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Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

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Snowden’s Journalist Founded Far-Left Organization

The London Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story exposing the National Security Agency’s collection of telephone records of millions of U.S. Verizon customers, founded a progressive activist coalition that encompasses a who’s who of the George Soros-funded radical left.

Greenwald first revealed the NSA whistleblower to be Edward Snowden in a wide-ranging interview. The reporter has been granted near exclusive access to Snowden and has been expressing the whistleblower’s views to the news media.

In 2008, Greenwald and liberal blogger Jane Hamsher co-founded Accountability Now, a political action committee described by the New York Times as seeking “to push the Democratic Party further to the left.”

According to a press release published by the political action committee, the members of the Accountability Now coalition include MoveOn.org, Color Of Change, SEIU, the Daily Kos blog, Howard Dean’s Democracy for America, and the communist-oriented United Steelworkers of America.

Soros is a primary donor to MoveOn.org as is the Soros-Funded Tides Foundation.

The Soros-funded Color Of Change was founded by Van Jones, President Obama’s former green jobs czar. Jones infamously resigned in 2009 after media reports exposed that he had founded a communist revolutionary organization.

SEIU is the longtime partner of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. A primary ACORN funder is the Soros-financed Tides Foundation.

Greenwald’s Accountability Now coalition board included Anna Burger, then-Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU. Burger served on Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

Greenwald’s first book, released in 2006, was about NSA surveillance. Titled How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values From a President Run Amok,” the book was published by Working Assets, a company that gives a percentage of its profits to far-left groups.

Some of the same groups funded by Working Assets are also tied to Greenwald’s Accountability Now coalition. Working Assets was originally founded by Drummond Pike, who also established the Tides Foundation.

Working Assets boasts that since 1985 it has raised more than $50 million for what it terms “progressive causes.” Working Assets has funded ACORN, the American Civil Liberties Union, Media Matters for America, the NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the ACORN-affiliated Project Vote, and others.

The group also funds Democracy Now!, which routinely interviews Greenwald.

Greenwald has argued in the past that the “the only thing that can truly strengthen America’s national security is a weakening of America.”

Government Ignores Islamists,
Worries About Tea Party Terrorism

While two brothers reportedly motivated by Islamic fundamentalism were carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing, the city was hard at work planning a mass casualty terrorism-training exercise in which the perpetrators were American militiamen whose logo included Uncle Sam hats.

The Boston Globe revealed the plot of “Operation Urban Shield,” a simulation by the Department of Homeland Security costing $200,000. The program was slated to take place this month in an effort to train local Boston law-enforcement agencies to work together to thwart a terrorist threat.

The Boston newspaper reported that officials from a dozen agencies had been meeting for months to plan the simulation and had already recruited students from Northeastern University and the Boston Police Academy to play the parts of terrorists and witnesses.

While the vast majority of all terrorist attacks worldwide are carried out by Muslims, the DHS program decided to train for a different set of antagonists.

According to the plans obtained by the Boston Globe, the terrorist threat in the exercise was a fictional group called the Free America Citizens, described as “a home-grown cadre of militiamen whose logo would be a metal skull wearing an Uncle Sam hat and a furious expression.”

One official told the newspaper the goal of the simulation was for detectives to figure out the motives of the Free America Citizens group.

Thousands Are Training For Golan Invasion

Thousands of Syrians are currently training in Iran to serve as a force ready to storm Israel’s northern Golan Heights, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials.

The officials said between 3,000 and 5,000 Syrian men were being trained in the event Syrian President Bashar al-Assad decides to open a front against the Golan Heights, which borders Syria.

The training is being overseen by the Al Quds Force, the elite unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard responsible for the country’s extraterritorial operations, the sources said.

The Syrian forces are slated to return to their country next month, the sources added.

North Korean Technicians Arrive In Syria

A delegation of North Korean technicians has arrived in Syria to help rebuild the country’s missile capabilities, including those damaged in previous Israeli bombardments, according to the informed Middle Eastern security officials speaking to this column.

Syria desires the ability to fire hundreds, or even thousands, of missiles at the same time into Israel to overwhelm the Jewish state’s missile defense batteries in any future attack, the officials said.

The information comes as the International Business Times reports that North Korea has been aiding Syria in enhancing its chemical weapons arsenal.

The newspaper reported that North Korea also is believed to have supplied Syria the latest technology to convert chemical agents into warheads.

About the Author: Aaron Klein is a New York Times bestselling author and senior reporter for WND.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York's 970 AM Radio on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern. His website is KleinOnline.com.


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