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    Throw the book at him?
    Yep, he's a Fascist who doesn't get the right to yell 'fire' in a crowded theater, doesn't get the option of using democracy to overthrow democracy.

    Regardless of his political affiliation (and he is a "Progressive" according to his own writings) he is being used as a pawn and his brother has been put in prison to CONTROL him, effectively a political prisoner now.
    I don't care. If the Weimar Republic had protected itself more like this against Hitler's Nazis and the German Communists, we wouldn't have had WWII.

    Does that strike you as a GOOD thing for a government to do?
    Yes, in this case and others.
    Wouldn't arresting someone like Jesse Jackson and putting him and his kids in jail because he said something against George Bush (for example) be considered WRONG in this country?
    Navalny has been doing much more than that. He's scum, worse than Jesse Jackson and his kids, and that's saying something.
    Wouldn't arresting Rand Paul, or me, or YOU and putting US in jail for saying something against Obama be considered WRONG?
    Navalny isn't in trouble for saying things against Putin, he's much more involved in actually taking over the country.

    I think so.
    I'm not trying to overthrow Obama like Navalny is the Russian Government. I trust the system still at this point here in the US.

    So regardless of what Navalny SAID - what happens to free speech when these things happen? Suppression. IS that a GOOD thing then to you?
    Yes. I'd gag a new Hitler, Mussolini, Lenin or Khoemeni too.

    As I said, Navalny is a Fascist and White Supremacist, he doesn't get the right to use his freedom of speech to ultimately destroy freedom of speech. Did Ayatollah Khoemeni have the right to speak in order to overthrow the Shah? Did Hitler have that right? No. When democratic institutions are still weak, when the majority of populace itself is still too Totalitarian in it's mindset, it would be insanity for democratic institutions in Russia to not be more Authoritarian in order to protect them from Russian Fascists on the Right and Russian Communists on the Left.

    Again, i'm focused on real Totalitarian threats like the Islamic State, they have the willpower and the numbers to grow into a serious threat in the future. You stop these threats before a World War, not have a World War when you finally wake up to the seriousness of the menace.

    Now that we're pulling out of the Middle East, the Russians and the Chinese will have to do more of the heavy lifting if IS is to be defeated, which is a shame because we could do so much more, and should.
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    [QUOTE=Avvakum;129321]Yep, he's a Fascist who doesn't get the right to yell 'fire' in a crowded theater, doesn't get the option of using democracy to overthrow democracy.[quote]

    He didn't yell fire in a crowded theater. What kind of an argument is that? He said Putin was a crook, and so is most of the Kremlin. And he's right.



    I don't care. If the Weimar Republic had protected itself more like this against Hitler's Nazis and the German Communists, we wouldn't have had WWII.
    And if we had voted against Obama, we'd not have Obama care. Irrelevant what happened in Germany.



    Yes, in this case and others.
    So - let me get this straight... you are suggesting, no saying, that it is OK for a government to suppress speech? That makes you exactly what I thought and have always though you were either a pure, dyed in the wool Liberal Troll or a fascist (Either of which does the SAME THING, matters NOT which side of the political spectrum you're on) the very FACT you believe that it's OK for the government to suppress speech and put people into prison to shut them up, or worse family members to shut them up is plain and simple, WRONG.


    Navalny has been doing much more than that. He's scum, worse than Jesse Jackson and his kids, and that's saying something.
    Prove that. While I have no love for "Progressives" and "Liberals" and "Commies" I still, in America think they have a right to say what they say. They have no right to ACT on it (shutting down the government, or causing anarchy, killing people, taking over businesses and destroying capitalism).


    Navalny isn't in trouble for saying things against Putin, he's much more involved in actually taking over the country.
    Horse shit. Plain, unadulterated horseshit. I don't know where you're reading YOUR news, but he is a Russian Blogger, a Left leaning (Progressive) blogger who has said a LOT of this about Putin. A LOT. Some of it rude and obnoxious. But again, now his brother is in jail because of his SPEECH. He's not tried to "take over the government", but has run LEGALLY as Mayor.



    I'm not trying to overthrow Obama like Navalny is the Russian Government. I trust the system still at this point here in the US.
    I AM trying to over throw Obama like Navalny, with blogging, my speech and my actions. However, I haven't tried to "take over the government" and the "system" such as it is, is HIGHLY suspect (Romney? Again? SERIOUSLY? HILLARY? GIve me a fucking BREAK).


    Yes. I'd gag a new Hitler, Mussolini, Lenin or Khoemeni too.
    Not in America. 1st Amendment rights. If they started killing folks, different story. Talking? Leave them alone.

    As I said, Navalny is a Fascist and White Supremacist, he doesn't get the right to use his freedom of speech to ultimately destroy freedom of speech. Did Ayatollah Khoemeni have the right to speak in order to overthrow the Shah? Did Hitler have that right? No. When democratic institutions are still weak, when the majority of populace itself is still too Totalitarian in it's mindset, it would be insanity for democratic institutions in Russia to not be more Authoritarian in order to protect them from Russian Fascists on the Right and Russian Communists on the Left.
    You are speaking about different countries, Germany, Iran. Khoemeni had whatever rights he deemed proper (in his case, his adherence to Islam and in his eyes he was right). In my eyes, he was a religious fanatic. Hitler did what he did because, LIKE OBAMA he was ELECTED TO OFFICE.

    Again, i'm focused on real Totalitarian threats like the Islamic State, they have the willpower and the numbers to grow into a serious threat in the future. You stop these threats before a World War, not have a World War when you finally wake up to the seriousness of the menace.
    Islam is absolutely such a threat. Russia is assisting Iran. Tell me again how they are not enemies?????????

    Now that we're pulling out of the Middle East, the Russians and the Chinese will have to do more of the heavy lifting if IS is to be defeated, which is a shame because we could do so much more, and should.
    Now that we are pulling out of the Middle East, the RUSSIANS and CHINESE will rush in to fill the VOID left behind by democracy, America and our ability to prevent Islam from becoming a world power. Russia and China will exacerbate the problem giving money and aid to Islamic groups, selling them even more weapons, giving them intelligence on American positions of power and egging them on into OUR DESTRUCTION.

    Islam isn't the threat, Russia and China are the threats and they are using Islam as puppets against us.
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    AP, you said regarding Navalny;


    He didn't yell fire in a crowded theater. What kind of an argument is that? He said Putin was a crook, and so is most of the Kremlin. And he's right.
    So people are 'crooks' because some Russian version of David Duke says so? And yeah, he's pretty much 'David Duke' from 'New York Times';

    "Five years ago, he quit the liberal party Yabloko, frustrated with the liberals’ infighting and isolation from mainstream Russian opinion. Liberals, meanwhile, have deep reservations about him, because he espouses Russian nationalist views. He has appeared as a speaker alongside neo-Nazis and skinheads, and once starred in a video that compares dark-skinned Caucasus militants to cockroaches. While cockroaches can be killed with a slipper, he says that in the case of humans, “I recommend a pistol.” "






    And if we had voted against Obama, we'd not have Obama care. Irrelevant what happened in Germany.
    Taking action to prevent extremists from undermining Democracy isn't irrelevant.




    So - let me get this straight... you are suggesting, no saying, that it is OK for a government to suppress speech?
    Navalny was convicted of corruption and embezzlement charges, not his speech. At any rate, it's ok for a government to suppress Fascism and Communism, surely. We didn't allow the NSDAP to remain a political party in Germany after 1945, nor did we allow the Baathists in post-Saddam Iraq either, did we?

    That makes you exactly what I thought and have always though you were either a pure, dyed in the wool Liberal Troll or a fascist (Either of which does the SAME THING, matters NOT which side of the political spectrum you're on)
    I'm a 'Fascist' for being against Fascism and not wanting it to get a foothold anywhere? I understand Marijuana is legal in Colorado now, but give me a break... Truth is, when I was younger, I did have some far-right, fascistic tendencies, which makes it easier to spot these guys now that I'm more of a 'representative democracy', non-racist kind of guy. I know them.

    the very FACT you believe that it's OK for the government to suppress speech
    With incitement for genocide or overthrow of a legally constituted government, the hallmarks of totalitarian parties and states, yes.



    and put people into prison to shut them up, or worse family members to shut them up is plain and simple, WRONG.
    Cry me a river if it's al Qaida or fascists or Nazis or Marxist-Leninists, because I care more about normal people than those who want to terrorize and abuse others for their political fantasies.




    Prove that.
    Done. See above.
    While I have no love for "Progressives" and "Liberals" and "Commies" I still, in America think they have a right to say what they say. They have no right to ACT on it (shutting down the government, or causing anarchy, killing people, taking over businesses and destroying capitalism).
    Even in America, we have 'fighting' or 'encitement' words, but in Russia, they don't have the luxury of being soft on their David Dukes and Bill Ayers like you want them too it seems.



    Horse shit. Plain, unadulterated horseshit.
    Check on Navalny before you turn him into Martin Luther King, Ghandi, and George Washington all wrapped up. I did. He's a favorite over on Stormfront, you know.

    I don't know where you're reading YOUR news, but he is a Russian Blogger, a Left leaning (Progressive) blogger
    He's a 'Nationalist', and he's a 'Socialist'. That makes him a 'National Socialist' in my book.

    who has said a LOT of this about Putin. A LOT. Some of it rude and obnoxious. But again, now his brother is in jail because of his SPEECH. He's not tried to "take over the government", but has run LEGALLY as Mayor.
    Who did not graciously accept the results of the election, but accused the authorities of fixing the results against him. He wants power, pure and simple, but doesn't have it. If the German Authorities had fixed the results of German elections against Hitler and the Nazis, you wouldn't have been upset, but because you're a Russia-hater, it blinds you unfortunately.




    I AM trying to over throw Obama like Navalny, with blogging, my speech and my actions. However, I haven't tried to "take over the government" and the "system" such as it is, is HIGHLY suspect (Romney? Again? SERIOUSLY? HILLARY? GIve me a fucking BREAK).
    So, are you eager for Civil war in America, for a new and bloodier Revolutionary war? Is that it?



    Not in America. 1st Amendment rights. If they started killing folks, different story. Talking? Leave them alone.
    In a country like Russia, coming out of totalitarianism, they don't have the luxury of pussyfooting around with extremists.



    You are speaking about different countries, Germany, Iran. Khoemeni had whatever rights he deemed proper (in his case, his adherence to Islam and in his eyes he was right). In my eyes, he was a religious fanatic. Hitler did what he did because, LIKE OBAMA he was ELECTED TO OFFICE.
    Right. You don't allow the Hitlers to take over Elective office to begin with.


    Islam is absolutely such a threat. Russia is assisting Iran. Tell me again how they are not enemies?????????
    There's an extremist country you may not like either, called Saudi Arabia, we're allied to them, and Saudi Arabia is an enemy to Russia. Russia balances and counters Saudi Arabia with Iran. Israel, which is an Enemy to Iran, nonetheless gets what Russia is doing and has good relations with Russia. Bush 43 understood all this, being a good President, and was friends with Putin and Russia.

    Grown-up countries with grown-up leaders do this kind of thing, not because they like it, but because it's the way of the world. A country should have permanent interests, not necessarily permanent friends, being involved with other countries in the World.



    Now that we are pulling out of the Middle East, the RUSSIANS and CHINESE will rush in to fill the VOID left behind by democracy, America and our ability to prevent Islam from becoming a world power. Russia and China will exacerbate the problem giving money and aid to Islamic groups, selling them even more weapons, giving them intelligence on American positions of power and egging them on into OUR DESTRUCTION.
    No, if for no other reason than that would make Islam an unstoppable force in the world.

    Islam isn't the threat, Russia and China are the threats and they are using Islam as puppets against us.
    No, I just don't believe that, not anymore. Islam is the real threat, and to stop it we're going to need Russia and China and a few other countries on board.
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    You don't have to BE a Right Winger to be a FASCIST.

    That's the POINT.

    Communism is fascism on steroids!

    Communism uses complete and total control of the government to completely control speech, even thinking in a Communist Society. Communism is, on it's surface an economic system (as is Socialism and Capitalism). Communism is the culmination of Socialism and becomes the death of both people and economy.




    You will note communism and socialism and capitalism do NOT appear on this chart. They are NOT political systems, they are economic systems.

    You will also note that anyone that falls in the bottom quarter of that chart is an asshole as far as I'm concerned.

    If you continue to believe it is OK for a government to suppress speech, that puts you in the bottom quarter of the chart and therefore a FASCIST regardless of right or left wing.

    You can take the rest of the implications however you like.
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    I don't believe in moderates. They are simply people who compromise their ideals for political and financial gain.
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    I didn't say I believed in them either.

    I'm pointing out a different way to look at this political spectrum thing.

    People want to equate "fascism" with "Right Wing" and that's absolutely false. There are fascists on BOTH sides and the only way to see it is to view it as a circle.

    What I left off at the bottom of the chart was the men (and occasional women) in history who hit the very bottom, who are megalomaniacs, murderers and those who completely suppress the people of a country: They are Ottoman Sultan Ibrahim I, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Genghis Khan, Pol Pot, Kim Jong-Il/Un, Napoleon, Alexander The Great, Josef Stalin, Mao Ze Dong, Idi Amin, Fidel Castro, Pablo Escobar, "Papa Doc" Duvalier, Juan Peron, Saddam Hussein and Moamar Ghaddaffi to name a few.

    The Soviet Union's leaders were ALL among that group though I only named one.

    Obama hasn't had hundreds murdered, but he certainly is close to being placed on the list simply due to his megalomania.... I also didn't include most of the Religions of the world in there - because, religions are not people, but organized groups. Catholicism, in particular during the reign of the Spanish Inquisition could be said to be the most dangerous of all "leaders" ever to have existed. INCLUDING today's Islamic societies today as a dangerous CULT wouldn't be beyond the pale either.

    While Avvakum's point is that Islam is the greatest threat is well taken because it is, indeed a grand threat to Western Civilization over all (INCLUDING Russia and China) this is NOT to say they have either the capability or the organization to become a world power complete with nuclear weapons. They have the capability to become only a terrorist organization with a couple of nuclear bombs and can scare and terrorize Americans and the West in general. They have no ability to conquer Europe and certainly NOT the United States as it stands now. Not without inside help (which they have from the idiots in America that somehow see them as a people who deserve the same rights as Americans when standing trial).

    Moderates in this age tend to wuss out on most things and God forgive me, I'm a "moderate" on certain things but I am NOT when it comes to defending America against Communism.

    There is a black and white stance in America (Not the race, the politics) and there is no GRAY areas. Sorry, no matter what one says, or what positions one takes on certain aspects of politics, OVER ALL there is a GENERAL stance of Right Or Left, Black or White here.

    Russia is NOT whatever Avvakum makes it out to be - as in the pre-Bolsevek Revolution Russia. It's been communist since 1917, or at least Socialist (as has been France since the 1789). Both countries suffered from internal revolutions that took place to remove "the rich" and "rightly put the people in charge" (their opinion, not mine).

    Both countries went towards communism. France stopped short. Russia didn't.

    Whatever those countries once were (pre-revolutionary) is NOT what they are today, and it is NOT what GENERATIONS of their people have experienced.

    America... in the 1960s began it's internal, Socialist Revolution. The Socialists are winning without beheading people, at this point. That time comes in the not too-distant-future.

    Communism in America will reign proud and free of the restraints of Capitalism within a decade at this rate. NOT Islam.
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    I didn't say I believed in them either.

    I'm pointing out a different way to look at this political spectrum thing.

    People want to equate "fascism" with "Right Wing" and that's absolutely false. There are fascists on BOTH sides and the only way to see it is to view it as a circle.

    What I left off at the bottom of the chart was the men (and occasional women) in history who hit the very bottom, who are megalomaniacs, murderers and those who completely suppress the people of a country: They are Ottoman Sultan Ibrahim I, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Genghis Khan, Pol Pot, Kim Jong-Il/Un, Napoleon, Alexander The Great, Josef Stalin, Mao Ze Dong, Idi Amin, Fidel Castro, Pablo Escobar, "Papa Doc" Duvalier, Juan Peron, Saddam Hussein and Moamar Ghaddaffi to name a few.

    The Soviet Union's leaders were ALL among that group though I only named one.

    Obama hasn't had hundreds murdered, but he certainly is close to being placed on the list simply due to his megalomania.... I also didn't include most of the Religions of the world in there - because, religions are not people, but organized groups. Catholicism, in particular during the reign of the Spanish Inquisition could be said to be the most dangerous of all "leaders" ever to have existed. INCLUDING today's Islamic societies today as a dangerous CULT wouldn't be beyond the pale either.

    While Avvakum's point is that Islam is the greatest threat is well taken because it is, indeed a grand threat to Western Civilization over all (INCLUDING Russia and China) this is NOT to say they have either the capability or the organization to become a world power complete with nuclear weapons. They have the capability to become only a terrorist organization with a couple of nuclear bombs and can scare and terrorize Americans and the West in general. They have no ability to conquer Europe and certainly NOT the United States as it stands now. Not without inside help (which they have from the idiots in America that somehow see them as a people who deserve the same rights as Americans when standing trial).

    Moderates in this age tend to wuss out on most things and God forgive me, I'm a "moderate" on certain things but I am NOT when it comes to defending America against Communism.

    There is a black and white stance in America (Not the race, the politics) and there is no GRAY areas. Sorry, no matter what one says, or what positions one takes on certain aspects of politics, OVER ALL there is a GENERAL stance of Right Or Left, Black or White here.

    Russia is NOT whatever Avvakum makes it out to be - as in the pre-Bolsevek Revolution Russia. It's been communist since 1917, or at least Socialist (as has been France since the 1789). Both countries suffered from internal revolutions that took place to remove "the rich" and "rightly put the people in charge" (their opinion, not mine).

    Both countries went towards communism. France stopped short. Russia didn't.

    Whatever those countries once were (pre-revolutionary) is NOT what they are today, and it is NOT what GENERATIONS of their people have experienced.

    America... in the 1960s began it's internal, Socialist Revolution. The Socialists are winning without beheading people, at this point. That time comes in the not too-distant-future.

    Communism in America will reign proud and free of the restraints of Capitalism within a decade at this rate. NOT Islam.
    I never said that Russia was like it was pre-1917, which is the 'normal' Russia. I am saying that Russia is RECOVERING from the post-1917 era, slowly and painfully, and some people out there don't want a healthy, strong, 'normal' Russia. I'm also saying that the USA is becoming 'abnormal', in the same way and for the same reasons as Russia was made abnormal 1917-2000, by some of the same kind of people.

    Like Malusa, I think most moderates are pussies, who compromise principles for personal gain, or fear of personal loss. You yourself have looked at the domestic situation here in the USA, and have said much the same as I have, that we need to come down hard on these people-and the ones helping to bankroll them. Well, Goddammit, George Soros for example! He is bankrolling much of this crap in the streets here in the US, and guess what? HE BANKROLLED SOME OF THE CRAP IN THE UKRAINE, TOO. Imagine that! You and Putin have some of the same enemies. Some ideologies are too anti-human to be allowed to exist, and you know that. Tell me AP; what do you think of the verdict of the Nuremburg trial of Nazi Philosopher Alfred Rosenberg, who killed nobody but was nonetheless hung by order of the Allied Judges? Some extremism you have to stamp out harshly if you don't want it to spread like a cancer. No more Holocausts! No more 27 million Russian dead in WWII! No more Russian or Armenian or Cambodian or Rwandan or Ukrainian Genocides!

    You lock the motherfuckers up until they forget what they were or are dead, or just execute them after a trial. You make it illegal to even be a Nazi or Islamofascist, or even hint of it or any incitement to genocide or totalitarianism.

    As far as extremist Islam being the greater threat than a moribund Communism, in the future, watch and see. See the Left, by it's alliance with the Fascists and the Islamofascists, become Islamofascists. It'll happen.

    On your other post, you painted me as being a 'fascist' myself by unsubtle implication. By your Libertarian Minarchist standards, almost everyone else is, is a 'Statist'. Fine. By your standards. It's a good thing we can respect each other and disagree, and know we're patriots in the same cultural lifeboat, anyway.

    Meanwhile, these Jihadi bastards have the will and the eventual means to conquer civilization and enslave all mankind, if it takes them 100 more years, they can wait us out while we commit demographic and cultural suicide. And that's another thing; we get to the point of that demographic and cultural suicide, and our descendants, such as they are, won't be able to keep the lights on, much less hold back the Muslim Hordes with decent military technology.
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    Rebels: Obama administration ignored early plan to stop Islamic State

    By Roy Gutman
    McClatchy Foreign StaffDecember 31, 2014























    ISTANBUL — Two months before Mosul and other cities in northern Iraq fell to the Islamic State last June, representatives of a Syrian rebel group called on the new U.S. special envoy for Syria with an outline of a plan to stop the extremists.
    The group urged the U.S. to shift its focus to eastern Syria, where the Islamic State had emerged from Raqqa and other towns under its control and begun military operations to capture Deir el Zour province.
    If Islamic State fighters seized the region’s oil and gas resources, they’d gain enough power to destroy the U.S.-backed rebel forces across northern Syria and link the swath of territory they held in Syria to that under their control in Iraq’s restive Anbar province
    “Ultimately,” they said in a written memo, using a common abbreviation for the Islamic State, “this will lead to an expansion of ISIS to reach neighboring countries as well . . . bringing it closer to establish the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.”
    But the presentation April 17 to special State Department envoy Daniel Rubinstein was stillborn. The plea for immediate financial support for moderate forces in the east, backing for a rebel offensive in Aleppo that would divert Islamic State forces, and relief and medical supplies in the east went unanswered.
    “Two or three million dollars would have changed the whole thing,” said a rebel official who was at the meeting and spoke only on the condition of anonymity because he was discussing a diplomatic exchange. “But we never heard back from them.”

    That’s been the pattern. Moderate rebels, despite their battlefield setbacks, have unique assets, such as ground-level intelligence about the locations and movements of the Islamic State, a grasp of local politics and the drive to expel foreign-led forces from their country. But they’ve failed to gain traction with the Obama administration for their plans to fight the terror groups, and recently they’ve had trouble even getting a hearing.
    The Islamic State didn’t follow quite the path that Syrian rebel officials had predicted, conquering Mosul before Deir el Zour. But the rebels were right that the extremists’ takeover of eastern Syria would speed the demise of the moderates by radicalizing the battlefield, opening the border with Iraq to free movement of arms and manpower, and providing the Islamic State with income from the sale of oil and gas.
    Syrian opposition leaders doubt that the U.S.-led intervention can defeat the extremists.
    “You cannot defeat terrorism by airstrikes alone,” said Hadi al Bahra, the president of the Syrian Opposition Coalition. “There must be a strategy in place.”
    It should entail “full coordination” between U.S.-led airstrikes and ground forces, military pressure on the Bashar Assad regime and a commitment to enable moderates to establish a governing system in Syria, Bahra said.
    “They listen,” he said of U.S. officials. “But they do not respond.”
    The State Department had no comment on the April meeting. “We do not discuss details of our diplomatic contacts and outreach,” said spokesman Michael Lavallee.
    The administration also has tried to choke off complaints from rebel officials and commanders, threatening a total aid cutoff if they’re quoted in the news media, rebel officials said. For this reason McClatchy isn’t naming its rebel sources. (A State Department official told McClatchy: “We have not heard of such a warning.”)
    The meeting with Rubinstein, an intelligence expert who took over from former Ambassador Robert Ford in March, was only one of numerous such efforts.
    In early May, the then-president of the opposition coalition, Ahmad Jarba, made a presentation about fighting the Islamic State to Michael Lumpkin, the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict.
    Jarba emphasized that the battle for eastern Syria was “important to Iraq as well” and called for “real alliance . . . to fight this common cancer,” according to notes of the meeting made available to McClatchy.
    “We need a strategic partnership to fight terrorism,” he said at the meeting. “We need logistical support and weapons to help the Free Syrian Army fight the Islamic State on the Iraqi border as well.” The Free Syrian Army is an umbrella group of moderate forces fighting the Assad regime.
    Lumpkin replied that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was supportive of their efforts against the Syrian regime and al Qaida, and predicted there would be many more meetings “as we work together to end this challenge to us both,” according to the visitors’ notes.
    The Pentagon confirmed that the meeting took place May 8 and addressed the “threat of extremists groups” such as the Islamic State. It said Lumpkin had affirmed U.S. support for Jarba’s efforts to build the capacity of the moderate opposition.
    But there was no further response, Syrian opposition officials said.
    One attendee at the meeting expressed surprise that Lumpkin didn’t ask about rebel strategy.
    The former chief of staff of the Free Syrian Army – a post stripped of most power because the U.S. disburses covert aid to individual rebel commanders rather than through a general staff – said he’d taken maps and a five-page outline of the first phase of a strategic plan with him, as well as a separate file for the battle against the Syrian regime. “But no one asked me for any of these,” Gen. Abdul-Ilah Albashir said.
    Interviewed in late September, he told McClatchy the Americans had shown no interest and that he didn’t volunteer his plans: “They don’t even say hello to us. How can we share these things with them?”
    On May 14, Jarba and other rebel officials spent a half-hour with President Barack Obama at the White House, but the Islamic State threat didn’t appear to be a priority. The White House said they reviewed the “risks posed by growing extremism in Syria and agreed on the need to counter terrorist groups on all sides of the conflict.”
    Even after the fall of Mosul on June 10, the U.S. showed little interest in rebel plans. Nour Kholouf, a defected Syrian army general who served as Syrian Opposition Coalition defense minister until recently, said in early July that he’d developed plans to expel the Islamic State in stages from Syrian territory but he couldn’t get an appointment with American officials.
    The most detailed strategy proposal of all was produced by one of the most effective of the rebel groups during the summer and given in August to U.S. and other intelligence officials in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli. But it has yet to be presented formally to the rest of the U.S. government.
    The 30-page plan, which centers on the use of mobile strike forces, proposes to clear the Islamic State from Syria within 12 to 18 months, rebel officials said. It calls for air, ammunition, logistics and other support, including intelligence.
    It would require communications equipment to replace the walkie-talkies now obtained from Best Buy or Radio Shack. And it requires stepped-up support in the rebels’ battle to defend their control over much of Aleppo, Syria's biggest city, from which they’d draw much of their manpower.
    “It lays out city by city the force movements and the different tactics: which cities to enter first, how to enter each city, how to overcome the IS resistance at checkpoints and from suicide bombers,” said one rebel official.
    Rebel officials said they hadn’t been able to get an appointment with U.S. defense officials.
    One obvious candidate would be U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael Nagata, who’s in charge of training and equipping a force of 5,000 Syrian rebels under a $500 million program.
    But Nagata has yet to meet a commander of the Free Syrian Army, according to a knowledgeable rebel official. White House spokesman Alistair Baskey said Nagata and his team were “free to meet with members of the moderate Syrian opposition as they deem fit in order to advance their train and equip program.”
    Has any such meeting taken place? The U.S. Central Command task force that deals with the new program “is taking a deliberate and careful approach toward direct engagement with members of the Syrian opposition,” said Maj. Tiffany Bowens, a spokeswoman.
    The Central Command turned down McClatchy’s request for an interview with Nagata.
    Though Rubinstein is one U.S. official who’s always available to meet, rebel officials said they saw him as a dead end. Rubinstein, whom several rebel officials have nicknamed “the complaint box,” listens to all and never responds, they said. “I think they empty it into the trash at the end of every day,” said one rebel official.
    In November, after the Nusra Front, the al Qaida affiliate in Syria, pushed rebel forces out of their bases in Idlib province, Rubinstein gave a cool reception to rebel officials, according to three who met with him.
    “It was an absolutely horrifying meeting,” said one attendee.
    “How did it happen?” this official quoted Rubinstein as asking. “The tone was not one of ‘This is an emergency,’ but more, ‘How did you guys get beat?’ ” the official added.
    The official said an aide to the envoy then asked them: “So what’s your strategy now? Is everything lost?” When told that the forces needed to regroup and obtain more resources, “No, that’s not a smart strategy,” the aide was quoted as saying. “Your strategy is to look at what your resources are and plan accordingly.”
    With even the most effective fighting groups saying they’re receiving one-tenth the ammunition they need to sustain their two-front battle, the message seemed to be that the rebels should prepare to abandon the fight.
    In December, the U.S. government cut salaries for a large part of the rebel forces, McClatchy has reported. The U.S. government has refused to comment.

    The State Department turned down McClatchy’s request for an interview with Rubinstein.
    “Unfortunately, the current strategy being implemented results in the increase of terrorism,” said Bahra, the businessman who heads the Syrian Opposition Coalition. “Some battalions are not being supplied with anything: food, clothing, fuel, what they need for survival. You are pushing them to be the prey to any extreme terrorist organization that offers assistance.”
    He added: “But no one is listening.”

    McClatchy special correspondent Mousab Alhamadee contributed to this article.
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    And THAT is why 'better Assad than the Islamic State', because nobody can count on the USA with Democrats in charge. If people count on Obama and company to do any real good, they are mistaken. This is why Russia and China stood by Assad in this Civil War, instead of brokering his resignation and exile early on. These loser rebels had no chance under the US Democrat aegis, and only a Dictator then like Assad could hold the line against the Islamic State, is the thinking of much of the world.

    Because NOBODY can count on the United States under our Vacationer-in-Chief to do any real good in the world, since 2008 to now, and to 2016.
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    ISIS Supporters Hack US CentCom's Twitter, YouTube Account, Threaten US Soldiers, Release "China Scenario" Details

    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 01/12/2015 12:51 -0500

    Update 2: Centcom's YouTube account has also been hacked...



    Update: 40 minutes after the first hacked tweet appeared at 12:29pm Eastern, the Centcom account has been suspended.

    Another day, another escalation in the conflict between supporters of the Islamic State and western powers, in this case the Twitter account of the US Central Command (@Centcom), which appears to have been hacked, and where compromising tweets revealing details about military members and potential conflict scenarios involving China and North Korea, are being sent out in real time.
    This is the threat that was released via the hacked account moments ago:


    Pentagon networks hacked

    AMERICAN SOLDIERS,
    WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS. #CyberCaliphate

    In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate under the auspices of ISIS continues its CyberJihad. While the US and its satellites kill our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan we broke into your networks and personal devices and know everything about you.

    You'll see no mercy infidels. ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base. With Allah's permission we are in CENTCOM now.

    We won't stop! We know everything about you, your wives and children.
    U.S. soldiers! We're watching you!

    Here's a part of confidential data from your mobile devices:

    http://www.4shared.com/zip/2uJtWwfDb...rmy_files.html
    http://www.4shared.com/zip/TskSuCl2b...scenarios.html
    http://dfiles.eu/files/njgg7yvbx
    http://dfiles.eu/files/usybptc71

    There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet! There is no law but Sharia!
    A sampling of the hacked tweets:
    AMERICAN SOLDIERS,
    WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS.
    http://t.co/iZULe4nTmp
    #CyberCaliphate
    — U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) January 12, 2015
    pic.twitter.com/SdaoKO6Zkr
    — U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) January 12, 2015
    ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base. pic.twitter.com/xafTqTMvN5
    — U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) January 12, 2015
    Pentagon Networks Hacked! China Scenarios. pic.twitter.com/qesEuxFr0Q
    — U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) January 12, 2015
    Perhaps of increased concern: the disclosure of Centcom's "China scenarios"


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    Countdown to Internet kill switch 10.... 9.... 8.... 7....

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    Ummm yeah. No.

    It's a hacked TWITTER account.

    Obama tries that shit, there will be a "White House Kill Switch" installed too.
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    See thing is here.... if that had been say, a government computer it might be different. A twitter account? Someone in the gov isn't using good password skills, are they?

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    ISIS complains about their name

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    They don’t want to be called ISIS. They want to be called “Islamic State”. Or else.


    ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS FUCK YOU ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS
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    What a crock... NOW they want to change their name after they forced one of my favorite TV shows to change.



    I'll call them whatever I want!


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    lol

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    I thought they REALLY hated the name Daesh

    It means like stinky goat fucking men in Arabic or something.
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    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...h-cult-but-why

    Australian PM says he'll now use Daesh instead of Isil for 'death cult' – but why?

    Tony Abbott has announced that from now he will refer to the Islamic State group as “Daesh”, on the grounds that the terminology deprives the group of legitimacy among Muslims.
    “Daesh hates being referred to by this term, and what they don’t like has an instinctive *appeal to me,’’ the Australian prime minister told the Herald Sun.
    “I absolutely refuse to refer to it by the title that it claims for itself [Islamic State], because I think this is a perversion of religion and a travesty of governance.”
    Western leaders and media have struggled for a consistent terminology to identify the group, which was initially known in English as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), then the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Isis) and subsequently often simply as Islamic State (IS). Al-Sham is often translated as Syria but can also refer specifically to Damascus or even the entire Levant region.
    “Islamic State” is near enough a literal translation from the group’s name in Arabic, Al Dawla al-Islamyia, yet the original is more of a religious concept than a political one. Our translation is misleading because it implies a western conception of bureaucratic statehood.
    The Arabic equivalent relates to the Qur’anic ideal of a universal Islamic community or umma, united by faith and spirituality, and bound in religious terms by sharia. No matter what term the media use, English cannot adequately capture that meaning.
    In that light, Abbott’s insistence on “Daesh” seems like a canny workaround. He, like the French president, François Hollande, is essentially saying: you don’t get to name yourselves. It solves the problem both of legitimacy and of semantically flawed translations.

    Daesh is also an acronym, but of the Arabic words that mean the same as Isis: Al Dawla al-Islamyia fil Iraq wa’al Sham.
    As such, it loses all meaning in non-Arabic contexts. With Daesh – or Da’ish, with the emphasis on a long “e” – the Islamic association is nowhere to be found. Abbott manages to further neuter the term by mispronouncing it “Dash”. Perhaps this itself is a subtle power move.

    It is not just the lack of the word “Islamic” in the new term that frustrates Isis. In adopting the term Abbott joins many Arabic speakers who also use Daesh.
    In Arabic, the word lends itself to being snarled with aggression. As Simon Collis, the British ambassador to Iraq told the Guardian’s Ian Black: “Arabic speakers spit out the name Da’ish with different mixtures of contempt, ridicule and hostility. Da’ish is always negative.”
    And if that wasn’t infuriating enough for the militants, Black reports that the acronym has already become an Arabic word in its own right, with a plural – daw’aish – meaning “bigots who impose their views on others”.
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    New ISIS Video Purportedly Shows Two Japanese Hostages

    
 



    By F. Brinley Bruton and Arata Yamamoto

    ISIS militants released a video purporting to show two Japanese hostages on Tuesday and demanded a $200-million ransom.


    Global security firm and NBC News counterterrorism consultant Flashpoint Intelligence said the video appeared to be authentic. It features captives Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa handcuffed in orange garb similar to the jumpsuits worn by Guantanamo Bay detainees kneeling next to a masked jihadi who brandishes a knife.





    The militant said they would executed unless $200 million was paid within 72 hours.


    On Saturday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged about $200 million in non-military assistance for countries battling ISIS.


    Abe and other Japanese officials declined to discuss whether they'd pay the ransom for captives.


    ISIS Video

    A still from an ISIS video released on Tuesday.
    The voiceover on the new video appears to be the work of the notorious "Jihadi John" — a militant with a British accent who is believed to have beheaded Western hostages.
    According to Japanese public broadcaster NHK, one of the hostages launched what it described as a "civilian military company" in 2014 and is believed to have traveled to Syria.





    The other captive has been described as a freelance journalist who has posted reports from Syria on Twitter. His account has not been updated since October 23.


    At a news conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Abe demanded that the pair be "released immediately."


    He added: "Despicable terrorism can never be forgiven ... The $200 million aid which we recently announced, is to be used for people in the region who lost their homes, or to save refugees. It's a humanitarian aid to provide food and medicine."


    Japanese Government Condemns ISIS Threats





    Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief Cabinet secretary, described ISIS' threat to kill the hostages as "unforgivable" and said that Tokyo would "cooperate with related nations and do our very best to achieve the release of these Japanese nationals."


    ISIS has followed through on its promises to execute captives in the past. On Nov. 16, it released video showing that it had killed American aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig after beheading American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff earlier in the year.





    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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    ISIS Demands $200M In Ransom In Next 72 Hours For Japanese Hostages

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    CAIRO (CBS News/CBSDC/AP) — A video released online Tuesday by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) shows two purported Japanese hostages on their knees, as a man wielding a large knife says they will be executed unless the group receives $200 million in ransom in the next 72 hours.
    CBS News could not independently verify the authenticity of the video, but it carried the insignia of ISIS’ official media arm, al-Furqan, and was posted on ISIS-affiliated websites.
    The militant in the video, who looks and sounds identical to a British man involved in previous ISIS beheadings known colloquially as “Jihadi John,” directly addresses Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
    “To the prime minister of Japan: Although you are more than 8,500 kilometers (5,280 miles) from the Islamic State, you willingly have volunteered to take part in this crusade,” says the knife-brandishing militant in the video. “You have proudly donated $100 million to kill our women and children, to destroy the homes of the Muslims.”
    Abe was on a six-day visit to the Middle East Tuesday, along with more than 100 Japanese government officials and presidents of Japanese companies. Speaking at a news conference in Jerusalem, Abe called the hostage-taking “unforgivable.”
    “The international community needs to respond firmly and cooperate without caving into terrorism,” he said. “With regard to this case, we attach the utmost priority to saving lives, and gathering information with the help of other countries. We’ll make utmost efforts to save the lives (of the captives) from now on.”
    Over the weekend, Abe pledged $200 million in non-military aid for nations where ISIS has taken root, and he said in Jerusalem that those commitments would be honored.
    “Japan will make as much contribution as possible in non-military areas, including provision of support for refugees from Iraq and Syria,” he said, according to the Reuters news agency. “The $200 million aid Japan has unveiled was humanitarian aid aimed at providing food and medical services in order to save those people in the region who have lost their homes and become refugees. I believe that this is the aid that is most needed by refugees.”
    In Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga suggested Japan would not negotiate with the terror group.
    “If true, the act of issuing threats in exchange for people’s lives is unforgivable and we feel strong indignation,” said Suga. “There is no change in our stance. Japan will not yield to terrorism, and we will continue to contribute to the international community’s fight against terrorism.”
    The hostage video was shot in a desert area and the militant appears in all-black clothing with his face covered, as in previous videos of the same nature. Sources have confirmed to CBS News that the FBI knows the identity of the British militant in the videos, but his name has not been released.
    Tuesday’s video marked the first time ISIS had specifically demanded cash in exchange for hostages. Though the militant in the video links it to the Japanese funding efforts to counter the terror group, it comes amid recent losses for the extremists who have been targeted in airstrikes in both Iraq and Syria by a U.S.-led military coalition.
    Earlier this week ISIS released some 200 mostly elderly Yazidi hostages in Iraq, fueling speculation by Iraqi officials that the group couldn’t manage to support them.
    The video identifies the hostages, who are wearing orange jumpsuits, as Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa. The Japanese Foreign Ministry’s anti-terrorism section has seen the video and analysts were assessing it, a ministry official said. Japanese media identified the first man only a Kenji Goto.
    In August, a Japanese citizen believed to be Yukawa, a private military company operator in his early 40s, was kidnapped in Syria after going there to train with militants, according to a post on a blog. Pictures on his Facebook page show him in Iraq and Syria in July. One video on his page showed him holding a Kalashnikov assault rifle with the caption: “Syria war in Aleppo 2014.”
    Goto is a respected Japanese freelance journalist who went to report on Syria’s civil war last year and knew of Yukawa. “I’m in Syria for reporting,” he wrote in an email to an Associated Press journalist in October. “I hope I can convey the atmosphere from where I am and share it.”
    ISIS has beheaded and shot dead hundreds of captives — mainly Syrian and Iraqi soldiers — during its sweep across the two countries, and has celebrated its mass killings in extremely graphic videos.
    The British-accented jihadist also appeared in the beheading videos of slain American hostages James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Kassig, and with British hostages David Haines and Alan Henning.
    ISIS also holds British photojournalist John Cantlie, who has appeared in extremist propaganda videos, and a 26-year-old American woman captured last year in Syria while working for aid groups. U.S. officials have asked that the woman not be identified out of fears for her safety.
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