Pentagon online psyop against ISIS revealed as mess of incompetence, corruption

In the past year it's been reported that the U.S. Department of Defense may not be able to meet its "audit readiness" deadline of September 30 this year for its first ever audit. A big part of the problem is that the Army has reportedly been making improper financial statements amounting to trillions of dollars … Continue reading Pentagon online psyop against ISIS revealed as mess of incompetence, corruption

ISIS cashes in on US-sponsored chaos

A new report published this month from House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) titled "Cash to Chaos: Dismantling ISIS’ Financial Infrastructure" explores in some detail the various funding sources behind the Islamic State extremist group operating in Iraq and Syria. "ISIS’ march across the globe is fueled not just by a hateful ideology—but … Continue reading ISIS cashes in on US-sponsored chaos

FBI warns of post-ISIS blowback as EU tries to export its refugee problem

  Federal Bureau of Investigation officials warned this week that despite predictions of military defeat for the Islamic State extremist group's "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, terrorist attacks inspired by the organization can be expected to continue. While the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) will inevitably be "crushed," FBI Director James … Continue reading FBI warns of post-ISIS blowback as EU tries to export its refugee problem

Fuzzy math, the ISIS brand, and America’s foreign military presence

Earlier this month, NBC News published a "heat map" leaked from the National Counterterrorism Center that purported to show that the Islamic State extremist group has expanded to "fully operational" status in 18 countries and is spreading to several others. Writing in The Hill this week, however, counterterrorism researcher Anhvinh Doanvo argues that it is … Continue reading Fuzzy math, the ISIS brand, and America’s foreign military presence

Anti-Terror Algorithms Raise Ethics, Effectiveness Questions

With a renewed focus on countering ISIS following the Orlando massacre, new tactics are being suggested for defeating the terror network and those it inspires. Among the suggestions are technologies to allegedly predict terrorist attacks and to automatically censor social media, although neither method is fully developed. The idea of predicting terrorist attacks using an … Continue reading Anti-Terror Algorithms Raise Ethics, Effectiveness Questions

Patching up differences in the Gray Zone

While US Special Forces are "not on the forward line" in the fight to take back Raqqa from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a Pentagon spokesman, they are certainly close. Photos from Agence France-Presse published on Thursday, in fact, show US forces in the Syrian village of Fatisah not only … Continue reading Patching up differences in the Gray Zone