The Fight for Yemen (PBS Frontline)

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This video contains information on the current conflict in Yemen, including the Houthi rebels, AQAP, and the Saudi coalition.

See the full video here.

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DNI James Clapper on What Keeps Him Up at Night (Mar. 2, 2015) | Charlie Rose

“James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence and the President’s senior advisor on intelligence and espionage issues, tells Charlie Rose about the one issue he loses sleep over. The full interview airs March 2, 2015 on PBS.”

Putin’s Way (PBS Frontline)

This documentary details the rise and alleged crimes of Vladimir Putin.

Findings include:

  • Andrey Zykov’s police investigation of Putin’s economic crimes released on Youtube in 2010.
  • Karen Dawisha’s theory of viewing Russia not as a failed democracy, but as a successful authoritarian state – a “pay to play system.”
  • Putin’s documentary about himself – “Power.”
  • Putin’s failure to provide food aid to St. Petersburg.
  • Putin’s orchestration of Anatoly Alexandrovich Sobchak,  his mentor and mayor of St. Petersburg, escape to Paris.
  • Putin’s state-service mentality with the KGB / FSB and provocation of the Chechnya War. and the attempted Ryazan bombing.
  • The fall of the Yukos oil company and Mikhail Khodorkovsky  for challenging Putin’s stance on corruption.
  • Putin’s money laundering through Spag and the Tambovskaya Mafia in Germany.
  • Rosinvest – Putin’s money laundering scheme involving profit margins from charities.
  • Putin’s net worth of $40 billion.
  • Putin has justified actions in Ukraine as, “ethnic Russians are under clear discrimination” and that the United States supported “de-Russification.”
  • This tension reached a high threshold with the downing of MH-17.

See the documentary at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/putins-way/

What dangers could terror threats abroad pose to the US? (PBS)

This PBS Newshour video investigates the threat of terrorism in the United States in light of the Paris attack through an interview with John McLaughlin, a former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency. McLaughlin claimed that the threat is now escalated with the presence of jihadists with Western passports in Syria, who may return to the United States and Europe. This threat is mitigated with the Department of Homeland Security and watch-lists. McLaughlin confessed: “I think we are now in an era where the new normal is this kind of attack, and most intelligence specialists will tell you to expect something like this to happen in the United States at some point.” Thus, the United States under threat from lone wolf terrorism in the Homeland.

 

See the article at: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/dangers-terror-threats-abroad-pose-us/

Mumbai Massacre – New Revelations

 

Ten men associated with the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba killed 164 civilians in Mumbai, with the epicenter at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel between November 26-29, 2008. American David Coleman Headley (Daood Gilani) and Canadian Tahawwur Hussain Rana provided logistical support to the attackers.

New revelations from a joint investigation from the NYT, PBS Frontline, and ProPublica, suggest that Western intelligence agencies were monitoring Zarrar Shah, the technical chief and operations officer of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, and warned India of a possible attack before the Mumbai Massacre.

Key findings from the report include:

  • British intelligence spied on Zarrar Shah starting in September 2008.
  • India intelligence also monitored Shah.
  • “The United States was unaware of the two agencies’ efforts, American officials say, but had picked up signs of a plot through other electronic and human sources, and warned Indian security officials several times in the months before the attack” (June 2008).
  • “What happened next may rank among the most devastating near-misses in the history of spycraft. The intelligence agencies of the three nations did not pull together all the strands gathered by their high-tech surveillance and other tools, which might have allowed them to disrupt a terror strike so scarring that it is often called India’s 9/11.”

 

Blogadda. “Live Blogging – Mumbai Terrorist Attacks.” November 26-29, 2008. Accessed December 27, 2014.

CNN. Mumbai Terror Attacks Fast Facts.” November 19, 2014. Accessed December 27, 2014.

CNN. Terror in Mumbai.” July 21, 2009. Accessed December 27, 2014.

The Indian Express. As UK, US and India watched, Lashkar man Zarrar Shah plotted 26/11.” December 23, 2014. Accessed December 27, 2014.

NDTV. “US Worked With Intelligence Agencies to Stop Terror Attacks.” December 23, 2014. Accessed December 27, 2014.

NYT. Missed Signals Before the Mumbai Attacks.” December 21, 2014. Accessed December 27, 2014.

PBS. “Mumbai Massacre.” Secrets of the Dead. November 25, 2009. Accessed December 27, 2014.

PBS. “Web of Terror.” December 2014.