Friday, November 7, 2014

Susan 'Benghazi' Rice's Iran press conference: An exercise in dissemblance?

Susan 'Benghazi' Rice's Iran press conference: An exercise in dissemblance?

President Barack Obama's National Security Advisor Susan "Benghazi video" Rice appeared on Friday before a room full of news reporters regarding the Wall Street Journal's story about a letter from Obama sent to Iran's supreme leader and not one reporter questioned her veracity. Rice stated that the Obama administration has not engaged in any operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) nor are there any plans to do so.
The running joke among cops in DC is: How can you tell Susan Rice is lying? Obama's lips are sealed.
White House Press Office
Rice, who angered a large number of Americans when she blamed a YouTube video for the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, was sent out to do what she does best: look straight into a television camera and "lie through her teeth on behalf of hr feckless bosses in the White House," said former military intelligence officer and police anti-terrorism operative Michael Snopes.
"When [Susan] Rice shows up, get ready to be lied to. With four Americans dead in Benghazi and radical Islamic groups vying for power in the post-Gaddafi Libya -- which she should have known about -- Rice blamed a poorly produced motion picture about the Islamic Prophet Mohammed. As far as a lie, it ranked right up there with Bill Clinton's 'I never had sex with that woman... Monica Lewinsky,'" Snopes quipped .
Ms. Rice told reporters point blank: the United States is not engaged in any type of military coordination with Iran over combating the Islamic State militants. However, she stopped short of denying the letter from President Obama to Iran's real leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. As described in an Examiner news story, The Wall Street Journal claims that the Obama letter was supposed to be a top secret document, but counterterrorism analyst, former police training officer Larry Bengalina, who trained cops in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he believes the letter was actually leaked by Obama's White House minions in order to show Americans he's "on top of the war on ISIS."
"The fact is that in his figurative eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with the Iranian government, Obama blinked," said Bengalina, who is a candidate for a doctorate in public safety administration. "The Iranians weren't oblivious to Obama's 'red line' with Assad that showed our President was all talk. That so-called red line appears to have moved to U.S. states such as Arizona and Texas, where Obama decided to sic his Attorney General [Eric Holder] on GOP politicians and sheriffs who dared to try to curtail illegal immigration," he told the Examiner on Friday morning.
Rice also dismissed any link between Iran's nuclear program and the campaign against the Islamic State. "We have never made that linkage, so the reports that suggest the contrary are inaccurate," she told reporters the White House Press Corps on Friday.
The Wall Street Journal had reported on Thursday that in his letter sent to Khamenei in the middle of last month, Obama stressed that "any cooperation on Islamic State was largely contingent on Iran reaching a comprehensive agreement with global powers on the future of Tehran 's nuclear program by a Nov. 24 diplomatic deadline."

Revealed, six decades of 'ritual' child abuse: Catholic schools and orphanages damned in report

Revealed, six decades of 'ritual' child abuse: Catholic schools and orphanages damned in report

  • Abuse was 'endemic' in childrens' institutions
  • Safety of children in general was not a consideration
  • No abusers will be prosecuted
  • Victims banned from launch of shocking report
Church leaders and government watchdogs covered up 'endemic' and 'ritualised' abuse of thousands of children in Roman Catholic schools and orphanages in the Irish Republic, a shocking report revealed yesterday.
For six decades, priests and nuns terrorised boys and girls in the workhouse-style schools with sexual, physical and mental abuse.
Kevin Flannigan, right, and John Kelly, left, from the group Survivors of Child Abuse, protest at not being allowed into the launch of the long-awaited Child Abuse Commission report at the Conrad Hotel Dublin today
Kevin Flannigan, right, and John Kelly, left, from the group Survivors of Child Abuse, protest at not being allowed into the launch of the long-awaited Child Abuse Commission report at the Conrad Hotel Dublin
But officials in Ireland's Catholic Church shielded paedophile staff from arrest to protect their own reputations despite knowing they were serial attackers, according to the 2,600-page report, which took nine years to complete.
Irish government inspectors also failed to stop the chronic beatings, rape and humiliation, it found.
Justice Sean Ryan launches the report at the Conrad Hotel in Dublin today - but refused to take questions from journalists
Justice Sean Ryan launches the report at the Conrad Hotel in Dublin today - but refuses to take questions from journalists
About 35,000 children and teenagers who were orphans, petty thieves, truants, unmarried mothers or from dysfunctional families were sent to Ireland's network of 250 Church-run industrial schools, reformatories, orphanages and hostels from the 1930s up until the early 1990s.
The report by Ireland's Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse found 'a climate of fear, created by pervasive, excessive and arbitrary punishment, permeated most of the institutions and all those run for boys'.
It added: 'Children lived with the daily terror of not knowing where the next beating was coming from.'
Judge Sean Ryan, who chaired the commission, said that when confronted with evidence of sex abuse, religious authorities responded by moving the sex offenders to another location, where in many instances they were free to abuse again.
'There was evidence that such men took up teaching positions sometimes within days of receiving dispensations because of serious allegations or admissions of sexual abuse,' the report said.
'The safety of children in general was not a consideration.'
The leader of Ireland's four million Catholics, Cardinal Sean Brady, said he was 'sorry and deeply ashamed' after the report was published yesterday.
'Children deserved better and especially from those caring for them in the name of Jesus Christ,' he said.
The report found that molestation and rape were 'endemic' in boys' facilities, chiefly run by the Christian Brothers order.
Judge Sean Ryan, centre, delivers the Child Abuse Commission report at the Conrad Hotel in Dublin to a media frenzy today
Judge Sean Ryan, centre, delivers the Child Abuse Commission report at the Conrad Hotel in Dublin to a media frenzy today

Girls supervised by orders of nuns, chiefly the Sisters of Mercy, suffered much less sexual abuse but frequent assaults and humiliation designed to make them feel worthless.
'In some schools a high level of ritualised beating was routine,' the report said.
'Girls were struck with implements designed to maximize pain and were struck on all parts of the body. Personal and family denigration was widespread.'
Victims of the system have long demanded that the truth of their experiences be documented and made public.
John Kelly, from the group Survivors of Child Abuse, protests at not being allowed into the hotel for the launch today
John Kelly, from the group Survivors of Child Abuse, protests at not being allowed into the hotel for the launch today
But some victims' groups said the report didn't go far enough, particularly because there will not be any prosecutions as a result.
This is because in 2004 the Christian Brothers secured a ruling that guaranteed all of its members, dead or alive, would remain anonymous in the report.
John Kelly, from victim group Irish Survivors of Child Abuse, said the report should have examined how children like himself were taken away from parents without just cause, and why Irish governments ceded control over the lives of so many young people to the Church.
Children at work in one of the notorious Magdalen asylum, earlier this summer
He said any apologies offered now were 'hollow, shallow and have no substance or merit at all'.
The group's John Walsh said he felt 'cheated and deceived' that the perpetrators would not be brought to justice.
Mr Walsh said: 'I would have never opened my wounds if I'd known this was going to be the end result. It has devastated me and will devastate most victims because there are no criminal proceedings and no accountability whatsoever.'
The victims were also banned from entering the Press conference on the report held in a Dublin hotel.
Ellen O'Malley-Dunlop, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said of the victims: 'The way that they have been treated here has been disgraceful and is in effect little more than a repetition of abusive behaviour.'

Key steps in struggle to confront child abuse in the Catholic Church

June 1994
Catholic priest Brendan Smyth pleads guilty to 17 counts of indecently assaulting five girls and two boys in Belfast. His order, the Norbertines, spent decades shuttling him among Irish and American parishes and harbored Smyth from British arrest.

November 1994
Taoiseach Albert Reynolds resigns, and his government collapses, amid claims that his attorney general colluded with church authorities to delay the British extradition demand for Smyth. It shatters the taboo against pursuing criminal charges against priests.

July 1995
Former altar boy Andrew Madden becomes first person to speak publicly about abuse by a priest. Madden says the Church paid him €35,000 to keep quiet about three years of assaults by Fr Ivan Payne. Archbishop Desmond Connell denies the deal until Madden provides documentary proof of church payoff. Case spurs hundreds to pursue civil lawsuits against church authorities.

January 1996
Panel of Irish Catholic leaders instruct bishops to tell senior police officers ‘without delay’ about all suspected sex-abuse cases. Some bishops continue to suppress such information over the coming decade.

February 1996
Dear Daughter, a documentary shown on RTÉ details abuse suffered by Christine Buckley and others at St Vincent's Industrial School, Goldenbridge, Inchicore, Dublin.

July 1997
After serving prison term in Northern Ireland, Smyth is extradited south and pleads guilty to 74 counts of sexually abusing 20 boys and girls between 1958 and 1993. He dies of a heart attack one month into 12 year sentence.

January 1998
Payne is convicted in Dublin on 14 counts of sexually abusing eight boys aged 11 to 14. He serves only four years in prison.

March 1999
Fr Sean Fortune commits suicide in prison while awaiting trial on 66 criminal charges of molesting and raping 29 boys in the southeast Ferns diocese. One Fortune victim, former altar boy Colm O'Gorman, launches victims support group One in Four. It lobbies government for investigations into abuse cases, particularly in Ferns.

April 1999
Groundbreaking documentary series ‘States of Fear’ by RTÉ exposes abuse of children in church-run workhouses, reformatories and orphanages since the 1940s.

May 1999
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern issues ‘long overdue apology’ to all those abused in church-run institutions and vows to establish a financial compensation board and a fact-finding commission into extent of abuse. Ms Justice Mary Laffoy is appointed to head the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse.

May 2000
Government gives investigatory powers to Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse to measure causes and extent of unchecked child abuse in institutions from 1937 onward.

July 2001
The deadline for complaints of abuse to be made to the Commission. Some 3,149 people ask to testify.

April 2002
Ferns Bishop Brendan Comiskey becomes first, and only, church figure to resign because of failures to stop abuse. He admits he did too little to stop pedophile priests.

December 2002
Government establishes board to pay compensation to people who suffered sexual, physical or mental abuse in church-run institutions. Payouts require claimants to give up their right to sue church and state authorities. Taxpayers, not the church, cover bulk of cost.

September 2003
High Court Judge Mary Laffoy resigns complaining that the Department of Education, which holds most records on church-run institutions, is obstructing her investigation into child abuse. Her successor, Justice Sean Ryan, says probe must severely limit the number of abuse cases it considers or it will never finish.

April 2004
A Vatican modernizer and diplomat, Diarmuid Martin, replaces Connell as Dublin archbishop. Pledges full cooperation with state and police in exposing past cover-ups of abuse and protecting children in future.

June 2004
Judge Ryan announces the Commission will not name abusers unless they have been convicted. The Christian Brothers religious order drops legal actions against the Commission.

July 2004
The Christian Brothers testify at a public hearing that files only recently discovered in its Rome-based archive show evidence of 30 canonical trials of brothers based on proven incidents of child sexual abuse against boys in their care from the 1930s onwards.

October 2005
Investigation led by retired Supreme Court justice finds that church, police and state authorities did too little to stop sexual abuse of hundreds of children by 21 priests in Ferns. Report says Ferns bishops sheltered and promoted priests known to have raped altar boys and molested schoolgirls on an altar.

December 2005
Residential Institutions Redress Board says more than 14,000 people who claim to have suffered childhood abuse in church-run institutions have filed claims for state payouts.

December 2008
Board says it has paid nearly 12,000 victims average of €64,230 each, about 2,000 claims remain. Cost including lawyers' fees expected to reach €1.1bn.

May 20, 2009
Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse unveils 2,575-page report into thousands of child abuse cases in institutions. Two more reports into the church's protection of sex-predator priests in the Dublin archdiocese and the southwest diocese of Cloyne may be published later this year.

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[Watch] Muslims Take Babies To Mosque Roof, Drop Them For Blessings

[Watch] Muslims Take Babies To Mosque Roof, Drop Them For Blessings

Once again the abuse of children in Islam knows no bounds, even for their own flesh and blood.
Muslims have many backwards and disturbing traditions and rites of passage, but one tradition enacted by parents in particular is outraging human rights activists.
The scene is the balcony of a mosque in Karnataka, India, at least 30 ft high. An imam holds an infant by their hands and feet over the ledge. He vigorously shakes the child, then drops him.
[Watch] Muslims Take Babies To Mosque Roof, Drop Them For Blessings[Watch] Muslims Take Babies To Mosque Roof, Drop Them For Blessings
No, this isn’t ISIS delighting in their latest slaughter of Christian babies. This is a Muslim leader, and the child is undergoing their first rite of passage.
The imam lets the terrified child plummet to a fellow Muslims holding an extended blanket below. The terrified child sobs as his family celebrates.
[Watch] Muslims Take Babies To Mosque Roof, Drop Them For Blessings[Watch] Muslims Take Babies To Mosque Roof, Drop Them For Blessings
The ceremony is believed to bring good luck, health, and prosperity.
A video of one of these ceremonies from 2009 shows imams shaking and dropping frightened babies:

Although the tradition was banned in 2011, Muslims reintroduced the traumatic event into mosques.

Phishers Use Malware in Fake Facebook App

Phishers Use Malware in Fake Facebook App

Created: 09 Oct 2013 12:25:44 GMT • Updated: 23 Jan 2014 18:03:53 GMT • Translations available: 日本語
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Contributor: Daniel Regalado Arias
Phishers frequently introduce bogus applications to add new flavor into their phishing baits. Let’s have a look at a new fake app that phishers are leveraging. In this particular scam, phishers were trying to steal login credentials, but their means of data theft wasn’t with the phishing bait alone. Their ploy also used malware for harvesting users’ confidential information. The phishing site spoofed the login page of Facebook and was hosted on a free web hosting site.
Figure 1: The phishing site that spoofed the appearance of Facebook’s login page
The phishing site boasted that the application would enable users to view a list of people who visited their profile page. The site offered two options to activate the fake app. The first option was by downloading software containing the malware and the second was by entering user credentials and logging into Facebook. A message on the phishing page encouraged users to download the software that would allegedly send notifications to the user when someone visited their Facebook profile. If the download button was clicked, a file download prompt appeared. The file contained malicious content detected by Symantec as Infostealer. On the other hand, if user credentials were entered, the phishing site redirected to a legitimate Facebook page.
Symantec analyzed the malware and found its behavior to be as follows:
  1. The malware consists of two executable files that both perform the same action
  2. The files are added to the registry run key, which execute after every reboot.
  3. The malware sets up a key logger in order to track anything that the victim types. 
  4. Then, it will check if there is internet connectivity by pinging If there is connectivity, the malware will send all information gathered to the attacker’s email address.
  5. Symantec observed that the email address has not been valid for 3 months and hence the malware is not able to send updates to the attacker at the moment.
If users fell victim to the phishing site by entering their login credentials, the phishers would have successfully stolen their information for identity theft purposes.
Internet users are advised to follow best practices to avoid phishing attacks:
  • Check the URL in the address bar when logging into your account and make sure it belongs to the website that you want to go to
  • Do not click on suspicious links in email messages
  • Do not provide any personal information when answering an email
  • Do not enter personal information in a pop-up page or window
  • Ensure that the website is encrypted with an SSL certificate by looking for the padlock image/icon, “https” or the green address bar when entering personal or financial information
  • Use comprehensive security software, such as Norton Internet Security or Norton 360, which protects you from phishing scams and social networking scams
  • Exercise caution when clicking on enticing links sent through email or posted on social networks