Hakan Ayik: The man who accidentally helped FBI get in criminals’ pockets – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-57397779

Australian
police have told local media that the man who unwittingly helped to
distribute the FBI-run encrypted messaging app was a fugitive named
Hakan Ayik.
Alleged
to be a drugs kingpin himself, officials say Mr Ayik was identified as a
key influencer and given access by undercover agents to a handset which
he then recommended to other criminal associates…

Australian Federal Police and FBI nab criminal underworld figures in worldwide sting using encrypted app – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-08/fbi-afp-underworld-crime-bust-an0m-cash-drugs-murder/100197246

As part of a three-year collaboration between the
Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI), underworld figures were tricked into communicating via an
encrypted app designed by police, authorities say.

The
app, known as AN0M, was used by organised crime gangs around the world
to plan executions, mass drug importations and money laundering.

How the AFP and FBI cooked up the idea of AN0M over a ‘couple of beers’ – ABC News

Comment by tonytran2015: Other possible Trojan horses might be Google, Twitter, Facebook, Zalo, …

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-08/how-afp-fbi-used-an0m-to-infiltrate-organised-crime-gangs/100199278

The idea to put a digital Trojan horse in the pocket
of Australia’s most dangerous criminals began three years ago after the
crackdown on other modified, encrypted smartphones.

The
Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) had worked together to shut down Phantom Secure in 2018, a
Canadian company that sold thousands of the devices to Australians so
they could be used by criminals…

The same tech that makes your life easier is being weaponised | Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch

https://envirowatchrangitikei.wordpress.com/2021/06/04/the-same-tech-that-makes-your-life-easier-is-being-weaponised/

The New York Times 3.52M subscribers A tank that drives itself. A drone that picks its own targets. A machine gun with facial recognition software. Sounds like science fiction? A.I. fueled weapons are already here.

U.S. governors urge Biden to build more F-35 jet fighters – Nwo Report

https://nworeport.me/2021/05/31/u-s-governors-urge-biden-to-build-more-f-35-jet-fighters/

Source: Nworeport

WASHINGTON D.C.: Democratic and Republican governors have contacted Fraudulent President Joe Biden, urging him to continue the manufacturing of F-35 jets made by Lockheed Martin Co.

Biden’s $753 billion national security budget request, expected to be delivered to Congress on Friday, will increase research and development spending to prepare for future warfare.

However, states became concerned following comments by Pentagon officials seeking to reduce expenditures.

At a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Frank Kendall, Biden’s nominee for Secretary of the Air Force, said “The key to keeping the cost down in an air fleet is getting the numbers up. There is a strong correlation between the size of the fleet and the cost of the fleet. In my view, we should get the cost down and keep the procurement at a rate that makes sense.”

Letters sent to Biden, according to Reuters, were written by four Democrats and one Republican governor. The governors noted that the F-35 fighter jet included components made in 48 states and Puerto Rico.

Further, the manufacturing of the jet is responsible for more than 245,000 direct and indirect jobs.

The F-35 is the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons program, expected to cost over $1.7 trillion during its service life.

Earlier, Republican and Democratic Senators wrote to the heads of the Appropriations and Armed Services committees urging the purchase of additional fighter jets.

The 2022 budget submitted by the Biden administration is expected to request 85 F-35 jets for the U.S. armed services, with 48 going to the U.S. Air Force. The jets would be delivered in 2024.

In 2021, plans call for Lockheed to deliver 133 to 139 F-35 jets to both U.S. and international customers and partners.

Autonomous drones may have ‘hunted down’ and attacked troops in Libya without human control – UN report — RT World News

https://www.rt.com/news/525111-libya-killer-drone-attack/

A UN report found that autonomous drones armed with explosive devices may have “hunted down” fleeing rebel fighters in Libya last year. If true, the report chronicles the world’s first true robot-on-human attack.

According to the report, anti-government Libyan National Army fighters, under military commander Khalifa Haftar, were retreating last March following an unsuccessful attack on Tripoli, when they ran into a swarm of terrifying aerial opponents.

They were “hunted down” by unmanned drones, as well as “lethal autonomous weapons systems,” the latter of which can be programmed by controllers to seek out and attack targets, and carry out these instructions even if communications with the controllers are severed. Also on rt.com French military tests the robotic dog Spot in combat drill, Boston Dynamics tells media it had no idea

Haftar’s fighters “were neither trained nor motivated to defend against the effective use of this new technology and usually retreated in disarray,” the report continues. While in retreat, “they were subject to continual harassment” from the killer robots.

It is unclear whether the drones were in contact with human controllers during these reported attacks, or whether they were directly responsible for any casualties or deaths. Were they operating autonomously, the scenario described in the report would likely mark a horrifying milestone: the first recorded incidence of truly independent robots attacking humans on the battlefield. However, the report does not specify what level of autonomy the robots were functioning under.

The drones, known as “loitering munitions,” are quadcopter-type vehicles outfitted with cameras and carrying small explosive devices. Left in an area to operate, they identify targets and dive from the air, blowing themselves up upon impact. The devices identified in Libya were ‘Kargu-2’ loitering munitions, deployed on the Libyan battlefield by Turkish forces allied with the UN-backed and Tripoli-based Government of National Accord. Also on rt.com Poland to become first EU country to import Turkish drones after agreeing deal with Ankara

Their deployment, the UN report noted, is in violation of a 2011 UN Security Council resolution prohibiting member states from engaging in “the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer” of arms to the country.  

The move to autonomous weapons has been predicted by analysts for years now, and calls have mounted for a ban on such devices. The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a coalition of peace activists, scientists, academics and politicians, is lobbying the UN to adopt an international ban. 

“Current machine learning-based systems cannot effectively distinguish a farmer from a soldier,” security analyst Zachary Kallenborn wrote in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists last week. “Farmers might hold a rifle to defend their land, while soldiers might use a rake to knock over a gun turret… various factors may inhibit an accurate decision.”

Pentagon confirms footage of UFOs SWARMING around US Navy warships is authentic — RT USA News

Comment by tonytran2015: They may be Chinese/Russian top-secret battery powered autonomous water-proof drones.

https://www.rt.com/usa/525188-pentagon-navy-ufo-swarming-radar/

Footage of radar showing more than a dozen unidentified flying objects moving at great speed and swarming a US warship is genuine, a Defense Department official has confirmed, after the video was released by a UFO enthusiast.

“I can confirm that the video you sent was taken by Navy personnel,” a Pentagon spokesperson told NBC after a video was published by filmmaker Jeremy Corbell. The footage, showing a US Navy ship’s radar screen, shows a total of 14 unidentified objects appearing.null

The voices of bewildered sailors can be heard in the background as the crew apparently discusses the strange sighting. Some of them can be heard saying “they’re going fast” as the crew sought to mark the objects’ range and bearing.

The incident has been included in the “ongoing examinations” of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF), a Naval Intelligence program established to collect reports of mysterious sightings, the Pentagon official confirmed, while saying that “no further information” about this situation could be released.

Corbell – known for his documentary films largely focused on UFOs and government disclosure – said that the video had been taken in the CIC (Combat Information Center) of the USS Omaha on July 15, 2019 somewhere off the Californian coast near San Diego. He also said that at least one of the observed objects entered water at some point in a development similar to the ones previously reported by the US sailors, who saw UFOs over the sea. 

The UFO enthusiast also claimed that a submarine was used to search the area where one of the objects descended into water but no traces of the UFO were found. “The most impressive evidence we witnessed was their endurance. The event lasted over an hour with all contacts just disappearing. We were never able to discern where they departed to,” a crewman at the USS Omaha said, according to Corbell. Also on rt.com Pentagon says leaked VIDEO showing mysterious spherical object is genuine & under investigation by ‘UFO task force’

The filmmaker also told Daily Star that, according to the data he obtained, the Navy encountered up to 100 UFOs over just one month in 2019. “It was reported to me that there were 50 to 100 unidentified that were swarming many of the ships. Over radio they were talking back and forth and experiencing similar types of contacts,” he said.

It is the second piece of footage Corbell has released over recent weeks. In mid-May, he published another leaked video that the Pentagon has since confirmed as genuine. That video showed a round object darting around over the California coast before abruptly plunging into the water. 

The publications come as US intelligence agencies prepare an official report on UFOs. The Intelligence Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year 2021 signed by former president Donald Trump back in December contains a demand for a detailed analysis of UFO data and intelligence collected by the Office of Naval Intelligence, the UAPTF and the FBI.

The report is expected to be presented to the Senate Intelligence Committee in June. Also on rt.com UFO whistleblower accuses Pentagon of concerted effort to discredit him & hide ‘truth’ from American people

US warship FAILS to intercept mid-range ballistic missile target… amid reports of ‘Russian spy ship’ off Hawaii — RT USA News

Comment by tonytran2015: This is an experiment to improve the anti-missile defense system for Israel against missiles from its neighbors. Mainland US needs no defense against Mid-Range Missiles.

https://www.rt.com/usa/525199-missile-test-fail-russian-spy-ship/

The US Missile Defense Agency said that an Aegis ship fired two SM-6 interceptors, but failed to hit a medium range ballistic target – with a Russian intelligence-gathering vessel allegedly closely monitoring the botched test.

“The objective of the test was to demonstrate the capability of a ballistic missile defense (BMD)-configured Aegis ship to detect, track, engage and intercept a medium range ballistic missile target,” the US Missile Defense Agency said in a brief statement.

However, an intercept was not achieved.

US officials are now conducting an “extensive review to determine the cause of any problems which may have prevented a successful intercept and will thoroughly analyze the results.” Also on rt.com STRATCOM chief claims nuclear war with Russia or China a ‘REAL POSSIBILITY,’ says US can’t assume ‘strategic deterrence will hold’

The goal of the test was to intercept a target with a salvo of two SM-6 Dual II missiles. The agency said the test, dubbed the Flight Test Aegis Weapon System 31 Event 1, was conducted on May 29 in cooperation with the US Navy.

The Pentagon did not specify which Aegis warship was involved or the exact area where the test took place, but according to local Maui Now news, citing MDA officials, the Saturday test occurred somewhere northwest of Hawaii.

Earlier this week multiple media reports claimed that a Russian surveillance ship was spotted off Hawaii, just outside US territorial waters.

“US Pacific Fleet is aware of the Russian vessel operating in international waters in the vicinity of Hawaii and will continue to track it through the duration of its time here,” US Pacific Fleet spokesman Capt. John Gay said in a statement to the United States Naval Institute (USNI) News on Tuesday. Also on rt.com Who is provoking who? US Navy says Russia ‘threat to peace’ as Moscow switches on system designed to spot NAVAL INVASIONS

According to USNI, the Russia vessel was in the area since at least last Friday, operating west of the island of Kauai, which is home to the Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands – the largest US missile testing range. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser even claimed that the presence of the Russian vessel had allegedly delayed one the MDA’s tests, although the allegation is hard to verify since the Pentagon rarely publicizes its tests in advance.

The US military said that the Russian ship was being tracked by multiple maritime aircraft and surface patrol vessels at all times, and was operating fully within the bounds of international law, posing no hazard to navigation. While US officials did not name the vessel, media reports and open-source intelligence analysts identified the ‘Russian spy ship’ as one of Meridian class intelligence gathering vessels, supposedly Kareliya 535, which had been retrofitted with an extensive array of new sensors back in 2017.

The Russian Defense Ministry did not comment on its alleged surveillance operation, and it was unclear if the ship was still in the area during the failed US missile defense test. Also on rt.com Are you invading, or just lost? Russian navy threatens to ram US warship ‘John McCain’ after it crosses border near Vladivostok

Ukrainian army evaluating capabilities of new, domestically developed UGVs | Ukraine Today .org

https://ukrainetoday.org/2021/05/27/ukrainian-army-evaluating-capabilities-of-new-domestically-developed-ugvs/

The Ukrainian Air Assault Forces have held a demonstration of new unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) offered by top leading domestic manufacturers, Defense Express has reported…