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ISIS Threatens ‘Countdown to Terror’ in Rome

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

The Da’esh (ISIS) terror organization said Wednesday it has begun its “countdown” to terror in Rome.

The radical Islamist group organization posted photographs to ISIS-linked accounts on the Twitter social networking site, saying “waiting for the zero hour.”

The photos are taken in the streets of Rome with a paper bearing the message with the hashtag “ #Islamic State in Rome “ held up to the camera. Some are handwritten in Arabic, some are in Italian, saying, “We are in your streets,” the RT news site reported Wednesday. A number of messages on Twitter were posted in English as well.

One of the photos appears to have been taken at the Colosseum in Rome; others seem to have been taken in Milan. Some Italian Twitter users are claiming the tweets are fake and the photos are as well.

The Italian government, meanwhile, is taking no chances and has increased security around Rome, particularly at strategic sites and landmarks that could be targeted by the group. Security officials established a counter-terrorism task force months ago with Albania, following the “Charlie Hebdo” and Hyper Cacher massacres in Paris this past January.

#AskHamas Backfires

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

An attempt by Hamas to humanize themselves via social media backfired when the majority of tweets to #AskHamas were either making fun of them or worse, asking serious questions:

How many Hamas terrorists does it take to change a lightbulb?

Who answers on your Suicide Prevention Hotline?

If the child you are hiding behind dies, are they rewarded with 72 parents that really love them?

Thousands of Hamas rockets fired at Israel, most missed. Is Allah a Zionist?

How many people do you think you’re gonna execute over this hilariously failed hashtag idea?

To the serious:

Why you doמ’t use the cement from Israel to build houses instead of tunnels?

How many children does it take to build a #terror tunnel into #Israel?

Why did you murder 30 civilians, including 20 people over the age of 70, at a Passover seder in Netanya in 2002?

When can we expect you to change your covenant/charter?

You say you fire rockets at Israel because of the “blockade” of Gaza. If that’s true, why don’t you fire rockets at Egypt too?

If a gay Palestinian volunteered to become a suicide bomber, would you allow it, or toss him from a rooftop?

Why do you ban Gazans from leaving homes IDF has warned residents those homes would be bombed?

Why were Palestinians celebrating in the streets after the Charlie Hebdo and kosher grocer massacres in Paris?

When they bothered to respond, Hamas’s canned responses to most of these questions was to say the questions came from Israel-paid trolls.

I’d hate top be the Hamas official that came up with this dumb idea.

ISIS Threatens to Kill Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey and Employees

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – Daesh, as it is known in the Middle East – ISIS or ISIL, as it is known elsewhere around the world, is taking aim at the founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, and his employees.

The social media networking site has been shutting down ISIS-related accounts, where the group has been posting up to 90,000 hate messages a day, infuriating the terrorists.

The site blocked any user identified as being associated with ISIS, in concert with its terms of service which explicitly ban “direct, specific threats of violence against others.”

YouTube also has been proactive in shutting down ISIS-related Twitter accounts with the assistance of the counter-terror Internet referral unit in Britain.

In response, the group threatened in an Arabic-language post uploaded to the “JustPaste.it” image-sharing site, “your virtual war on us will cause a real war on you.” Dorsey and his employees have “become a target for the soldiers of the Caliphate and supporters scattered among your midst!” Daesh warned. The post went on to rant, “You started this failed war … We told you from the beginning it’s not your war, but you didn’t get it and kept closing our accounts on Twitter, but we always come back. But when our lions come and take your breath, you will never come back to life.”

By the way – as an extra bit of comfort for those Twitter employees living or working in the United States – it may help to know that James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, says Americans who have traveled to fight with terrorists in Syria and then returned are “not a threat” to the U.S.

Clapper made the remark Monday while speaking at an event at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

All those who have returned so far have been quiet, he said.

“We’ve since found they went for humanitarian purposes or some other reasons that don’t relate to plotting… In fact at this point, we’re not aware of any of these people who have returned who are engaged in plotting” an attack,” he went on.

“If they come back and they are not involved in plotting – don’t have a nefarious purpose – then that’s their right and privilege as an American citizen to come back,” Clapper added,” according to The Hill.

Social Media War against ISIS

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

The U.S. State Dept. is using more than 300 of its social media accounts to monitor and try to counter the use of Twitter, Facebook and other sites to recruit people, mostly youth, into radical Islam and jihad.

“There are 90,000 pro-ISIL tweets or other social media responses every day,” State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday.

“We’re definitely beaten by volume, but we don’t believe that ISIL is an invincible force on social media,” she added. “So what we’re working on now is aggregating and curating and amplifying existing content, so that means utilizing the 300-plus State Department social media accounts run by embassies, consulates, and individuals. It means also coordinating that with the social media accounts of other government agencies. It means expanding and giving more tools to the CSCC.

“We have a new head of CSCC who will be leading this effort to continue to improve our coordination and make sure we’re approaching this in the smartest, most strategic way. And as you mentioned, there are obviously best practices that we can learn from other countries. And part of this is not only sharing that but also determining who the right voices are.”

The good news from Foggy Bottom is that the experts understand they cannot use an American approach to counter a Middle East mentality.  Psaki said, “We certainly are not under the illusion that the United States is the best voice in many of these cases.”

If they had taken that approach towards the “peace process” long ago they would look a lot less dumb today.

Israeli Diplomats Suspended for Unprofessional Behavior

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Three Israeli diplomats have been recalled from their posts abroad for unprofessional behavior, using Twitter posts on their personal accounts to criticize top administration officials – the very government they represent.

Civil service regulations and Foreign Ministry rules are clear that foreign service personnel are prohibited from making their personal political views public. This particularly applies to diplomats representing the State of Israel and its interests in the world arena and who operate a source of public information and advocacy for Israel on social media.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman ordered the immediate suspension Wednesday of Israel’s Ambassador to Switzerland, Yigal Caspi. Also recalled from their posts were Assaf Moran, who handles political affairs at the Israel Embassy in New Delhi, and Yaron Gamburg, who works in the Department of Political Research and was a former spokesperson for the Israel Embassy in Paris. All three were told to return for disciplinary hearings prior to termination.

A retweet by Caspi originally written by a journalist read: “It’s shocking how Lieberman waved off his ministers. Not that they were especially good, and yet his use of people, bringing them in and letting them go when he is sick of them, is horrible.”

The ambassador also retweeted another journalist’s post, this one regarding Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s upcoming address to Congress: “Is it no longer possible to suffice in scaring us here in Hebrew? (He) has to fly all the way to the US Congress and tell them in English how dangerous Iran’s nuclear program is?”

There were a number of others retweeted by Caspi, written by the same journalist, all in a similar vein.

The other two diplomats likewise retweeted posts criticizing the prime minister and other ministers in government. One tweet was an original post aimed at Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, chairman of Bayit Yehudi.

The behavior is unprofessional at best, self-destructive and truly harmful to the state’s interests at worst. It proves this country still has a long way to go in weeding out those who hold tight to their jobs, not necessarily out of competence but thanks to their seniority and state benefits.

For this reason alone, Israel’s image abroad has suffered immeasurably, and will continue to suffer until there is a way to hire competent people to replace those who place their personal interests above loyalty to the state.

Dermer ‘Breaches Protocol’ and Backs the Patriots

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Israel Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer joked about White House complaints that he breached protocol and tweeted on Sunday, “Breaking Protocol, Choosing Sides: Go Patriots.”

The Obama administration has publicly charged with Dermer for “breaking protocol”  by not directly informing the administration that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will speak to Congress in March. Netanyahu is expected to use the occasion to deliver a broadside at President Obama’s insistence to veto any Congressional bill for sanctions against Iran.

Dermer has been under the gun on both sides of the Atlantic, so he used the Super Bowl as an opportunity to lighten things up a bit with his Tweet.

The Ambassador has denied he was at fault and told Jeffrey Goldberg in an interview Friday, “It was the speaker’s responsibility and normal protocol for the speaker’s office to notify the administration” that Netanyahu was invited to speak to Congress.

UPDATE: Social Media Sites Back Up Worldwide – Global Productivity Drops

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

9:12 AM Update Facebook and Instagram have come back online. Response time is still a bit slow.


The Facebook and Instagram social media platforms fell off the Internet worldwide on Tuesday morning.

It is not yet clear if this was caused by hacking, by a central network hub failure, or a global DNS error, but some of the major popular social media platforms are currently unavailable. Instagram is owned by Facebook.

Facebook mobile messaging is still working. Twitter, as it happens, is working too.

There are no reports yet of massive Facebook withdrawal symptoms among users, but with one of the largest social media platforms unavailable, we won’t know about it until later.

On the other hand, we predict productivity might soar for the moment – if people stop pressing refresh on their browsers to see if Facebook is back online.

Facebook says they are working on the problem.

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