The National Security Agency (NSA) has the capability to access to the personal information of millions of Americans via apps on smartphones, according to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. A civil liberties expert denounced the misuse of this technology as a violation of the Fourth Amendment.
"Monitoring someone through an app is as valid a means as any other to spy on a legitimate target; monitoring everyone – whether through their apps, their web browsing, or their phone records — is dangerous," Julian Sanchez, research fellow at the Cato Institute, told The Christian Post in a Tuesday statement.
According to reports from The New York Times, the Guardian, and ProPublica, the NSA can discover a person's location, political leanings, and even sexual orientation through mobile mapping, gaming, and social networking apps common to the world's estimated 1 billion smartphones. The documents do not say whether or not NSA has used this capability. more >>
U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, was recently interviewed about Syria. While many of his assertions can be debated, one especially requires a response. Throughout the interview, he repeatedly insisted that, if Bashar Assad would only leave power, everything would go well - especially for all of Syria's minorities.
In his words: "I believe that a peace can protect all of the minorities: Druze, Christian, Isma'ilis, Alawites - all of them can be protected, and you can have a pluralistic Syria, in which minority rights of all people are protected."
Elsewhere in the interview, Kerry declared that "The world would protect the Alawites, Druze, Christians, and all minorities in Syria after the ousting of Assad." more >>
A lawyer who specializes in religious liberty cases has expressed approval of the Defense Department's recently announced new policy on religious grooming for military personnel.
Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told The Christian Post that the Wednesday announcement by the Pentagon was a "good step."
"We think that it's a very good step in that it incorporates, for instance, much of the language from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which applies to the federal government," said Blomberg. more >>
To the extent that art really does imitate life, every American owes it to themselves and to our troops to see the blockbuster film, Lone Survivor. Panned by cynical elites as "shameless war-porn," in reality this movie portrays the heroism and sacrifice of four members of Seal Team 10 during a mission gone bad in the mountains of Afghanistan in 2007.
Operation Redwings was designed to track the location and movements of an Afghani terrorist, Ahmad Shah, with the ultimate goal of taking him out. The mission was compromised when a group of goat herders stumbled across the Americans and reported them to the Taliban. The team was subsequently ambushed and virtually wiped out in a vicious gunfight. Seal Team Leader, Lt. Michael Murphy, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, and three others received the Navy Cross. The only member of the team to survive, Marcus Luttrell, chronicled Seal Team 10's heroic story in a book bearing the same name as the film.
For many, Lone Survivor is nothing special – merely another action-packed, blood-drenched diversion to be enjoyed while munching on Milk Duds and popcorn at the local movie house. Its impact will only last as long as it takes for the next blockbuster flick to hit the big screen. For those who've experienced war firsthand, however, the movie provides a glimpse into the horrors and heroism that only those who've worn the uniform can understand. more >>
Russian authorities have announced they are currently hunting as many as four female terrorists known as "black widows" who are possibly plotting to attack the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in early February.
Last week, police in Sochi dispersed "Wanted" flyers warning local hotels of one of the women, 22-year-old Ruzana Ibragimova, the wife of an Islamic militant killed by Russian security forces in 2013. The young widow reportedly left her home in Dagestan, located in the volatile Caucasus area, sometime last month and authorities have received information that she has been dispatched by a terrorist group to carry out an attack in Sochi.
The "Wanted" posters describe Ibragimova, who also goes by the name Salima, as having a 4-inch long scar across her left cheek, a limp in her right leg and a left arm that does not bend at the elbow. The flier adds that the woman may be part of "a terrorist act within the 2014 Olympic region." more >>
Now that the truth has finally surfaced by way of the January 15, 2014 Senate Intelligence Committee report, we see that al-Qaeda affiliated networks were indeed responsible for the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The finding stands in stark contrast to the yarns fed to us by President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the administration at large, suggesting a video, not al Qaeda, inspired those attacks.
The Obama administration should be held accountable, as Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said in a January 15 press release, because "high-ranking administration officials, including the President himself, repeatedly cast doubt on the nature of the attack, at times attributing it to the reaction to an anti-Islamic video and to a spontaneous demonstration that escalated into violence."
So close to the 2012 elections, it is no surprise that Obama and Hillary would steer clear of any mention of the "approximately ten Islamist militias and AQ [al Qaeda} training camps within Benghazi" mentioned in the Senate report because it didn't fit into Democrat talking points. CNS News reports after the Benghazi attacks, Obama offered some variation of either al Qaeda was decimated or it was on the path to defeat at least 32 times. No wonder then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton caught what former Rep. Allen West called the "Benghazi Flu," which caused her to faint prior to her scheduled testimony. more >>