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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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