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Paranoia could be the best weapon against the Islamic State
By David Ignatius
The worm of paranoia begins to eat into even the hardest adversary. An example is a Twitter post last week displaying an Islamic State leaflet offering a $5,000 reward for information about “crusaders’ agents” in the ranks.  Maybe Western spies are secretly burrowing into the Islamic State right now. But then maybe the leaflet is a fake, intended to induce the fighters to doubt their comrades. The point is that the jihadists can’t know. Either way, the worm turns.  The leaflet got me thinking about one of the little-discussed aspects of the U.S.-led campaign to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State — namely the role that can be played by “unconventional warfare.” These are the Sun Tzu arts of battle — the tricks and feints and deceptions that can make adversaries weaken themselves, question their doctrine and doubt their leaders.
These unconventional operations can be far less costly in money and lives than kinetic action on the battlefield. Rather than a wild spray of bullets from an Apache helicopter gunship (which often creates as many enemies as it kills), these tools can subtly encourage an adversary to attack itself. In using such deceptive tactics, it must be said, the U.S.-led coalition would be emulating Russia’s “green men” infiltration in Ukraine.  A few celebrated cases illustrate how devastating such a campaign can be.  In the late 1980s, the Abu Nidal Organization was shattered by internal disputes that were encouraged by the intelligence services of the United States, Britain and Jordan.  “Arabs Say Deadly Power Struggle Has Split Abu Nidal Terror Group,” read the November 1989 headline in the New York Times. The schism was no accident. Sources tell me that members of the terrorist group were fed information that led them to suspect colleagues of stealing their money, their girlfriends and their power.

By the end, the group had basically self-destructed. World War II provides a string of celebrated cases of deception and manipulation. Perhaps the best known was the British “Double Cross” operation, described in a 2012 book by Ben Macintyre. The British managed to control and manipulate every German agent who was sent to spy on them. They weaved a tapestry of lies that convinced top German commanders that the D-Day landings would come in Calais, rather than Normandy.  Another masterful deception involved floating a British corpse ashore on the German-occupied Spanish coast; the dead man was carrying what appeared to be top-secret letters describing an allied plan to attack Germany through Greece. The operation was meant to conceal the allies’ real plan to attack through Sicily. This masterpiece of lying also worked, as recounted in Macintyre’s 2010 book, “Operation Mincemeat.”

Maybe it’s the spy novelist in me looking for a future plot, but I hope the United States and its allies are thinking how to operate “unconventionally” in Iraq and Syria in ways that undermine the Islamic State. This is a terrifyingly brutal group that lines up scores of fighters whose loyalty is suspect and shoots them. In the short run, such intimidation enforces a torturer’s version of discipline. But in the long run, it’s a mark of vulnerability. No one would choose to live under such a regime forever.  One of the few public discussions of how unconventional warfare might be useful against the Islamic State came in an Oct. 20 post on War on the Rocks, my favorite military blog. Clint Watts, a former Army officer and FBI special agent, describes various ways to encourage dissension and division. “Try to put a wedge between [the Islamic State’s] Iraqi dominated leadership and its foreign fighter troops,” argues Watts.  Atheel al-Nujaifi, the governor of Iraq’s Nineveh province, told me in an interview Monday that friction between foreigners and locals has already begun among the jihadists in Mosul, along with tension between Turkmen and Sunni Arab members of the group.
Watts also suggests encouraging rivalry between the criminal thugs gravitating toward the Islamic State and the group’s core of religious zealots. And he proposes sending infiltrators (or reports of infiltrators) to make the extremists “paranoid about spies” in their ranks. Such double-agent tactics have worked in Somalia and Algeria, he says.  Finally, the Islamic State will be undone by its own brutality, which destroys popular support. Watts writes: “Military actions against terrorist groups such as airstrikes make martyrs of jihadi leaders. . . . But truly eroding [the Islamic State’s] appeal will come by turning [ its leaders’] image . . . from martyrs to villains.”
Source: Washington Post / Dec. 2, 2014


DTRA, SCC-WMD and SJFHQ-E receive Joint Meritorious Unit Awards

Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction and Standing Joint Force Headquarters for Elimination receive Joint Meritorious Unit Awards.

Dir. Ken Myers & USAF Col. John Cinnamon accept JMUA from Secretary Hagel.

Dir. Ken Myers & USAF Col. John Cinnamon accept JMUA from Secretary Hagel.

PRLogNov. 12, 2014FORT BELVOIR, Alexandria, Va. –The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA),Strategic Command Center for Combatting Weapons of Mass Destruction (SCC-WMD) and Standing Joint Force Headquarters for Elimination (SJFHQ-E) were recently honored with the presentation of Joint Meritorious Unit Awards for their extraordinary efforts to neutralize and dispose of stockpiled Syrian chemical weapons. The awards were formally presented by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during a Pentagon ceremony today.

The Joint Meritorious Unit Award is reserved for organizations providing meritorious service, beyond that which is normally expected, or under extraordinary circumstances that involve national interests.

Hagel cited the Organization’s significant contributions to the nation’s strategic efforts to reduce the threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) to the United States, its interests, and allies by noting that “This was a significant occasion, representing an exemplary whole of government effort.”

Hagel added that accomplishments like this are not new to the Department of Defense, but this mission was truly exceptional and represents a perfect example of how the Department can respond rapidly to emerging threats.

DTRA/SCC-WMD Director Kenneth A. Myers III added, “The mission to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons is a perfect example of how our team is able to surge to address rapid and real time threats.  Our actions provided DoD and the nation with a holistic and comprehensive capability to defend the U.S., its interests, and allies against a clear WMD threat.”

DTRA/SCC-WMD and SJFHQ-E safeguard America’s interests from weapons of mass destruction (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high explosives) by controlling and reducing the threat to the United States and its allies, and providing quality tools and services for the warfighter. This Department of Defense combat support agency is located at Fort Belvoir, Va., and operates field offices worldwide.

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The New American Strategy Should Be Disengagement

Warren Pulley, CEO
RyPul Threat Assessments
A Global Threat Assessment and Protection Company

In the never ending war against dictators, terrorism, it off-shoots and splinter groups, the United States is expected by every western government to lead the charge and carry the battle standards for conflicts against every dangerous ideologue in the world.

Since WWII the United States has been directly responsible for between 10 to 15 million war deaths in the Korean, Vietnam, Iraq Wars (2) as well as fatalities in Cambodia and Laos. The U.S. Government by proxy wars have been responsible for another 9-14 million deaths in Afghanistan, Angola, The DRC, East Timor, Guatemala, Indonesia, Pakistan and Sudan, which brings our countries total death by conflict since WWII to somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 – 30 million deaths from wars scattered around the world.

Now some of these conflicts have been fought for the greater good, and some not so much so, but at what point does war and death become a lost cause in itself?  Isn’t 20-30 millions deaths enough for us to say, let Europe and the rest of the world “lead from the front ” on wars, police actions, military engagements, short tactical operations and the fallout of both?

I for one don’t consider it a weakness for the U.S. to disengage from each and every conflict that modern man has become engaged in, only to have our best and brightest killed off for an uncertain peace time and time again.  The warrior culture is alive and well in America and we all would all be better served to place limits on how many generations of our youth we want engaged in perpetual war.

As a former member of the U.S. Military who entered service in 1987, I was on active duty for the overthrow of Panamanian dictator Noriega in 1989, the 1991 Gulf War, the 1993 Somalia incursion and the Bosnian conflict of 1994.  As a police officer in Los Angeles from 1994 to 2006, I was often on the other end of the tactics employed in war, used against me in the inner cities, by those who had gone to war and come home to become home grown terrorist’s as gang members. And most recently I have worked in the capacity of a security contractor in the middle east providing security for diplomats and other NGO’s throughout the region, so I understand all of the nuances that leave the Middle East a fertile ground for combat and strife, and I for one do not believe that modern man has the capacity to solve religious disputes that have evolved over thousands of years.

The world has been engaged in Middle East peace talks since 1949, with no concrete solutions in sight and until the people in those regions began to have dialogue on a human level, you can expect the bloodshed to continue on a daily basis, and the power brokers in the region need to install the peace NOT the United States, because we cannot, and yes even with all of our military might we cannot.

I have heard all the rhetoric for war from my enlistment in 1987 until today and it continues to be the same, it is usually the ” US vs THEM ” mantra, which works well on the highly uninformed and war hawks, yeah those war hawks in our government that will not send their own children off to fight for the latest war cause that they believe in so highly.

I absolutely believe in defense of our country, but only for the imminent, immediate protection of the American people on American soil, and I no longer believe we should have the protective buffer of American boots on the ground around the world, for the peace and security of Europe, The Middle East, Asia or the African Continent, even with overwhelming support from any government that wants our government to engage in combat operations.  If other countries believe that their peace and stability is threatened by a wolf at the door, then let those countries arm, outfit and send their young men and women off to war to defend it’s way of life.  We can and should honor our diplomatic agreement’s to aid our allies in a time of war, but we as Americans cannot continue to police the world, because the latest splinter group with the newest scary name pops up and says “boo”.

Yes we have to deal with the extremism that continues to plot attacks against our homeland, and we have the most capable special forces operators in the world to do that, on a surgical strike case by case basis. However the large scale company and division size combat operations should be a thing of the past for the U.S. unless we have a nation on our shores intent on immediate invasion of our homeland.

A little bit of isolationism at this point in human history is probably just what the doctor has ordered.

i·so·la·tion·ism (ˌīsəˈlāSHəˌnizəm/Submit ) (noun) : a policy of remaining apart from the affairs or interests of other groups, especially the political affairs of other countries.

So before the comments began, lets get a few things straight.

I am not a coward, I am a patriot.
I am not afraid of combat, I have served.
I am not an appeaser, I believe you kill before being killed.
I am not shortsighted, I understand nuance.
I am an American.

Bombing and Shooting Threats on U.S. School Campuses Continues

Warren Pulley, CEO
RyPul Threat Assessments
Never assume that your child is safe on a school campus ANYWHERE in this country. The threats against our children and their schools continue at a rapid rate, and as I have continued to advise parents and administrators, if you do not prepare for this ongoing threat today, you will prepare for a number of funerals tomorrow. Be unafraid to demand action on behalf of your children since their lives depend on it.

Free School Site Threat Assessments

PRLog – Oct. 12, 2014 – LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Due to the recent surge in news reports regarding the continued threats of active shooters on school campuses Throughout the United States, RyPul Threat Assessments, the foremost authority on how to protect school campuses nationwide, will be offering (5) free campus wide school protection threat assessment to any school district in the nation.  The school district can select anyone (1) of its schools to receive this offer at absolutely no cost to the district.

RyPul Threat Assessments has conducted threat assessments for U.S. Government clients, large commercial property portfolios, school districts, mass transit systems, clients that live in very high threat environments and private residential clients throughout the world. Our consultants are some of the most highly trained and sought after threat assessment consultants in the world.

The assessment upon completion, will provide the district with a complete concentric security assessment on one of its schools, on par with U.S. Government assessments as they are performed in various high threat areas around the world.  The CEO Warren Pulley will conduct the campus threat assessment himself, and bring to the process his more than 27 years of military, law enforcement and Middle East threat assessment experience directly to your school campus.

Mr. Pulley stated ” I believe that now is the time for companies such as mine to come to the fore front, and let the public know that professional services such as mine exists, and that our children can have the world’s best threat assessment companies, perform first class physical threat assessments that can ensure the safety of all our children in each and every classroom around the nation.”

To take advantage of this offer please go and visit us at and email us with your request to be included in this free school threat assessment offer.  Campus safety and the safety of all school children is paramount to RyPul Threat Assessments, so as a partner in school safety, we wanted to give back to our communities with this exclusive free offer.  Take advantage of this offer today, a life may depend on it.

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FREE Bullet Resistant Classroom Protection System

Available through Safer Schools for America & ROK Mobile

Paramount, CA — (ReleaseWire) — 10/13/2014 — Safer Schools for America in conjunction with ROK Mobile is offering School Districts nationwide a program that can earn them Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars each month which will be divided between discretionary uses and the school protection system. We realize that School Districts have very little dollars to use on Security to keep our kids and staff safe. This program will take care of that.

With the number of School Shootings continuing to rise at an alarming rate, Safer Schools for America brought awareness to the American public that a Bullet Resistant School Protection System designed specifically for classrooms and faculty is now available.

The (SPS) School Protection System was featured on TV News Stations nationwide and took the public by storm. The SPS System consists of The Insta Remote RFID Door Lock, Bullet Resistant Door Shield and the new ROK RHS Homeland Security System that can instantly inform Police of the Threat Location, Video & Photo of Violator and provide communication with all teachers during the event.

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It was hard at first for me to believe that any company would supply and install a school protection system for free to safeguard our kids and school staff and getting the additional funds to use at our discretion is simply AMAZING! Thanks SSFA / ROK…Ana Stafford, Spec ED Assistant. HBCSD

Limiting access to students and staff once on campus, (deny shooter entry into a classroom) this is the key! I’m encouraging my School District to jump on board to get this funded for free!!

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Sioux City Administrators Continue to Fail Schools

Lets me understand this correctly $454,000 thousands dollars for camera upgrades right? But how many of these cameras have the actual capability to save a life? I’m going to go out on a limb and say not one single camera will save one precious life. Sioux City get real, have a professional assessment completed on your campuses, by 21st century threat assessment professionals, and then do the correct thing for your school aged children, place ballistic materials in your school systems today in order to be much more effective in protecting a life.

School Shooting Continue Since Columbine

The Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting in suburban Seattle that left three students dead Friday produced nationwide reactions of grief, fear and disbelief: How could this happen again? Since two Columbine High School teenagers killed 12 students and one teacher in April 1999, there have been numerous school shootings across the country.
The shooting rampages have sparked debate about gun control laws and school safety, but national lawmakers have done little to pass gun control measures, including efforts to make it tougher for the mentally ill to obtain guns. Gun rights advocates say the proposed laws would only make it harder for responsible citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights while gun control proponents say obtaining a gun is too easy in the U.S. “We’re the only developed country on Earth where this happens,” President Barack Obama said in a June interview. “And it happens now once a week. And it’s a one-day story. There’s no place else like this.”
Across the U.S., mass shootings are becoming more frequent, with 14 mass shootings in the past three years in which four or more people were killed, according to Harvard School of Public Health research released earlier this month. Previously, mass shootings occurred every 200 days, according to a news release.
Earlier this month, the NRA released an online ad attacking a proposed Washington state law that would require background checks for all gun sales. The ad claimed it would waste “scarce law enforcement resources on something that will not make Washington safer.”
Here’s a partial timeline of school shootings in the past 15 years:
April 20, 1999: Columbine High School students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and one teacher and injured 21 others in Colorado. They then killed themselves in the school’s library. Columbine was one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, CNN reported.
Nov. 19, 1999: Victor Cordova Jr., 12, killed a 13-year-old student at Deming Middle School in New Mexico. His father told the Associated Press Victor had intended to kill himself. He went to juvenile prison.
May 26, 2000: An honor student shot his teacher on the last day of school at Lake Worth Community Middle School in Florida. Nathaniel Brazill, 13, was sentenced to 28 years in prison, Time magazine reported.
March 5, 2001: A 15-year-old gunman, Charles “Andy” Williams, wounded 13 and killed two students at Santana High School in California. He is in prison, U-T San Diego reported.
Oct. 28, 2002: A University of Arizona nursing student killed three of his professors and himself. Robert Flores Jr., 41, had been failing classes, CBS reported.
Sept. 24, 2003: John McLaughlin, a freshman at Rocori High School, killed two classmates with a .22-caliber Colt semiautomatic pistol in Minnesota. He was convicted of murder, Minnesota Public Radio reported.
March 21, 2005: At Red Lake Senior High School, Jeff Weise, 16, killed five students plus a teacher and a security guard before shooting himself in Minnesota. Earlier in the day, he killed his grandfather and his grandfather’s girlfriend, CNN reported.
Nov. 8, 2005: At Campbell County Comprehensive High School, Kenneth Bartley, 15, killed the assistant principal and injured two administrators in Tennessee. He was found guilty of reckless homicide, WBIR-TV reported.
Aug. 30, 2006: Columbine-obsessed Alvaro Castillo, 19, murdered his father and wounded two people in Orange High School’s parking lot in North Carolina. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole,USA Today reported.
Sept. 27, 2006: A man named Duane Morrison took six girls hostage at Platte Canyon High school before shooting one of them and himself in Colorado. He sexually assaulted some of his hostages, NBC News reported.
Sept. 29, 2006: Weston High School student Eric Hainstock, 15, killed the school’s principal in Wisconsin. The previous day, the principal had given him a warning for having tobacco, USA Today reported. He is serving a life sentence.
Oct. 2, 2006: Charles Carl Roberts IV entered a one-room Amish schoolhouse and shot 10 girls, ages 6 to 13 in Pennsylvania. Roberts also committed suicide. His daughter had died as a baby, and he planned to get revenge, according to the Lancaster PA website.
April 16, 2007: In the deadliest shooting in the United States, Seung-Hui Cho, 23, killed 32 people and himself at Virginia Polytechnic Instiute. He had been instructed to get help for mental issues, CNN reported.
Feb. 14, 2008: Steven Kazmierczak, 27, injured 18 people and killed five students at Northern Illinois University. He then shot himself. Kazmierczak had no criminal record and acquired the guns legally, NBC News reported.
Oct. 26, 2008: Four men all under age 21 killed two students and hurt one at the University of Central Arkansas. They drove up on a group of people near a dormitory and fired, the Associated Press reported.
Feb. 27, 2012: In Ohio, 17-year-old T.J. Lane killed three students and injured three others at Chardon High School, which he did not attend, the NY Daily News reported. He is serving life in prison.
Dec. 14, 2012: Adam Lanza, 20, murdered his mother and drove to Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, where he killed 20 first-graders and six adults before shooting himself. He took three guns to the school, CNN reported.
June 7, 2013: John Zawahri, 23, killed his dad and brother before driving to Santa Monica College in California and firing randomly at people. He was killed by police, CNN reported. He was upset because of a family dispute.
Oct. 21, 2013: Jose Reyes, a Sparks Middle School seventh grader, used a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol to injure two students, kill a teacher and commit suicide in Nevada. Jose had been bullied, but the police said there was no clear motive, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.
Dec. 13, 2013: In the same town as Columbine, Karl Pierson, 18, shot a student in the head and killed himself at Arapahoe High School. He may have been seeking revenge against a faculty member, CNN reported.
June 5, 2014: When Aaron Ybarra, 26, opened fire at Seattle Pacific University, he killed one man and injured three others in Washington. A student security guard covered him in pepper spray and tackled him, CNN reported. Ybarra had been obsessed with school shootings.
June 10, 2014: In Oregon, Reynolds High School freshman Jared Padgett brought an AR-15 rifle in a guitar case to school. He killed a student, injured a teacher and shot himself. He had written about the plan in his journal, The Oregonian reported.
Oct. 24, 2014: In Washington, Jaylen Fryberg, a popular freshman, opened fire Friday in the crowded lunchroom at Marysville-Pilchuck High School outside of Seattle. He killed two students and injured four others before taking his own life, according to CNN.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims Protection Services

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