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‘Trust but Verify’ Applies to the FBI

April 15, 2018

America’s premiere law enforcement agency suffers the consequences of self inflicted wrongdoing and failures….

We refute tyranny when we hold law enforcement accountable.

‘Trust but Verify’ Applies to the FBI
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Federal law enforcement did not cover itself in glory—again—in the just-concluded trial of Noor Salman, wife of the Pulse nightclub mass murderer in Orlando, Fla.

A judge scolded prosecutors during the trial for withholding exculpatory evidence. At her original bail hearing, the FBI had relied on a confession, extracted from Ms. Salman in an 11-hour interrogation, that she had helped Omar Mateen scope out the gay nightclub in advance of the shooting. As was subsequently revealed, the FBI was already in possession of cellphone location data that contradicted her claim. Other evidence also cast doubt on the confession, which the FBI failed to record or sustain with circumstantial proof. Ms. Salman was acquitted.

Happily, the malpractice here was less consequential than in the thrown-out corruption conviction of the late Sen. Ted Stevens. It was less brazen than the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s manufacture of fake statistical evidence of racial bias in auto lending or the questionable federal and state asset seizures that keep coming to light.

The Noor outcome may not be flattering to the FBI, but it should be flattering to America. Holding law enforcement accountable is the best refutation of the authoritarian temptation, with its mocking of our insistence on due process, elections and respect for individual rights.

At the same time, not every culpable police action is motivated by careerism or dishonesty of purpose. Murders are down in New York City. Policing is a reason. Yet two of the city’s most productive detectives were recently charged with manufacturing evidence to support an otherwise legitimate seizure of an illegal gun. Now under way is a spreading crackdown on police “testilying” in court.

So skepticism, leavened with a certain understanding, is required in the clash between individual rights and the police. This is about to become especially true in the mother of all cases, the FBI’s role in the 2016 election.

We’ve already learned a few unsettling things. Trump associates Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos were treated in unforgiving fashion for lies that may not have been lies, whereas the FBI practically conspired with Hillary Clinton and her aides to make sure their truth-shading was overlooked. The FBI’s use of evidence to win a Carter Page surveillance order appears to have been every bit as disingenuous as that used by prosecutors in the Noor Salman bail hearing.

Political bias or simply toadying to the party in power may turn out to have been a factor, but we are likely to hear a great deal about what top law-enforcement officials believed, rather than knew, about Donald Trump.

The autobiography of FBI chief James Comey is due next week. The chances are nil that it will deal honestly and completely with the 2016 race, especially the role of U.S. intelligence agencies in influencing some of the FBI’s actions. But as leaks already reveal, the book is accurately redolent of the contempt and distrust top officials felt for Candidate Trump, leading to actions that are hard to defend in hindsight.

Coming next will be a Justice Department inspector general’s report on Mr. Comey’s anomalous exculpation of Mr. Trump’s Democratic rival in the 2016 race. If, as we suspect, Robert Mueller is framing his own investigation partly to justify the pre-election actions of the FBI, then we will doubly need the recently launched investigation by U.S. Attorney John Huber, which doesn’t start from the assumption that the one thing that doesn’t need investigating is the investigators.

Then there’s the Stormy Daniels matter, in which a seamy but not illegal payment might, in theory, be illegal under campaign-finance rules.

At least efforts at suppressing Mr. Trump’s sexual history are a gentlemanly improvement on those of the Bill Clinton campaign 24 years earlier. If Trump lawyer Michael Cohen made an “in-kind” donation by paying off Ms. Daniels, didn’t Ms. Daniels make an in-kind donation when she agreed not to speak? Weren’t those Clinton women who didn’t come forward because they didn’t want to be savaged by the Clinton machine making in-kind contributions to the Clinton campaign?

The questions are absurd because the law is absurd. What should be a personal and political embarrassment for Mr. Trump has become another superfluous legal jeopardy for the man 46% of American voters wanted for their president. When we metastasize laws for criminalizing politics, we become more like Vladimir Putin’s Russia, not less so. Witness the liberal group Common Cause, which can’t get enough campaign regulation, rushing out Stormy-related federal complaints against the Trump campaign on Thursday.

But another lesson also applies in such a world. All presidents face opponents who seek to make sure they deliver as little as possible even when delivering would be good for the country. Mr. Trump came to the presidency with too much baggage that his opposition could use against him. That’s something Mr. Trump’s voters and party should have thought about before nominating him.

Appeared in the April 14, 2018, print edition.

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Wife of Pulse nightclub killer is arrested by the FBI for obstruction of justice seven months after attack

January 16, 2017

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Noor Salman (left) was arrested on Monday morning on suspicion of obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting her husband Omar Mateen (right) who killed 50 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando last year. The pair are seen above with their young son 

Noor Salman (left) was arrested on Monday morning on suspicion of obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting her husband Omar Mateen (right) who killed 50 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando last year. The pair are seen above with their young son

  • Noor Salman was arrested at home in San Francisco, California, on Monday
  • The 30-year-old mother is accused of aiding and abetting her husband
  • Omar Mateen shot dead 49 people and injured dozens of others at Pulse nightclub on June 12
  • The 29-year-old was eventually shot dead by police at the Orlando club 

The wife of the Pulse nightclub gunman has been arrested by the FBI for obstruction of justice, it has been reported.

Noor Salman was arrested by FBI agents on in San Francisco, California, on Monday, according to The New York Times. 

Her husband Omar Mateen was shot dead by police after massacring 49 people in the gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12.

Orlando police cars outside of Pulse nightclub after a fatal shooting and hostage situation on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.Photo: Getty Images

ISIS later claimed responsibility for the mass shooting which is the deadliest in the US’s history.

She will appear in federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday. The FBI did not immediately respond to requests for more information on Monday morning.

In December, Salman filed a petition in court to have their young son’s name changed.

A month earlier, in her only interview since the massacre, she told the Times she was ‘unaware’ her husband had been plotting mass murder.

FBI agents questioned Salman immediately after the attack in June.

They accused her of being with her husband when he bought the ammunition and even went with him to scout out the nightclub before he waged terror on it, the newspaper said.

She insisted she was never aware of what he was planning.

People mourning for victims of the mass shooting near the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.
People mourning for victims of the mass shooting near the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
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‘I was unaware of everything. I don’t condone what he has done.  I am very sorry for what has happened. He has hurt a lot of people,’ she said.

Salman grew up in southern California but moved to Fort Pierce, Florida, with Mateen after their wedding.

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F.B.I. Arrests Wife of Killer in Orlando Mass Shooting

WASHINGTON — The wife of the man who carried out a deadly terrorist attack in Orlando, Fla., has been arrested in connection with the mass shooting, a law enforcement official said Monday.

The woman, Noor Salman, was taken into custody by F.B.I. agents at her home outside of San Francisco. Prosecutors had been weighing charges against her in the aftermath of the attack that killed 49 people and wounded dozens. A person familiar with details of the arrest said Ms. Salman was charged with obstruction.

Ms. Salman’s husband, Omar Mateen, was killed in a shootout with police during the rampage in a gay club on June 12, 2016. Investigators interviewed Ms. Salman for hours after the attack and came to believe she was not telling the truth about her husband’s plans to carry out the rampage.

She is expected to make an initial appearance on Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco.

Orlando shooter’s father attends Hillary Clinton rally in Kissimmee

August 9, 2016

Seddique Mateen seen sitting right behind Hillary Clinton

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Hillary Clinton spoke to a crowd in Kissimmee, just south of Orlando.  She was supposed to be talking jobs, but started the speech off paying tribute to those affected by the Pulse Nightclub shooting.

“I know how many people, families, loved ones, and friends are still grieving, and we will be with you as you rebuild your lives.”

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WPTV happened to notice the man, who has a mustache and was wearing a red hat, behind Clinton. It was Seddique Mateen, the father of Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen.

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NewsChannel 5 asked Mateen what he was thinking about when Clinton spoke about the Orlando incident.

“We’ve been cooperating with the federal government, and that’s about it,” he said. “Thank you.”  Mateen didn’t want to answer any other questions, but just hours later, we ran into him by chance at a rest stop on the way back to West Palm Beach.  He wanted to do an interview and show us a sign he made for Clinton.

“Hillary Clinton is good for United States versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions,” he said.

We asked what went into his decision to go to the event right near Orlando, where the Pulse Nightclub shooting happened.

“I spoke a lot about that and wish that my son joined the Army and fought ISIS. That would be much better,” he said.

When questioned whether Clinton’s campaign knew he was going to the event and sitting directly behind the presidential candidate, Mateen said, ” It’s a Democratic party, so everyone can join.”

Finally we asked if he thought some people would be surprised to see him there, especially given the proximity to Orlando.

“Why should they be surprised?  I love the United States, and I’ve been living here a long time,” Mateen said.

http://www.wptv.com/news/state/orlando-shooters-father-attends-hillary-clinton-rally-in-kissimmee

California’s Governor Signs Most of Sweeping Gun-Control Package

July 3, 2016

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Legislation includes expansion of 1989 ban on assault weapons

California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, on Thursday discussed a bill under consideration for his signature. Mr. Brown signed into law most of a sweeping gun-control package on Friday.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, on Thursday discussed a bill under consideration for his signature. Mr. Brown signed into law most of a sweeping gun-control package on Friday. PHOTO: RICH PEDRONCELLI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Friday six gun-control bills, including the expansion of a 27-year-old law known as the assault-weapons ban.

But Mr. Brown vetoed five other gun bills that were also part of a sweeping package the legislature, controlled by Democrats, sent to his desk Thursday.

The legislature approved the package in the aftermath of mass shootings in San Bernardino and Orlando, Fla., amid another national debate on gun violence and gun rights that has gridlocked Congress.

U.S. House Republicans plan to vote on legislation next week that will include a provision to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns. California, which already has some of the strictest gun-control laws in the country, has pushed ahead with a slate of new legislation. Among the bills signed into law by Mr. Brown, a Democrat, on Friday is a requirement for background checks to buy ammunition, and a ban on the possession of high-capacity magazines.

Mr. Brown also expanded the state’s 1989 restriction on semiautomatic weapons to include a ban on “bullet buttons” which allow gun owners to quickly detach and replace magazines.
“My goal in signing these bills is to enhance public safety by tightening existing laws in a responsible and focused manner, while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” the governor wrote in a signing message.

He decided to veto a bill that would have restricted the number of long guns Californians could purchase within a month to one, noting that the state already limits purchases of handguns to one a month.

Mr. Brown also rejected an expansion of a relatively new law that allows firearms to be temporarily seized from people considered a danger. Currently, police or immediate family members are allowed to petition a judge to seize guns from a dangerous person. The new law would have expanded that power to co-workers, mental health workers and others. Gov. Brown called those expansions “premature.”

Many of the bills were introduced after Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, shot and killed 14 people last December at an office gathering in San Bernardino. They gained urgency after Omar Mateen opened fire at a nightclub in Orlando on June 12, killing 49.

Opponents characterized the package of bills in California as a “gunpocalypse” and weren’t mollified by the governor’s vetoes, saying that the new laws were too extreme in a state with tough gun laws already on the books.

“I don’t think he got to the middle ground,” said Craig DeLuz, a spokesman for the Firearms Policy Coalition. “He succumbed to the desire of the antigun movement.”

Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers cheered the governor’s action.

State Sen. Loni Hancock, who sponsored the bill banning possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, said the governor’s signature means “we are taking a step toward preventing future mass shootings and ensuring that the people of California can live in safe neighborhoods.”

California lawmakers also recently set aside $5 million to fund a center for gun violence research, something that the federal government hasn’t done.

Write to Zusha Elinson at zusha.elinson@wsj.com

http://www.wsj.com/articles/californias-governor-signs-most-of-sweeping-gun-control-package-1467406093

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 (American no longer trust that the president can stop terrorism and that the police can keep their families safe, so gun sales are going up)

Gun sales are on a pace to break last year’s record of more than 23 million, a boon to the U.S. industry and gun stores thanks to election-year worries about gun control and recent terror attacks, according to government figures and experts.

Domestically, manufacturers have reported producing about 21,000 guns a day, or more than 46 million in Obama’s first six years in office.

Cops were ordered not to pursue Orlando gunman during massacre — “The shooter is still actively shooting inside.” — “We were told to wait” — “Action beats inaction 100 percent of the time.”– Three Hour Police Delay Undoubtedly Cost Lives

June 22, 2016

A police officer who was one of the first to arrive at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando has claimed he was made to wait while Omar Mateen wandered around the club gunning people down.

The FBI said this week that police first responders ‘engaged the shooter’ inside the club at 2.08am but Officer Brandon Cornwell said he had been told to wait for a SWAT team to arrive.

It is known that Mateen, who was heavily armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and a handgun and was feared to be carrying explosives, had an exchange of fire with a security guard when he first arrived at the LGBT club, which was holding its regular Latino night.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch (right) visited Orlando yesterday and praised the actions of first responders at the Pulse nightclub massacre

Attorney General Loretta Lynch (right) visited Orlando yesterday and praised the actions of first responders at the Pulse nightclub massacre

Five or six Orlando cops arrived on the scene within minutes, broke through a large glass window and entered the club as Mateen hunted down victims inside.

Officer Cornwell, 25, told the Washington Post he was one of those police first responders and has given an account of the terrifying moments as they waited for orders outside the darkened club.

He said: ‘There was tons of people running out of the club. I grabbed my assault rifle and ran toward the club. At this point, the shooter is still actively shooting inside.’

ORLANDO SHOOTINGS TIMELINE

2:02am – Sunday, June 12 – Suspect Omar Mateen tries to enter Pulse nightclub armed with assault rifle and and handgun and is spotted by a security guard.

The two exchange fire outside the club – but Mateen manages to enter the nightclub, holding 320 people, while still firing.

First 911 call received by Orlando Police Department.

2:04am – First police officers, including Brandon Cornwell, arrive at the scene.

2:08am – FBI says officers entered the club and ‘engaged’ the shooter.

2:09am – Pulse nightclub posts a message to their Facebook desperately telling those inside ‘Everyone get out of pulse and keep running’.

2:35am – Mateen calls 911 and pledges allegiance to ISIS and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

4:21am – Police rip out an air conditioning unit, creating a hole through which some people escape.

4:29am – Rescued victims tell police the shooter said he was going to put four vests with bombs on hostages within 15 minutes.

5.02am – Three hours after the first shooting began, a SWAT team use armored vehicle and explosives to breach the bathroom wall. SWAT officers manage to free 30 hostages who dashed to safety.

5:15am – The shooter is shot at and is confirmed as being ‘down’. 

8:00am – Officials with the FBI deem the incident to be ‘domestic terrorism’.

9:40am – The shooter was officially identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie.

10:20am – At a press conference Mayor Buddy Dyer makes the announcement that 49 people have died and 53 injured in what is now the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States.

11.54am – US Senator Bill Nelson and California congressman Adam Schiff claimed Mateen had pledged his allegiance to ISIS

The officer said: ‘We were trying to locate exactly where the shooter was – we kept hearing people scream and shots fired.’

Cornwell said they eventually entered and went to the bathroom area, where Mateen had taken hostages and appeared to be preparing for a final stand.

‘He was actively shooting. I can’t say if he was targeting us. But he was still shooting in that location where he was at. There were bullet holes in the wall, so he had shot through the wall. But I couldn’t tell you if he was shooting at us,’ he said.

Children write messages for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting at a makeshift memorial at the scene. The memorial is decorated with a Puerto Rican flag as many of the victims were originally from Puerto Rico

Children write messages for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting at a makeshift memorial at the scene. The memorial is decorated with a Puerto Rican flag as many of the victims were originally from Puerto Rico

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Justice Department Replaces 'Allah' With 'God' in Censored Orlando Terrorist Transcript

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“Action beats inaction 100 percent of the time.”

By LISA MARIE PANE
June 13, 2016

The Associated Press

As the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history began to unfold, an off-duty police officer working at a gay nightclub exchanged gunfire with the suspect. But three hours passed before a SWAT team stormed the building and brought the attack to an end.

The decision by law enforcement to hold off on entering the Pulse club — where more than 100 people were shot, 49 of them killed — immediately raised questions among experts in police tactics. They said the lessons learned from other mass shootings show that officers must get inside swiftly — even at great risk — to stop the threat and save lives.

“We live in a different world. And action beats inaction 100 percent of the time,” said Chris Grollnek, an expert on active-shooter tactics and a retired police officer and SWAT team member.

The gunman, Omar Mateen, first had a shootout with the off-duty officer at the club’s entrance. Then two other officers arrived and the firing continued.

The situation changed from an active-shooter scenario to a hostage situation once Mateen made it into one of the bathrooms where club-goers were hiding, authorities said.

Experts say there’s a big difference between responding to a lone gunman and a shooter who has hostages.

In active-shooter situations, police are now trained to respond immediately, even if only one or two officers are available to confront the suspect. In a hostage crisis, law enforcement generally tries to negotiate.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said the presence of hostages required officers to “reevaluate, reassess what is happening and make sure all the pieces are in place.”

From the restroom, Mateen called 911 and made statements pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. That’s when the shooting stopped and hostage negotiators began talking with him, the chief said.

“We had a team of crisis negotiators that talked to the suspect, trying to get as much information as possible, what we could do to help resolve the situation … He wasn’t asking a whole lot, and we were doing most of the asking,” Mina said.

Mateen soon began talking about explosives and bombs, leading Mina to decide about 5 a.m. to detonate an explosive on an exterior wall to prevent potentially greater loss of life. The explosives did not penetrate the wall completely, so an armored vehicle was used to punch a 2-foot-by-3-foot hole in the wall about 2 feet from the ground.

“We knew there would be an imminent loss of life,” Mina said.

Hostages started running out, as did Mateen, who was killed in a shootout with SWAT team members. It turned out there were no explosives.

Police tactics changed after the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, where the first officers to arrive exchanged fire with the gunmen but then stopped and waited for the SWAT team. That took 45 minutes. By then, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had killed 12 students and a teacher.

At the time, the standard police practice was to set up a perimeter, wait for SWAT officers and then go inside. Authorities began to realize that the delayed response gave suspects more time to kill.

“We can’t just let him have free rein and continue to shoot,” said Ben Tisa, a former FBI agent and former SWAT team member.

Experts point to other mass shootings where a delay in confronting the shooter probably gave the gunman time to maneuver and attack. A mass shooting in 1984 at a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, California, offered one of the earliest lessons, with 21 people being killed and 19 wounded before a SWAT team killed the gunman about 45 minutes later.

Incorrect or incomplete information is typical during police emergencies. And the gravity of the decisions is not lost on SWAT teams and their commanders. Civilian lives are at risk, along with those of police officers who are often outgunned by suspects.

“You have split seconds,” said Thor Eells, commander of the Colorado Springs Police Department and chairman of the board of the National Tactical Officers Association.

Almost immediately after the shooting began, the nightclub posted a note on its Facebook page telling people to get out and “keep running.”

Grollnek, a consultant who conducts active-shooter training for law enforcement, said that’s another lesson from other mass shootings: Civilians can’t expect to stay safe by heeding the old advice to hide or shelter in place.

“The problem is we’re failing to evolve by learning the lesson that hiding does not work,” he said. “Running works. Everyone who escapes to tell their story says, ‘I ran away. I heard a noise on my left, and I went to my right and I got out.'”

But Grollneck reserved his anger for the police commanders in Florida who didn’t allow SWAT team members to enter until several hours after the shooter began the attack.

“How have we failed so poorly that we did not learn our lesson … when we see SWAT teams respond and not making entry creates victims,” he said. “Period. End of story.”

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Associated Press writers Curt Anderson in Miami and Mike Schneider in Orlando contributed to this report.

Justice Department Replaces ‘Allah’ With ‘God’ in Censored Orlando Terrorist Transcript

June 20, 2016
Katie Pavlich
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Posted: Jun 20, 2016 12:45 PM
Justice Department Replaces 'Allah' With 'God' in Censored Orlando Terrorist Transcript

The FBI has released a partial transcript of the exchange between Islamic terrorist Omar Mateen and local law enforcement authorities during his attack on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Not only did the Department of Justice, under direction from the White House no doubt, censor Mateen’s repeated pledges to the Islamic State, but they printed words he said in Arabic in English, changing “Allah” to “God.”

Orlando Police Dispatcher (OD)
Shooter (OM)

OD: Emergency 911, this is being recorded.

OM: In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficial [in Arabic]

OD: What?

OM: Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [in Arabic]. I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.

OD: What’s your name?

OM: My name is I pledge of allegiance to [omitted].

OD: Ok, What’s your name?

OM: I pledge allegiance to [omitted] may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of [omitted].

This isn’t simply a translation, this is the Obama administration avoiding any reference or connection to Islam. Transcripts should be printed verbatim, and then later translated for reference and understanding. They should also be released in full, not partially with government approved summaries of what happened. Further, the FBI should release the audio of the transcript, but confirmed today during a press briefing they will not. Could it be because Americans will hear Omar Mateen speaking Arabic and saying the words we hear so often, “Allahu akbar,” debunking the narrative again that the attack on Pulse Night club had little to do with Jihad?

Of course.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2016/06/20/justice-department-replaces-allah-with-god-in-censored-orlando-terrorist-transcript-n2181111

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DOJ REPLACES ‘ALLAH’ WITH ‘GOD’ IN EDITED ORLANDO TERRORIST TRANSCRIPT

Obama administration protecting Islam while attacking Christianity

The Justice Department replaced references to ‘Allah’ with ‘God’ in an edited transcript of the 911 call Orlando jihadi Omar Mateen made during the Pulse night club attack.During the call, Omar Mateen made an Islamic prayer in which he said:Praise be to Allah, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of Allah [in Arabic]. I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.In comparison, the edited DOJ transcript says:

Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet ofGod [in Arabic]. I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.

It’s obvious the Obama administration is doing everything it can to downplay the Islamic connection to the attack, all while demonizing Christians and gun owners.

“His very first words are the Bismillah (Arabic: بسم الله‎‎, ‘In the name of Allah’), the Islamic prayer,” commentator Pamela Geller revealed. “It’s what terror-tied CAIR chants in every press conference and press release.”

“[The Obama administration] knew right away and they have been deceiving the American people ever since, protecting and defending the ideology they calls for our destruction.”

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House Speaker Paul Ryan joined the chorus of critics incensed that the Obama administration decided to redact parts of the Orlando 911 transcript that omitted his pledge of allegiance to ISIS.

“Selectively editing this transcript is preposterous,” Ryan said in a statement on Monday.
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“We know the shooter was a radical Islamist extremist inspired by ISIS. We also know he intentionally targeted the LGBT community,” Ryan said.

“The administration should release the full, unredacted transcript so the public is clear-eyed about who did this, and why.”

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2016/06/20/ryan-dojs-decision-to-redact-911-transcript-is-preposterous-n2181116

Obama’s Mickey Mouse Justice Department Censored The Word “Islam” From Orlando Shooter’s Phone Call Transcript

June 20, 2016

Fox News

 

House Speaker Paul Ryan called on the Obama administration Monday to “release the full, unredacted transcript” of the Orlando massacre gunman’s 911 calls, slamming the Justice Department’s censoring of all references to Islam as “preposterous.”

The redacted transcripts of Omar Mateen’s calls to Orlando Police — made during his assault on the Pulse gay nightclub — included Mateen’s claim of responsibility, as well as identifying himself to police as an Islamic soldier. All other references to ISIS or Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi were scrubbed clean by the Justice Department.

“Selectively editing this transcript is preposterous,” said Ryan, R-Wis., in a statement. “We know the shooter was a radical Islamist extremist inspired by ISIS. We also know he intentionally targeted the LGBT community. The administration should release the full, unredacted transcript so the public is clear-eyed about who did this, and why.”

Mateen is known from prior FBI statements to have pledged allegiance to the ISIS chief and expressed solidarity with other terrorists. But Monday’s release deleted all of those references.

“Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [in Arabic]. I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings,” Mateen told a 911 dispatcher during a 50-second phone call at 2:35 a.m. on June 12.

“I pledge allegiance to [omitted] may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of [omitted],” Mateen told the dispatcher.

Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ron Hopper defended the deletions.

“[Mateen] does not represent the religion of Islam, but a perverted view,” Hopper said, later adding: “Part of the redacting is meant to not give credence to individuals who have done terrorist attacks in the past. We’re not gonna propagate their violent rhetoric.”

United States Attorney Lee Bentley was asked if the omissions conflicted with Florida law. He said they did not.

“This is a federal investigation,” Bentley said. “The Attorney General decided upon this limited release.”

According to the Justice Department report, Mateen said twice during the 911 call and at least once during later negotiations that he pledged “allegiance to [omitted].” Investigators said he spoke to negotiators in three different calls at 2:48 a.m., 3:03 a.m. and 3:24 a.m. The longest call was the second at 16 minutes. The third call, at three minutes, was the shortest. The first call lasted nine minutes.

“As the killer made these statements, he did so in a chilling, calm and deliberate manner,” Hopper said.

During one call, Mateen told negotiators that the U.S. should stop bombing Syria and Iraq — the countries with regions that comprise ISIS’ so-called caliphate. He said the bombings were why he was “out here right now.”

Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 more inside the gay nightclub Pulse. He was later killed in a shootout with police.

The calls with crisis negotiators may explain why officials waited three hours — until 5:14 a.m. — before ramming a hole in the side of the club to free hostages and engage Mateen in a final, deadly fight. During those three hours, Mateen was holed up in a bathroom with several hostages, though authorities have said no gun shots were fired during this period.

The summary shows that Mateen told negotiators he had a “vehicle outside that has some bombs. Just to let you know. You people are gonna get it, and I’m gonna ignite it if they try to do anything stupid.”

Mateen claimed he had an explosive vest similar to the kind used by terrorists “in France,” referencing the November terror attack in Paris.

“In the next few days, you’re going to see more of this type of action going on,” Mateen said.

He also reportedly told hostages that he would put suicide vests on them.

No explosives were ever found on Mateen inside the club or in any vehicles outside. Mateen was armed with two guns during the rampage.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/06/20/doj-releases-redacted-orlando-gunmans-911-calls.html

Michael Goodwin: 9/11 all but forgotten as Obama undermines America’s resolve — Obama’s Refusal To Say “Radical Islam” Prevents Dots from Being Connected

June 20, 2016

It was a day like no other. A beautiful September morning transformed into horror and death, with nearly 3,000 innocents murdered for the crime of living and working in America.

We promised ourselves and each other we would never forget. Memorials to the heroic firefighters invariably echo that defiant pledge: Never Forget.

They lie. Not 15 years later, many Americans are forgetting. Even in New York, people who solemnly swore to remember forever turn their backs on the meaning of September 11th.

 

The pledge was the only way to make sense of the gruesome deaths of so many. The burning towers, people jumping and falling, the twin collapses and the clouds of smoke and steel and flesh and survivors covered in chalky, choking dust. Then came the fires and that awful smell that wouldn’t go away.

In unity, we made the vow even as we feared other attacks. We were wounded but determined to triumph because that’s what Americans always did.

We also pledged because, like earlier patriots, we were eyewitnesses to evil. We saw its soulless savagery and knew they would kill us all if they could.

Perhaps it was inevitable that such charged emotions would dull. The Long War has been a hard war, and it is difficult to sustain the commitment for 15 years.

But there is something else at work, too. The forgetting in some circles is intentional. As determined as many still are to Never Forget, others are determined to move on, to redefine, to downplay.

None is more consequential than Barack Obama, a dedicated re-interpreter of 9/11 and its aftermath. As his presidency enters the home stretch, we see the full flowering of his wrongheaded determination.

His angry scolding of those who insist on using the term “radical Islam” for our enemies and his effort to minimize the role of Islamist ideology in the slaughter in Orlando are shocking — and yet entirely consistent with his worldview.

 

Estranged in important ways from both mainstream America after 9/11 and modern Islam, the president nonetheless sees himself as a bridge between the two. He gave himself that assignment in his 2009 Cairo speech, citing his father’s Islamic background in Kenya and his own boyhood in Indonesia.

“I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear,” he declared. “But that same principle must apply to Muslim perceptions of America. Just as Muslims do not fit a crude stereotype, America is not the crude stereotype of a self-interested empire.”

That aim, surely born of good intentions, was a profound mistake that continues to wreak havoc. The president of the United States cannot be a broker between his countrymen and a foreign enemy that has declared war on us.

As commander in chief, his job is to lead this nation to victory. He hasn’t because he refuses to see it as a war.

As the late Fouad Ajami wrote, Obama sees himself as the American “redeemer,” a man who would fix the country by acknowledging its past errors and charting a different course for the future.

Much of that had to do with changing what Obama saw as America’s bigoted view of Islam, before and after 9/11. Indeed, the Cairo speech was titled “A New Beginning.”

It has worked about as well as his “reset” with Russia.

In fact, it has made everything worse. Just as Obama’s persistent attempts to ban certain guns have led to record gun sales, his effort to put a smiley face on Islam has backfired. Too many Muslims in too many countries have responded to his retreat with more bloodthirsty violence.

From the spreading butchery of Islamic State to more frequent and lethal attacks at home, including San Bernardino and Orlando, Obama’s presumptions increasingly look ridiculous. While it is obvious that some American prejudice exists, the fundamental problem is that nearly all the world’s terrorists are Muslims — a fact acknowledged by the president of Egypt, among many others.

But the president of the United States can’t bring himself to make the same admission because he doesn’t want it to be true.

And because Obama is a partisan warrior, Americans are polarized and now fight each other almost as furiously as they fight the terrorists. The result, again, is the opposite of what he intended — a rising fear of Muslim terrorists, including among a new generation of Americans.

For all the complications that Obama is adding to the mix, it is fundamentally a simple situation: We are at war.

By his definition, Nazi and Japanese soldiers also could be called deranged fanatics filled with hate, but neither FDR nor Harry Truman tried to advance a nuanced explanation for their motivations. They saw the enemy as an evil force that had to be defeated.

That’s war. And this is war, and even though Obama wants America to forget, the terrorists have not forgotten us.

http://nypost.com/2016/06/19/911-all-but-forgotten-as-obama-undermines-americas-resolve/

 

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How Obama’s Refusal To Say “Radical Islam” Prevents Dots from Being Connected

Here’s a painful truth: Nearly 15 years after 9/11, US counterterror efforts failed to thwart the Orlando attacker. As they failed to prevent San Bernardino, Calif., Garland, Texas. Boston. Fort Hood . . .

And yet, in every one of those cases, the feds had their chance. Is something hobbling federal counterterror efforts?

Years before Omar Mateen’s bloodbath at Pulse, the FBI had him on its watch list — twice. He also made two trips to Saudi Arabia. Yet officials couldn’t link him definitively to any plot to commit mayhem.

Add to this unconfirmed reports of more recent warnings to the FBI — from Disney World, after he and his wife seemed to be casing the site, and from the owner of a gun shop where the killer tried to buy level-3 body armor.

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Were these dots that went unconnected?

Only the killer is to blame. But Orlando was hardly an isolated failure.

The bureau also had the Tsarnaev brothers on its radar screen before the Boston Marathon bombing. It probed Elton Simpson before he took part in the hit on the “Draw Mohammed” event in Garland.

Tashfeen Malik made it through a Homeland Security screening and later joined Syed Farook in the San Bernardino shooting. Agents cleared Maj. Nidal Hasan prior to his Fort Hood rampage.

What gives?

FBI Director James Comey says trying to ferret out lone wolves is like “looking for needles in a national haystack.” His agency usually has 1,000 open cases of suspected domestic terrorists on its plate at a time.

And US counterterror efforts have thwarted scores of plots over the years.

But as National Review’s Jim Geraghty notes, the feds “have enormous resources devoted to counterterrorism,” well beyond the FBI — including thousands of agencies, private groups and military commands.

Yet they all operate under real constraints — including not just proper regard for civil liberties but also orders from a White House that obsessively fears seeming anti-Muslim.

Here’s one notable example: James Brennan, then deputy national security adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, in late 2011 ordered a purge of all federal law-enforcement “training materials that contain cultural or religious content, including information related to Islam or Muslims.”

In other words, the FBI’s political overseers ordered it not to husband expertise on Islamist self-radicalization — and the bureau’s bureaucrats, from Comey on down, complied. The same idiocy rules the entire Obama effort at “countering violent extremism.”

Bad as it is that President Obama refuses to use the words “Islamist terror,” it’s far worse that he’s put blinders on everyone who’s supposed to be keeping America safe.

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People mourning for victims of the mass shooting near the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.
People mourning for victims of the mass shooting near the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
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As the connection between the Orlando nightclub mass shooting and radical Islam becomes clearer, Dr. Sebastian Gorka says it’s time for all Americans – particularly President Obama – to recognize the threat posed by jihadists

Why the ‘lone-wolf’ terrorist is a myth — What We Find At All These Terror Events is radical Islamic Terrorism — An Ideology — “We have yet to find a radical Episcopalian terrorist.”

June 19, 2016

By Paul Sperry
New York Post

Terrorists Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, Omar Mateen and Syed Farook. AP Photos

President Obama says don’t worry, the Orlando terrorist was just another “lone actor” operating in isolation, unconnected to any larger group of supporters. In fact, these so-called “lone wolves” are running in packs, and suggesting otherwise gives the public a false sense of security.

Yet Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson echoed Obama, saying Omar Mateen was “self-radicalized” without any religious, ideological or operational support from friends, family or others in the Muslim community.

“What we do know at this point is it appears this was a case of self-radicalization,” Johnson said. “He does not appear to have been part of any group.”

A more accurate picture is that Mateen, an Afghan-American, was part of a disturbingly large Muslim family of sympathizers, supporters and even co-conspirators.

For starters, his wife could face criminal charges in the attack on the gay Orlando nightclub, the deadliest act of terrorism in the US since 9/11. Noor Zahi Salman, who wed Mateen in 2011, reportedly told the FBI she knew about her husband’s planned attack and even drove him to the site of the massacre as part of a scouting operation. She also is said to have helped him case the Disney Springs shopping complex. What’s more, Salman allegedly was with Mateen when he bought ammo and a holster used in the attack.

Prosecutors have convened a grand jury to present evidence against Salman, a Palestinian immigrant, who ultimately could be indicted as an accessory to the murders of 49 people and the attempted murders of 53 others. Possible other charges include failing to report a terrorist attack and lying to federal agents.

It appears the seeds of Mateen’s hatred were planted at home.

His Afghan immigrant father, who founded a nonprofit group to support the Taliban, preached gays should be punished. In a video Seddique Mir Mateen posted on the Web, he expresses gratitude toward the Afghan Taliban, who stone homosexuals to death, calling them “our warrior brothers.”

Other statements make it clear the elder Mateen could have passed anti-gay views onto his son.

“God will punish those involved in homosexuality,” the elder Mateen said in the wake of his son’s rampage. He seemed to rationalize the targeting of gays by pointing out that his son was offended by two gay men kissing in front of his 3-year-old son during a recent family trip to Miami.

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Orlando police cars outside of Pulse nightclub after a fatal shooting and hostage situation on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.Photo: Getty Images

Other Mateen videos are full of anti-US rhetoric regarding America’s military role in Afghanistan. That influence may have showed up in his 29-year-old son’s statement to a 911 operator during the mass shooting.

“He said the reason he was doing this was he wanted America to stop bombing his country,” said a survivor who overheard the conversation.

“The enemies” aren’t just terrorists overseas but terrorists at home — along with their friends and relatives — and “the battlefield” is in our own communities.”

His father’s anti-American views may have seeped into the terrorist’s psyche at an earlier age. High-school classmates recall a 14-year-old Mateen jumping up and down and cheering the attacks on 9/11. “That’s what America deserves,” he reportedly exclaimed, while praising Osama bin Laden.

Mateen likely absorbed more anti-gay and anti-US messaging at the small Fort Pierce, Fla., mosque his father helped run. Authorities say the radical Islamic center has been a “breeding ground” for terrorists, including the first American suicide bomber in Syria, alongside whom Omar Mateen prayed. Mateen worshipped there for more than a dozen years, praying up to four times a week. State incorporation records show the senior Mateen served as the mosque’s vice president and sat on its board for several years.

Seddique Mateen insists he did not know his son was radicalized and was angered by his actions. “If I did know, 1 percent, that he was committing such a crime myself, I would have arrested him myself,” he claimed. Also serving on the board of his pro-Taliban nonprofit, The Durand Jirga Inc., are two daughters and an Afghan-born son-in-law, who’s also active in politics in Afghanistan.

Just weeks before the attack, property records I’ve obtained show Omar Mateen transferred his interest in a Fort Pierce condo over to one of the sisters and and the Afghan brother-in-law, a possible indication the family could have had some knowledge of his martyrdom plans. Authorities say the fatally wounded Mateen clearly was prepared to die in a gun battle.

The mysterious brother-in-law — Mustafa Abasin, aka Mustafa Aurakzai, who shows an intense hatred for Donald Trump on social media — has been questioned by federal investigators, along with other family members. I’m also told FBI agents have expanded the investigation overseas to family connections in Afghanistan. On Friday, both Mateen’s widow and father were placed on the federal no-fly list.

This family radicalization echoes other recent “homegrown terror” cases:

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The aftermath of the San Bernardino attacks. Photo: Reuters

December 2015: San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook’s father shared his hatred for Jews and even knew his son followed ISIS, while his mother lived with him and his accomplice wife in their bomb factory they called home, and was an active member of an extremist Pakistani front group. Investigators found targets and GoPro camera packaging in mom Rafia Farook’s car. Both parents were placed on a federal terrorist watchlist. Meanwhile, his sister took target practice with him. Most recently, the FBI arrested Farook’s brother, sister-in-law and another relative on terrorism and immigration fraud charges.

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Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez died in a firefight with police after a rampage at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing five and injuring two.Photo: Reuters

July 2015: The Chattanooga, Tenn., military base shooter, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, was influenced by his devout Muslim father who appeared at one point on a federal terrorist watch list and is said to also have been radicalized by a pro-jihad Muslim Brotherhood uncle in Jordan who was under terrorism investigation. In addition, Abdulazeez attended a local mosque founded and controlled by the radical Brotherhood, according to property records I’ve obtained.

Residents flee from an area where a suspect is hiding on Franklin St., on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts.Photo: Getty Images

April 2013: The Boston Marathon bombers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, were radicalized by their devout, America-hating Chechen mother, who forced them to go to an extremist mosque and study hardcore Islamic texts.

“I told Tamerlan that we are Muslims, and we are not practicing our religion, and how can we call ourselves Muslims,” Mrs. Tsarnaev said. “And that’s how Tamerlan started reading about Islam, and he started praying, and he got more and more and more into his religion.”

The change was dramatic in both boys, who stopped partying and started hating — Jews, Christians, America. Suddenly they were growing out Islamic beards and saying they were “willing to die for Islam.”

As you can see, the bad apple doesn’t fall far from the terror tree.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev appeared to have a sympathetic wife, moreover. He stored pressure cookers and bomb parts at the home where he lived with his Muslim convert spouse, who investigators suspect helped purchase the equipment from Macy’s. On the day of the bombings Katherine Tsarnaev expressed no sympathy for the victims, texting a friend that “a lot more people are killed every day in Syria and other places . . . Innocent people,” according to court testimony.

In a WhatsApp message, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan’s mother also said America “is the real terrorist” and will burn “in the flames of an eternal and terrifying fire.”

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar TsarnaevPhoto: AP

Obama’s “rogue” homegrown Muslim terrorist is a myth. In virtually every case, the terrorist suspect’s radicalization spokes off into family, local mosques and the larger Muslim community. Family and friends knew they were radicalized. And in some cases, they even helped them pull off their evil plots. The shock and denials from relatives and clergy are for the most part for public consumption.

In fact, suspects in all but a handful of the roughly 90 ISIS terror cases prosecuted in America since 2014 were part of a group of up to 10 co-conspirators who met in person to discuss their plans or who made contact via text messaging or e-mail, Reuters found in a recent review of Justice Department case files. Only 11 percent of cases involved a terrorist acting entirely alone. “Wolf dens, not lone wolves, [are] the norm in US Islamic State plots,” the wire service concluded, further casting doubt on the official White House line.

“The relationships between accused co-conspirators range from casual acquaintances to lifelong friends, from married couples to cousins and from roommates to college buddies,” said the report, which did not examine connections in the Orlando attack. In virtually every case, the co-conspirators attended the same mosques. In fact, mosques are the connective tissue in all these attacks and plots.

“As you can see, the bad apple doesn’t fall far from the terror tree.”

The president is desperately trying to disconnect these dots, but the hard truth is there’s a much broader network of support for these so-called “lone wolf” terrorists within their Muslim families and the larger Muslim community than the public is being told.

“If there’s anyone out there who thinks we’re confused about who our enemies are,” Obama lectured Americans last week in a post-Orlando speech, “that would come as a surprise to the thousands of terrorists who we’ve taken off the battlefield.”

What he still doesn’t get is, “the enemies” aren’t just terrorists overseas but terrorists at home — along with their friends and relatives — and “the battlefield” is in our own communities. Until we grasp that shocking reality, we won’t be able to stop this cancer from spreading deeper into our own back yards.

Paul Sperry is author of “Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington” and “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.”

http://nypost.com/2016/06/18/why-the-lone-wolf-terrorist-is-a-myth/

CIA Chief Says Islamic State Plans to Intensify Attacks

June 17, 2016

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CIA Director John Brennan said that the Islamic State is training and attempting to deploy operatives for further attacks on the West. (J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE for AP)

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Bloomberg News

Islamic State will intensify its global terrorism campaign by directing as well as inspiring attacks in the U.S. and elsewhere, despite its mounting territorial and financial losses in Syria and Iraq, CIA Director John Brennan said.

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The organization “will probably rely more on guerrilla tactics,” such as the attacks in Paris and Brussels in the past year that were directed by its leadership, Brennan told the Senate Intelligence Committee at a hearing on Thursday. It will also seek to inspire more attacks similar to those in San Bernardino, California, in December and in Orlando, Florida, this week, he said.

So far, there’s is no indication that Omar Mateen, who carried out the Orlando shooting, the worst massacre in modern U.S. history, had a direct link to Islamic State or any other foreign terrorist organization, Brennan said.

The Central Intelligence Agency chief’s stark assessment of the group’s intentions and capabilities contrasts with the Obama administration’s portrait of the group as being in decline because of increasing success in the the U.S.-led military campaign to retake territory that the group has claimed, and to cut off its oil income and other revenue.

‘Global Reach’

“Despite our progress against ISIL on the battlefield and in the financial realm, our efforts have not reduced the group’s terrorism capability and global reach,” Brennan said, using an acronym for the group. “As the pressure mounts on ISIL, we judge that it will intensify its global terror campaign to maintain its dominance of the global terrorism agenda.”

Islamic State has as many as 22,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq, down from about 32,000, Brennan said. However, its Libyan branch has become the most dangerous, with about 5,000 fighters, he said, adding that the Islamic State operation in the Sinai succeeded in bringing down a Russian airliner with an improvised explosive device.

Russian airliner brought down over Egypt by an improvised explosive device

“We judge that ISIL is training and attempting to deploy operatives for further attacks,” he said. “ISIL has a large cadre of Western fighters who could potentially serve as operatives for attacks in the West.”

The group is also probably exploring how to infiltrate operatives into Western countries, including through refugee flows, Brennan said, in a comment that may bolster Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s calls to temporarily bar refugees from places “where you have terrible terrorism.” President Barack Obama has said such moves would only play into terrorist groups’ hands by portraying all Muslims as enemies.

Cybersecurity Challenge

Online, Islamic State uses devices and applications including Twitter, Telegram and Tumblr to spread propaganda while shielding many of its activities through encryption, Brennan said. He pleaded for “a national consensus” on the powers that U.S. intelligence agencies and law enforcement should have in cyberspace to combat such groups.

Offering rare insight into the CIA’s digital operations, Brennan said the agency is trying to use the Internet’s backbone, which refers to upstream service providers and fiber-optic cables, to identify those responsible for spreading extremist propaganda.

Brennan endorsed a proposal by Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia and Republican Representative Michael McCaul of Texas for a commission of government and industry officials that would make recommendations on rules governing internet operations and authorities. It was proposed as a way to resolve disputes such as the FBI’s demand for Apple Inc. to help it break into encrypted iPhones to investigate terrorism or crimes.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-16/cia-chief-says-islamic-state-plans-to-intensify-attacks-globally

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