EXPOSED: ISIS ROARED TO POWER MONTHS AFTER SECRET MEETING WITH JOHN MCCAIN (PHOTOS)

MCCAIN SECRETLY MET WITH ISIS LEADER ABU BAKR AL-BAGHDADI IN 2013 TO DISCUSS GETTING THEM WEAPONS

“For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.” Mark 4:22

Just the other day, US Senator John McCain said that “One of the key decisions the President is going to have to make is air power in Syria. We cannot give ISIS a base of operations.” McCain has been very outspoken against ISIS and that the president step up efforts to eradicate them. But this was not the case just one year ago.

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On the same day that the above photo was taken, hours earlier the photo below was taken as well. John McCain is seen talking intently with Ibrahim al-Badri, otherwise known as  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader and commander of the Islamic State in Iraq, otherwise known as ISIS.

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ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, wearing the black shirt on the far left, is seen in deep discussions with John McCain. Within 12 short months of these photos being taken, al-Baghdadi would explode on the scene in 2014 as the leader of monstrous terror group ISIS. John McCain does not deny the existence of these photos, obviously, as he posted one to his own Twitter account. Click image to view this photo on his own Twitter page.

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Questions, questions, questions….whose got the answers?

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ISIS has 100,000 fighters, growing fast – Iraqi govt adviser

Militant Islamist fighters in military vehicles parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. (Reuters)

Militant Islamist fighters in military vehicles parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. (Reuters)

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The number of Islamic State recruits is much higher than that estimated by foreign observers – around 100,000, says one of Iraq’s foremost security experts with unique access to intelligence. The terrorists are swallowing up other insurgent groups.

Foreign estimates put the figure between 20,000 and 50,000.

“[The] Islamic State didn’t come from nowhere,” according to Hisham al-Hashimi, who advises Iraq’s intelligence services and analyzes raw information gathered on the ground. He has studied the group’s progression for years.

The organization “is an extension of groups that existed before – historically and ideologically,” al-Hashimi told Mashable.

And with the capture of Iraq’s Mosul – a Sunni stronghold – in June, the group gained access to thousands of new recruits, among them former officers from Saddam Hussein’s army, vehemently opposed to the current Shiite-majority government. Those who didn’t join up voluntarily were forced to do so, al-Hashimi says.

More worryingly still, its growth is being spurred along by American airstrikes.

READ MORE: US considers broad military action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria – report

Recruitment has never been easier, according to al-Hashimi. The organization’s leader, “Baghdadi carries now the flag of the jihadi against the crusader.”

ISIS-controlled places (Google Maps)

ISIS-controlled places (Google Maps)

A recent rise in Shiite militias has also contributed to sectarian fear and some joining up with the IS (formerly ISIS/ISIL) as a result.

“Most of those who joined — and I know them personally — are either former army officers or their sons,”said another expert and former intelligence officer, Salem Aljomaily.

A third specialist in the field, also an intelligence officer, Ibrahim al-Sumaidei, backs al-Hashimi’s assessment, giving a grim forecast.

“The Islamic State’s members have multiplied in a very dangerous way… Having plenty of arms and funding has made the Islamic State swallow the fighters of the other Sunni insurgent groups,” he said.

UN investigators on Wednesday voiced on concern that children are increasingly coerced into enlisting, with many popping up in Syrian training camps.

The terrorist group is divided roughly equal parts between Syria and Iraq, and involves professionals in various other areas, such as logistics and business. They put themselves to work in controlling the illicit flow of oil and in other financial activities.

A Harvard University fellow, Harith Hassan, has likened the organization to Al-Qaeda, “replacing [it] as the most prominent Jihadist group.” And the ethnic composition, aside from the obvious Middle Eastern origins, is all over the place – Europe, Chechnya, Britain, North Africa.

Turkish connection

This growing threat is now moving toward Turkey, which is expected by the world at large to offer resistance to the terrorist expansion. This could be a problem, given that hardline Islamists could well have been moving back and forth between borders since the start of the Syrian uprising.

That threat stems from the Syrian border, where Turkey is failing to control the flow of foreign jihadists wishing to join the IS. And Turkey has been accused in the past of having a lax attitude toward its own border, so long as fighters were joining up to fight the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad. That situation has changed now.

Militant Islamist fighters parade on military vehicles along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. (Reuters)

Militant Islamist fighters parade on military vehicles along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. (Reuters)

On Sunday the terrorists seized an air base in the northeast of Syria with the purpose of pushing upwards into Turkey from Raqqa, the capital of their newly-formed Islamic Caliphate and a once-quiet city that has been seeing some of the most gruesome violence and atrocities ever perpetrated by an insurgent group.

They wish to streamline the flow of weapons and fighters, sources close to the group told Reuters. It is doing so by nudging other Sunni Islamist groups from the territory, and with plans to secure the Jarablus border crossing.

Last weekend, about 60 miles (97km) north of Aleppo, moving in whole convoys of armored trucks they looted from abandoned Iraqi bases, the militants were advancing.

A fighter from Syria’s Islamic Front rebel group told the Guardian that the extremists “could storm in like the Mongols, if they wanted to… But they’re trying to be nice. We have dealt with them before. There is no reconciling with them, we will have to fight.”

A substantial number of foreign jihadists also reach Syria via Turkey. They go on ‘vacations’ and upon arrival have almost no trouble finding a way to cross the border. At the beginning of the Syrian revolution the situation was even worse.

READ MORE: ‘Bad Boys’ jihadist cell could be key to identifying UK militant who killed Foley

“The borders were wide open. We used to get in and out of Turkey very easily. No questions were asked. Arms shipments were smuggled easily into Syria,” one non-Syrian Islamist fighter told Reuters.

Turkey strongly denies all claims that in the process of supporting the moderate opposition it also covertly funded and supplied hardline Islamists. But it is also no secret that it wanted Assad gone.

READ MORE: Turkey shuts off YouTube after ‘Syria invasion plan’ leak

One EU diplomat in Ankara told Reuters that “thousands of Europeans have entered Turkey en route to Syria, and a large number of them we believe have joined extremist groups.” Now, he says, the threat is “a top security priority” for Turkey. He added that there’s been a noticeable shift in attitude as of late.

Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014 (Reuters)

Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014 (Reuters)

A Turkish official added that the country has already been placing thousands suspected of wanting to join terrorist groups on the ‘no entry’ list – 4,000 last year alone.

Many experts fear that Turkey could become like Egypt, with tourists targeted and terror becoming a usual occurrence. If the IS decides Turkey is an enemy there will be little anyone can do, as the view goes.

Turkey, however, believes that with about 80 nationalities now fighting in Syria and Iraq, being a ‘lone gatekeeper’ is unfair, although it’s in the most favorable position to take up an active role in curtailing the spread of terror in the region, many believe.

Political figures throughout the Middle East and EU continue to allege Turkey’s neglect of the growing problem. One regional leader told the Guardian, “Let’s see how they react to the latest ISIS advance… for more than a year now people have been telling them this has got out of control. They have to seal the border now. This so-called caliphate cannot be allowed to stand.”

According to al-Hashimi, Ankara has now choice now.

“This time Turkey will do something and block the borders because they don’t trust ISIS any more after they attacked Kurdistan. They understand now that ISIS could turn on them” he told the newspaper.

USGS Study: Yellowstone Eruption Would Send Ash Across North America

In the unlikely event of a volcanic supereruption at Yellowstone National Park, the northern Rocky Mountains would be blanketed in meters of ash, and millimeters would be deposited as far away as New York City, Los Angeles and Miami, according to a new study.
An example of the possible distribution of ash from a month-long Yellowstone supereruption. The distribution map was generated by a new model developed by the U.S. Geological Survey using wind information from January 2001. The improved computer model, detailed in a new study published in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, finds that the hypothetical, large eruption would create a distinctive kind of ash cloud known as an umbrella, which expands evenly in all directions, sending ash across North America. Ash distribution will vary depending on cloud height, eruption duration, diameter of volcanic particles in the cloud, and wind conditions, according to the new study. Credit: USGS
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An improved computer model developed by the study’s authors finds that the hypothetical, large eruption would create a distinctive kind of ash cloud known as an umbrella, which expands evenly in all directions, sending ash across North America.

A supereruption is the largest class of volcanic eruption, during which more than 1,000 cubic kilometers (240 cubic miles) of material is ejected. If such a supereruption were to occur, which is extremely unlikely, it could shut down electronic communications and air travel throughout the continent, and alter the climate, the study notes.

A giant underground reservoir of hot and partly molten rock feeds the volcano at Yellowstone National Park. It has produced three huge eruptions about 2.1 million, 1.3 million and 640,000 years ago. Geological activity at Yellowstone shows no signs that volcanic eruptions, large or small, will occur in the near future. The most recent volcanic activity at Yellowstone—a relatively non-explosive lava flow at the Pitchstone Plateau in the southern section of the park—occurred 70,000 years ago.

Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey used a hypothetical Yellowstone supereruption as a case study to run their new model that calculates ash distribution for eruptions of all sizes. The model, Ash3D, incorporates data on historical wind patterns to calculate the thickness of ash fall for a supereruption like the one that occurred at Yellowstone 640,000 years ago.

The new study provides the first quantitative estimates of the thickness and distribution of ash in cities around the U.S. if the Yellowstone volcanic system were to experience this type of huge, yet unlikely, eruption.

Cities close to the modeled Yellowstone supereruption could be covered by more than a meter (a few feet) of ash. There would be centimeters (a few inches) of ash in the Midwest, while cities on both coasts would see millimeters (a fraction of an inch) of accumulation, according to the new study that was published online today in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

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The figure above shows illustrations of plume shapes that would result from different types of volcanic eruptions. A weak plume (left) typically forms above small eruptions such as the April-May 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, as shown in this NASA Earth Observatory image. A strong plume with a major umbrella cloud (right) forms during very large eruptions, such as shown in this Japanese Meteorological Agency image of the Pinatubo cloud on June 15, 1991. During supereruptions, umbrella clouds from strong plumes may push their way hundreds or thousands of kilometers upwind, according to a new study published in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. Credit: USGS

The model results help scientists understand the extremely widespread distribution of ash deposits from previous large eruptions at Yellowstone. Other USGS scientists are using the Ash3D model to forecast possible ash hazards at currently restless volcanoes in Alaska.

Unlike smaller eruptions, whose ash deposition looks roughly like a fan when viewed from above, the spreading umbrella cloud from a supereruption deposits ash in a pattern more like a bull’s eye – heavy in the center and diminishing in all directions – and is less affected by prevailing winds, according to the new model.

“In essence, the eruption makes its own winds that can overcome the prevailing westerlies, which normally dominate weather patterns in the United States,” said Larry Mastin, a geologist at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington, and the lead author of the new paper. Westerly winds blow from the west.

“This helps explain the distribution from large Yellowstone eruptions of the past, where considerable amounts of ash reached the west coast,” he added.

The three large past eruptions at Yellowstone sent ash over many tens of thousands of square kilometers (thousands of square miles). Ash deposits from these eruptions have been found throughout the central and western United States and Canada.

Erosion has made it difficult for scientists to accurately estimate ash distribution from these deposits. Previous computer models also lacked the ability to accurately determine how the ash would be transported.

Using their new model, the study’s authors found that during very large volcanic eruptions, the expansion rate of the ash cloud’s leading edge can exceed the average ambient wind speed for hours or days depending on the length of the eruption. This outward expansion is capable of driving ash more than 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) upwind – westward — and crosswind – north to south — producing a bull’s eye-like pattern centered on the eruption site.

In the simulated modern-day eruption scenario, cities within 500 kilometers (311 miles) of Yellowstone like Billings, Montana, and Casper, Wyoming, would be covered by centimeters (inches) to more than a meter (more than three feet) of ash. Upper Midwestern cities, like Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Des Moines, Iowa, would receive centimeters (inches), and those on the East and Gulf coasts, like New York and Washington, D.C. would receive millimeters or less (fractions of an inch). California cities would receive millimeters to centimeters (less than an inch to less than two inches) of ash while Pacific Northwest cities like Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, would receive up to a few centimeters (more than an inch).

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An aerial flight over Yellowstone’s Midway Geyser Basin in 2004 shows Grand Prismatic Spring and Excelsior Geyser Crater, which drain into the nearby Firehole River. Credit: USGS

Even small accumulations only millimeters or centimeters (less than an inch to an inch) thick could cause major effects around the country, including reduced traction on roads, shorted-out electrical transformers and respiratory problems, according to previous research cited in the new study. Prior research has also found that multiple inches of ash can damage buildings, block sewer and water lines, and disrupt livestock and crop production, the study notes.

The study also found that other eruptions – powerful but much smaller than a Yellowstone supereruption — might also generate an umbrella cloud.

“These model developments have greatly enhanced our ability to anticipate possible effects from both large and small eruptions, wherever they occur,” said Jacob Lowenstern, USGS Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory in Menlo Park, California, and a co-author on the new paper.

Resources
Scientific Paper: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1525-2027/earlyview

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United Nations Calls For ‘Killer Robots’ To Be Outlawed

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“Any weapon of war is terrible, and if you can launch this without human intervention, I think it’s even worse. It compounds the problem and dehumanises it in a way.Angela Kane, High representative for disarmament at the United Nations, has called for ‘killer robots’ to be outlawed. She acknowledged that battlefield robots that can kill without human intervention  are just a “small step” away. She said of the technology:

It becomes a faceless war and I think that’s really terrible and so to my mind I think it should be outlawed. The decision is really in the hands of the states who have the capability to develop them.”

Ms Kane favors a ban on battlefield use of autonomous robots, fearing that war crimes could be committed by the robots on the battlefield. Speaking to The Telegraph she said:

“There’s a great deal of concern about the increasing automation that’s going on in general. Just think about these self-driving cars that we hear are being tested on the roads. So that is only just a small step to develop weapons that are going to be activated without human intervention. Warfare in general is becoming increasingly automated.

The concern relates specifically to weapons that have the capability of selecting and also attacking targets without human intervention. Who has the responsibility and who has the liability? This is a really big issue in terms of how we are going about this.”

“…I personally believe that there cannot be a weapon that can be fired without human intervention. I do not believe that there should be a weapon, ever, that is not guided and where there is not the accountability clearly established by whoever takes that step to guide it or to launch it. I do not believe that we could have weapons that could be controlled by robots.” She added

Autonomous robots are the stuff of nightmares. Where would that autonomy stop? The massive technological developments in the field of artificial intelligence gives rise to the possibility of completely ‘humanless’ wars. Of fights for territory where the people move in when the robots have done their job in securing the area. What’s to say though that it stops there?

There are many questions that need answering before the Rise of The Machines becomes a horrifying reality. Science fiction is alarmingly close to becoming science fact.

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U.N.: Ebola Disease Caseload Could Reach 20,000

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine.

Ebola has menaced Africa for 40 years, but previously struck in remote villages and was contained fairly quickly. This time, it has spread to major cities in four countries, provoking unrest as whole neighborhoods and towns have been sealed to the outside.

An experimental vaccine developed by the U.S. government and GlaxoSmithKline will be tested on humans starting next week, the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced Thursday. The NIH trial will use healthy adult volunteers in Maryland, and British experts will simultaneously test the same vaccine in healthy people in the U.K., Gambia and Mali.

Preliminary results on the vaccine’s safety — not its effectiveness — could be available in months.

Scientists also announced that they have mapped the genetic code of this strain of Ebola to better understand how it kills. In a study published Thursday in the journal Science, researchers traced an explosion of cases in this outbreak to a single funeral in Guinea in May.

They hope to use the genetic mapping to track mutations that could become more worrisome the longer the outbreak lasts, and make a difference in how doctors spot and fight the disease as vaccines are developed.

The outbreak has now killed at least 1,552 people among 3,069 reported cases in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria, and the real caseload in urban areas could be two to four times higher. Meanwhile, an entirely separate Ebola outbreak has killed 13 of 42 people sickened in a remote area of Congo, in Central Africa, the agency said.

With about a 50 percent mortality rate among those known to be infected, the overall death toll could reach 10,000 in the worst-case scenario.

“I think that’s completely unacceptable,” said the agency’s emergency operations director, Dr. Bruce Aylward.

The WHO’s new plan would cost $489 million to support 750 international health workers and 12,000 national ones. It aims to:

— stop Ebola transmission in affected countries within six to nine months

— prevent the spread of any new infections within eight weeks of a case being identified anywhere in the world

— and improve the public health responses to Ebola in any nation with major transportation hubs or borders shared with affected countries.

With the world’s support, medical workers hope to take “the heat out of this outbreak” within three months, Aylward said.

The U.N. agency’s announcement was immediately criticized by Doctors Without Borders, a medical charity running many of the treatment centers in West Africa.

“The WHO road map is welcome, but it should not give a false sense of hope. A plan needs to be acted upon. Huge questions remain,” the charity’s operations director, Bruce de le Vingne, said in a statement. “States with the capacity to help have the responsibility to mobilize resources to the affected countries, rather than watching from the sidelines with a naive hope that the situation will improve.”

Containment is key, but it has to be done carefully, in ways that don’t cause panic or hamper the response, the agency said.

The WHO has supported the quarantine of sick people, and said cordoning off entire neighborhoods can be useful, as long as civil rights are respected. But it has called on airlines to resume flights to affected countries, since Ebola is unlikely to spread through air travel. Health checks at airports should provide sufficient protection while still enabling humanitarian workers to get in.

“Right now there is a super risk of the response effort being choked off, being restricted, because we simply cannot get enough seats on enough airplanes to get people in and out, and rotating, to get goods and supplies in and out and rotating,” Aylward said.

Ebola and the measures used to control it are making it harder for some of the world’s poorest people to feed themselves and seek medical care. Many thousands of people have been cut off from markets; food prices have soared and farmers are separated from their fields. People now fearing hospitals are going without treatment for other diseases, like malaria, which kills around 600,000 each year, 90 percent of them in Africa.

The World Food Program says it needs $70 million immediately to help feed 1.3 million people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in the coming months because control measures have threatened food supplies.

Nigerian authorities, meanwhile, confirmed their first fatality outside the commercial capital of Lagos, where a dying Liberian-American airline passenger infected others in late July. They said a man sickened after coming into contact with the passenger had evaded surveillance and infected a doctor in southern Nigeria, who later died.

Mystery of Death Valley’s Moving Rocks Solved

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For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.

Now two researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, have photographed these “sailing rocks” being blown by light winds across the former lake bed.

Cousins Richard Norris and James Norris said the movement is made possible when ice sheets that form after rare overnight rains melt in the rising sun, making the hard ground muddy and slick.

On Dec. 20, 2013, the cousins cataloged 60 rocks moving across the playa’s pancake-flat surface.

“Observed rock movement occurred on sunny, clear days, following nights of sub-freezing temperatures,” they wrote in a report published Wednesday in the online scientific journal PLOS ONE.

The conclusion proves theories that have been floated since geologists began studying the moving rocks in the 1940s.

The phenomenon doesn’t happen often because it rarely rains in the notoriously hot and dry desert valley.

The rocks move about 15 feet per minute, according to the report.

Richard Norris, 55, a paleobiologist at Scripps, and James, 59, a research engineer, launched their “Slithering Stones Research Initiative” in 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/VNVWou).

After getting permits from the National Park Service, they installed a weather station in the area and placed 15 stones equipped with global positioning devices on the playa.

The “GPS stones,” which were engineered to record movement and velocity, were stationed at the southern end of the playa where rocks begin their strange journeys after tumbling down a cliff.

At the end of last year, Richard and James Norris returned to inspect the instruments.

“We found the playa covered with ice,” Richard told the Times. “We also noticed fresh rock trails near shards of thin ice stacked up along the shoreline.”

The following afternoon, “we were sitting on a mountainside and admiring the view when a light wind kicked up and the ice started cracking,” he said. “Suddenly, the whole process unfolded before our eyes.”

UK Raises Terror Threat Level To Severe

UK Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that a terrorist attack on the UK is :highly likely,” although stressed that there is no information to suggest an attack is imminent:

  • *UK TERROR THREAT LEVEL RAISED TO SEVERE FROM SUBSTANTIAL
  • *REAL AND SERIOUS THREAT IN THE UK FROM TERRORISM, MAY SAYS

Her decision is based on the latest intelligence from Syria and Iraq (and we suspect, as Brandon Smith notes, “the goal will be to terrify you and those around you into seeking out a more powerful, more centralized government authority to protect your security.”)

 

As Press Association reports,

She said: “The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) is responsible for setting the national threat level. That informs the decisions of security professionals across the public and private sectors about the appropriate level of security in place across the United Kingdom.

 

“JTAC’s judgements about that threat level are made on the basis of the very latest intelligence and are independent of ministers.

 

“JTAC has today raised the threat level to the UK from international terrorism from SUBSTANTIAL to SEVERE. That means that a terrorist attack is highly likely, but there is no intelligence to suggest that an attack is imminent.”

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Time to strike fear into the people who will come begging for the government to help save them… as Brandon Smith notes,

“the goal will be to terrify you and those
around you into seeking out a more powerful, more centralized government
authority to protect your security.”