WASHINGTON: ‘ True Cost of WAR with ISIS Payable by American Tax-Payers IS? ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON September 23 – Every wondered how much ISIS war will cost?

The White House does not have a ballpark figure for how much the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will cost Americans.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday he did not have an estimate on how much the administration expected the campaign against ISIS would cost.

“I know that we’re interested in having an open dialogue with Congress to ensure that our military has the resources necessary to carry out the mission that the president has laid out,” he said.

So far, the administration has relied on the Pentagon’s 2014 war funding budget, formally known as Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), to pay for operations against the terrorist group.

The White House had previously requested cutting OCO funding from $85 billion to $58.6 billion next year, but lawmakers decided to keep funding at current levels in the temporary budget measure passed last week.

The White House also indicated it would seek funding for the effort against ISIS from international partners.

Last month, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters that operations in Iraq which included air-strikes, beefed up embassy security and surveillance flights — cost approximately $7.5 million per day.

The U.S. has launched more than 170 air-strikes against ISIS so far, and is conducting around 5 dozen surveillance flights per day. These exclude the ones that have just taken place on this day in Syria.

So the final bill will be …………….. ? and how many 0’s


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IRAQ: ' President Obama States he Has Authorized Air-Strikes Following Pentagon's Earlier Denial That They Had Struck Islamic States Targets '

#AceBreakingNews – IRAQ – August 08 – REUTERS- U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday he had authorized "targeted" U.S. air-strikes against Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq and military air-drops of humanitarian supplies to besieged religious minorities there to prevent a "potential act of genocide."

​Speaking after meetings with his national security team, Obama – in his most significant response to the Iraq crisis – said he approved limited use of American air power to protect American personnel if Islamic State militants advance toward the Kurdish capital Arbil where they are based.

"We can act carefully and responsibly to prevent a potential act of genocide," Obamas told reporters at the White House. "I’ve therefore authorized targeted airstrikes if necessary."

The airstrikes would be the first carried out by the U.S. military in Iraq since the withdrawal of its forces at the end of 2011, but Obama insisted he would not commit any ground forces and had no intention of letting the United States get dragged back into a war there.

Earlier on Thursday, the Pentagon denied reports that the U.S. military had struck Islamic State targets in Iraq’s north.

Earlier Thursday the New York Times reported, citing Kurdish and Iraqi sources, that military forces conducted airstrikes in northern Iraq against militants who had trapped religious minorities in Kurdish areas. The Times initially reported the strikes were conducted by the United States, but later suggested the strikes might have been conducted by U.S. allies like Turkey or Iraq.

The McClatchy newspaper chain also reported jet aircraft attacking Islamic militant positions in the Kurdish region, citing a local source, though the report said it was not clear who was conducting the strike.

The Pentagon’s press secretary, via his verified Twitter account, denied any U.S. airstrikes had taken place.

The White House denied reports that President Obama was about to make a statement, saying it was a “very fluid situation.”


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Another step to “Police State America” here, links below and video, this isn’t good for you guys in the USA, having an Internet Licence, so you are logged on mobile phones, tablets. laptops, PC’s and any other device. Why do this?

A few years back, the White House had a brilliant idea: Why not create a single, secure online ID that Americans could use to verify their identity across multiple websites, starting with local government services. The New York Times described it at the time as a “driver’s license for the internet.”

Sound convenient? It is. Sound scary? It is.

237996-privacy-bill-of-rightsNext month, a pilot program of the “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” will begin in government agencies in two US states, to test out whether the pros of a federally verified cyber ID outweigh the cons.

The goal is to put to bed once and for all our current ineffective and tedious system of using passwords for online authentication, which itself was a cure for the even more ineffective and tedious process of walking into a brick-and-mortar building and presenting a human being with two forms of paper identification.

The rub is that online identity verification is heaps more convenient for citizens and cost-effective for government agencies, but it’s also fraught with insecurities; federal and state governments lose billions of dollars a year to fraud, and that trickles down to taxpayers.

Meanwhile, the technology for more secure next-gen authentication exists, developed by various tech firms in the public sector, but security groups have had a hell of a time implementing any of them on a broad scale. Enter the government, which proposed the national ID strategy to help standardize the process using a plan called the “identity ecosystem.”

The vision is to use a system that works similarly to how we conduct the most sensitive forms of online transactions, like applying for a mortgage. It will utilize two-step authentication, say, some combination of an encrypted chip in your phone, a biometric ID, and question about the name of your first cat.

But instead of going through a different combination of steps for each agency website, the same process and ID token would work across all government services: from food stamps and welfare to registering for a fishing license.

The original proposal was quick to point out that this isn’t a federally mandated national ID. But if successful, it could pave the way for an interoperable authentication protocol that works for any website, from your Facebook account to your health insurance company.

There’s no doubt secure online identification is a problem overdue for a solution, but creating a system that would work like an all-access token for the internet is a scary can of worms to open.

To start, there’s the privacy issue. Unsurprisingly, the Electronic Frontier Foundation immediately pointed out the red flags, arguing that the right to anonymous speech in the digital realm is protected under the First Amendment. It called the program “radical,” “concerning,” and pointed out that the plan “makes scant mention of the unprecedented threat such a scheme would pose to privacy and free speech online.”

And the keepers of the identity credentials wouldn’t be the government itself, but a third party organization. When the program was introduced in 2011, banks, technology companies or cellphone service providers were suggested for the role, so theoretically Google or Verizon could have access to a comprehensive profile of who you are that’s shared with every site you visit, as mandated by the government.

Post-NSA revelations, we have a good sense for the dystopian Big Brother society the EFF is worried about. As the organization told the Times, at the least “we would need new privacy laws or regulations to prohibit identity verifiers from selling user data or sharing it with law enforcement officials without a warrant.”

Then there’s the problem of putting all your security eggs in one vulnerable basket. If a hacker gets their hands on your cyber ID, they have the keys to everything.

For now, this is all just speculation. The program is just entering a test phase with select state government agencies only (there are currently plans to expand the trial out to 10 more organizations.)

But it’s not far-fetched to think we’re moving toward a standardized way to prove our identity in cyberspace the same way we do offline.

The White House argues cutting down on inefficiencies and fraud would bolster the information economy. In an era where we have cars that drive themselves and flying robots delivering beer, you have to wonder how much longer people are going to put up with standing in line at the DMV for four hours to hand a teller (with a taxpayer-paid salary) a copy of your birth certificate and piece of mail to prove you are you.

If an analysis of the pilot programs in Michigan and Pennsylvania find the centralized ID saves time and money and spares us the DMV line, privacy advocates are going to have a hell of a fight ahead of them.




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` The White House said the ban on the social media site undermined democracy and free speech in Turkey ‘

#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – 22 March – Turkey said Saturday that social media website Twitter is “biased” and was being used for “systematic character assassinations” of members of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

Turkey said Friday that it was going to ban the site, although a Turkish official told Reuters that talks with Twitter on resolving the problems that led to it being blocked were going positively.

The White House said the ban on the social media site undermined democracy and free speech in Turkey.

People trying to access Twitter found an internet page with court rulings telling them it had been blocked as a “protection measure.

Many Turks also reported problems accessing the internet in general.

Ace Related News – 22 March – 10.18 GMT – Extract – Related News: Extract – March – 09.02 GMT – #AceWorldNews – Turkey has blocked Twitter hours after embattled Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan threatened to close it down ahead of a key election. It comes after audio recordings purportedly demonstrating corruption among his associates were posted on the site.http://wp.me/p165ui-4rt

Also ban on YouTube at: http://wp.me/p165ui-4sY


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#AceSecurityNews according to AP OBAMA CONSIDERS REINING…

#AceSecurityNews according to AP “OBAMA CONSIDERS REINING IN #NSA” – All of that clicking on the phone is giving Angela Merkel headaches. AP: ” President Barack Obama is expected to rein in spying on foreign leaders and is considering restricting National Security Agency access to Americans’ phone records, according to people familiar with a White House review of the government’s surveillance programs. Obama could unveil his highly anticipated decisions as early as next week. On Thursday, the president met with congressional leaders at the White House to discuss the review, while White House staff planned to meet with privacy advocates. Representatives from technology companies are meeting with White House staff on Friday. The White House says Obama is still collecting information before making final decisions. Among the changes Obama is expected to announce is more oversight of the National Intelligence Priorities Framework, a classified document that ranks U.S. intelligence-gathering priorities and is used to make decisions on scrutiny of foreign leaders. A presidential review board has recommended increasing the number of policy officials who help establish those priorities, and that could result in limits on surveillance of allies.” [AP]

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” White House Petitions ” We the People” Go Unanswered for Over 2 years”

" The White House" #AceWorldNews says the Obama administration has touted the White House website’s ‘We the People’ section as a powerful platform for the American public to petition their government. According to a new report, however, those solicitations are all too rarely acknowledged.

“When I ran for this office, I pledged to make government more open and accountable to its citizens,”United States President Barack Obama wrote on WhiteHouse.gov back in September 2011. He was unveiling at the time the website’s new ‘We the People’ feature, and said the addition of it would be “giving Americans a direct line to the White House on the issues and concerns that matter most to them.”

“Soon, anyone will be able to create or sign a petition at WhiteHouse.gov seeking action from the federal government on a range of issues,” senior advisor David Plouffe added at the time. “If a petition gathers enough signatures, the White House staff will review it, make sure it gets to Obama Administration policy experts and issue an official response.”

But 27 months later, an investigation conducted by federal technology site NextGov has revealed that many of the petitions that have met the criteria needed for a response have been long ignored by the administration — including at least one that’s been in limbo for over two years.

“There are currently 30 We the People petitions that have crossed the threshold for an official White House reply but not yet gotten one, including eight that have waited more than one year,” Joseph Marks wrote for NextGov on Thursday this week.

On average, Marks added, those petitions have waited around 10 months apiece so far for a response.

In the two-plus years since being launched, the White House has undoubtedly been aware of the popularity of the We the People section of its site. Originally the administration required that petitions receive only 5,000 signatures to warrant a response, and then raised that threshold to 25,000 autographs and eventually 100,000.

The White House has responded to 134 requests since Sept. 2011—or around five a month. But 30 petitions that surpassed the signature threshold still remain unanswered, including some that accumulated far more digital autographs than necessary.

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US avoids default as Congress passes deal to end shutdown

English: President Barack Obama makes a statem...

English: President Barack Obama makes a statement in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House announcing a deal in the ongoing efforts to find a balanced approach to the debt limit and deficit reduction, July 31, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

US President Barack Obama has signed legislation passed by Congress Wednesday to temporarily lift the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, averting the threat of default just hours before the October 17 deadline.

The legislation funds the government through to January 15 and lifts the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling until February 7. The White House budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, said she has issued a directive to all government employees to return to work.

Published time: October 17, 2013 00:12
Edited time: October 17, 2013 06:29

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US President Barack Obama has signed legislation passed by Congress Wednesday to temporarily lift the debt ceiling and end the government shut-down, averting the threat of default just hours before the October 17 deadline.

The legislation funds the government through to January 15 and lifts the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling until February 7. The White House budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, said she has issued a directive to all government employees to return to work.


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