Hillary’s destructive leadership, a Navy SEAL’s perspective…

Friends, this is an interesting perspective of HRC’s leadership qualities written by a former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb.hillary-nyt

Hillary Clinton represents everything that is bad and needs to be changed about politics in America. She has made a career out of manipulation, character assassination (on the women who slept with her husband), and an orchestrated schizophrenic foreign policy (at best) that has contributed to chaos in the Middle East, which has resulted in a massive human rights crisis dumped on Europe in the form of refugees.

Trump or Hillary.

Bankruptcy, divorce, and aggressive tax write offs I’ll trade for character assassination, not accepting responsibility in crisis (see Benghazi below), a flawed foreign policy record, and perhaps worst of all, Bill as the first lady.

I have an interesting perspective of having served in two combat zones as a Navy SEAL, a career that included five tours in the Middle East, one in Afghanistan, a mix of other Asian countries, and now ten years on the outside as a business entrepreneur and author who’s traveled extensively abroad. I’ve seen the affects of the last 16 years of Bush and Obama play out on the global chessboard, and it’s a terrible fucking mess. I give them both a fail for their participation in establishing a U.S. foreign policy that has destabilized the Middle East (giving rise to ISIS and civil war in Syria) and created a massive human rights crisis with over half a million dead and more fleeing to Europe.

Benghazi is a case study in leadership failure.

I’ll speak to this overplayed topic only because I know the story intimately and lived it first hand when I received a text from a CIA friend that my best friend was killed in Libya. I cried in a San Diego airport parking lot for 20 minutes before mustering up the courage to call his family, long before the media knew and the official knock at the door that would come. 

To be clear, I don’t blame HRC for the death of four Americans (including my best friend Glen Doherty). Bad things happen in North Africa, it’s a dangerous place, the Americans that died were serving in dangerous roles, I’m sure they all knew and accepted this. It’s not what happened or why that’s important to me, it’s what happened after and that nobody was held accountable.  

A good leader admit mistakes upfront, they own them, it’s the quickest way to move on and learn. A bad one shifts blame, points fingers, and covers up. The latter is Hillary to the core. She took zero personal responsibility for the security and policy failures that directly contributed to the death of four Americans under her watch as Secretary of State. Instead she spun up the well oiled blame machine, and started calling in powerful favors curated from her elite connections in Washington and the New York media. 

She also told the Doherty family everything would be ok. We would come to learn very soon after she made this comment to the family, that everything would not be ok, far from it. 

Glen’s body was returned to his family by the US government without even a basic allowance to bury him.  Just a few attaboys from Uncle Sam. Not one dollar was contributed by the US government to his funeral but, he was touted as a hero and used in the national press by both politicians from all sides for political gain. 

His friends and I paid to give him a proper burial because the current administration would not. I’ll say it again because it’s hard to believe, “his friends and I paid for his funeral and burial expenses because we didn’t think the additional burden should be placed on his family and estate,” end quote.

 It would take over four years for the CIA to finally be shamed into paying out funds associated with his mandatory life insurance policy (there was a loophole that relieved the policy from paying out upon his death). 

Is this how we take care of our heroes these days?

SOURCE – SOFREP.com

Will Quantum Computers mean the end of Unbreakable Encryption?

Friends, first of all no encryption scheme is “unbreakable”; None.  Its simply a function of time and effort.  That being said, there is a computing revolution coming, although nobody knows exactly when. What are known as “quantum computers” will be substantially more powerful than the devices we use today, capable of performing many types of computation that are impossible on modern machines. But while faster computers are usually welcome, there are some computing operations that we currently rely on being hard (or slow) to perform.

Specifically, we rely on the fact that there are some codes that computers can’t break – or at least it would take them too long to break to be practical. Encryption algorithms scramble data into a form that renders it unintelligible to anyone that does not possess the necessary decryption key (normally a long string of random numbers). This is what lets us send information securely over the internet. But will quantum computers mean we can no longer create encryption techniques that can’t be broken?

For one system, known as symmetric encryption, quantum computing doesn’t pose much of a threat. To break symmetric encryption you need to work out which (of many) possible keys has been used, and trying all possible combinations would take an unimaginable amount of time. It turns out that a quantum computer can test all these keys out in one square root of the time it would take existing computers – in other words, slightly less time but not so dramatically that we need to worry.  This, in part, is the reason we have been working hard on OTPSME; unbroken in over two years with over 6000 decryption attempts.

But for another type of encryption system, known as asymmetric or public-key encryption, it doesn’t look so good. Public-key systems are used for things like securing the data that comes through your web browser. They encrypt data using a key that is available to anyone but need another private key for decryption.  Fortunately, we have already foreseen this pending disaster. Researchers across academia, government and industry are currently working hard to develop new public-key encryption techniques that rely on different, harder calculations that will be immune to the powers of a quantum computer. I am confident that these efforts will be successful, particularly since we already know some techniques that appear to work. By the time that quantum computers arrive, we will be ready.  Below is a really good primer on Encryption in general as well as Quantum Encryption:

SOURCE – TheConversation.com

Still Think HRC is Honest & Trustworthy? Check out ‘Clinton Cash’…

Clinton_Cash_coverClinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich is a 2015 New York Times bestselling book by Peter Schweizer, in which he investigates donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign entities, paid speeches made by Bill and Hillary Clinton, and the Clintons’ personal enrichment since leaving the White House in 2001.  It investigates alleged connections between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton’s work at the State Department.  The book argues that the Clinton family accepted lavish donations and speaking fees from foreign donors at times when the State Department was considering whether or not to award large contracts to groups and people affiliated with those donors.  One word… CORRUPTION.

Benghazi Select Committee Reports…

benghazi4-e1351495805540The Benghazi Select Committee Reports have finally been issued.  Even though the State Department, several key witnesses and HRC herself have withheld information, failed to appeared before the committee or flat-out lied (talking to you Hilary), both the Democratic and Republican members have separately release their versions of the report.  Seems they can’t even agree on a common set of facts.  First was the Democrats.  We guess Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democratic member, wanted to make sure their views had been digested (and barfed up…) before the Republicans release their report two days later.  Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-o6) introduced the Republican version of the report with a short video describing the utter failure of the Obama administration and the Hilary Clinton State Department.  Read the Democratic version, Read the Republican version and then read the only account that really matters; that of the annex security team.  The warriors who were actually there.

13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi
Select Committee on Benghazi (Republican)
Select Committee on Benghazi (Democrat)

SOURCE – The Senate Select Committee on Benghazi

Navy SEAL Defends AR-15 With a Warning for America…

Dom_RasoFriends, please meet former United States Navy SEAL Dom Raso.  He’s calling out critics in the media and politics who have renewed calls to ban the AR-15 and similar firearms in the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack.  Dom has a very simple message: Stop talking, because you don’t know enough about the subject. Spread the VooDoo…

SOURCE – Independent Journal

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