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Al-Shabaab Calls for Westgate-Style Attacks on Shopping Malls in US/Canada/UK/France (VIDEO)

In Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab, Archive, Canada, France, Kenya, Somalia, Terrorism, UK, USA on February 23, 2015 at 11:15 PM


The Somali militant group Al-Shabaab released a video Saturday night calling for attacks on on Western shopping malls, just hours after the extremists killed dozens of people at a luxury hotel in Somalia’s capital.

Al Shabaab posted a 77-minute video that attempts to justify their brutal assault on Kenya’s Westgate Mall that left more than 60 people dead in 2013. In the video, filled with passages of Islamic scripture, a narrator claims that Kenya’s government has oppressed Muslims and that it is time to fight back — both against Kenya and against the West.

“The mall is popular with expats, diplomats, and scores of other Westerners,” the narrator says as previously released footage of the three-day siege taken from security cameras is shown.

“This video by the Shabaab resembles older releases by the group, such as ‘Woolwich attack: It’s an eye for an eye’, wherein the group commented on jihadist Michael Adebolajo’s killing of British Solider Lee Rigby,” said SITE Director Rita Katz.

“The English-speaking narrator in this video sounds remarkably similar to the narrator from past Shabaab releases, including the ‘Eye for an Eye’ video, as well as another regarding the group’s June 2013 suicide attack on the U.N. Common Compound in Mogadishu.”

At the end of the video, a man in camouflage appears on the screen and speculates on the damage that could be done at several of the Western world’s largest shopping destinations.

“If just a handful of mujahideen fighters could bring Kenya to a complete standstill for nearly a week, then imagine what a dedicated mujahideen in the West could do to the American or Jewish-owned shopping centers across the world,” the man says. “What if such an attack were to occur in the Mall of America in Minnesota? Or the West Edmonton Mall in Canada? Or in London’s Oxford Street?”

Then the speaker challenges a “man with firm determination” to carry out such a scheme.

“What would be the implications of such an attack? One could only imagine,” the speaker muses. “And all it takes is a man with firm determination.”

The US homeland security chief responded Sunday that he took the threat seriously, and said the video was a dangerous incitement to extremists already in the US.

“This latest statement reflects the new phase we’ve evolved into in the global terrorist threat, in that you have groups such as al Shabaab and ISIL publicly calling for independent actors in their homelands to carry out attacks,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told CNN.

He also warned shoppers in Minnesota to stay vigilant. “I would say that if anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today, they’ve got to be particularly careful,” Johnson said.

Edmonton police say there is “no imminent threat” to the city.

“This was a very general comment … it wasn’t a specific threat,” said Brian Simpson, deputy chief of the Edmonton Police Service.  “However, we as a policing agency …  absolutely paying attention to this.”

Simpson said despite the lack of a specific threat, Edmonton police have reviewed its procedures when it came to safety in all of the city’s malls. He said the services is working closely with RCMP and West Edmonton Mall security.

He said police have a “very good working relationship” with the mall, and that he is confident in the building’s security.

“I would dare say they have one of the best systems that I’ve seen,” he said.

West Edmonton Mall and the Mall of America are owned by Canada’s Ghermezian family, who are of Iranian-Jewish origins. Both malls have issued statements saying they were implementing additional security measures.

Scotland Yard said they were “assessing the content” of a video urging Muslims to attack London shopping sites including Oxford Street and Westfield Stratford City.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “The MPS Counter Terrorism Command is aware of the video and is assessing the content. We remind the public that downloading extremist material may constitute an offence.”

Other malls listed in the video include two in Paris, Les Quatre Temps and Forum des Halles.

Vodafone – Secret Six

In Activism, Anonymous, ANT, Archive, ASIO, Australia, Bahrain, Big Brother, Big Data, CENTCOM, CIA, CYBERCOM, DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE, DEA, DOJ, EFF, Encryption, FBI, Five Eyes, FOI, FOIA, FRA, GCHQ, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Huawei, India, Indonesia, INSCOM, Internet, INTERPOL, Israel, Japan, Kenya, LAPD, leaksource, Mali, Mandela, NDAA, New Zealand, News, Norway, OPEC, Politics, PSYOP, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Snowden, Somalia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Surveillance, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, TAO, Technology, TrapWire, TSA, Turkey, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela, Verizon on June 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Vodafone in all their magnificence and gorgeosity have shocked the monkey and released a “Law Enforcement Disclosure Report” (here). At the request of little old Gardai.

Unfortunately they have upset the Department of Justice who are claiming that the information Vodafone released could ‘compromise national security and hinder investigation of  serious criminal activity’.



The wonderful folk at Vodafone reveal in the report the surveillance practices of governments in 29 countries which it operates in, but stops short of disclosing details of data surveillance in Ireland.

One can only assume this is to thwart any recriminations, from spooks. Vodafone also point out in the release that reports from other operators can have inherent flaws…


We have compared the statistical information we hold for our own operations in the two countries in question with the information recently published by other local operators in those countries. For some categories of agency and authority demand, the volumes involved seem closely comparable between Vodafone and other local operators, although as explained above, there is a significant risk of under or over-counting overlapping demands issued to multiple operators. Furthermore, it is also clear that certain categories of agency and authority demand have been omitted from local operators’ publications, either to comply with legal restrictions (in the case of Australia) or (in Germany) for reasons not disclosed to us.”

The Report chants the mantra “it is unlawful to disclose any information related to wiretapping or interception of the content of phone calls and messages including whether such capabilities exist.” but points that in 6 countries “authorities” have unfettered access and that the law either ‘obliges’ telecom operators to install direct access pipes, or allow governments to do so.

Vodafone further explain that these 6 un-named countries have “regimens” that could retaliate by imprisoning staff…who could that be? (read the .pdf)

However after reading through the lines and thinking about it for a few minutes…it’s not hard to narrow down the “6” countries. The graphic below from The Guardian’s Juliette Garside makes this a no brainer.

With all respect to the fantastic and marvellous work Law Enforcement do, it is important Telecommunication Companies are finally finding their own voice amongst the schrills and squawks that have become a hysterical mist of white noise…well done Vodafone.










G20 – Tangible Outcomes Sydney 2014

In Activism, Al Jazeera NEWSHOUR, Anonymous, Apple, Archive, ASIO, Australia, Big Data, Brazil, Canada, Economy, Environment, Federal Reserve, Germany, Google, Greece, Indonesia, Internet, INTERPOL, Japan, Kenya, leaksource, LEAKSOURCE ORIGINAL NEWS, Mexico, Microsoft, Monsanto, Netherlands, New Zealand, News, Noam Chomsky, Pakistan, Palestine, Technology, UK, WikiLeaks on February 22, 2014 at 8:19 AM

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Australia’s presidency of the G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors is nearing the end of its first official day. Already delegates meeting in Sydney have been urged to agree on a range of strategies, such as boosting global growth to cracking down on multinational companies that don’t pay their fair share of tax. But the high-powered summit comes as emerging nations are hurting as the US Federal Reserve begins to wind back its multi-billion dollar stimulus.


Central African Republic – Cannibalism Revenge

In Archive, CIA, DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE, Google, Kenya, LEAKSOURCE ORIGINAL NEWS on January 14, 2014 at 3:42 AM

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In the Central African Republic  capitol, Bangui a Muslim man was attacked by Christians and in an act of revenge his killer Cannibalised part of his

Christian fighters have commenced a series of revenge attacks after years of sectarian violence.

The deep beliefs in magic act as a catalyst in this ongoing civil violence.

2 or 3 Americans and 1 Brit Among Attackers at Nairobi Mall – Kenya Foreign Minister

In Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab, Archive, Kenya, Nairobi, Terrorism, UK, USA, Westgate on September 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM




One of the Islamist militants who stormed an upscale shopping mall here on Saturday wore a white turban, witnesses said, while others wore black head scarves. Most were in civilian clothes, but a few donned camouflage fatigues. Some carried sophisticated machine guns, and others wielded the AK-47 rifles widely used by African insurgents. Most of the extremists who seized the mall were young and barked orders in English.

There has been considerable speculation about the identity of the militants and how they managed to pull off a sophisticated assault that killed at least 62 people and kept security forces at bay. Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed said Monday that “two or three Americans” and “one Brit” were among the perpetrators of the attack.

She said in an interview with PBS Newshour that the Americans were 18 to 19 years old, of Somali or Arab origin and lived “in Minnesota and one other place” in the United States. The British jihadist was a woman who has “done this many times before,” Mohamed said.

U.S. officials said Monday that they were pressing to determine whether any of the assailants were American.

“But at this point we have no definitive evidence of the nationalities or identities of the perpetrators,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

On Sunday, Twitter postings purportedly from al-Shabab described several of the jihadists as American. But the militant group said Monday — on a different Twitter handle, verified by the SITE Monitoring Service, which tracks statements by extremist groups — that it had not sent the earlier messages. Nor had it released the names or any other details about the attackers, it said.

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