Foreign Policy Mag was just comparing John Brennan’s CIA mustache to John Bolton

February 8, 2013
“Nor do we describe our enemy as ‘jihadists’ or ‘Islamists’ because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam…” ~ John Brennan, Counter-terrorism advisor to Barack Hussein Obama


Israeli technology to secure France’s Louvre

July 3, 2012

(YNet)(For centuries Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa has lived in France. Napoleon had her in his bedroom, Louis XIV brought her to Versailles, and eventually she graced the walls of the Louvre. An Italian Louvre employee was resentful of the fact that this painting wasn’t in its homeland. To restore the Mona Lisa to Italy, Vincenzo Peruggia hid her under his coat when the museum closed for the day and took her to Florence. Two years later, Peruggia was caught and the Mona Lisa was returned to Paris. Peruggia, unlike most robbers, was hailed as a patriotic hero and given a mere 7 months in jail.)
An Israeli project, which is set to boost the museum’s security, will further entail the installation of Synel’s time and attendance management hardware, as well as the use of fingerprint verification, keypad entry, magnetic card, barcode card, proximity card, contactless smart card and facial recognition. According to Erez Buganim, Synel’s Vice President of marketing, the Louvre is continuously exposed to burglary attempts, even by employees. “Therefore, the security system is needed. It will prevent unauthorized personnel from entering areas in the museum where priceless art is held in,” he said. “There are art pieces that aren’t always on display for the public and even the museum’s employees can’t reach certain exhibition spaces at all times,” he said. “Synel offers a technological solution which will monitor unauthorized entries into the museum and within the museum’s exhibition spaces,” Buganim added. The Israeli technology will allow for the museum’s security team to track the Louvre’s 700 employees. Synel France and England CEO Danny Farber expects that by the end of 2012, over 200 French organizations will be using the new technology. “The project at the Louvre is one of several new projects, Synel has recently started in France and England.”

I’m skeptical that the French public won’t freak out when they realize that the system used in a museum could also be used by street cameras and could track terrorists. They of course will point out that it is an Israeli technology that is obviously using art as a sidetrack. No doubt this would create the ultimate Panopticon. Already most cities have cameras installed all over the place. With facial recognition technology it’d be impossible to hide from the government. It is an interesting technology however. The same article had a link to another Israeli facial recognition company that facebook just bought. That is quite frightening to think in the future you will have to go in front of a camera and have Artificial Intel judge to see if you are you.


Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF): Islamist and Pro-Terrorist Turkish Regime Annointed as Co-Leader; Israel, Left Out

September 14, 2011

(TurkishNY) The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), to be co-chaired by Turkey and the United States in the first place, will be an international platform to fight against terrorism.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced the establishment of a new Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF). According to the statement, this initiative is the main activity in the administration’s effort to organize a framework for the international counterterrorism effort. There are 30 founding members: Switzerland is a member. Pakistan and India, despite the former’s sponsoring terrorism agianst the latter, are members; Israel is not?

The country that is the most informed about terrorism is not in the group… why? Because countries that have enabled terrorism don’t like the country that has been doing the best job against it. Madness

As stated in President Obama’s National Counterterrorism Strategy, the U.S. is committed to strengthening the global counterterrorism (CT) architecture in a manner that complements and reinforces the CT work of existing multilateral bodies. The Administration’s signature initiative in this area is the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), which is intended to ensure the necessary international architecture is in place to address 21st century challenges.
The U.S. proposed the creation of the GCTF to address the evolving terrorist threat in a way that would bring enduring benefits by helping frontline countries and affected regions acquire the means to deal with threats they face. It is based on a recognition that the U.S. alone cannot eliminate every terrorist or terrorist organization. Rather, the international community must come together to assist countries as they work to confront the terrorist threat. Who: The 30 founding members of the GCTF are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Structure: The GCTF will consist of a strategic-level Coordinating Committee, co-chaired initially by the United States and Turkey; five thematic and regional expert-driven working groups; and a small administrative unit that the U.S. will host for the first few years.

You can expect the GCTF to declare Israel a terrorist state. If you thought the charge of racism from Durban was tough to swallow… wait till Israel is accused of terrorism for protecting it’s legal blockade. Turkey has already threatened to use force. Tempting Fate?