Thank You Director Obvious!

Intelligence officials say al-Qaeda will try to attack U.S. in next 6 months

The Obama administration’s top intelligence officials on Tuesday described it as “certain” that al-Qaeda or its allies will try to attack the United States in the next six months, and they called for new flexibility in how U.S. officials detain and question terrorist suspects.

The officials, testifying before the Senate intelligence committee, also warned of increased risk of cyber-attacks in the coming months, saying that the recent China-based hacking of Google’s computers was both a “wake-up call” and a forerunner to future strikes aimed at businesses or intended to cause economic disruption.

“Al-Qaeda maintains its intent to attack the homeland — preferably with a large-scale operation that would cause mass casualties, harm the U.S. economy or both,” Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair told the committee in a hearing convened to assess threats against the country.

See also:
Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Intel chief: al-Qaeda likely to attempt attack
Officials Warn al Qaeda ‘Certain’ to Try Attack Soon
Intelligence Officials Warn Attempted Al Qaeda Attack Months Away
Al-Qaeda Likely to Try U.S. Attack Within Six Months (Update2)
Intelligence chiefs: Al Qaeda attack imminent
Al-Qaeda ‘to attempt US attack soon’
Senators Warned of Terrorist Attack on U.S. by July
Concerns grow over Al Qaeda’s group in Yemen
U.S. flying blind as intel chief says terror attack likely within six months

Al Qaeda still wants to launch attacks against the U.S. homeland at the earliest possible opportunity, really? You mean they haven’t given up on their global jihad against Western civilization? I’m shocked I tell you, shocked!

/in other breaking news, water is wet, fire is hot, and [expletive deleted] stinks

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Microsoft Cleans Up After Chinese Hack Of Google, Obama Turns The Other Cheek

Microsoft to release patch for IE hole on Thursday

Microsoft said on Wednesday that it will release on Thursday a patch to fix the latest hole in Internet Explorer that was used in the China-based attack on Google and for which an exploit has been released on the Internet since last week.

The company plans to release the patch as close to 10 a.m. PST on Thursday as possible and host a public Webcast at 1 p.m. PST, according to the security advisory.

Microsoft continues to see limited attacks and has only seen evidence of successful attacks against Internet Explorer 6, according to Jerry Bryant, senior security program manager at Microsoft.

“This is a standard cumulative update, accelerated from our regularly scheduled February release, for Internet Explorer with an aggregate severity rating of Critical,” he said in a statement.

“It addresses the vulnerability related to recent attacks against Google and a small subset of corporations, as well as several other vulnerabilities. Once applied, customers are protected against the known attacks that have been widely publicized,” Bryant said. “We recommend that customers install the update as soon as it is available. For customers using automatic updates, this update will automatically be applied once it is released.”

Vulnerable software is IE 6 on Microsoft Windows 2000 and IE 6, 7, and 8 on supported editions of Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft said.

So, while China continues its relentless, covert cyberwar against U.S. and other Western commercial, government, and military targets, stealing information and secrets and causing economic and national security damage to our computer networks, guess what the Obama administration has decided to do, against the advice of U.S. intelligence officials and experts?

China removed as top priority for spies

The White House National Security Council recently directed U.S. spy agencies to lower the priority placed on intelligence collection for China, amid opposition to the policy change from senior intelligence leaders who feared it would hamper efforts to obtain secrets about Beijing’s military and its cyber-attacks.

The downgrading of intelligence gathering on China was challenged by Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair and CIA Director Leon E. Panetta after it was first proposed in interagency memorandums in October, current and former intelligence officials said.

The decision downgrades China from “Priority 1” status, alongside Iran and North Korea, to “Priority 2,” which covers specific events such as the humanitarian crisis after the Haitian earthquake or tensions between India and Pakistan.

The National Security Council staff, in response, pressed ahead with the change and sought to assure Mr. Blair and other intelligence chiefs that the change would not affect the allocation of resources for spying on China or the urgency of focusing on Chinese spying targets, the officials told The Washington Times.

White House National Security Council officials declined to comment on the intelligence issue. Mike Birmingham, a spokesman for Mr. Blair, declined to comment. A CIA spokesman also declined to comment.

But administration officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the new policy is part of the Obama administration’s larger effort to develop a more cooperative relationship with Beijing.

See also:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for January 2010
New IE hole exploited in attacks on U.S. firms
Microsoft Scrambles to Patch Browser
Microsoft patching “Google hack” flaw in IE tomorrow
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-002 Coming Thursday for IE Zero-Day
Microsoft to issue “Google attack” browser patch
Microsoft to issue emergency IE patch Thursday
Microsoft will issue emergency IE patch on Thursday
China removed as top priority for spies
China no longer top priority for intelligence gathering: White House
‘China no longer top priority for intelligence gathering’
China: Still an Intelligence Priority

Relax, don’t worry, the country is in the very best of hands.

/Obama’s NSC, more than a dozen morons stuffed in a four passenger clown car

Bad News For Israel

After pandering to Jews to get elected to her New York Senate seat, Hillary, now Obama’s Secretary of State, is criticizing Israel in no uncertain terms.

Clinton warns Israel over delays in Gaza aid

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has relayed messages to Israel in the past week expressing anger at obstacles Israel is placing to the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. A leading political source in Jerusalem noted that senior Clinton aides have made it clear that the matter will be central to Clinton’s planned visit to Israel next Tuesday.

Ahead of Clinton’s visit, special U.S. envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell is expected to issue a sharply worded protest on the same matter when he arrives here Thursday.

“Israel is not making enough effort to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza,” senior U.S. officials told Israeli counterparts last week, and reiterated Washington’s view by saying that “the U.S. expects Israel to meet its commitments on this matter.”

See also:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to pledge $900M in aid to Gaza on 1st visit to Mideast
Clinton Bashed By Some NYC Jewish Leaders
Jewish Leaders Blast Clinton Over Israel Criticism

Now, why would Israel possibly be concerned about aid moving into Gaza?

The money will be channeled through UN and other bodies and will not be distributed via the militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza

You see, the aid is being distributed by the U.N. there’s no way it could possibly end up in the hands of Hamas, right? What could possibly go wrong?

UNRWA suspends aid to Gaza after Hamas again seizes supplies

UNRWA informed the IDF on Friday it is suspending humanitarian aid deliveries to the Gaza Strip after Hamas stole supplies it had transferred to the Palestinian territory.

The seizure of 200 tons of supplies, included flour and other staples, took place on Thursday night. In response, UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency) officials informed the IDF’s Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration that it was suspending the deliveries until further notice.

See also:
Hamas steals blankets, food from U.N. warehouse
U.N. Accuses Hamas of Stealing Aid
Hamas confiscates U.N. Gaza aid
Hamas Stealing Food and Medicine Sent By International Donors
Hamas police accused of stealing aid

And what does Hamas do with the supplies they steal, the humanitarian aid intended for the displaced population of Gaza? Why, they sell the aid to buy more weapons to attack Israel with of course!

In Gaza, the criminal Hamas government has been caught red handed time and again stealing international aid – either selling it back to the people to fund their war crimes, or diverting it directly to their guerilla terrorist forces. And Hamas keeps firing rockets into Israeli towns using their own human shields every day. And the smuggling tunnels bring in more weapons all the time.

See also:
Fixing UNRWA: Repairing the UN’s Troubled System of Aid to Palestinian Refugees
UN Relief and Works Agency

So, why is the Obama administration criticizing and pressuring Israel to go against her own self interest and allow aid to pour into Gaza via the U.N. when the U.N. itself admits that it can’t keep the aid out of the hands of Hamas? Good question, bad news for Israel. But wait, there’s more.

Former US envoy to Kingdom named to top intelligence post

The appointment by the Obama administration of Charles “Chas” Freeman as chairman of the National Intelligence Council on Thursday caused a real brouhaha in Washington.

Freeman served as US ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the 1991 Gulf War and has major expertise regarding China. His appointment brought praise from many but criticism from elements of the pro-Israeli community and pro-Israeli Congressmen.

Pro-Israeli publications are attacking his appointment as something close to betrayal — Why? He’s been called everything from “a Saudi puppet,” “Chas of Arabia” to being “linked to Saudi cash.”

The “link” goes back to 2007, when as president of the Washington-based Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) he accepted a $1 million donation from Prince Alwaleed bin Talal for the council.

Not only is he is being attacked for being pro-Saudi, but also for his calls for a more balanced US foreign policy between Israel and the Arab world.

Back in 2007, Freeman addressed the pro-Israeli Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, and said: “Israel no longer even pretends to seek peace with the Palestinians; it strives instead to pacify them.”

The primary reason America confronts a terrorism problem today, he continued, is “the brutal oppression of the Palestinians by an Israeli occupation that is about to mark its fortieth anniversary and shows no sign of ending.”

The Wrong Man For The Job

National Security: Imagine one of China’s and Saudi Arabia’s mouthpieces in America writing intelligence reports for the White House. Meet Chas Freeman, who will soon fill all three roles.

National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair has named Freeman to head his council of advisers, an influential post that, regrettably, does not require Senate confirmation.

As National Intelligence Council chairman, Freeman will serve as a key intelligence adviser to President Obama and will prepare his daily briefings and the all-important National Intelligence Estimate on foreign threats.

The job demands an uncompromising objectivity that Freeman can’t possibly deliver, given his conflicts of interest involving two nations potentially hostile to the U.S.

Freeman for years has showed an almost slavish zeal in defending Riyadh and Beijing from well-deserved criticism. This has undermined Israel and Taiwan, both key American allies.

See also:
Obama’s intelligence pick linked to Saudi Arabia
Freeman confirmed in intelligence job
Amb. Chas. W. Freeman, Jr.
Middle East Policy Council
National Intelligence Council

So why would Obama allow the appointment of someone so blatantly anti-Israel to advise him and prepare his daily intelligence briefings? Good question, bad news for Israel. But wait, there’s more.

Samantha Power Joining Obama Team

Samantha Power, who famously called Hillary Clinton a “monster,” is going to get a key spot on President Obama’s National Security Council team.

See also:
Samantha Power to the NSC
Samantha Power ’99 to join National Security Council
Samantha Power to join National Security Council team
Will Samantha Power have a role in giving aid to Hamas?
Appointment of Power angers some Jews
National Security Council

Of course calling Hillary Clinton a monster isn’t the only statement Samantha Power is famous for. She’s also famous for calling for the U.S. invasion of Israel.

Speaking truth to Power

Power made her most problematic statement in 2002, in an interview she gave at Berkeley. The interviewer asked her this question:

Let me give you a thought experiment here, and it is the following: without addressing the Palestine-Israel problem, let’s say you were an advisor to the President of the United States, how would you respond to current events there? Would you advise him to put a structure in place to monitor that situation, at least if one party or another [starts] looking like they might be moving toward genocide?

Power gave an astonishing answer:

What we don’t need is some kind of early warning mechanism there, what we need is a willingness to put something on the line in helping the situation. Putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import; it may more crucially mean sacrificing—or investing, I think, more than sacrificing—billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel’s military, but actually investing in the new state of Palestine, in investing the billions of dollars it would probably take, also, to support what will have to be a mammoth protection force, not of the old Rwanda kind, but a meaningful military presence. Because it seems to me at this stage (and this is true of actual genocides as well, and not just major human rights abuses, which were seen there), you have to go in as if you’re serious, you have to put something on the line.

Unfortunately, imposition of a solution on unwilling parties is dreadful. It’s a terrible thing to do, it’s fundamentally undemocratic. But, sadly, we don’t just have a democracy here either, we have a liberal democracy. There are certain sets of principles that guide our policy, or that are meant to, anyway. It’s essential that some set of principles becomes the benchmark, rather than a deference to [leaders] who are fundamentally politically destined to destroy the lives of their own people. And by that I mean what Tom Friedman has called “Sharafat” [Sharon-Arafat]. I do think in that sense, both political leaders have been dreadfully irresponsible. And, unfortunately, it does require external intervention…. Any intervention is going to come under fierce criticism. But we have to think about lesser evils, especially when the human stakes are becoming ever more pronounced.

Now why would Obama have someone who thinks about invading Israel as one of his closest foreign policy advisors? Good question, bad news for Israel.

/if you’re starting to get the picture that electing Barack Obama as President of the United States is bad news for Israel, you might just be onto something

Make Room Under The Bus

Forsaking Taiwan?

Some key Cabinet picks bode ill for Taiwan in its struggle for independence from Red China. Obama’s intelligence czar, for one, doesn’t think the key island democracy is worth protecting.

In fact, Adm. Dennis Blair regards Taiwan much like the Chinese Communists regard it — as a nuisance. His exact words are more colorful. At a late 1999 Capitol Hill meeting, Blair told staffers that Taiwan had become “the turd in the punch bowl” of U.S.-Chinese relations, as Bill Gertz reported in his book “The China Threat.”

If Taiwan were to declare itself an independent nation, Blair asserted, “I don’t think we should support them at all.”

The remark was viewed by at least one Senate aide who attended the closed-door meeting as a clear sign that the Clinton administration had aligned itself with the communist regime in China against democratic Taiwan, an alignment that seems to be repeating itself with this administration.

. . .

It’s not as if Blair’s negative remarks were a secret. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., asked Blair about them in written questions he submitted to the nominee outside the public hearings. (In his answers, Blair copped to the “turd” comment, but said he was referring not to Taiwan but to some unspecified action by a former Taiwanese government official.)

Why would senators have to keep such important questions private, when the fate of Taiwan could hang in the balance — along with possibly Japan and South Korea, and potentially the entire Pacific island chain stretching to Hawaii?

Answer: Because Sen. Dianne Feinstein is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which unanimously approved Blair as Obama’s top intel adviser. She and her billionaire husband, who does brisk business in Beijing, are notorious China boosters. Not surprisingly, she praised Blair throughout his nomination hearing.

/raise your hand if you seriously think Obama would lift a finger to defend Taiwan