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US Lawmaker On Suspected Islamic Radicals: ‘Kill Them All’

WASHINGTON: A US member of Congress has called for deadly force against extremists following the weekend terror attack in London, saying any “radicalized Islamic suspect” should be hunted down and killed. “Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter,” Clay Higgins, a first-term Republican congressman and former police officer, wrote […]

The TSA Turns Harassing Travelers Into a Fine—and Pointless—Art

“Food can trigger lots of false alarms because of the density of some items,” the Wall Street Journal recently reported about the Transportation Security Administration’s justifications for imposing yet another round of tighter and more-intrusive airport carry-on baggage restrictions. “Chocolate, for example, can look like some types of explosives to X-ray machines.” This makes an […]

Flight Officer to Serve 6 Years For Illegally Sharing Classified Information

NORFOLK A naval flight officer who pleaded guilty last month to violating the federal Espionage Act will serve six years in confinement. Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin, 40, also will be dismissed from the Navy under the sentence issued late Friday by military judge Cmdr. Robert Monahan, who deliberated for four hours. Monahan sentenced Lin […]

Editorial – The Futile War Against Civilian Casualties

The rise of precision munitions should have made civilian casualties an avoidable relic of yesteryear. It didn’t. Late last month, the Department of Defense offered some grim findings of its two-month investigation into civilian deaths at the hands of the United States military: Airstrikes carried out against ISIS in the strategically important city of Mosul […]

The NSA Says It Has to Spy on You to Find Out If It’s Spying On You

“To determine if communicants are US persons, NSA would be required to conduct significant further research.” The lovely catch 22 of living in the age of mass surveillance is that the NSA isn’t even sure when it’s illegally spying on you. To determine whether its activities are illegal, the NSA would have to conduct additional, […]

Georgia: Disapproval Rising for NATO Membership

NATO recently recognized Georgia’s contributions to peacekeeping missions from Afghanistan to Kosovo by holding a session of the alliance’s parliamentary assembly in Tbilisi in late May. The occasion reinforced the hopes of Georgian leaders that their country can one day soon gain admission to NATO. However, polling in the lead up to NATO’s parliamentary assembly […]

Analysis: Contractor Charged With Espionage Presents Political Minefield For Trump

At first sight, the case of Reality Leigh Winner, a United States federal contractor who has been charged with leaking classified information to a news outlet, is an open-and-shut case. Winner, an expert linguist with a top-secret clearance, who provided services to the National Security Agency through a private contractor, appears to have admitted to […]

Turkey Lobbying Texas Legislature to Go After Gulen-Connected Schools

There isn’t much Turkey wouldn’t do to go after Fethullah Gulen, the controversial cleric Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for a failed coup in 2016. Last fall, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Turkish officials reportedly considered going beyond trying to convince the U.S. to extradite Gulen, who lives in exile in Pennsylvania: […]

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Blame Saudis For Tehran Attacks, Riyadh Rejects Accusation

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have accused Saudi Arabia of masterminding the deadly attacks in Tehran on Wednesday, a claim which Riyadh has denied. Islamic State previously claimed responsibility for the attacks which killed at least 12 people. “This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the U.S. president (Donald Trump) and the (Saudi) […]

Russia Threatens Retaliation After Montenegro Joins NATO

Moscow has once again threatened to hit back after Montenegro officially became the 29th NATO member state at a ceremony in Washington. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that Montenegro’s accession to NATO was “imposed” on the country by the West, as Moscow also warned of unspecified retaliatory measures against Podgorica. “This is […]

Kurdish-Backed Militia Launches Raqqa Operation As Another Declares War On Turkey

The Syrian Kurdish militia and its Arab allies known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) formally announced the start of the fight to liberate Raqqa, the self-declared capital of the Islamic State, just as another Kurdish group declared it was escalating its war against Turkey. The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) declared today in an incendiary […]

‘Mafia Network’: Why Hungary Becomes a Thorn in the Side of George Soros

It appears that Budapest has recently become a thorn in the side of Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros and powerful Eurocrats, which are struggling to implement their “liberal globalization project,” Igor Pshenichnikov of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS) writes for RIA Novosti. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban continues his fight against George Soros’ “globalization” […]

Pentagon Report Singles Out Pakistan As Home of Future Chinese Military Base

A Pentagon report released on Tuesday singled out Pakistan as a possible location for a future Chinese military base, as it forecast that Beijing would likely build more bases overseas after establishing a facility in the African nation of Djibouti. The prediction came in a 97-page annual report to Congress that saw advances throughout the […]

Spotlight: Netanyahu Vows Israel’s “Forever” Control of Golan Heights

JERUSALEM, June 7 (Xinhua) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Tuesday to “forever” maintain control of the Golan Heights, which was captured during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, or the Six Day War. “I came to tell you that the Golan Heights will always remain under Israeli sovereignty. We will never leave the Golan Heights. […]

Poland Is Preparing for 15 Years of Rising Tension with Russia

Lasers, small drones, and more troops are among the ways Poland is preparing for 15 years of rising tensions — and perhaps even war — with Russia, according to a new report from its Ministry of Defense. “Taking into account the asymmetry of military capabilities between Russia and NATO’s eastern flank members, such a situation […]