DARPA Will Pay You To Make A Homemade Bomb? Yeah Right….

You know those “warrant roundup” stings you see on TV sometimes…where the local Sheriffs office disguises itself as a company giving away free TV’s or something all in an effort to lure folks with Warrants out into the open? Yeah, this sounds like something similar….DARPA has enough brain power to build a nuclear reactor, much less figure out how to build some “Anarchist Cookbook special”, believe me. Stay Away. Stay Very Far Away from This. -SF


In an effort to defend against improvised explosive attacks, the Pentagon’s research arm DARPA is looking to pay “crafty hobbyists” capable of turning household items into bombs.

Take a cursory look at the warning labels on the products beneath your kitchen sink and it will come as no surprise that danger-seeking chemists, engineers and ordinary citizens can turn common everyday objects into deadly weapons.

In an effort to stay one step ahead of possible improvised attacks, the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will pay people who can develop deadly devices from consumer electronics, household chemicals, or other “commercially available technology.”

“For decades, US national security was ensured, in large part, by a simple advantage: a near-monopoly on access to the most advanced technologies,” according to an agency press release.

“Increasingly, however, off-the-shelf equipment developed for the transportation, construction, agricultural and other commercial sectors features highly sophisticated components, which resourceful adversaries can modify or combine to create novel and unanticipated security threats.”

The announcement sets very few parameters for participants, only stressing that builders are not allowed to do anything illegal.

“Proposers are free to reconfigure, repurpose, program, reprogram, modify, combine, or recombine commercially available technology in any way within the bounds of local, state, and federal laws and regulations,” the announcement reads.

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Crusader Corner: Obama DHS Scrubs 1,000 Names from U.S. Terror Watch List




“At least 1,000 names were scrubbed from the U.S. Terrorist Screening Database as part of an administration effort to protect the civil rights of suspected individuals.” What could possibly go wrong? Surely if any jihadis’ names were scrubbed from the list, they would be so grateful that their civil rights were being protected that they would desist from all jihad terror planning in the U.S., right? Right?

“DHS Secretly Scrubbed 1,000 Names From U.S. Terror Watch Lists,” by Adam Kredo,Washington Free Beacon, March 1, 2016:

The Department of Homeland Security removed the names of nearly 1,000 individuals suspected of terrorism ties from the U.S. terrorist watch list, according to newly released documents obtained by an advocacy group under a Freedom of Information Act request.

The Washington Free Beacon first reported in 2014 that the Obama administration secretly assembled a terrorist “hands off” list that enabled individuals with terrorist ties unfettered entrance into the United States.

The latest documents, obtained by Judicial Watch and released on Tuesday, appear to confirm these initial reports. They further disclose that at least 1,000 names were scrubbed from the U.S. Terrorist Screening Database as part of an administration effort to protect the civil rights of suspected individuals.

“The documents appear to confirm charges that Obama administration changes created a massive ‘hands off’ list,” Judicial Watch said in a statement. “Removed data from the terrorist watch list could have helped prevent the San Bernardino terrorist attack.”…

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Crusader Corner: FBI Unable to Crack San Bernardino Killers Cell Phone

Wow. Mind Boggling. One of the biggest, bloated bureaucracies on the planet and we cannot crack a damn cell phone? I mean consider the resources at hand: we have the monstrosity that is the DHS, the NSA, CIA, DIA and still no dice on a cell phone? Something tells me the FBI is back to it’s old tricks with not playing nice and cooperating with the other kids on the playground again.-SF


These are the people who are protecting us from jihad terror attacks. This shows that at least some jihad terrorists have access to encryption technology that the FBI doesn’t have — combine that with the Obama Administration’s prohibition on examination of the guiding ideology of jihad terror, and trouble is on the horizon.

“​FBI unable to crack San Bernardino killers’ cell phone,” CBS, February 9, 2016:

WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday one of the phones used by the killers in the San Bernardino, California, attacks remains inaccessible to investigators more than two months after 14 people were fatally shot.

Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey cited the case as an example of how encryption is affecting counterterrorism efforts. But he said the dilemma of bad guys “going dark” is mostly affecting state and local law enforcement officials who are trying to solve murder, drug and car accident cases.

Companies are increasingly making devices such as cellphones with encryption that allows only the people communicating to read the messages.

Comey said it’s a big problem when law enforcement armed with a search warrant can’t open a phone, even when a judge says there’s probable cause to have it opened….

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Are Air Marshals Worth the Cost?


Fourteen years post-9/11, the U.S. has committed no small amount of treasure and lives in the Global War on Terror (GWOT). Almost a decade-and-a-half in, it is difficult to say if the effort has been worth the cost. Government was reorganized, creating the Department of Homeland Security out-of-hide from several other departments. DHS’ creation brought to life an entirely new creation: the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and its 55,000 + employees (2014 numbers) with an annual budget of almost $7.4 billion (also 2014 numbers). In their book Terror, Security and Money, Mueller and Stewart claim that U.S. expenditures in the first decade after 9/11 exceeded one trillion dollars.

The Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) was reborn in this post-9/11 reboot of government. Now firmly ensconced as part of TSA (after some initial shuffling among agencies), the FAM Service represents a significant portion of the overall TSA budget. Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.), a key member of the House Oversight Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has been quoted referring to the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) as “one of the least needed organizations in our entire federal government.” He has called the program “ineffective” and “irrelevant.” (Serrano, LA Times, October 2015) According to Duncan, the benefit has not been worth the estimated cost of $9 billion over the past decade.

If this last number is to be believed, there is no doubt the FAMS is an incredibly expensive piece of government. What is hard to pin a number on, however, is an authoritative cost-benefit analysis of the FAM program. In their book Mueller and Stewart make an effort to quantify the amount of risk the Federal Air Marshal Service buys down in the transportation sector. Since most numbers associated with the program are not in the public domain (if they are even known at all), the authors had to make a great many assumptions in order to describe the financial costs of the program and balance them against the financial benefits. They concluded that the Federal Air Marshal Program fails a cost-benefit analysis, meaning it is more expensive than it is worth.

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What You Need to Know about Dirty Bombs


The attack has been in the planning stages for nearly two years. Surveillance of potential targets determined a downtown area near you as a prime location. Two years of gathering necessary materials have yielded a 3,000 pound improvised explosive device containing the high explosive PETN and a mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil. Also contained in the device is a significant amount cesium 137, a highly radioactive substance which will be dispersed throughout the downtown area by the explosion. At 11:15 a.m., just about a minute ago, an enormous explosion destroyed the downtown area, collapsing a building, heavily damaging many other structures and killing or maiming dozens on the sidewalks or in cars. You heard the nearby boom and felt the floor shake under your feet. Moments later your radio crackles to life. What are you going to do? Such is the case presented in National Planning Scenario #11 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

It is no secret terrorists have desired to attack targets using radiological dispersal devices (RDD), otherwise known as dirty bombs. In 2006, police in London foiled an attempt by Dhiren Barot, an al-Qa’eda sympathizer, to detonate a dirty bomb in the heart of London as a precursor to future attacks in Britain and the United States. Police uncovered files by Barot where he hoped an RDD would “produce general panic, health consequences including immediate fatalities and long-term increases in cancer incidence, long-term denial of property use, disruption of services and property and facility decontamination needs.”

Barot’s wishes reflect the desires of many would-be terrorists whose method of attack is an RDD. But how effective would such a device be? In order to know, it is important to learn a little about them. Let’s start with some basics about these devices. In simple terms, an RDD is an explosive device containing radioactive material meant to be spread over the target area by the blast. According to the Counter-Terrorism Operations Support Center for Radiological Nuclear Testing (CTOSCRNT) in Nevada, the most immediate and serious consequences would occur as a result of the blast. As with any other bomb the size of the one in our opening scenario, the blast zone (see my companion piece, Blast Zone Awareness on Medium.com) would contain heavy damage and numerous casualties. Different from other blast zones would be the presence of radioactive material.

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