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Qaeda Plot Leak Has Undermined U.S. Intelligence – NYTimes.com

Qaeda Plot Leak Has Undermined U.S. Intelligence

By ERIC SCHMITT and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT

Published: September 29, 2013 186 Comments

 

WASHINGTON — As the nation’s spy agencies assess the fallout from disclosures about their surveillance programs, some government analysts and senior officials have made a startling finding: the impact of a leaked terrorist […]

Evidence suggests that Al-Shabaab is shifting focus to ‘soft’ targets – CNN.com

By Paul Cruickshank. Tim Lister, and Nic Robertson CNN

updated 8:38 PM EDT, Thu September 26, 2013

Document on al Qaeda militant’s body calls for attacks on UK college, hotels, neighborhood. It suggests that replicating 2008 Mumbai, India, attacks has become an Al-Shabaab priority.

In those attacks, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba terrorists seized hotels and a […]

My Daughter’s Homework Is Killing Me – Karl Taro Greenfeld – The Atlantic

October 2013

My Daughter’s Homework Is Killing Me

What happens when a father, alarmed by his 13-year-old daughter’s nightly workload, tries to do her homework for a week

By Karl Taro Greenfield

Photo:  Charles Gullung

Memorization, not rationalization. That is the advice of my 13-year-old daughter, Esmee, as I struggle to make sense of a […]

Report: American-supplied arms fell into al Qaeda’s hands – Threat Matrix

Report: American-supplied arms fell into al Qaeda’s hands

By Thomas JoscelynSeptember 19, 2013 12:45 PM

Buried in an interesting account by The Wall Street Journal is this nugget of information (emphasis added):

The Supreme Military Council, led by Gen. Idriss, has been the focus of U.S. efforts to bring a command-and-control structure to […]

An Enlisted Airman Deciphered al Qaeda’s ‘Conference Call’ of Doom | Killer Apps

An Enlisted Airman Deciphered al Qaeda’s ‘Conference Call’ of Doom

Posted By John Reed Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – 11:25 AM Share

The mysterious “conference call” of al Qaeda leaders that led the United States to close its embassies around the Middle East in August was deciphered by a low-ranking enlisted man […]

Islamists dominate Syrian insurgency – Threat Matrix

Islamists dominate Syrian insurgency

By Lisa LundquistSeptember 16, 2013 11:58 AM

Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in the spring of 2011, the role of jihadi extremists in the rebel forces has been the subject of much commentary and debate. What started ostensibly as a domestic rebellion by pro-democracy activists […]

The 5 Myths of Terrorism—Including That It Works: Scientific American

The 5 Myths of Terrorism—Including That It WorksWhy terror doesn’t work

By Michael Shermer

Because terrorism educes such strong emotions, it has led to at least five myths. The first began in September 2001, when President George W. Bush announced that “we will rid the world of the evildoers” and that they […]

Al-Qaeda chief calls for attacks on US in 9/11 speech to followers – Telegraph

Al-Qaeda chief calls for attacks on US in 9/11 speech to followers

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Al-Qaeda leader, has called on followers to commit attacks inside the US to “bleed America economically”, in a speech marking the anniversary of the 9/11 strikes.

Ayman al-Zawahiri speaking during an interview Photo: AFP/GETTY

Josie Ensor

By Josie Ensor

In […]

Bloomberg story on extensive infiltration of US defense firms

A devastating story from Bloomberg News reporters Michael Riley & Ben Elgin today detailing a three-year cyber operation where hackers allegedly linked to China’s military establishment infiltrated some of the most important secrets of US defense companies.
Beginning at least as early as 2007, Chinese computer spies raided the databanks of […]