.