Britain’s New Counter-terrorism Strategy.

On June 4th, 2018, Britain’s home secretary Sajid Javid announced new measures to help combat terrorism within the country. Since British decision to leave the European Union (EU) -commonly referred to as Brexit- the European Union (EU) has been split on the nature of security cooperation with the British government. Javid recently urged Brussels to maintain strong counterterrorism ties with the United Kingdom.

Javid said it would be “wrong and reckless” for either country to reduce security cooperation post Brexit. Reducing security cooperation would leave openings that that terrorist organizations could potentially exploit and then be able to attack Britain or other EU member states.  Javid said that the biggest threat to British national security is remains “Islamist terrorism.”

The Home Office in the United Kingdom said that they would continue to face a severe threat from Islamist terror groups and their supporters for at least another two years. Security agencies have foiled 12 jihadist terror plots since March of last year. Within the last 5 years British law enforcement and along with intelligence agencies have prevented upwards of 25 potential attacks.

One major concern for the Home Office is the number of convicted terrorists who will be released from prison in the coming year.  From 2007-2016, approximately 193 sentences for terror-related offenses were handed out, and of those more than 80 will run out by the end of 2018. This upcoming mass prison release comes as London marks the first anniversary of the London Bridge terrorist attack that killed 8 and injured over 40 people.

The Home Office’s new counter-terrorism strategy is intended to boost cooperation between MI5, local police and the private sector. Lessons learned in both the London Bridge and Manchester attacks are integrated into the new strategy. The Home Office intends to emphasize individuals reporting suspicious behavior, including those such as stockpiling large quantities of chemicals or acting suspicious when renting vehicles.

The new counter-terrorism strategy would involve declassifying a watchlist of over 20,000 British citizens and sharing that information with local authorities with the aim of preventing future attacks.

Information will now be shared amongst multiple law enforcement and civilian agencies. The multiagency approaches will be first used in London, Manchester and West Midlands.

These counter-terrorism reform strategies come in the wake of 5 different terrorist attacks that took place in the UK in 2017. These 5 attacks combined to kill 50 people and injured over 262 individuals.

Other counter-terrorism approaches that are being looked into include improving data usage by police and MI5, and increasing the sentences for terror-related offenses.

Bolton Calls Former Aide to NSC to Help Drain the Swamp

Originally posted on Frontpage Mag

National Security Advisor John Bolton, a Baltimorean who is no stranger to political street fights, has brought on board as his chief of staff former FoxNews political analyst Fred Fletiz.

No sooner had the announcement hit the wires, than the pit bulls of the Left went on the attack.

New York magazine called him, an “anti-Muslim wingnut.” The Council on American Islamic Relations, which has been identified in federal court documents as the U.S. branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, demanded his immediate removal. The Southern Poverty Law Center, itself identified as a hate group for its vilification of anything conservative, fumed that his appointment was “alarming” and identified him as the Vice-president of an “anti-Muslim hate group,” a referenced to the Center for Security Policy, which the SPLC has long vilified for its work to expose the advocates of Sharia law in America.

So much vitriol, so quickly, should tip us off. Why are these harridans of the Left so hysterical over the appointment of a man well-known to FoxNews viewers for his measured and well-informed views?

Simple. Because Fred Fleitz understands the bureaucracy. He knows where the bodies are buried. And he knows how the Deep State operates.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Fred for nearly fifteen years. When John Bolton was serving as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, Fleitz was detailed to his office from the CIA, where he had long served as an analyst specializing in weapons of mass destruction.

As I wrote in Shadow Warriors: Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender (Crown Forum, 2007), Fleitz helped unmask a disgraceful effort by partisan staffers at the State Department’s Intelligence and Research to feed Bolton false intelligence on a little-known biological weapons program in Castro’s Cuba.

Leading this effort was a certain Christian Westermann, whom Fletiz unmasked as promoting pro-Castro intelligence analysis fed into the system by Ana Belen Montes, a convicted Cuban spy.

Westermann famously accused Bolton of “waging his finger at me” during an office confrontation over the bogus intelligence, a crime so heinous that then-Senator Joe Biden felt it was enough to torpedo Bolton’s nomination to become the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Fletiz also played a key role during the 2005-2006 negotiations between the Bush State Department and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that ultimately led to United Nations Security Council resolutions condemning Iran for violating its commitment under the Treaty for the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

Later, while on staff with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Fleitz co-authored a report exposing the flaws of the infamous 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities.

The NIE speciously asserted that information the CIA received from a recent defector caused it to re-evaluate its long-standing conclusion that Iran had an active program to develop nuclear weapons and instead to assert that Iran had shut down that program in 2003.

That information was so highly classified that no one outside of the intelligence community could verify it. But as I discovered from Iranian sources, the defector cited in the report, Gen.  Ali Reza Asghari, actually told the CIA exactly the opposite from what the CIA asserted in the NIE.

While the HPSCI report did not examine the classified sources, it ripped apart the NIE’s unclassified conclusions and ultimately led the CIA to redo the assessment. Based on Fletiz’s analysis, then House intelligence committee chairman Pete Hoekstra called the 2007 NIE “a political document” whose aim was “to embarrass President Bush.”

John Bolton is right to call on Fred Fleitz to help President Trump defeat the Deep State. This cabal of anti-Trump operatives, still alive and well in the bowels of our intelligence agencies and yes, even in the White House bureaucracy itself, needs to be ripped out root and branch.

President Trump has vowed repeatedly to drain the swamp. Now he has another skilled hand to help him succeed.

House IT Scandal Continues

With Gordon Chang, Claudia Rosett, Matthew Continetti and Luke Rosiak

GORDON CHANG, Forbes.com Columnist, World Affairs Journal Blogger, the Daily Beast Contributor, Author of “The Coming Collapse of China” and “Nuclear Showdown; North Korea Takes on the World:”

  • Former North Korea Spy Chief visits Trump in White House
  • Will North Korea summit proceed before NK fulfills commitment?

CLAUDIA ROSETT, Foreign Affairs columnist at Forbes.com, Blogs at “The Rosett Report” at PJ Media:

  • Why US officials must consider NK human rights abuses
  • How China props up brutal North Korea regime
  • Why we must counteract the threat posed by China

MATTHEW CONTINETTI, Editor in Chief of the Washington Free Beacon, Contributing Editor to the Weekly Standard, Author of “The K Street Gang: The Rise and Fall of the Republican Machine,” Author of “The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star”:

  • What is the ‘China problem?’
  • China’s adversarial relationship to the US
  • Ben Rhodes and the Obama echo-chamber

LUKE ROSIAK, Investigative Reporter at The Daily Caller:

  • Significance of the House IT scandal
  • Why isn’t law enforcement taking this scandal seriously?




At the Washington Post, None Dare Call It a Conspiracy

Originally posted on The American Spectator