|Posted on October 27, 2019 at 5:25 PM||comments (3)|
Warner is the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee and his threats hold a lot of sway
Information Liberation - NOVEMBER 19, 2018
Democrat Senator Mark Warner on CNBC Friday lambasted Google for not doing enough to censor YouTube, which he said is a hotbed for “radicalization,” but offered praise to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for being “aggressive in moving to work with us.”
Warner is the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee and his threats hold a lot of sway.
From the Free Beacon:
Sen. Mark Warner (D., Va.) on Friday criticized tech companies for providing a platform for radicalization and foreign interference.
The social media network Facebook has come under scrutiny recently for how, according to multiple reports, it failed to address Russian interference in the 2016 election. Asked about whether Facebook’s issues overshadowed other tech companies’, Warner said the worst problems stem from Google and its subsidiary YouTube.
The real disappointing company, as well, has been Google,” he said. “Google didn’t even send a senior leadership person to our committee.”
“As more and more evidence comes out that the real place where fake accounts are manipulating, where a lot of the foreign activity–not just Russian, but Chinese, Iranian and others–have headed is on the YouTube platform, where more radicalization goes on than, frankly, on Facebook,” he added.
Though he wouldn’t let Twitter off the hook, Warner said he gives Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey “credit” because “he’s in recent months been more aggressive in moving to work with us on policy solutions.”
As I reported earlier this month, just days before the midterms Jack Dorsey banned some 10,000 accounts at the request of the partisan Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
A report in The New York Times last week said that Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) — whose daughter Alison works at Facebook — told Warner to “back off” of Facebook:
Back off, [Schumer] told Mr. Warner, according to a Facebook employee briefed on Mr. Schumer’s intervention. Mr. Warner should be looking for ways to work with Facebook, Mr. Schumer advised, not harm it. Facebook lobbyists were kept abreast of Mr. Schumer’s efforts to protect the company, according to the employee.
Earlier this year, Democrat Chris Murphy reacted to Big Tech’s coordinated banning of Infowars by demanding more censorship across the board, insisting “the survival of our democracy depends on it.”
|Posted on October 27, 2019 at 5:15 PM||comments (0)|
Minority Report reality: London Police test Precrime software
Chris Burns - Oct 30, 2014,
A 20-week study in London just completed this week utilized predictive software to spot potential gang-related crimes before they happen. Using software developed by Accenture, this project targeted individuals across all known gangs in each of London’s 32 boroughs. “Our goal,” said James Slessor, Managing Director of Accenture’s policing and public safety business, “was to provide MPS with an unprecedented level of insight and intelligence to help them continue to reduce gang-related crimes in the city.” With analytics information in hand, the London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) was able to assess the likelihood of known individuals re-offending.
This system is delivered through Accenture Analytics, this part of Accenture Digital, and made use of data from various crime reporting and criminal intelligence systems used by the MPS. This data was analyzed and used to predict future crime. Risk scores were generated for known previously-offending individuals for committing violent crimes in the future.
Speaking with the BBC on the program, Accenture head of public safety analytics Muz Janoowalla suggested that “You’ve got limited police resources and you need to target them efficiently.”
Sarah Samee, a spokeswoman for the Met’s Trident Gang Crime Command spoke up on the subject as well.
“It’s previous offending and various different sources that are used for intelligence, in terms of who they are involved with and who they associate with,” said Samee. “For example if an individual had posted inflammatory material on the internet and it was known about to the Met – one gang might say something about another gang member’s partner or something like that – it would be recorded in the Met’s intelligence system.”
Accenture has worked on similar programs with police units in Singapore and Spain. Analytics tools used to identify potential hotspots in known offending groups.
So while this is a bit of a radical move by the Metropolitan Police Service in London, it’s not exactly Precrime as Philip K Dick suggested it would be. This is not Minority Report, it’s only really a bunch of analytics applied intelligently.
|Posted on October 27, 2019 at 5:10 PM||comments (0)|
While visiting Turkey this week, President Barack Hussain Obama, the multicultural Superman for the globalised world, proclaimed: "The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans," despite a recent ABC/Washington Post poll showing 48% of Americans hold an unfavourable opinion of Islam, the highest unfavourablity rating since 2001.
With his inaugural world tour, President Obama's rhetoric hopes to repair and rebuild diplomatic bridges with Muslim countries recklessly abandoned by George Bush's aggressive, Yosemite Sam foreign policy – one which resulted in heightened animosity, mutual mistrust, and civilian causalities written off as collateral damage. However, perhaps the frayed relationship with Muslim citizens at home in the US should also be considered.
After avoiding Muslim American organizations, mosques and high profile leaders like the plague during his campaign, Obama now embraces them under his United Colours of Benetton tent by stating: "Many other Americans have Muslims in their family, or have lived in a Muslim-majority country. I know, because I am one of them."
|Posted on May 22, 2019 at 11:40 AM||comments (5)|
India’s Digi Yatra biometric flight boarding set to launch
Feb 22, 2019 | Chris Burt
Air travel passengers in India are about to be able to board flights using facial recognition instead of physical documents as the Digi Yatra initiative is ready to go live at the end of February in select airports, according to The Hindu Business Online.
SITA is in talks to provide its Smart Path biometric technology for Digi Yatra to several airlines and airports in India, the Business Online reports. Smart Path integrates with government systems and databases for passenger authentication, making it appropriate for linking Digi Yatra to Aadhaar, and both Orlando and Miami airports have plans to extend Smart Path to other airlines in the near future, according to SITA’s Vice President for the Indian Subcontinent, Eastern and Southern Africa, Maneesh Jaikrishna.
“Leveraging India’s national Aadhaar biometric identity system with our proven common-use and Smart Path technology, SITA will be able to deliver a seamless biometric experience across all airlines and airports,” Jaikrishna says.
Digi Yatra, which was previously expected to launch in April of this year, will be available at Bengaluru ad Hyderabad airports, while the government-run Varanasi, Pune, Kolkata and Vijayawada airports have previously been reported to be among those participating in the initial roll-out.
The Airports Authority of India recently announced plans to deploy biometric kiosks to busy areas to make Digi Yatra enrollment and identity verification convenient for travelers.
|Posted on December 4, 2018 at 11:50 AM||comments (56)|
Grandfather Upset After Male Students Encouraged To Wear Dresses In Class
An irate grandfather confronted a teacher after learning his 2-year-old grandson was encouraged to wear a dress in class.
In cellphone footage uploaded to WorldStar HipHop, the grandfather is heard berating the teacher and rejecting the transgender agenda.
“First of all I came down here because we don’t do that – the transgender and all that – you know, we don’t do that,” the man tells the teacher. “And I don’t appreciate you encouraging him to put on no dress, for the second day, too. I don’t appreciate that.”
|Posted on December 4, 2018 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
With Islam, it will meet its demise much faster.
Source: Boston Imam: US Is Land Of Coward And Home Of Slave | MEMRI
In sermons in late 2016 and early 2017 at the Mosque for the Praising of Allah (Mosque Praise Allah) in Roxbury, Massachusetts – “Boston’s Oldest Continually Operating Masjid,” according to its website – Imam Abdullah Faaruuq asserted that American leaders have “the wrong system… following the ways of men” because “everything that Allah told us is forbidden, they permit – homosexuality, gay marriage, marijuana, alcohol, prostitution.”
He went on to invite President Trump and Hillary Clinton to “submit to the will of God” and become Muslim. Referencing the “Appeal to the Great Spirit” statue at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, which depicts an Indian mounted on a horse looking heavenward with his arms widespread in, he said, “supplication to Allah,” he added, “This is the land of the coward and the home of the slave… Islam is America’s future” and that without Islam “America will meet its demise.” He concluded: “Submit to the will of God, or this country will fail… America, be Muslim, and open the doors of this nation.” \
Faaruuq, a former Northeastern University chaplain, has made headlines because of his controversial sermons and the Boston-area terror suspects attending them. One such worshiper at the Mosque for the Praising of Allah was Usaamah Rahim, a terror suspect killed as he brandished a knife at police as he allegedly sought to behead them. Rahim’s family worshiped at the mosque and referred to Faaruuq as a “close friend”;  Faaruuq condemned the police killing of Rahim as “reckless” and “dangerous.”
Faaruuq has delivered sermons at a Cambridge mosque operated by the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) and at the ISBCC itself. Several convicted terrorists reportedly worshipped at the Cambridge mosque – among them Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as well as Aafia Siddiqui, who plotted a chemical attack on New York City, and Tarek Mehanna, sentenced in 2012 to 17 years in prison for conspiring to aid Al-Qaeda. Faaruuq publicly defended Siddiqui and Tarek Mehanna; he was active in a movement seeking to free them, and called on Boston Muslims to defend Siddiqui because “after they’re finished with Aafia, they’re gonna come to your door.” As a result, he was dismissed from his position as Northeastern University chaplain. An ISBCC founder, Abduraham Alamoudi, was sentenced in 2004 to 23 years in prison for his role in a plot to kill Saudi royal officials; he too allegedly worshipped at the Cambridge mosque. A 2010 video of Faaruuq preaching at the ISBCC showed him exhorting worshipers to “grab onto the rope, grab onto the typewriter, grab onto the shovel, grab onto the gun and the sword.”
Nevertheless, a December 2016 titled “Out of Many, One,” billed as “an interfaith call for dignity and diligence with Senator Elizabeth Warren and [Boston] Mayor Marty Walsh” and sponsored by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, was held at the ISBCC. Additionally, in 2009, the Mosque for the Praising of Allah was part of the Pluralism Project through Harvard University.
“Islam is America’s future. Without Islam America will meet its demise. Islam means submission to the will of God. This is one nation, under God. I believe that even if you lied about ‘we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,’ and you never believed that, and you didn’t consider your fellow men as being equal or fair. You’re a bunch of cowards because you don’t want to get on the basketball courts with us, because we’ll whip you. You don’t want to let us on the baseball field because we’ll whip you. You don’t want to let us in the board rooms because we’ll whip you, or at least give you a run for your money…”
|Posted on August 23, 2018 at 11:45 AM||comments (78)|
Lawfirm Demands Emails from Minneapolis Public Schools Regarding Relationship with Terror-linked Islamic Org CAIR
AUGUST 22, 2018
Source: FCDF Demands Emails from Minneapolis Public Schools regarding Relationship with CAIR – Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund
Yesterday, FCDF sent a data records request to Minneapolis Public Schools, demanding the production of emails that could show whether MPS is unlawfully collaborating with the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) Minnesota chapter to both single out Muslim students for special benefits and revise school curricula to portray Islam in a more “inclusive” light.
In recent months, Minnesotans have raised concerns about CAIR’s influence in MPS and other area school districts. For example, MPS has held CAIR-facilitated teacher workshops called “Increasing Academic Engagement and Cultural Competency with Muslim Students.” MPS has not held workshops about increasing engagement with Christian or Jewish students. CAIR also promotes curriculum revisions that portray Islam more favorably, including revising the narrative about the Palestinian conflict with Israel.
If MPS is singling out Muslim students for favorable treatment, it is violating the First Amendment, which prohibits government from discriminating in favor of one religion. All students must be treated equally, regardless of race or religion.
MPS has a large percentage of Muslim students, especially Somali refugees. School officials nationwide have recognized that Muslim students face challenges with assimilation, including culturally related behavioral conflicts arising between students and school staff. For example, male Muslim students have had difficulty respecting and responding to female teachers due to certain Muslim cultural norms about gender equality. CAIR also claims that schools are hotbeds of “Islamophobia” and Muslim bullying. For these reasons, CAIR pressures school districts to allow them to hold “culturally relevant” sensitivity workshops.
Learning more about students’ cultural and religious backgrounds is no doubt beneficial for teachers. But problems arise when a public school district allows a religious organization to advance its agenda under the guise of ‘promoting tolerance and diversity.’
Indeed, the local community also has expressed concern about CAIR’s access to children and influence over district policy. CAIR’s mission is to promote the “active practice of Islam.” Nihad Awad, CAIR’s National Executive Director, said “informing the American public about the Islamic faith is a religious obligation,” and the purpose of its public school programs is to “create a religious educational environment.” Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR’s Director of Strategic Communications, stated: “I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future. But I’m not going to do anything violent to promote that. I’m going to do it through education.”
Moreover, although CAIR portrays itself as a social justice advocacy organization, national security and public policy experts have confirmed CAIR’s ties to radical Islam. For example:
Federal prosecutors have testified that CAIR was founded by members of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood
CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in financing terrorist activities in the Holy Land Foundation case
The FBI no longer works with CAIR because of its ties to terrorism
The United Arab Emirates has designated CAIR as a terrorist organization
“We continue to urge all public school districts, including MPS, to reconsider potential partnerships with CAIR that place the safety of their schoolchildren at risk,” said Piedra. “Allowing a terrorist organization to indoctrinate children defies common sense and undermines the Constitution.”
FCDF is representing five California families in a federal lawsuit challenging the San Diego Unified School District’s “anti-Islamophobia initiative” with CAIR. The Muslim group has hailed the initiative as a pilot program for a nationwide rollout. The parents oppose CAIR’s access to vulnerable children for purposes of proselytization. In response, CAIR contends that the families—whose racial makeup include white, Chinese, and Hispanic and religious makeup Christian, Buddhist, and atheist—are merely “Islamophobes.”
FCDF has asked MPS to respond to the records request within five days.
|Posted on August 23, 2018 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
Source:www.cnet.net/By Alfred Ng
DNC phishing hack was actually a false alarm
Someone set up a fake login page for the Democratic National Committee's voter database.
AUGUST 23, 2018
The hacking attempt relied on a bogus login page for VoteBuilder, which hosts the DNC's voter database.
It must have been a bad sense of deja vu for the Democratic National Committee.
A scheme discovered and shut down Tuesday involved someone who seemed to be trying to steal usernames and passwords of Democratic Party officials by way of a fake login page for VoteBuilder, the service that hosts the DNC's voter database.
That was a disturbing echo of an incident during the 2016 US presidential election. At that time, Russian hackers infiltrated the DNC using a similar "spear phishing" method, according to indictments filed in July against 12 Russian agents. And cyberattacks against US electoral systems have only ramped up since. On Monday, for instance, Microsoft said it foiled similar phishing schemes targeting conservative groups.
Tech companies, along with US agencies like the Department of Homeland Security, have increased efforts to protect elections against cyberattacks, which are now coming from nations like China and Iran as well, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said Sunday.
But the trickery uncovered Tuesday seems to have been more benign.
The DNC said late Wednesday that the phishing site was an unauthorized simulation.
"We, along with the partners who reported the site, now believe it was built by a third party as part of a simulated phishing test on VoteBuilder," said Bob Lord, the DNC's chief security officer, in a statement. "The test, which mimicked several attributes of actual attacks on the Democratic party's voter file, was not authorized by the DNC, VoteBuilder nor any of our vendors."
The committee said that the unnamed third party took precautions to ensure that sensitive data was not compromised.
"While we are extremely relieved that this wasn't an attempted intrusion by a foreign adversary, this incident is further proof that we need to continue to be vigilant in light of potential attacks," Lord said.
The DNC learned about the phishing site Tuesday morning, after security researchers from Lookout, a mobile cybersecurity company, alerted the organization.
Lookout's "Phishing AI," artificial intelligence that automatically picks up on such attack campaigns, discovered the attempt and reported it to DigitalOcean, a cloud provider. The spoof page was almost impossible to distinguish from the original and was taken down within hours, Lookout said in a statement.
"We see no evidence that any sensitive data was stolen, and our initial investigation indicates that we were able to address this threat prior to the attack being launched," DigitalOcean's chief security officer, Josh Feinblum, said in a statement at the time. "We are continuing to partner with the DNC and appropriate law enforcement agencies on this issue."
The DNC contacted the FBI after learning about the hacking attempt. The FBI declined to comment. NGP VAN, the organization that owns VoteBuilder, didn't respond to a request for comment.
CNN reported the attempted hack earlier Wednesday.
CNN reported the attempted hack earlier Wednesday.
First published Aug. 22 at 10:12 a.m. PT
Update at 11:19 a.m.: Added details on how researchers found the spoofed website, along with responses from Lookout and Digital Ocean.
Update Aug. 23 at 5:44 a.m. PT: Added response from the DNC and reworked elements of the story to reflect the DNC's disclosure that the phishing site was a simulation.
Security: Stay up-to-date on the latest in breaches, hacks, fixes and all those cybersecurity issues that keep you up at night.
|Posted on June 26, 2018 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
The value of deterring illegal immigrants from trying to attempt a dangerous journey into the United States doesn’t seem to be that high for liberals. That’s true even when those immigrants are bringing young children along on a journey often facilitated by human traffickers.
Instead, the only thing that we discuss are the psychological “scars” suffered by children who are apprehended at the border and separated from their parents, even as the Trump administration tries to fix the problem.
Never mind the potential physical and psychological scars inflicted by a horrifying journey — that won’t score political points toward the reinstatement of a catch-and-release policy for illegal aliens. In short, deterrence not only isn’t a factor for liberals, it shouldn’t even be discussed.
This is problematic, if only because deterrence actually works.
In fact, it’s the most effective way to ensure that children aren’t separated from their parents or suffer emotional pain from a harsh journey that takes them away from home and often puts them in unspeakable danger.
But don’t take my word for it. Take the words of potential migrants who have been considering trying to enter the United States illegally.
This report from Fox News shows what many of them are thinking about the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy regarding those caught crossing the southern border.
“See, I have two kids,” one woman told a reporter speaking through an intepreter. “They’ll take them away and send them to a shelter. If it comes to a choice where I have to choose between my kids and crossing, I’ll keep my kids.”
Now, separating families likely shouldn’t be a goal of either the Trump administration or of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. However, the point is that it has had a deterrent effect.
Besides this mother’s admission, which is a telling statement of just how effective strict border enforcement can be, there are several interesting things to note about the video, particularly since it takes place in the port of entry in Tijuana.
One of the gentlemen being interviewed is from Cameroon, and he says he’s seeking asylum because someone wanted to kill him back in his home country.
“I don’t believe the United States will allow someone to kill me,” he can be heard saying.
No, and Mexico likely wouldn’t either, at least when it comes to the individual he’s claiming “credible fear” of. This is the point of asylum under international law: To escape a situation where one has a credible fear for one’s life and into another country where that credible fear doesn’t exist.
Asylum isn’t supposed to involve venue-shopping. When you leave your country due to those aforementioned circumstances, the point is to find the first country you can enter where those circumstances don’t exist.
Cameroonian ne’er-do-wells are unlikely to be able to track this gentleman to Mexico — or, on the off chance they would be able to, they wouldn’t have any less trouble finding him there than finding him in the United States.
The same thing can be said for the current influx of asylum-seekers from Central America. If you feel yourself under threat in El Salvador or Guatemala, that threat isn’t likely to follow you into Mexico.
The fact that they’re still willing to make the trek much farther north indicates this isn’t about a credible fear, but more about a credible belief that getting into the United States, however they do it, isn’t a particularly difficult task.
As the interviews with this women showed, that impression appears to be changing. Negative consequences really can discourage unwanted behavior.
And that’s not a bad thing.
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|Posted on June 25, 2018 at 11:05 AM||comments (210)|
Caged migrant children’ go viral… until picture turns out taken under Obama, not Trump
Published time: 29 May, 2018 01:12
Edited time: 29 May, 2018 06:40
Journalists, Obama’s former speechwriter and other public figures all quietly deleted their misplaced horror at images of caged migrant children in the US when they found out the picture was taken under President Obama.
CNN journalist Hadas Gold, NYT Magazine editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein, Obama’s speechwriter Jon Favreau, Women’s March co-founder Linda Sarsour and former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa were all caught out by a seemingly new article that featured an image of two migrant children sleeping in a cage at an ICE detention facility.
The group, along with several others too excited to tweet their dismay to check the article’s publication date, told their ‘followers’ to look at the “disturbing” images and the immigration policy that put them there. The only problem? It was under President Obama’s watch, not Trump’s.
“This is happening right now, and the only debate that matters is how we force our government to get these kids back to their families as fast as humanly possible," Favreau wrote in screenshots captured by Caleb Hull, senior editor of The IJR.
"Speechless. This is not who we are as a nation," wrote former Mayor Villaraigosa.
Favreau and the rest all quietly deleted the tweets when they learned of their blunder. Gold and Silverstein acknowledged their mistake, with the latter blaming his family and the former pretending she knew it to be old footage.
The photo was actually part of a story, published in 2014 by The Arizona Republic, about migrant children who enter the country illegally. The children, once apprehended by US Customs and Border Protection, were shipped to Nogales from overwhelmed processing facilities in Texas.