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Comment: Re:Real terrorist threat level (Score 1) 70

by cold fjord (#48651217) Attached to: Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered At Frankfurt Airport

Given the fact that security at airports is not very good and nothing really bad has happened in the last decade, what does this tell us about the real terrorist threat level in Europe?

That much of Europe has probably been almost lulled into the level of complacency that will make a truly horrifying attack possible?

Comment: Re:In other news: (Score 2, Insightful) 70

by cold fjord (#48651205) Attached to: Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered At Frankfurt Airport

In other words: This shows that there isn't a real danger that this security theater is protecting us from.

No, that just shows that the Intent, Capability, and Opportunity haven't yet aligned to result in an incident or attack... that you know of. Absence of an attack isn't the same as absence of a threat. And you're kidding yourself if you think there aren't terrorists in Germany, or flying through it, that wouldn't attack the airport, planes, or other places in Germany specifically or Europe in general.

Attacks on Frankfurt Airport, Ramstein Planned: Three Islamist Terror Suspects Arrested in Germany - September 05, 2007

Germany Sends 240 Cops to Arrest Nine ISIS Suspects in Cologne - November 12th 2014

+ - GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track Of Serious Criminals->

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An anonymous reader writes "The Telegraph reports, "GCHQ has lost track of some of the most dangerous crime lords and has had to abort surveillance on others after Edward Snowden revealed their tactics ... The spy agency has suffered “significant” damage in its ability to monitor and capture serious organised criminals following the exposes by the former CIA contractor. Intelligence officers are now blind to more than a quarter of the activities of the UK’s most harmful crime gangs after they changed their communications methods in the wake of the Snowden leaks. One major drug smuggling gang has been able to continue flooding the UK with Class A narcotics unimpeded for the last year after changing their operations. More intense tracking of others has either been abandoned or not started because of fears the tactics are now too easy to spot and will force the criminals to “go dark” and be lost sight of completely. ... The GCHQ works with the NCA to combat the most serious organised crime groups who cause the most harm to the UK. They include drug smuggling networks, gun runners, paedophiles, human traffickers, money launders and fraudsters. Serious organised crime costs the UK £24 billion a year, according to the Government, and involves around 5,500 active gangs, made up of 37,000 people. " — More at the Telegraph:How criminals have changed tactics after Edward Snowden leaks"
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+ - South Korean power plants to conduct cyber-attack drills following hack->

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An anonymous reader writes "South Korea’s nuclear operator has been targeted in a cyber-attack, with hackers threatening people to “stay away” from three of the country’s nuclear reactors should they not cease operations by Christmas. The stolen data is thought to be non-critical information, and both the company and state officials have assured that the reactors are safe. However, KHNP has said that it will be conducting a series of security drills over the next two days at four power plants to ensure they can all withstand a cyber-attack. The hacks come amid accusations by the U.S. that North Korea may be responsible for the punishing hack on Sony Pictures. Concerns have mounted that Pyongyang may initiate cyber strikes against industrial and social targets in the U.S. and South Korea."
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Comment: Re: You forgot something... (Score 1) 244

by cold fjord (#48650423) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

11.3% is certainly a meaningful number, and far removed from the practical nonexistence that was being posited.

That number doesn't tell everything however. Since many of those jobs are concentrated in specific sectors of the economy the percentage of union employment in that sector can be much higher than 11.3% and have a significant impact. Example: teacher's unions.

Comment: Re:calling it (Score 1) 201

by cold fjord (#48649755) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

Are U.S. troops set up in Afghanistan anywhere except there's a running oil pipeline?

There is no pipeline.

Pipe Dreams - The origin of the "bombing-Afghanistan-for-oil-pipelines" theory.
Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline Still a Dream* - Published on Monday, September 20, 2010

A working pipeline, if it ever gets built, will require a country more stable than Afghanistan is now or will be any time soon. It is too easy to sabotage otherwise, and that would result in billions of dollars down the drain. Nobody is going to risk it.

I'm sure that you are aware of the U.S. involvement where Iraq is concerned. We install a dictator until he gets so out of control, then go in and knock him down, while the war profiteers rejoice.

The US didn't install Saddam. He was a local bully-boy that worked his way up in the Baath socialist/fascist party by native wit and sheer ruthlessness.

So knowing that, don't you think that it's a little peculiar how this whole Sony hack is getting so much press recently?

Not really, no. From what I understand the hack ended up trashing a large percentage of Sony's computers, led to leaks of emails that were fodder for many news and gossip sites, and stopped the release of a movie that was already being advertised. You don't think those extraordinary events would get coverage otherwise?

Is the U.S. creating another flimsy excuse to go to war against N. Korea?

I doubt it, no. Getting into an actual shooting war with North Korea wouldn't be a trivial thing. The body count would be huge if for no other reason than the inevitable crippling of the North Korean state would lead to widespread starvation among a population that is already barely making it. But before that happened the capital of South Korea would be flattened by artillery from North Korea. Nobody wants either outcome.

Do you really have such blind trust in your leaders that you believe any press release that they issue?

I'm willing to be skeptical, but this doesn't seem to be something contrary to the known behaviors of the North Koreans.

Has recent 20th century history taught you nothing?

One of the 20th Century's lessons is that the West has not always been firm in confronting evil regimes such as North Korea's.

Has recent 20th century history taught you nothing? I suggest that you cool your jets for a bit before rushing to judgement, especially when it concerns global matters.

When it comes to global matters there is no shortage of people that get it wrong when the question involves the US.

Unless you are yourself enlisting to be in the infantry's front lines.

Whether I do or don't, have or haven't, I'm pretty sure I can form reasonable opinions and make useful arguments.

* I can't tell you how painful it is to reference Ted Rall, slightly less so for Common Dreams.

Comment: Re:calling it (Score 1) 201

by cold fjord (#48649663) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

Since 2003? Maybe you should look into what countries won oil contracts from the Iraqi Ministry of Oil. That would mainly be European and Chinese companies. US companies didn't tend to be interested due to the turmoil. There was also a lot of work to do in bringing Iraq's oil fields back on-line and up to their potential due to the neglect of Saddam's era. Keeping things running was and is a challenge due to attacks by insurgents.

If you think something else was going on you probably have some unreliable "history" there.

Comment: Re:calling it (Score 1) 201

by cold fjord (#48649585) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

Many people here hold a variety of opinions against me since I don't share their views. I'll take clarity over agreement if agreement means being wrong.

If you don't want to believe the FBI, that's fine. But then you don't really have an informed basis for much else to say unless you examine the evidence yourself, you designate someone else as worthy of trust, or choose to engage in speculation (and are clear that is what it is). If you are going to trust another party in this surely that party of trust isn't going to be North Korea given its track record of not simply lies, but fantastically unlikely lies?

Kim Jong Il Bowls a 300 and Other Great Moments in North Korean Sports

In his first round of golf ever, Kim Jong Il sinks eleven holes-in-one at the 7,700-yard, 18-hole Pyongyang Golf Club. North Korean media reports a score of 34, which would be a world record.

Comment: Re:calling it (Score 1) 201

by cold fjord (#48649539) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

You're post is bullshit. Iraq's long history of aggression, violations of human rights, crimes against humanity, and many other crimes was a part of the discussion prior to the invasion. You're trying to rewrite history but it fails since not everyone has forgotten. The same regime was in power the entire time and it was only going to get worse when Saddam's sons took over.

Iraq actually did posses banned missiles and warheads at the time of the invasion. What it didn't have was the chemical agent filler for the warheads, which some something it would be able to create fairly quickly once it had bribed its way out of sanctions as it was doing. I indicated above what happened to that filler, which was also a violation of various obligations on Iraq.

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