Palestinian Factions Agree on Forces Deployment in Ain el-Hilweh Camp

Palestinian Factions Agree on Forces Deployment in Ain el-Hilweh Camp

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Palestinian factions in Lebanon agreed on Saturday to start the deployment of Palestinian security forces in the southern Ain el-Hilweh refugee camp as of Tuesday afternoon.

The decision was announced after an expanded meeting held at the headquarters of the Palestinian National Security Forces in the camp, with the participation of representatives of all Islamic and Palestinian factions in Lebanon.

The leaders said they have decided to “deploy joint a Palestinian security forces comprising 150 troops in different areas in the camp,” and set Tuesday, July 8, a date for starting the deployment.

“The forces will have presence in four fixed positions which are the vegetable market area, al-Barksat (in the northern part of the camp), al-Safsaf-al-Shohadaa mosque region and the Bustan al-Yahoud area,” they detailed.

“Today we are sending a message of security, peace and stability from the (Ain el-Hilweh) camp to protect Palestinians’ presence in Lebanon based on the recent initiative announced by the national and Islamic factions,” Fathi Abu al-Ardat, the representative of both Fatah and the Palestine Liberation Organization in Lebanon, said after the meeting.

The Palestinian leader stressed that the “bitter experience” in the northern Nahr al-Bared camp and other camps around Lebanon “will not be repeated.”

“We insist on a unified Palestinian stance because we are one people, despite the presence of different factions. Our goal is one and it revolves around how to protect the Palestinian presence in collaboration with the Lebanese state.

“The security of the camp is part of this country’s security.”

He noted that the plan also aims at strengthening Lebanese-Palestinian relations.

Abu al-Ardat continued: “We want security and stability for our people through this deployment. We want them to enjoy a decent life, and this is their right. The plan comes as a response to people’s wishes”

“The forces will include all factions and national and Islamic forces, and will be a result ofjoint cooperation to protect the security of the camp,” he said.

“Ain el-Hilweh is our home until we return to Palestine.”

Located near the southern city of Sidon, Ain el-Hilweh is the largest Palestinian camp in the country and is home to about 50,000 refugees.

It is known to harbor extremists and fugitives.

Tension frequently surges in the camp as a result of armed disputes between the different Palestinian factions.

On May 14, clashes erupted in the camp between armed groups after news of the death of Fatah al-Islam official Alaeddine Ali Hujair broke out. At least four people were injured in the fighting.

Also in May, Fatah Movement official Colonel Talal al-Ordoni survived an attempt against his life in Ain el-Hilweh.

And in April, a tensed atmosphere reigned over Ain el-Hilweh after unknown assailants shot dead the bodyguard of Jund al-Sham official Oussama al-Shahabi.

On March 10, unknown assailants assassinated a high-ranking Fatah Movement official, Gen. Jamil Zeidan, in the southern camp.

By long-standing convention, the Lebanese army does not enter the country’s 12 refugee camps, leaving security inside to the Palestinians themselves.

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi…The Insane US/Saudi Puppet Who Dares To Speak for Allah

[This guy, previously identified by Iraq as al-Badri (Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim Al Badry), was reportedly held by the Americans in 2004, killed in 2006-7, arrested again by Iraq in 2009, and possibly again in 2012 (SEE:  There Is No “Al-Qaeda In Iraq,” Only An Official Cover Story for US Army Covert Actions).  He would have been known to Colonel Jim Steele, the commander of America’s “Salvador Option,” who was brought-in as an adviser in Iraq in 2004, before the bombing of Golden Dome mosque set-off sectarian civil war (SEE:From El Salvador to Iraq: Washington’s man behind brutal police squads).  He would have been a likely candidate for brainwashing during any of those stays, under the US “proactive conterterrorism” project, which “was initiated to proactively target terrorism from captured terrorists,” according to a Jan. 22, 2007 INTERPOL bulletin on Mohammed Jamal Khalifa (bin Laden’s brother-in-law).  The heavily redacted documents referred to a program for creating terrorist leaders who were actually paid agents-provocateurs.  This was the same time period in which another Guantanamo-trained terrorist-provocateur (Abdullah Mehsud) came forth to create the TTP Taliban false-front.]

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Revealed: ISIS terror warlord breaks cover to praise the slaughter of innocent people

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Al-Baghdadi calls on Muslims to obey him and kill opponents.

TERROR warlord Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi took the spotlight for the first time yesterday in a video praising the slaughter of innocent people.

The ISIS leader – whose jihadist militants are behind a wave of killings in Syria and Iraq – delivered a sermon to fanatics in a mosque in the captured Iraqi city of Mosul.

Surrounded by henchmen and rows of Kalashnikovs, Baghdadi called upon all Muslims to obey him, rise up and kill those who are against him.

He said: “Allah likes us to kill his enemies, and make jihad in his sake.”

It is the first time that the notoriously secretive ISIS leader, now seen as more powerful and feared than al-Qaeda’s chiefs, has been shown publicly.

The video, which Baghdad sources last night confirmed as genuine, was thought to have been released to rebuff reports by Iraqi media he had been hurt or killed in an airstrike.

The broadcast was immediately condemned by his enemies in the Muslim community.

Baghdadi and his group – now called the Islamic State – are becoming more brazen as they attempt to rampage through Iraq and the Middle East, funded by plundering £256million and gold from Mosul Central Bank.

Baghdadi – who spent four years in a US-run terror prison in Iraq – is filmed below the black flag of the Islamic State.

Text appears on the video calling him “Caliph Ibrahim, emir of the faithful in the Islamic State”.

He urged Muslims to join their cause and said under his direction, the Islamic world would be returned to “dignity, might, rights and leadership”.

Claiming victory and praising the “jihadists” who slaughtered Iraqi soldiers and civilians, he said: “God has granted your brothers, the mujahideen, victory and a conquest after years of patience and holy struggle, and enabled them to achieve their objective…. so they declared the caliphate and placed the caliph in charge.

“This is a duty on Muslims that has been lost for centuries.”

He proclaimed himself leader of the so-called caliphate but said he did not seek out the position and described it as a “burden”.

The 21-minute video spread rapidly across jihadist websites after it was posted online.

Experts believe the success of the Islamic State has proved attractive to foreign jihadists.

The Government have said as many as 500 Brits could have gone to Syria and Iraq to join their ranks and fear many will return to the UK trained in terror.

Prominent Sunni religious leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi dismissed Baghdadi’s caliphate claim.

Egypt-born Qaradawi said: “The declaration issued by the Islamic State is void under sharia law.”

It’s Official…We ARE Being Watched…

[Is finding-out that they REALLY ARE out to get us really a good thing?  Is that paranoia or vindication?]

Are You Targeted By The NSA?

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Meet XKeyscore – “a computer network exploitation system”, as described in an NSA presentation, devoted to gathering “nearly everything a user does on the internet.” The German site Das Erste has exposed the shocking truth about the rules used by the NSA to decide who is a “target” for surveillance. While the NSA claims to only “target” a small fraction of internet users, the perhaps unsurprising truth is very different. As Boing Boing concludes, one expert suggested that the NSA’s intention here was to separate the sheep from the goatsto split the entire population of the Internet into “people who have the technical know-how to be private” and “people who don’t” and then capture all the communications from the first group.

As Das Erste describes it,

The NSA program XKeyscore is a collection and analysis tool and “a computer network exploitation system”, as described in an NSA presentation. It is one of the agency’s most ambitious programs devoted to gathering “nearly everything a user does on the internet.” The source code contains several rules that enable agents using XKeyscore to surveil privacy-conscious internet users around the world. The rules published here are specifically directed at the infrastructure and the users of the Tor Network, the Tails operating system, and other privacy-related software.

And Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing summarizes,

In a shocking story on the German site Tagesschau (Google translate), Lena Kampf, Jacob Appelbaum and John Goetz report on the rules used by the NSA to decide who is a “target” for surveillance.

 

Since the start of the Snowden story in 2013, the NSA has stressed that while it may intercept nearly every Internet user’s communications, it only “targets” a small fraction of those, whose traffic patterns reveal some basis for suspicion. Targets of NSA surveillance don’t have their data flushed from the NSA’s databases on a rolling 48-hour or 30-day basis, but are instead retained indefinitely.

The authors of the Tagesschau story have seen the “deep packet inspection” rules used to determine who is considered to be a legitimate target for deep surveillance, and the results are bizarre.

 

According to the story, the NSA targets anyone who searches for online articles about Tails — like this one that we published in April, or this article for teens that I wrote in May — or Tor (The Onion Router, which we’ve been posted about since 2004). Anyone who is determined to be using Tor is also targeted for long-term surveillance and retention.

 

Tor and Tails have been part of the mainstream discussion of online security, surveillance and privacy for years. It’s nothing short of bizarre to place people under suspicion for searching for these terms.

More importantly, this shows that the NSA uses “targeted surveillance” in a way that beggars common sense. It’s a dead certainty that people who heard the NSA’s reassurances about “targeting” its surveillance on people who were doing something suspicious didn’t understand that the NSA meant people who’d looked up technical details about systems that are routinely discussed on the front page of every newspaper in the world.

 

But it’s not the first time the NSA has deployed specialized, highly counterintuitive wordsmithing to play games with the public, the law and its oversight. From James Clapper’s insistence that he didn’t lie to Congress about spying on Americans because he was only intercepting all their data, but not looking at it all; to the internal wordgames on evidence in the original Prism leak in which the NSA claimed to have “direct access” to servers from Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple, etc, even though this “direct access” was a process by which the FBI would use secret warrants to request information from Internet giants without revealing that the data was destined for the NSA.

I have known that this story was coming for some time now, having learned about its broad contours under embargo from a trusted source. Since then, I’ve discussed it in confidence with some of the technical experts who have worked on the full set of Snowden docs, and they were as shocked as I was.

One expert suggested that the NSA’s intention here was to separate the sheep from the goats — to split the entire population of the Internet into “people who have the technical know-how to be private” and “people who don’t” and then capture all the communications from the first group.

Another expert said that s/he believed that this leak may come from a second source, not Edward Snowden, as s/he had not seen this in the original Snowden docs; and had seen other revelations that also appeared independent of the Snowden materials. If that’s true, it’s big news, as Snowden was the first person to ever leak docs from the NSA. The existence of a potential second source means that Snowden may have inspired some of his former colleagues to take a long, hard look at the agency’s cavalier attitude to the law and decency.

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And just this week it was all found perfectly legal… But it appears the US continues to make friends wherever it goes…

The German attorney Thomas Stadler, who specializes in IT law, commented: “The fact that a German citizen is specifically traced by the NSA, in my opinion, justifies the reasonable suspicion of the NSA carrying out secret service activities in Germany.

 

For this reason, the German Federal Public Prosecutor should look into this matter and initiate preliminary proceedings.

So now you know – you are all being watched…