Observations: ISIS Kassig Execution Video

Posted: 16th November 2014 by th3j35t3r in General
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“Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.” ~ Eric Hoffer
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After watching with absolute disgust ISIS latest video release, featuring the executions of 18-20 ‘Syrian Nusayri Officers and Pilots’, and former Army Ranger Peter Kassig, I noticed some subtle and not-so-subtle differences compared to the previous videos. So I’m going to take the liberty of sharing them right here.
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Fig 1.1 – A Thimbledick                 
PRODUCTION QUALITY  – THEY’VE GOT A BRAND NEW GEEK
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All the previous ISIS video releases, while better than the prior videos from AQ and others are no match for the effort and skillset that went into creating this latest one. They must have a new shithead (probably this guy) working on the post-production and effects which this time included, slow-motion, and overlaid sound effects, all synced perfectly with what appears to be well-rehearsed footage (more on that later).
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RELEASE TIMING – THEY’RE TRICKLE-DRIPPING 
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Ever since their execution of Steven Sotloff, I’ve believed that the beheadings of the Westerners were all carried out the same day or at least the same week, then references to current events around the time of each release date were dubbed over to make it appear to the world that the ‘latest’ victim had only recently had his head forcibly removed. This minimizes the risks for them, and maximizes the propaganda value and psychological impact to everyone else. Also add the fact that it was widely reported only days before that ‘Jihadi John’, their knife-wielding poster-boy had been injured in a recent airstrike, which if true, further supports the theory that the western hostages were likely long dead, before ISIS got round to trickle releasing the footage.
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GLARING OMMISION – KASSIG FOUGHT BACK
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All the other beheadings of Westerners they have carried out, showed the hostage in his orange jumpsuit on camera.  All were forced to read a statement, and the camera only cut away at the moment the knife was beginning to cut them. The next thing you are presented with is the victims head placed on top of their body. But Not this time. The only reference to Kassig was later, after the Nusayri officers killing (and a completely separate cut, edit and time, without all the post-production quality mentioned above) and simply featured Jihadi John with what he claimed was Kassigs’ head at his feet, warning the US to back off. It’s as though they wanted to divert with shock and awe away from Kassigs’ murder.
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Still capture image (I’ve blurred out the head because I don’t want to post it on my blog):
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Head of Kassig at the feet of ‘Jihadi John’ – unlike previous execution videos, we see only this.
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One of the big gains for and aims of ISIS when creating these despicable videos is to humiliate westerners and show other westerners and also potential jihadis how powerful they are and how weak we are. Unlike previous videos this one did not include a statement from Kassig or show Kassig’s beheading, making it impossible to determine whether he was killed by beheading or was beheaded after being killed. So why the change all of a sudden?
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I think there was no usable footage with Kassigs’ execution. Given his background, I believe Kassig disrupted proceedings so much so, the footage useless to them. For some it’s a well-known survival tactic, as a former Airborne Ranger, not a journalist, Kassig would have known this, he would have also known at the very least it would save his family from having to see the actual murder. He could have done this in many ways for example; fighting back, if he could reach it – constantly knocking the camera over, or even shouting one of their real names repeatedly, as a consequence, they thought fuckit and shot him, then removed his head later. Thus Kassig denied them the pre-murder/murder footage of a downtrodden, broken westerner they required. Something happened there. Something that prevented them from sticking to their original recipe. #RLTW
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FORMAT CHANGE – ALLAH DOESN’T CARE HOW YOU OFF YOURSELF, AS LONG AS YOU DO
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I’ve been writing this entire post, off the cuff, as I think of how to articulate things I noticed when watching the latest video. I absolutely do not want to embed or even link to these executions, but I promise, you will not understand exactly what I’m talking about from this point forward if you don’t see the pre-amble with your own eyes. So I’ve found a video of the ‘production’ WITHOUT the actual mass beheadings, because the full version is really fucking nasty. Only the Chechen beheadings I have seen are worse.
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Now, I know some might say I’m ‘tinfoiling’ on this last section and I agree, ain’t nobody got time for that, but the simultaneous execution of the captured ‘Nusayri Syrian Officers and Pilots’ – for me is more than troubling.
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So, here’s the ‘production’ (minus the gore), as you can see it’s far more advanced than any previous efforts:
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 Anyone else think this whole thing is… well… ‘off’ somehow?
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Look at these guys demeanor. Clearly this was a well-rehearsed execution. Everyone is calm, knows exactly what subtle-gesture to make at just the right time. There’s 18-20 guys here, all about to get beheaded (and make no mistake they really do get beheaded) and not one of them has a really convincing look of terror in their eyes, panic, or even a pounding chest. Some of them literally appear to ‘play to the camera’ on occasion, (1:50 and 1:55) thus heightening the drama. They also don’t appear to be drugged. I’m not saying these guys didn’t get murdered, because they most definitely were, but watch the video again. It’s almost like everyone, including the victims are willing participants, or to put it another way… ‘volunteers’.  Also notice how clean these guys are, compared to western hostages. *Almost* ‘Martyr clean’? Their jumpsuits still had fresh-out of-the-packet fold creases in them.
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That said, there’s another explanation, we all know that hostages, in certain parts of the world, are subject to daily ‘mock executions’. Effectively ‘drilled’ in what it’s like to be about to die. They say anticipation of death is worse than death itself. It’s designed to break the spirit. The only thing that tells them they are not gonna die right here, right now, is the fact the pistol behind their head just clicked, and a lead slug didn’t exit through their face.
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Maybe it was just another one of the many many daily ‘dry runs’ to these guys. Another daily ‘practice’…. only shit got real this time.
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 Now consider this;
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 There is no shortage of froot-loops willing to don the vest and suicide themselves for their jihad. Often when the bomber is the provider their families are paid and looked after, ISIS have got tons of money. How far removed is it,  considering how insane these fanatics have proved themselves to be already, to imagine, especially when you watch that footage above that this isn’t propaganda? Also, we haven’t heard any ‘officially verified’ comunique from Syria regarding the murder of nearly 20 of their Nusayri people.
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UPDATE: LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
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Only a couple of days ago, for reasons I’m not going into here, I deleted a tweet from back on 20 September 2014. The keen eyes among you will remember it. Having gone over the new ISIS video more than a few times something finally jumped out. I guess I couldn’t see the forest for the trees. Allow me to show you…..
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Here’s the tweet I deleted as archived by ‘Inagist':
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Notice I link to a location on Google Maps – this location, to be exact: goo.gl/maps/wu52G – for completeness, here’s a screenshot too and I’ve highlighted what interests me:
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I had settled on this area (hill and the Private Union University proximity) , and even tweeted about it at the time both here and hereafter reading this first-hand account of their ‘previous’ executions. Remember, I posted the above location way back on 20 September. The location is right on the edge of the desert at co-ordinates 35.892839, 39.006416, just south of al-Raqaa, Syria and those uniformly arranged ‘blobs’ are trees, likely Olive trees. Also note the elevations.
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Now go to the beginning of the ISIS new video (above), specifically around the 0.08 second mark. What you are seeing there, and I’ve highlighted it for you, (click to enlarge) are Olive trees, uniformly arranged Olive trees.
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Here’s a screenshot anyway:
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The rows of trees are even clearer around the 30 second mark. Also note the elevation. Here’s another screenshot:
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Probably just a coincidence. Right?
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NOTE: These are just my own observations and as such could be completely off target. I have not intended to be disrespectful to any victims or families of this disgusting and tragic event.
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 “Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.” ~ Eric Hoffer
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Peace.
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I’ll leave you with this:
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“Security… it’s simply the recognition that changes will take place and the knowledge that you’re willing to deal with whatever happens.” ~ Harry Browne
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OWN MY SIGNED BLACKPHONE! DETAILS AT BOTTOM OF THIS OFFERING.
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Sometimes being ‘jester’ has it’s perks. For example, I nearly fell off my already wobbly perch when the CSO for Silent Circle, Mr Dan Ford aka @NetSecrex on Twitter made contact and offered me not one but TWO Blackphones for me to have a play around with (and keep them). After a few nanoseconds of deliberation and assurances from Mr Ford this was not a lame attempt to track me down, I agreed and setup a mailing route with multiple hops, each recipient unknown to the previous in order to receive the items. (effectively the reverse of when I sent my laptop to the International Spy Museum).
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Record Straightening….
Before I get started, there’s somewhat of a myth that I feel needs to cleared up regarding this device getting ‘rooted’ within 5 minutes at Defcon earlier this year by . It’s a huge misconception that this incident ‘proved’ the Blackphone to be insecure, and I’m going to explain why…. as simply and quickly as I can, so we can ALL understand.
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In order for said  ‘rooting’ to be achieved certain extraordinary conditions have to be met. These include the following:
  • You have to have physical access to the device, in your hands, you simply cannot perform the operation remotely.
  • You would have to find the only Blackphone user who did not encrypt the device at setup and ignores the reminders.
  • You would have to find the only Blackphone user who does not accept the (very regular) OTA firmware updates.
  • You would have to beat the shit out of said Blackphone user until he disclosed his keystore PIN.
  • You need the software tools, cables and expertise in order to carry out the exploit.

If any one of these conditions is not met you’re not getting in, and by the very nature of the Blackphone and the type of demographic that would be using such a device, an attacker would be hard pressed to stumble across an unencrypted, non-updated, PIN-free phone anywhere on planet earth. If such beast exists, then the owner deserves whatever comes his/her way. In fact, I’m so confident in this device, somebody out there is going to receive mine, powered off, but not factory reset. See the competition at the end of this post.

The Review

I’m going to skip yapping about the premium packaging and yadda yadda, but I will say it’s light as a feather and has a nice soft-touch rear.  To be fair it arrives pretty much as any other smartphone does, usual wall socket and USB cable included. It’s really not until you power this puppy up and start using it… because that’s when you start to feel all ‘AIDEN PIERCE’ about it. Upon initial power up you are prompted to setup device encryption and your PIN, which actually works surprisingly. I’ve had many a traditional Android device (rooted) and full device encryption has always been sketchy. Once that’s complete, you are invited to scan a QR Code that is sitting inside the box, this is your free included subscription the the Silent Circle suite of applications, which I’ll talk about later. Right now I’d like to explain what sets this device apart, for me at least….

“Twas the week before 9/11 and all thru the house, not a creature was stirring…. except for all the creatures.” ~ Me

In exactly one week it will be thirteen years since that terrible day. We all remember where we were that day. I myself was deployed. My team and I had just got back onto base after a 3 day gig in the field, and the events were playing out right in front of us on a shitty little CRT TV mounted high in a corner. Nobody was tired anymore and chow didn’t seem so urgent.

I have skirted around writing anything about 9/11 in the past, mainly because it is an issue surrounded by deep feelings from around the nation from grief to anger, and everything in between. I am choosing to write this now because when we say ‘9/11 – Never Forget’ we are mainly concentrating on the ones we lost, on the day and in the time since on related operations around the globe. However, we should never take our eyes of the ball, and ‘never forget’ that they did pull off the unthinkable, and they’d do it again too. In a heartbeat.

Recently, there’s been some events that are not coincidences.

… but they’re still to dumb to realize it.

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines… ” ~ Muhammad Ali

#ISIS went online viral. Now, do you want to  know who’s fueling it? Here we go then. I’m gonna try and not groan on here. But this is important. Most of you know I’ve been going on VERY VOCALLY for years about how the so-called ‘hacktivist’ collective ‘Anonymous’ and their little wannabe offshoots have been ripe for infiltration by foreign terrorist organizations, hell I’ve written numerous blog posts on it; Here’s one of the better ones, mos of you will have seen it, but if not I strongly recommend you check it out. A few others of you out there will remember my spat with ‘TEAM POISON’, one of the many splinter groups of anonymous. They basically phone bombed the UK’s Anti-Terror hotline a few times. Some of their number were apprehended and I wrote a lovely blog post all about that shit, when it happened in 2012. You can catch up with that here.

0Wecu88“Those who don’t know the value of loyalty, can never appreciate the cost of betrayal.” – Unknown Author

So next week, ole Greg Greenwald’s (or whatever his name is) new book comes out, and it’s no coincidence that on the same day, him, Snowden and the Wikileaks tree-huggers will be releasing a cache of the sensitive information ‘Fast Eddie S’ stole from the US. Now we all know what I initially thought about the whole ‘Snowden Affair’ from my previous blog post about it at the time, I’m not gonna go over all that again. If you want the backstory feel free to read it here. Not much has changed my mind since then. In fact, since then we’ve had time to observe the effects of Eddie’s so-called ‘patriotism’ first hand. And that’s what I’m gonna cover today.

It’s been observed, by more than a few well-connected individuals that since Snowden’s theft, defection, and revelations that certain things have changed within certain threat actor camps. For me, most notably, and predictably, the particular threat actor I am referring to is none other than Al-Qaeda. You see, they had a shitty bit of software they developed called ‘Mujahideen Secrets II’, and they used this to encrypt sensitive messages among their top-tier players online. This software was as, like I said pretty shitty, and certain people, in certain places had the ability to monitor/decrypt messages encrypted with said software, thus… well… I’m pretty sure you get the skinny.

Along comes Fast Eddie Snowden.

What would I do if I was Chinese PLA

Posted: 14th March 2014 by th3j35t3r in General, Hacker Tracker
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“Never interrupt the enemy while he is making a mistake” ~ Napoleon

UPDATE: I wrote this blog post on 14th March 2014, today is Novermber 21st 2014 and somehow it’s finally become news. Keep up people.

First thing I want to stress here is this is a theoretical scenario, theoretical but entirely possible, if not probable.

In case some of you are unaware the Peoples Liberation Army of China has a special unit known as Unit 61398, the analysts over at Mandiant did a giant expose of them last year. I’m not going to labor on all the details as it’s out of scope for this post but, the skinny of why 61398 are important is that they develop and deploy all kinds of malware and other nasties for the sole purpose of infiltrating US systems. These systems are not confined to defense related boxes either. They are actively targeting US manufacturing and other commercial entities, with a view to literally stealing intellectual property. You can bet if Ford are designing a new vehicle the PLA probably already know about it and a vehicle that looks remarkably like our the new Ford, is already rickshaw-dodging around Beijing.

“It’s a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. One begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” ~ Arthur Conan Doyle

Pre-amble: I have had years of people coming at me using sexual ploys to try and needle my true ID out of me – but this is the first time I have had someone come at me using my ‘dox’ to try and actually get sex. This is a hefty post so here’s a spoiler if you are short on time, you’ll get the skinny straight away, but I highly recommend reading this full post for context and completeness.

The first thing I would like you to take notice of here is the quote above, please bear in mind that I actually tweeted this exact quote out days ago when I started work on this particular blog post. My reasons for pointing this out will become apparent as you (hopefully) enjoy this latest episode of wacky. So what’s been going on then? Well it seems somebody has taken a little shine to me and is more than a little annoyed that, well, to put it bluntly, I have rejected her internet delivered aggressive sexual advances. Here’s the scoop:

So a couple weeks back I get followed by one @RachelMarsden - I briefly glanced at her profile and saw she appeared to be a National Security and Political commentator so I followed back. She almost instantaneously began to make aggressive sexual advances to me in Twitter Direct Messages while also insisting she knew my true identity. I get this kind of thing a lot, so I just blocked her as another troll/failed social engineer. Unfortunately I find myself blocking between 50-100 lunatics a day and so thought nothing of it.

Lots of you are aware that the laptop I used from 2010 to early 2013 now has a new home as an exhibit inside Washington DC’s International Spy Museum. Many people are wondering how the hell it got there, this post will address that question.

The International Spy Museum and friends expressed an interest in acquiring the laptop on loan for a period of five years, to be displayed under glass in their new Weapons of Mass Disruption exhibit. I thought this was such a cool idea. But I had to think about the logistics of getting it there safely and without jeopardizing my own position. It just so happens that one of my followers whom I have a great deal of respect for, offered to be (one of) the links in the chain between me and the museum.

I set about sanitizing the laptop both inside and out, including DBANning the SSD drive multiple times and ‘draining’ the RAM. I removed all serial numbers, drilled the torque screws out so they could not be removed and cleansed the exterior thoroughly to remove prints, etc.

With that done, I packaged it up and set about setting up a chain of 3 people, none of whom know my identity, to relay it to each other with the final link in the chain being in Washington DC, who was willing to walk it directly into the museum personally. Once this was arranged I waited until I was out of town on business with my day job before mailing it to the first link in the chain.

UPDATE: Since this post Joey Ortega has changed his Twitter name from @TheYellowTape to @BTYT_Radio in an attempt to distance himself … from himslelf Lolwat? Yet continues to harass random people and their employers whom he mistakenly believes have connections to my real identity.

The poisonous, obnoxious, obsessive stalker known as NarcoTroll Emick famed for spending the last 2 years of her life hounding me, has FINALLY found a friend. It had to happen sooner or later, and I must say they definitely deserve each other. Both are failed ‘investigators’ both are parasitic trolls spewing lies and bullshit day after day in the hope that something eventually sticks, and most interestingly both are desperate for recognition or fame and they see me as a ‘trophy’ or something. They want to be the one who ‘got me’.

Here’s the sad story of how the NarcoTroll Emick finally found a friend.

It’s a little known fact that Joey Ortega AKA @BTYT_Radio used to approve of my intrepid adventures, so much so that popular culture might have even referred to him as a ‘fanboi’. This all changed after a fateful night a few months back.

So… About This Snowden Affair

Posted: 26th June 2013 by th3j35t3r in General, Wikileaks, WikiSneaks
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“Jesters do oft prove prophets” ~ William Shakespeare – King Lear, Act 5, Scene III. 

NOTE: This post has updates below since time of writing. My twitter timeline is bulging with my views and commentary on this whole Edward Snowden/NSA thing, yet everyday there’s a new person asking me ‘ So J, what’s your take on the Snowden thing’ – well here’s my goddam take on the ‘Snowden thing’. Be advised it’s just what I think, and to those waxing on about your freedom of speech, then I’m entitled to mine too and here it is.

Let’s start with Snowden Himself