Thursday, December 8, 2016

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Washington Post Story On 'Fake News' Is Fake


Zero Hedge: Washington Post Appends "Russian Propaganda Fake News" Story, Admits It May Be Fake

In the latest example why the "mainstream media" is facing a historic crisis of confidence among its readership, facing unprecedented blowback following Craig Timberg November 24 Washington Post story "Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say", on Wednesday a lengthy editor's note appeared on top of the original article in which the editor not only distances the WaPo from the "experts" quoted in the original article whose "work" served as the basis for the entire article (and which became the most read WaPo story the day it was published) but also admits the Post could not "vouch for the validity of PropOrNot's finding regarding any individual media outlet", in effect admitting the entire story may have been, drumroll "fake news" and conceding the Bezos-owned publication may have engaged in defamation by smearing numerous websites - Zero Hedge included - with patently false and unsubstantiated allegations.

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Previous Post #1: How Big Is Fake News? (November 17, 2016)
Previous Post #2: Russia Accused Of Spreading 'Fake News' (November 24, 2016).

WNU Editor: I just cannot make this stuff up.

Too Many Generals In President-Elect Trump's Cabinet?



Washington Post: Trump hires a third general, raising concerns about heavy military influence

President-elect Donald Trump has selected retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly as secretary of homeland security, officials familiar with the decision said Wednesday, recruiting a third former member of the military’s brass to serve at the highest levels of his administration.

Trump’s choice of Kelly — and his continued deliberations about tapping as many as two more military figures for other posts — has intensified worries among some members of Congress and national security experts that the new administration’s policies may be shaped disproportionately by military commanders.

“I’m concerned,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee. “Each of these individuals may have great merit in their own right, but what we’ve learned over the past 15 years is that when we view problems in the world through a military lens, we make big mistakes.”

Despite making regular remarks on the campaign trail disparaging the nation’s generals, Trump has long shown an affinity for them. In shaping his administration, Trump has prioritized what one adviser described as “can-do, no-bull types,” which the president-elect sees as a deliberate contrast from the personnel choices President Obama has made.

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WNU Editor: If given a choice between having retired 3 and 4 star generals in the cabinet with decades of experience in running big organisations .... or having elected politicians and lawyers who are good at getting elected and/or who know how to litigate against someone or defend someone who is being litigated against .... who would do a better job? Hmmmmm ....

Chinese Media Calls For A Nuclear Arms Build-Up

The Chinese nationalistic Global Times newspaper has called on Beijing to 'significantly' increase military spending in response to US President-elect Donald Trump

Daily Mail: China 'needs more nuclear weapons to deal with Trump': Government mouthpiece newspaper says extra defence is required should US treat Beijing 'unacceptably'

* The editorial was printed in the pro-government paper in China the Global Times
* It said China should accelerate the deployment of the DF-41 ballistic missile
* Piece was sparked by the President-elects comments in the week about China
* Chinese officials thought to use the Global Times as a rhetorical hammer

China needs more nuclear weapons to deal with Donald Trump should the US treat Beijing unacceptably, according to a government mouthpiece newspaper.

An editorial in the pro-government Global Times said China should 'significantly' increase military spending and build more nuclear weapons as a response to comments made by the President-elect Donald Trump on the country's policies.

China should 'build more strategic nuclear arms and accelerate the deployment of the DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile' to protect its interests, should Trump attempt to corner the country in an 'unacceptable way', it said.

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Update: China should build more nuclear arms to prepare for Trump: media (West Australian/AFP).

WNU Editor: The Global Times editorial is here .... Reciprocity key to dealing with Trump’s US (Global Times).

Retired U.S. General Makes The Case On Why The U.S. Must Be Ready To launch A Pre-Emptive Strike On North Korea

Should North Korea put a missile such as the three-stage Taepodong 2 (shown above) on the launchpad, the U.S. should launch a pre-emptive strike to take it out, said retired Army Gen. Walter Sharp said Sharp, the former commander of U..S. Forces-Korea and the United Nations Command from 2008 to 2011. (Photo courtesy 38north.org)

Defense Tech: Former US General Calls for Pre-emptive Strike on North Korea

The former top American commander in South Korea on Thursday said the Trump administration must be ready to launch a pre-emptive strike on North Korea before it tests a long-range missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.

“I don’t think any talking, any diplomacy, is going to convince Kim Jong-un to change,” retired Army Gen. Walter Sharp said of the North Korean leader in suggesting the possibility of a pre-emptive strike to eliminate the nuclear threat.

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WNU Editor: Wars of choice usually never end well for the country that initiates it .... and in the case of North Korea .... such a conflict will probably result in the most intense fighting that the world has not seen since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Picture Of The Day

There were more than 90 ships anchored at Pearl Harbor. The primary targets of the attack were the 8 battleships sitting at Battleship Row. Here is a picture of Battleship Row during the attack. US Navy

WNU Editor: For more pictures of the attack .... Unforgettable photos from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 75 years ago today (Business Insider)

The Russian Stock Market Is Booming

© Maxim Shemeto / Reuters

RT: Russian stock market outperforms global peers surging 40% this year

Despite Western sanctions and depressed oil prices the Russian stock market has been the best performer this year, with analysts expecting further gains.

Rising sharply by 10 percent after Donald Trump’s presidential victory last month, the dollar-denominated RTS index is up 40 percent since January 1.

The ruble-denominated MICEX hit an all-time high, up 23 percent year-to-date.

“Investors still prefer Russia over other emerging markets, which have been under pressure since Trump won,” said Danske Bank trading desk strategist Vladimir Miklashevsky as quoted by Reuters.

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WNU Editor: For those who enjoy saying how much the Russian economy has tanked .... remind them that the Russian stock market has been booming for the past few months. Stock markets always predict the future (not the current situation) .... and everyone is optimistic right now in Russia. They are predicting the end of sanctions .... and better prices for oil. What's my take .... President-elect Donald Trump's promises on better relations with Russia has had a huge impact .... and people are betting heavy on that commitment.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Remembering December 7, 1941

An aerial view of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument reveals an outline of the sunken U.S.S. Arizona. The surprise attack on December 7, 1941, killed 1,177 of the ship's officers and men. PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID DOUBILET, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Jeremy Berlin, National Geographic: 75 Years On, Pearl Harbor Survivors Forgive—But Can't Forget

On December 7, 1941, Japan’s deadly attack catalyzed a nation, shattering America’s sense of invincibility and pulling the country into war. Today the site is a symbol of service, science, and healing.

It’s still there. Seventy-five years later, the U.S.S. Arizona is still resting on the seafloor in Pearl Harbor, asleep in 40 feet of gray, silty water.

It’s been there since the morning of December 7, 1941, when 353 Japanese planes mounted a surprise assault on American naval forces stationed in Hawaii. The attack killed 2,403 United States personnel, injured 1,178, drew the United States into World War II, and altered the course of history forever.

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WNU Editor: When it comes to stories like this one .... the National  Geographic never disappoints.

Russian President Putin: Time For The West To Work With Moscow In Confronting The World's Problems

Putin at a Russian military training exercise in the Orenburg region - Kremlin

Vladimir Putin, World Crunch/La Stampa: Enough With The West’s Imaginary Threats

In Italian daily La Stampa, the Russian president writes that it's time for the U.S. and Europe to trust Moscow as a partner in confronting the world's problems.

MOSCOW — The redistribution of economic power and political influence in the world is increasing the contradictions between Russia and the West. This mutual mistrust is limiting our opportunities to find effective responses to the common challenges and concrete threats facing the world today.

However, many of our partners seemingly have no intention to resolve the most salient international issues. In several power structures, including relics of the Cold War era like the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), there have been limited efforts to adapt to our new reality despite many claims to the contrary. Instead, these countries are pursuing efforts to transform the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) — a crucial mechanism that guarantees European and Transatlantic stability — into an instrument of foreign policy. By doing this, they have effectively rendered OSCE running in idle.

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WNU Editor: He is making a direct appeal to U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump.

The Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates December 7, 2016



Reuters: How Iran closed the Mosul 'horseshoe' and changed Iraq war

In the early days of the assault on Islamic State in Mosul, Iran successfully pressed Iraq to change its battle plan and seal off the city, an intervention which has since shaped the tortuous course of the conflict, sources briefed on the plan say.

The original campaign strategy called for Iraqi forces to close in around Mosul in a horseshoe formation, blocking three fronts but leaving open the fourth - to the west of the city leading to Islamic State territory in neighboring Syria.

That model, used to recapture several Iraqi cities from the ultra-hardline militants in the last two years, would have left fighters and civilians a clear route of escape and could have made the Mosul battle quicker and simpler.

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The Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates December 7, 2016

Iraq launches new push in southeast Mosul -- AP
Islamic State attacks Iraqi soldiers in Mosul -- Reuters
Deadly strike in western Iraq, fierce battles in Mosul -- AFP
Iraq: Daesh reverse army assault in Mosul -- Middle East Monitor
Islamic State shifts defenses to east Mosul: coalition commander -- Reuters
Islamic State attacks Iraqi soldiers in Mosul -- Reuters
Fighting and dead militants as Iraqi forces liberate more Mosul neighborhoods -- RUDAW
ISIS Bombs, Mines Pose 'Unprecedented' Threat in Liberated Areas Near Mosul -- NBC News
Iraqis forming new elite forces to offset personnel loss in Mosul: Newspaper -- Iraqi News
Mosul: Fight for Islamic State stronghold could take two more months, US-led coalition chief says -- ABC News Online
Hospitals struggling to cope with Mosul casualties -- BBC
UN humanitarian efforts running short of land near Mosul -- AP
British captive John Cantlie appears in new propaganda video from Mosul -- Long War Journal
British captive John Cantlie appears gaunt, pale and bearded as he is seen by outside world for first time in six months in new ISIS propaganda video -- Daily Mail
Islamic State: War-torn Mosul seen through the eyes of local man -- ABC News Online

The Battle For The Syrian City of Aleppo -- News Updates December 7, 2016



Daily Mail/AFP: Syrian rebels crushed as Assad's troops take control of Aleppo's Old City, forcing 80,000 people to flee their homes and civil war heads towards an apocalyptic finale

* Regime troops have captured three-quarters of rebel territory in the Syrian city
* The blistering assault has prompted a mass exodus of east Aleppo residents
* Rebel factions proposed a five-day ceasefire for medical and civilian evacuation

Syrian rebels have suffered a crushing defeat after government troops took control of Aleppo's Old City forcing 80,000 people to flee their homes.

President Bashar al-Assad's troops have captured three-quarters of opposition territory in the city as the civil war heads towards an apocalyptic finale.

The blistering assault has prompted a mass exodus of east Aleppo residents as regime forces won their most important victory yet in the bloody conflict that began in 2011.

This morning, rebel factions proposed a five-day ceasefire for medical and civilian evacuation.

After three weeks of fighting, Assad's troops appeared closer than ever to retaking all of Aleppo - a victory that could signal an end to the war.

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The Battle For The Syrian City of Aleppo -- News Updates December 7, 2016

Aleppo displaced hide out in last rebel districts as army closes in -- Reuters
Syrian government troops, allied militiamen seize more ground in Aleppo -- AP
Rebels seek ceasefire with Syrian army closer to retaking Aleppo -- Reuters
Syrian army retakes Aleppo’s Old City as rebels discuss exit -- Washington Post
Aleppo: Syrian regime forces seize most of old city -- CNN
Syrian army on verge of major victory in Aleppo -- DW
Aleppo battle: Syria rebels call for truce to evacuate civilians -- BBC
Nearing Defeat, Rebels Seek Talks on Fate of Aleppo -- WSJ
Rebel rockets scar west Aleppo residents -- AFP
Calls Increasing for Immediate Cease-fire in Aleppo -- VOA
US, Western leaders calling for immediate Aleppo cease-fire -- AP
France, UK and US lead call for 'immediate' Aleppo ceasefire -- France 24
Assad says Aleppo win 'huge step' towards end of war -- AFP
Bashar al-Assad: Aleppo victory will be a 'huge step' -- Al Jazeera
Inside Aleppo: Families' Emotional Return Home After Fleeing From Civil War Years Ago -- ABC news
RT crew first to reach liberated area of Aleppo’s Old City (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO) -- RT
The journalists risking their lives to film in Aleppo -- BBC
This is what will happen when Aleppo falls -- David Hearst, Middle East Eye
WHY IT MATTERS: Rebel-held Aleppo on the brink of collapse -- AP

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 7, 2016



Nick Miriello, VICE News: Why Aleppo matters

Assad is going to take back the crucially important city. So what happens next?

The past two weeks have seen large parts of Aleppo, once Syria’s largest city and a bustling hub of finance and industry, reduced to rubble as an intensified offensive by President Bashar al Assad’s allied forces picks up pace. The former Syrian metropolis has become a symbol of Assad’s determined and bloody grasp for power, as well as the West’s inability or unwillingness to decisively intervene in the yearslong civil war that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, displaced millions more, and regularly raised charges of war crimes.

With Syrian government forces’ sudden and major advancements into the city’s rebel-held eastern territory in recent weeks, Aleppo’s uncertain fate is starting to crystallize, once again posing two central questions: Why Aleppo, and what next?

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 7, 2016

After Aleppo falls, Syria's bloodshed may continue -- Haid Haid, CNN

The real battle in Aleppo and Mosul -- CSM Editorial

The Death Strip at the Turkish-Syrian Border -- Riham Alkousaa and Maximilian Popp, Spiegel Online

Trump can't fight Islamic State without wading into Syria's war -- Mohamad Bazzi, Reuters

Why Trump’s Taiwan Call Might Be the Least of Traditional Diplomacy’s Worries -- Ellen Laipson, WPR

Former Diplomats: Countering North Korean Missile, Nuke Programs to be Major Trump Challenges -- John Grady, USNI News

China Puts the Squeeze on Taiwan -- Stratfor

Abe’s tribute at Pearl Harbor -- Japan Times editorial

The Consequences of Egypt’s Potential Military Engagement in Syria -- Abdulrahman al-Masri, Huffington Post

In Europe, the Moderate Right Is Winning -- Conrald Black, NRO

The city getting rich from fake news -- Emma Jane Kirby, BBC News

Does the Pentagon Really Waste $125 Billion on Pencil Pushers? -- Kevin Drum, Mother Jones

Did the Pentagon Bury Billions in Waste? Dig a Little Deeper -- Tobin Harshaw, Bloomberg

How Defense Secretary James 'Mad Dog' Mattis Will Remake The Pentagon -- Loren Thompson, Forbes

UNESCO world heritage list grows to 55 as ancient treasures come under threat -- ABC News Online

World News Briefs -- December 7, 2016 (Evening Edition)

Men ride a tricycle as they flee deeper into the remaining rebel-held areas of Aleppo, Syria December 7, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

Reuters: Rebels seek ceasefire with Syrian army closer to retaking Aleppo

Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo called on Wednesday for an immediate five-day ceasefire and the evacuation of civilians and wounded, but gave no indication they were ready to withdraw as demanded by Damascus and Moscow.

The Syrian army and allied forces have made rapid gains against insurgents in the past two weeks and look closer than ever to restoring full control over Aleppo, Syria's most populous city before the war, and achieving their most important victory of the conflict now in its sixth year.

In a statement calling for the truce, the rebels made no mention of evacuating the several thousand fighters who are defending an ever shrinking area of eastern Aleppo.

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MIDDLE EAST

Dozens killed in west Iraq air strike, MPs and medics say.

Government forces push into Aleppo's Old City. Syrian troops in control of Aleppo's Old City after rebels withdraw. As Syrian troops gain ground, Aleppo rebels propose truce.

Russian military adviser dies after ‘opposition’ shelling in Aleppo – MoD.

Kerry, Lavrov to discuss safe passage for rebels out of Aleppo: U.S. official.

Israeli rockets strike Damascus military air base - reports.

Turkish, U.S. military chiefs meet at Incirlik air base.

Saudi jets attack Pakistani boat off Yemen, kill six sailors. Six Pakistani sailors killed, six unaccounted for after Saudi airstrike in Yemen.

Dozens missing after ship sinks off Yemen's coast.

Saudi intelligence, Al-Qaeda plot to kidnap foreign aid workers in Yemen.

ASIA

UN Security Council to discuss North Korea rights abuses.

Pakistan commercial plane goes down en route to Islamabad. Pakistan: PIA PK661 crashes with 48 people on board. Pakistan plane: No survivors likely in crash of PIA aircraft carrying about 40 people, authorities say.

Scores killed in Indonesian earthquake. Frantic rescue underway in Indonesia as quake kills scores.

Turkmenistan's president must renounce torture: U.N. committee.

Kazakhstan detains suspected oil thieves linked to Islamists.

U.S. wants to repair 'bad relations' with the Philippines: Duterte.

Rodrigo Duterte defends police accused of killing mayor.

Myanmar stops migrant workers going to Malaysia after Rohingya row.

AFRICA

Congo rights group blames govt, parties for deadly unrest.

New Zealander to head UN mission in South Sudan.

Nigeria grapples with starvation amid Boko Haram battle.

Eastern Libyan forces foil rival faction's advance on oil ports: officials.

Somali forces retake port town from faction loyal to Islamic State.

Ghana electing next president, parliament.

Egypt has 'three-year strategy' on economy, minister tells AFP.

Zimbabwe says bond notes a success, to increase circulation.

South Sudan 'deports critical reporter'.

EUROPE

Macedonian nationalist ex-PM set to win election in test for EU.

Russia says U.S. bill will restrict its diplomats, pledges retaliation.

Uncertainty over U.S. position delays action on Ukraine peace deal: Germany.

Corruption allegations and unwillingness to change taint Ukraine military – BBC.

Italy budget approval paves way for Renzi post-referendum resignation.

Eyeing re-election, Germany's Merkel takes tougher tone on migrants.

Paris bans cars for second day running as pollution strikes.

Hague prosecutors demand life sentence for Bosnian Serb general Mladic.

Julian Assange defies Swedish prosecutors by releasing rape statement.

AMERICAS

Obama praises Japan ties on Pearl Harbor anniversary.

Trump has nominated a third retired general for a top job in his new administration. Trump fills homeland security, environment, China ambassador jobs.

Boeing promises Trump to control costs on Air Force One.

Trump says he's consulted Obama on cabinet picks. Donald Trump says he ‘really’ likes President Obama: ‘I love getting his ideas’.

Retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly picked to head Department of Homeland Security.

Report says Dole facilitated Trump call with Taiwan's leader.

Biden not planning on 2020 bid, but will 'never say never'.

Cuban entrepreneurs urge Trump to keep U.S.-Cuba detente going.

Brazil presidency seeks to end crisis between Senate, Supreme Court.

Chapecoense plane crash: Bolivia arrests LaMia airline boss.

American space legend John Glenn hospitalized in Ohio.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Around 1,500 European jihadists return from Mideast: report.

Islamic State has claimed more than 1,000 suicide attacks thus far in 2016.

EU urged to share data better to detect militants returning from Syria, Iraq.

Mosul campaign could take two more months, Islamic State to remain a threat: U.S. coalition chief.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Starbucks to add 12,000 cafes globally.

Apple says iPhones safe despite China 'fires'.

YouTube's $1bn royalties are not enough, says music industry.

Activists back Google's appeal against Canadian order to censor search results.

EU fines bank cartel for rigging Euribor rate.

Who is Saudi Arabia Supporting In Afghanistan? Is It The Afghan Government Or Is It The Taliban?

Taliban fighters. © Reuters

New York Times: Saudis Bankroll Taliban, Even as King Officially Supports Afghan Government

KABUL, Afghanistan — Fifteen years, half a trillion dollars and 150,000 lives since going to war, the United States is trying to extricate itself from Afghanistan. Afghans are being left to fight their own fight. A surging Taliban insurgency, meanwhile, is flush with a new inflow of money.

With their nation’s future at stake, Afghan leaders have renewed a plea to one power that may hold the key to whether their country can cling to democracy or succumbs to the Taliban. But that power is not the United States.
It is Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is critical because of its unique position in the Afghan conflict: It is on both sides.

A longtime ally of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia has backed Islamabad’s promotion of the Taliban. Over the years, wealthy Saudi sheikhs and rich philanthropists have also stoked the war by privately financing the insurgents.

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WNU Editor: Both Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have the power to cut-off much of the money that fuels the Taliban insurgency. But it is not going to happen .... they have their own agendas .... and having an independent Afghanistan not one of them.

Report: UK And US Intel Are Spyring On Israeli Diplomats, Army, And Defense Related Companies

Image from Mother Jones

Times of Israel: UK, US intel reportedly spied on Israeli diplomats, army

Leaked papers indicate British agency snooped on Foreign Ministry’s second-highest official

British and American intelligence spied on Israel’s diplomats and defense firms in addition to its military, the French daily Le Monde reported Wednesday based on leaked documents.

The report was based on material from Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who worked for US intelligence before publishing in 2013 classified material and fleeing to Russia.

According to the newspaper, Britain’s GCHQ intelligence-gathering apparatus collected information on a person described by Le Monde as the second-highest ranking official in the Israeli foreign ministry. That person was not named. The British also spied on the Palestinian Authority, the report said.

The paper reported that the GCHQ and NSA spied on Israeli diplomats at home and abroad, as well as private security companies, government bodies, and university research centers.

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Update #1: NSA and British intelligence spied on Israeli defense-related companies: report -- i24 News
Update #2: Report: Britain spied on Israeli diplomats -- Arutz Sheva
Update #3: British spies monitor Israeli diplomats, with help from US and Jordan – Snowden docs reveal -- RT

WNU editor: I cannot say that I am surprised that Israel is being closely monitored .... but what I found interesting was this report .... U.K. Intelligence Called Israel 'True Threat' to Middle East (Haaretz).

American and British Spy Agencies Intercepted Mobile Phone Data On Commercial Flights

An image of Inmarsat’s “unparalleled broadband experience in the sky.” Source: Inmarsat.com

The Intercept: American and British Spy Agencies Targeted In-Flight Mobile Phone Use

IN THE TROVE of documents provided by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is a treasure. It begins with a riddle: “What do the President of Pakistan, a cigar smuggler, an arms dealer, a counterterrorism target, and a combatting proliferation target have in common? They all used their everyday GSM phone during a flight.”

This riddle appeared in 2010 in SIDtoday, the internal newsletter of the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate, or SID, and it was classified “top secret.” It announced the emergence of a new field of espionage that had not yet been explored: the interception of data from phone calls made on board civil aircraft. In a separate internal document from a year earlier, the NSA reported that 50,000 people had already used their mobile phones in flight as of December 2008, a figure that rose to 100,000 by February 2009. The NSA attributed the increase to “more planes equipped with in-flight GSM capability, less fear that a plane will crash due to making/receiving a call, not as expensive as people thought.” The sky seemed to belong to the agency.

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More News On American and British Spy Agencies Intercepting Mobile Phone Data On Commercial Flights

U.S. and UK intelligence target airborne phone calls: report -- Reuters
British and Americans spy on in-flight phone calls 'in real time', leaked Snowden files reveal -- The Telegraph
US, UK spies snooped on Air France inflight phone calls, report -- RFI
Snowden leaks reveal GCHQ and NSA have been intercepting mobile phone data on commercial flights -- International Business Times
Government spies can see everything you’re doing with your phone on a plane -- Quartz

The NSA's 'Best' Are Leaving The Agency

Cyber Scoop: NSA’s best are ‘leaving in big numbers,’ insiders say

Low morale at the National Security Agency is causing some of the agency’s most talented people to leave in favor of private sector jobs, former NSA Director Keith Alexander told a room full of journalism students, professors and cybersecurity executives Tuesday. The retired general and other insiders say a combination of economic and social factors — including negative press coverage — have played a part.

“I do hear that people are increasingly leaving in large numbers and it is a combination of things that start with [morale] and there’s now much more money on the outside,” Alexander said. “I am honestly surprised that some of these people in cyber companies make up to seven figures. That’s five times what the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff makes. Right? And these are people that are 32 years old.”

“Do the math. [The NSA] has great competition,” he said.

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WNU editor: Money, morale, different opportunities .... why work for an organisation when better opportunities are elsewhere.

Has President Obama's Policy To Fight Terrorism Been A Success?



Mark Thompson, Time: The Jury’s Out on Obama’s Terror Fight

His claim of success could collapse if there's another 9/11-scale attack

If you said on Sept. 12, 2001, that there wouldn’t be another major terror attack on U.S. soil over the next 15 years, most Americans wouldn’t have believed you. Yet, that’s just what has happened. Following the deaths of 2,996 people on 9/11, there has been a flurry of terror attacks—the biggest one killing 49 at an Orlando nightclub in June—but nothing like the horror visited on New York City, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.

Politicians like to take credit for pretty much anything, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that President Obama defended his counter-terrorism record in a speech Tuesday. It is likely to be the last major speech on national security of his presidency.

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WNU Editor: The entire Middle East is in conflict .... the Afghan government is not winning the war against the Taliban .... and many parts of Muslim North Africa are now in the grips of insurgencies that show no signs of  ending. This is an Islamic civil war .... a conflict that goes back centuries .... and in this mix the U.S. is involved in every fight .... directly or indirectly .... which has made many sides in this huge conflict vowing revenge against the United States. Will there be another major terror attack on the U.S. in the future .... I would not bet against that .... the anger and hate is certainly out there. Would I blame President Obama for such an attack .... even if it should happen today .... I would say no. There is only so much that one can do ..... and sometimes ... like 9/11 .... the enemy is incredibly lucky.