Al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine editor Samir Khan reportedly killed in airstrike alongside al-Awlaki

September 30, 2011
(WaPo/Eye-on-the-World) A Saudi-born American of Pakistani heritage who was raised in Queens, N.Y., was reportedly among those killed in a U.S. drone strike targeting radical cleric and fellow U.S. citizen Anwar al-Aulaqi. A self-proclaimed traitor to America, Samir Khan contributed to the efforts of al-Qaeda’s Yemen offshoot to promote itself among English-speakers. He was apparently a major force behind the widely-read English-language magazine Inspire, a mixture of ideology, first-person accounts of operations and do-it-yourself jihad advice. Copies of the magazine’s bomb-making and other sections have been found in the possession of several would-be attackers in the U.S. and Britain.“I am proud to be a traitor to America,” wrote Khan, 25, in an article in the second issue of the online magazine, published in fall last year. He described his life as working in the “jihadi media sector” in North Carolina, before his beliefs turned him into a “rebel of Washington’s imperialism.” He believed FBI agents were watching him in America, including a man who feigned a conversion to Islam, and one who antagonized him, sparking a fist-fight about his online work.Born in Saudi Arabia to Pakistani parents, Khan grew up in Queens before moving with his family to North Carolina in 2004. When he decided to travel to Yemen in October 2009, he did so with little difficulty, which he wrote surprised him: “I mean, I was quiet [sic] open about my beliefs online and it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out I was al-Qaeda to the core,” he wrote. From Sanaa, he traveled to what he called a mujaheddin base in rural Yemen, where he trained and studied. He wrote, “it only brought me gleeful tears and great joy to hear that America labels me as a terrorist.” A federal grand jury in Charlotte, N.C., questioned Muslims from the mosque and Islamic center that he attended. His worried father tried to cut off his Internet access and dissuade him from running extremist Web sites, but with little effect. Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) said authorities had tried stop Khan while he lived in North Carolina. “We tried to shut him down through the FBI but we couldn’t because he was not inciting violence, he was simply putting out information, and because he kept changing his server,” she said. Myrick described Khan as a loner whose departure for Yemen presented a “very clear red flag.” “He was one of the key people in recruiting and radicalizing Americans and that is of great concern to me but he was a misguided young person and really no one celebrates this death,” Myrick said. He is believed to have edited seven issues of Inspire magazine while in Yemen, which devoted much space to the thoughts of Aulaqi. In an interview Friday, former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), who served eight years on the House intelligence committee, said Aulaqi and Khan had “targeted Americans directly, they inspired others to kill Americans.” Al Awlaki is gone but his Jihadists are multiplying (Dr. Walid Phares) Imam Anwar al Awlaki held two important positions in the cobweb of international Jihadi terror. First, he was one of the emerging younger leaders of al Qaeda after the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Out of Yemen, from which his family originates, he had built a network of recruits capable of performing missions in the Arabian Peninsula, but also communicating with the Shabab of Somalia and many cells inside the West. His reach in recruitment was as far as Jihadists have been indoctrinated. The Nigerian Abdelmutalib, known as the Christmas day bomber in the US, was also connected to the Yemeni-based cleric. In a sense, al Awlaki was one of the most effective al Qaeda international officers. His loss will undoubtedly be felt –at least for a while – within the ranks of the network. But his other position is even more important to Americans. The New Mexico-born Jihadist had established a web of American citizens, indoctrinated and incited to strike against US national security. Shazad, the terrorist who tried to blow up a car in Times Square, and Major Nidal Hassan, who massacred more than a dozen military in Ft Hood, are just two sinister examples of the American Jihadi network linked to al Awlaki. His writings in American English, his speeches and his savvy knowledge of American culture and politics made him in reality the “emir” of US citizens who followed the Jihadi ideology. Thus, his killing is in fact a strike at the head of the most dangerous network operating inside American borders, not just internationally. From that perspective, the “coalition against terror” has scored a point in its war with al Qaeda. But, although this could be coined as a major tactical victory, it is not a strategic one.(MORE PAIN)

Taking A Computer Out of Screensaver Mode to See Suspect’s Facebook Wall Is a Fourth Amendment Search

September 29, 2011
(Volokh) The legal question: When a computer is in screensaver mode, does a police officer’s touching a key or moving the mousepad in order to reveal the contents of the screen constitute a Fourth Amendment “search”?
The facts: The local police received a few citizen calls about a threat posted on Craigslist regarding possible planned violence at a local shopping mall. The police contacted Craiglist and obtained contact information for the person who posted the threat. They visited the man at his home, and the man invited the officers inside. While the officers were present in the home, an officer saw a laptop computer that was either off or in screensaver mode. The officer touched a key or moved the mousepad, and the computer came out of screensaver mode. The officer could then see the contents of the screen, and those contents revealed the suspect’s Facebook wall. The Facebook wall contained a “status update” in which the suspect discussed the mall and wrote that another mall was next, and it also showed that the defendant had “liked” a group about the need to change the mall. The police arrested the suspect and took a way the computer. After being charged with making a threat, the suspect-turned-defendant moved to suppress the information relating to the threat found on the computer. He argued, among other things, that taking his computer out of screensaver mode to see the Facebook Wall was a “search” that required some sort of justification under the Fourth Amendment. The ruling: In United States v. Musgrove, 2011 WL 4356521 (E.D.Wis. 2011) (Joseph, M.J.): Whether there is a search here is a close call because the officer did not actively open any files. A truly cursory inspection—one that involves merely looking at what is already exposed to view, without disturbing it—is not a “search” for Fourth Amendment purposes. Arizona v. Hicks, 480 U.S. 321, 328 (1987). However, this is not such a case. By touching a key or moving the mouse, the officer put into view the Facebook wall, which was not previously in view. Though a close call, the Court concludes that this was a search, however minimal, which required further authority, a warrant or consent. The government submits that the officer’s manipulation of the computer was for the purpose of seizing the computer, not to conduct a preliminary search. However, intent is not generally relevant in assessing whether a search ensued. See, e.g., United States v. Mann, 592 F.3d 779, 784 (7th Cir.2010)(citing Platteville Area Apt. Ass’n v. City of Platteville, 179 F.3d 574, 580 (7th Cir.1999)). The Court therefore recommends that the defendant’s Facebook wall be suppressed.(MORE)
Close call? I agree with the finding and not the reasoning. Files most certainly were opened by ending the screen saver. There is a level of discretion that the court was allowed to decide what is a file and what is not in this finding. The court does not seem to be aware of this. The right decision would of been to decide the intent of the officer. how was the machine bumped? I suppose if I were this police man I would of lied.

Sex With Dolphins

September 29, 2011

Male Dolphins are known to gang rape the females. Why wouldn’t a female Dolphin be looking elsewhere?

Malcolm Brenner Chronicles His Sexual Relationship With Dolphin In ‘Wet Goddess’ (Huffington Post) What is repulsive about a relationship where both partners feel and express love for each other?” Brenner asked. “I know what I’m talking about here because after we made love, the dolphin put her snout on my shoulder, embraced me with her flippers and we stared into each others’ eyes for about a minute.

“Counterproductive”- The Despicable Willary Klintoon

September 29, 2011
(SheikYerMami/Vlad Tepes) The Klintoons, agents of Islam: Her hubby bombed the Christian Serbs to help the mujaheddin establish 3 Islamic Heroin and Jihad statelets in the middle of Europe. Both are in the Arab pocket. Willary Clitman: ‘Israel should allow her enemies to determine where she may or may not build homes for her people’ …US blasts ‘counterproductive’ Israeli settlement Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Israel’s announcement of 1,100 new housing units in east Jerusalem is counterproductive to the Mideast peace talks. (Sept. 27)

DOUBLE CHOKE! Boston Red Sox And Atlanta Braves Complete Historic Collapses

September 29, 2011

The CURSE is BACK!

(Wiz Bang) If you weren’t watching ESPN this evening you missed some serious baseball drama. The Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves both managed to historically squander large September 1st wild card leads (9 and 8 1/2 games respectively), loose their final games, and then watch their dogged pursuers (Tampa Bay Rays and St. Louis Cardinals) win their final games and take the last two wild card spots. The sequence of the Red Sox blowing a 3-2 lead to the Baltimore Orioles and nearly simultaneously having the Rays cap a extra inning comeback in a game they were down 7-0 to the New York Yankees was really the best baseball has to offer in terms of drama.

Red Sox Analysis FAIL! Federal Reserve Bank Analysis FAIL! Climate Change Analysis FAIL!


Lawmakers call for trade commission to investigate Facebook

September 29, 2011

I suspected as much from all social networks and online sites.

(Hill) Reps. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) on Wednesday called for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook’s practice of tracking users even after they log out of its site. (IHatetheMedia) …Zuckerberg is a spying little weasel. Too bad someone doesn’t kick his weaselly ass. (Daily Mail) …when you sign up to Facebook it automatically puts files known as ‘cookies’ on your computer which monitor your browsing history. Some cookies remain on your computer after you log out, and report back when you visit a site connected to Facebook. This covers millions of websites and refers to anything with a Facebook ‘like’ or ‘recommend’ button on it. This covers millions of websites worldwide and refers to anything with a Facebook ‘like’ or ‘recommend’ button on it. Monitoring all: Facebook founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg The data that is sent back is the IP address, or unique identifier of your computer, and a log of what you have been viewing. Mr Cubrilovic wrote: ‘Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit. ‘The only solution is to delete every Facebook cookie in your browser, or to use a separate (web) browser for Facebook interactions. ‘This is not what ‘logout’ is supposed to mean’. The admission is the latest in a series of privacy blunders from Facebook, which has a record of only correcting such matters when they are brought to light by other people… (MORE PAIN)(Pretty Much Everything Related To You And Facebook Is Recorded In Your Facebook Permanent Record | Techdirt)Thanks to European data privacy rules, some folks have successfully requested and received a detailed list of all the data that Facebook has kept about them. They’ve released a redacted version of the document for one person, which comes in at a hefty 880 pages. To be honest, nothing in this is all that surprising, but it does highlight just how much data Facebook ends up with and that it appears to not delete very much, if anything, ever. The parts that seemed a bit questionable to me were things like recording every computer from which you’d ever logged in… as well as a list of all other Facebook people who have logged in from that same machine. I’m assuming they use this for security/anti-phishing, but it’s still a bit creepy to keep all that information. The other part that’s a bit strange is that Facebook keeps deleted messages. That’s a bit more troubling, since most people expect that when they delete things, they’re really deleted. Still, while a lot of people may make a big deal out of this, it still doesn’t seem particularly surprising or really bad. At best it’s just a reminder of how much info you’re giving out, and that Facebook is hanging onto… forever. Perhaps your “permanent record” is becoming a real thing. (MORE PAIN)

The Tragedy of John Mearsheimer

September 29, 2011

(American Power) Gilad Atzmon, whose book Mearsheimer blurbed, is a despicable and ugly Hitler apologist and Holocaust denier. What’s also particularly disturbing is that Professor Stephen Walt joined the debate to explicitly defend Mearsheimer against the allegations of anti-Semitism.
Related: The title at Goldberg’s entry is not subtle: “John Mearsheimer Endorses a Hitler Apologist and Holocaust Revisionist.” David Bernstein, at Volokh, “A Challenge to John Mearsheimer“, Bernstein links to Pejman Yousefzadeh, and here’s another from Pejman that’s vital: “John Mearsheimer Further Beclowns Self. Film at Eleven.”, And here’s this from David Rothkopf, “Mearsheimer picks a winner: Finally, a revealing book jacket blurb“, Rothkopf’s reference is the the post by Mearsheimer at Stephen Walt’s blog at Foreign Policy, “Mearsheimer responds to Goldberg’s latest smear.”, this Harry’s Place entry is probably the most precise examination of Gilad Atzmon’s anti-Semitism: “Mearsheimer and Walt defend antisemite who thinks Hitler will be proved right.”