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NSA Tracks Porn Use, Other Embarrassing Online Behaviors of Muslim Extremists

By Site Pro News

Not even porn viewing practices are safe from the prying eyes of the National Security Agency. According to a report in the Huffington Post by Glenn Greenwald, who first broke the story of the NSA's surveillance programs with the help of whistleblower Edward Snowden, the agency collected the porn viewing histories and other potentially embarrassing online behaviors of those it deems a threat to national security, particularly Islamist extremists.

According to the documents provided by Snowden, the NSA plans to use the information to discredit their Muslim targets in the eyes of their followers. The documents provided by Snowden revealed the NSA has potentially humiliating sexually explicit data on at least two targets after monitoring their online activity. The information was nabbed by FBI surveillance programs authorized under the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act.

Some of the vulnerabilities the NSA lists as being easy to exploit are the viewing of "sexually explicit material online" and "using sexually explicit persuasive language when communicating with inexperienced young girls."

The following is a list of NSA targets: - A target who says `Non-Muslims are a threat to Islam.' His vulnerability is `online promiscuity.'- A `respected academic' who says `offensive jihad is justified.' His vulnerabilities are `online promiscuity' and publishing articles `without checking facts.' - A `well-known media celebrity' based in the Middle East who says `the U.S perpetrated the 9/11 attack.' His vulnerability is `a glamorous lifestyle.' - A target who says `the U.S. brought the 9/11 attacks on itself.' His vulnerability is `deceitful use of funds.'

"The document expresses the hope that revealing damaging information about the individuals could undermine their perceived `devotion to the jihadist cause'," writes Greenwald. The latest NSA secret, aired courtesy of Snowden, is the latest in an ongoing series of revelations about the extent of the agency's surveillance programs.

Iran Claims That Mossad and Saudi Intelligence are Designing Super-Stuxnet to Destroy Iran's Nuclear Program

By DEBKAfile

Iran's semi-official Fars news agency "reveals" that Saudi Arabia and Israel's Mossad are "co-conspiring to produce a computer worm more destructive than the Stuxnet malware to sabotage Iran's nuclear program." The report appeared Monday during foreign Minister Javad Zarif's tour of Arabian Gulf capitals, with the object of easing tensions between the emirates and Tehran. Riyadh was not on his itinerary.

In 2010, Stuxnet, reputed to have been developed by the US and Israel, was the malworm which attacked the software of Iran's uranium enrichment program and caused a major slowdown, as well as disrupting its only nuclear reactor at Bushehr. The Iranian agency now claims that Saudi intelligence director Prince Bandar Bin Sultan and the head of Israel's Mossad Tamir Pardo met in Vienna on November 24, shortly after the six world powers signed their first interim nuclear agreement with Iran in Geneva. The two spy chiefs brought with them teams of Israeli and Saudi cyber specialists to discuss "the production of a malware worse than Stuxnet to spy on and destroy the software structure of Iran's nuclear program," according to Fars. Riyadh was willing to put up the funding estimated roughly at $1 million.

This plan was approved after the Geneva deal was roundly castigated by Saudi Arabia for acknowledging Iran's rights to enrich uranium as "Western treachery," while Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called it "a historic mistake" and a danger to the world.

Without spelling this out, the Iranian source suggested that President Barack Obama, who in 2010 was ready to go along with the Stuxnet attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, had changed course and opted out of further cyber war after deciding to make Iran his strategic partner in the Middle East. Israeli intelligence had therefore turned to Saudi intelligence, said the Iranian source.

The same source "disclosed," without citing dates, that the Saudi prince and the Israeli spy chief had rendezvoused a number of times in the Jordanian port of Aqaba. When those meetings became an open secret in the Middle East, Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz is said to have warned Bandar that the close direct collaboration between the two agencies was causing concern in the royal house.

In another "revelation," Fars claimed that Prince Bandar secretly visited Israel under cover of French President Francois Hollande's state visit on Nov. 17-18, ahead of the Geneva meeting on Iran's nuclear program. This source said the Saudi prince took part in the high-powered Franco-Israeli discussions in Tel Aviv on ways to halt Iran's nuclear progress. No part of these reports have been confirmed from any other sources.

'Trying to Speak to Roosevelt Behind Closed Doors Didn't Help the Jews of Europe'

By Israel Hayom

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met on Monday with Pope Francis in the Vatican and with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, and with both, the Iranian nuclear issue was a major topic of conversation.

Netanyahu made clear during his state visit that "I will not rely on others to take care of [the Iranian issue] for me." He stressed that he does not intend to stop criticizing the interim deal reached between Iran and the world powers in Geneva, adding that "if I don't stand up against those who want to destroy us, then what would I speak out [against]?"

In closed talks on Monday, Netanyahu said that "the United States is a great friend of the State of Israel and will remain our greatest friend." He added: "I always suggest maintaining our strong ties to the U.S., but it is clear that the world is changing," explaining that change also means expanding international ties. This sentiment echoes that of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who said that "ties with the U.S. are decreasing, we need additional allies," indicating the need for new economic collaborations, but not for a new strategic ally to replace the United States.

"What, should we not open a window to China? That's absurd. This obviously would not mean that tomorrow we will sign a defense alliance contract with China. Other collaborations exist with countries in Europe, and that's good," said Netanyahu.

According to a Prime Minister's Office official, "The floodgates of [easing] sanctions against Iran are opening up, so what should we do? Send faxes to the White House? Seventy-five years ago, when there was no state, the Jews tried to talk with American President Roosevelt behind closed doors, and that did not really help the Jews of Europe."

Netanyahu passed the message about the Iranian threat on to Pope Francis and to Letta. He told the pope that "Iran aspires to attain a nuclear bomb. It would thus threaten not only Israel but also Italy, Europe, and the entire world," adding that "the most dangerous regime in the world must not be allowed to have the most dangerous weapon in the world."

To his Italian counterpart, Netanyahu said that "even though Iran has not even begun to implement the agreement, there appears to be a general relaxation of sanctions and a rush to accommodate Iran and to make it legitimate, as if Iran has changed anything of its actual policies except to smile, to speak English on occasion and to make Powerpoint presentations. What a revolution!"

White House Denies Reports that Obama will Visit Iran in 2014


The White House has denied a report from Kuwaiti news outlet Al-Jarida claiming that President Barack Obama is planning a 2014 visit to Tehran, according to USA Today. Ma'ariv noted that the report said that both Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani suggested the meeting, and that Obama is also scheduled to meet with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

An unidentified Kuwaiti source said that Obama "wants to be the first U.S. president to visit Iran since the Khamenei revolution to show that he is an advocate of peace and dialogue - even with those who sing 'Death to America.'" The White House denied the claims late Monday. "There is no truth to this report," said Caitlin Hayden, spokesperson for the National Security Council. Jimmy Carter was the last U.S. president to visit Iran, before the Islamic revolution in 1979 and the subsequent hostage crisis.

Last month, a controversial deal was reached between Iran and world powers P5+1 in Geneva, which exchanges an easing of sanctions for Iran's commitment to slow down its uranium enrichment program. The aftermath has been a number of revelations about the deal, including that Obama traded an Iranian antiquity in order to talk to Rouhani, and that the Obama administration had been working with Iran secretly for months.

Israeli officials not only back Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's claims that the move was a "historic mistake," but have also been concerned about reports from experts claiming that the deal still allows Iran to build a nuclear weapon in just over a month.

French Experts: Arafat Wasn't Poisoned

By The Times of Israel

French experts have ruled out the possibility that Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat died of poisoning, according to AFP and other sources. French media leaks indicated that the scientists who had been looking into Arafat's death concluded he died of a "generalized infection," the BBC reported.

"The results of the analyses allow us to conclude that the death was not the result of poisoning," the source who saw the French report's conclusions told Reuters. "We are not talking about surprising news here," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.

Earlier in the day, Tawfiq Tiraqi, the official in charge of the Palestinian Authority investigating team, said Tuesday that he would soon identify who was responsible for Arafat's death, Reuters reported. "I promise that the next press conference will be the last, and will cast into the light of day everyone who perpetrated, took part in or conspired in the matter," Tirawi said in an interview with Palestine Today television. "We are in the last 15 minutes of the investigation."

Speaking to official Palestinian television last month, Tirawi, a retired general who served as chief of Palestinian General Intelligence in the West Bank and currently advises PA President Mahmoud Abbas on security affairs, indicated that Israel was at fault. "How can it deny this? There is not one Palestinian leader that Israel didn't kill. It killed leaders from all the Palestinian factions, and admits to it 10 or 20 years later. In 20 years they'll admit to [killing] Arafat," Tirawi said.

But Tirawi said that circumstantial evidence collected by his committee left no room for doubt that Israel was to blame. Statements made by Israeli officials in then-prime minister Ariel Sharon's cabinet calling for Arafat's "removal" fill 70 pages of his committee's report. "The crime has three pillars: the first is the perpetrator, which is Israel. The second is the method, which is poisoning. The third pillar is the means of delivering the poison, which we will get to, God willing," Tirawi said. "Whether the tool was an Arab, a foreigner or a Palestinian makes no difference. When the investigation is completed, Israel will not be able to deny it."

In the four years leading up to his death, Arafat's relationship with his longtime nemesis, Israel's then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, had become increasingly hostile. Sharon, a hard-liner, blamed Arafat for encouraging anti-Israeli violence instead of working toward a peace deal and kept him isolated at his West Bank compound for extended periods.

Arafat died Nov. 11, 2004 at a French military hospital, a month after falling ill at his West Bank headquarters. At the time, French doctors said he died of a stroke and had a blood-clotting problem, but records were inconclusive about what caused that condition.

The Palestinians launched an investigation at the time, and Tirawi said Friday that it encompassed hundreds of statements from Palestinians and non-Palestinians in the West Bank and around the world. No suspects emerged and no arrests were made.

The investigation hit a dead end, and was only revived when the satellite TV station Al-Jazeera persuaded Arafat's widow, Suha, last year to hand over his hospital bag with underwear, headscarves and other belongings. Mrs. Arafat has lived in exile since her husband's death and is estranged from most of the Palestinian leadership. The items in the bag were examined by Switzerland's Institute for Radiation Physics, which found elevated traces of polonium.

Earlier this year, Arafat's grave in his Ramallah compound was reopened. Swiss, Russian and French scientists were given samples of the remains and burial soil. An Israeli expert on radiation quoted by Ynet said the Swiss report was "completely fabricated." Dr. Ehud Ne'eman said there would be no traces of Polonium 210 if the poison was injected before 2004. The Russian report called evidence of radioactive polonium in Arafat's death inconclusive.

In November 2012, a leading French doctor who teaches at the Paris hospital where Arafat died told The Times of Israel, based on Arafat's medical report, that there was "absolutely no way" the Palestinian leader was poisoned.

Arafat's medical records concluded he died in November 2004 from a stroke "that resulted from a bleeding disorder caused by an unidentified infection," The New York Times reported in 2005. The paper wrote at the time that the first independent review "suggests that poisoning was highly unlikely."

Israel's Foreign Ministry also emphatically rejected the findings of the report. "This story doesn't hold water," Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told The Times of Israel. The Swiss investigative team was "commissioned by an interested party," he said. He also cast doubt on the actual scientific value of the study because the scientists said they had only an 83% level of confidence that he was poisoned.

"Their conclusions are inconclusive. Either he was poisoned or he wasn't," Palmor said. He also said the Swiss investigative team never asked for access to the medical files of the French hospital in which the Palestinian leader died. "They can't conclude anything if they don't ask for access to the most basic medical files."

Anticipating accusations that Israel might have tried to kill Arafat, Palmor categorically stated that "Israel has strictly nothing to do with this. The use, misuse and abuse of these investigations smack of a lack of seriousness," he said, "and have to do with an internal Palestinian feud between [Arafat's widow] Suha on one hand and Arafat's successor on the other."

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