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INDONESIA DECLARES WAR

Seizes, Destroys Vessels Illegally Fishing
By SOF

Indonesia has taken a hard line against illegal fishing – and it could spark a confrontation. The Indonesian Navy has been given orders to sink vessels illegally fishing.

According to a report by VOA, the new hard line has been described as “shock therapy” by the country’s Maritime and Fisheries Minister, Susi Pudjiastuti. The hard-line policy had drawn criticism from both Communist China and the Republic of China on Taiwan.

NEW CHICOM BASE IN EAST CHINA SEA

Base Extends ChiCom Reach Over Senkaku Islands
By SOF

The ChiComs are building a new base on islands near the scene of a growing territorial dispute with Japan. The Nanji islands are about 60 miles closer to the disputed Senkaku Islands than Okinawa, a major base for both Japan and the United States.

THE FLOATING ARSENALS AGAINST PIRACY

A Threat Waiting to Explode?
By SOF

As piracy around Somalia exploded, military forces were not the only ones that were built up around the region. Private security firms – in essence, mercs – also went to work in the area. One of the things the mercs did was to come up with some floating armories, where they could store all the firepower needed to ruin a pirate’s day.

Interview with an Interrogator: Megyn Kelly Gets the Scoop

By Roger Aronoff
Accuracy in Media

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly got a big interview this week following the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogations in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on America on September 11, 2001. It was compelling TV, and journalism. Dr. James Mitchell, a former Air Force psychologist, contracted with the CIA to help develop a program to interrogate CIA detainees while America, and those tasked to protect this country, prepared for a second wave of attacks.

Mitchell had spoken with the British newspaper, The Guardian, back in April, after an executive summary of the Senate Intelligence report had been leaked to McClatchy News. At the time, as reported by The Guardian, Mitchell “mounted a full-throated defense of the Bush administration's counter-terrorism policies and attacked ‘partisan Democrats’ for ‘throwing me under the bus’ and ‘rewriting history.’” Now he clearly feels even more free to speak out.

Obama Exchanges Castro’s Killer for American Hostage

By Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

Communists are ecstatic. “The Cuban Five Are Free” is a statement from the U.S. support network for the Cuban spies imprisoned in the U.S. for various crimes, including participating in a murder conspiracy.

Obama essentially released the three remaining Cuban spies in exchange for American Alan Gross, who had been held hostage by the Cuban regime for over five years. Gross was a foreign aid worker imprisoned by the Castro regime for trying to help ordinary Cubans communicate with the outside world. President Obama confirmed the role of Pope Francis, a vocal critic of Western-style capitalism, in the deal.

ALAN GROSS RELEASED

Obama Administration Opens Talks With Castro Regime
By SOF

Alan Gross has been released by the Castro regime after being held for five years. The release, announced earlier today, involved a prisoner swap for at least three Cuban spies who were reportedly part of the “Wasp Network,” which was tied to the shootdown of two Cessna planes flown by the Brothers to the Rescue.

SCHOOLYARD SLAUGHTER IN PAKISTAN

Dozens Killed in Taliban Attack
By SOF

A Beslan-style attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, has left at least 126 people dead with over 100 wounded. The slaughter comes the day after a sixteen-hour siege in Sydney, Australia that left two people dead.

According to reports by VOA News, Fox News, and CBN, the school was attacked by at least six murder-suicide bombers aligned with Tehreek-e-Taliban, or the Pakistani Taliban, in what is being described as the worst attack in over a year. Nearby military units responded to the attack, and Pakistani troops have exchanged fire with the terrorists before securing control of the school.

IS AN ATTACK INSPIRED BY ISIS A CERTAINTY?

Former CIA Director Thinks So…
By SOF

Could an ISIS-inspired attack like the one at a Sydney café take place in the United States? A former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency views such an attack as a certainty.

According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, Mike Morrell, who served as acting Director of Central Intelligence during the Obama Administration, made the statement while being interviewed by CBS News.

A NEW LOW FOR BOKO HARAM

Uses Teenage Girls as Murder-Suicide Bombers
By SOF

The terrorist group Boko Haram, which seeks to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, has carried out a lot of despicable acts during its rampage of terror. Massacres and mass kidnappings have taken place, and the group has even boasted of its involvement in sexual slavery. But now the group is hitting another low.

Benghazi Congressional Investigations Roll On, Barely

By Roger Aronoff
Accuracy in Media

The latest hearing by the House Select Committee on Benghazi was held on December 10th, as Congress is about to head out the door for Christmas. The hearing was unfortunately still focused on the far-from-independent State Department Accountability Review Board. It’s time to move on. There is plenty to investigate. The critics of any further investigation are citing the latest report from Rep. Mike Rogers’ (R-MI) House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) to argue that the whole investigation should be shut down.

That’s the narrative previously promoted by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who also referred to the flawed HPSCI report’s assertion that it is a “definitive” accounting in his opening statement at Wednesday’s hearing..

A THOUSAND LASHES FOR ASKING A QUESTION

Saudi Arabia Flogs Reporter, Gives Him 10 Years In The Slammer
By SOF

What can asking a few simple questions cost you? In Saudi Arabia, the answer could be a thousand lashes, ten years in jail, and been banned from leaving the country for another ten years.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY

Senate Intelligence Committee Republicans and CIA Push Back on Feinstein Report
By SOF

Republican members of the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a rebuttal to the roughly 500-page “study” conducted by the Democratic majority on the committee. The Republicans, who pulled out of the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation in the fall of 2009, took issue with many of the assertions in Feinstein’s hit job.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, the Republican report, signed by Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA - pictured right), Richard Burr (R-NC), James Risch (R-ID), Dan Coats (R-IN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Tom Coburn (R-OK), states “We have no doubt the CIA’s detention program saved lives and played a vital role in weakening al-Qa’ida while the Program was in operation.”

FEINSTEIN RELEASES CIA REPORT

480-Page Hit Job on CIA Released
By SOF

Senator Dianne Feinstein, author of the 1994 semi-auto ban, released a 480-page summary of a 6,000-page “study” on interrogation techniques used in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, despite opposition from the CIA, State Department. Republicans pulled out of the investigation in 2009, and the report was done solely by Democratic staffers on the committee.

According to media reports, Feinstein’s report accuses the CIA of misleading Congress about the use of those techniques and by overstating the information obtained. The report, coming after years of partisan disputes, including allegations of computer hacking on the part of both the CIA and Democratic staffers on the intelligence committee, claims that at least 119 people were held in the CIA’s secret detention report.

SPY PLOT FOILED

Targeted USS Gerald R. Ford Schematics
By SOF

A plot to sell classified plans for the Gerald R. Ford-class carriers and sell them to the Egyptian government was foiled when the would-be spy sold the plans to an undercover agent.

FIGHTING IN GROZNY

When Islamist fighters carried out surprise attacks in Grozny, Chechnya, Russian forces reacted.

Here is video of some of the fighting: