President Donald J. Trump Is Strengthening America's Cybersecurity

” We must protect the American people, the homeland, and our great American way of life.”  – President Donald J. Trump

ReportSTRENGTHENING CYBERSECURITY: President Donald J. Trump is releasing a National Cyber Strategy that will strengthen our defenses against cyber threats.

  • President Trump’s National Cyber Strategy identifies bold new steps the Federal Government will take to protect America from cyber threats and strengthen our capabilities in cyberspace.
    • It is the first fully articulated National Cyber Strategy released in 15 years.
    • The strategy builds on President Trump’s Executive Order “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure,” signed in May 2017.

PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE HOMELAND, AND OUR WAY OF LIFE: Strengthening American cybersecurity is central to the National Cyber Strategy.

  • President Trump’s National Cyber Strategy will protect American networks by:
    • Securing Federal networks and information and our Nation’s critical infrastructure
    • Combatting cybercrime and improving incident reporting

PROMOTING AMERICAN PROSPERITY: President Trump’s National Cyber Strategy will help protect cyberspace as an engine of economic growth and innovation.

  • President Trump’s National Cyber Strategy will promote American prosperity by:
    • Fostering a vibrant and resilient digital economy
    • Protecting American ingenuity from threats such as intellectual property theft
    • Developing a superior cybersecurity workforce through education and recruitment

PRESERVING PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH: The National Cyber Strategy will strengthen efforts to deter destabilizing activity in cyberspace.

  • The National Cyber Strategy will stand up to destabilizing behavior in cyberspace by:
    • Promoting responsible behavior among nation states
    • Working to ensure there are consequences for irresponsible cyber behavior
    • Launching an international Cyber Deterrence Initiative
    • Exposing and countering online malign influence and information campaigns

ADVANCING AMERICAN INFLUENCE: The National Cyber Strategy will preserve the long-term openness of the internet, which supports and reinforces American interests.

  • President Trump’s National Cyber Strategy will promote an open and secure internet by:
    • Encouraging Nations to advance internet freedom
    • Advancing a multi-stakeholder model of internet governance
    • Promoting open, interoperable, reliable, and secure communications infrastructure
    • Opening overseas markets for American ingenuity
    • Building international cyber capacity

COMMITTED TO A SECURE CYBER FUTURE: President Trump is committed to protecting the cybersecurity of our Nation and is implementing policies that work to achieve that objective.

  • The President’s National Security Strategy prioritizes keeping America safe in the cyber era.
  • The Trump Administration has released a number of agency-specific strategies emphasizing the importance of cybersecurity.

Read The Full National Cyber Strategy Report Here


Robert Brannon: “Phyllis Chesler’s new memoir, A Politically Incorrect Feminist (St. Martin’s Press, 2018), spans almost fifty years of second-wave feminism. She names 100s of women, both famous and virtually unknown today who took part in the awakening and growing women’s movement, marching, sitting-in, writing and organizing since the 1960’s. It is the personal life […]

Why Women And Children Stay Silent During Islamist Abuse

Islamist Abuse Women and Children Domestic Violence AbuseSras, a survivor of domestic violence in a women’s shelter in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Sras husband threatened to kill her and her three children about six months ago. As the world talks about women’s rights and the #MeToo movement, Cambodia continues to be a patriarchal society, like many other developing countries, and still considers women to be inferior to men, often limiting them from securing proper education and income opportunities. (Illustrative Photo: Lauren DeCicca / Getty Images)

One of the questions that surfaces about ideological extremism is the question of why women and children stay silent during Islamist abuse. Late this summer, Clarion Project broke a national story about a narrowly avoided “jihadist Waco” in which a group of children, men and women were in a remote off-grid  compound in New Mexico. One of the ring leaders was Imam Siraj Wahhaj’s son. Wahhaj Sr. is a prominent radical cleric in North America with considerable support from a wide field of Muslims ranging from Islamists such as Linda Sarsour to progressives.

The son, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, kidnapped his own child in order to exorcise him of the physical disabilities his father attributed to demonic possession. The boy, just shy of his fourth birthday, died on the compound during the ritualistic exorcism. At least one child in the compound, aged 15, was forced to undergo training to be a school shooter. Ten other children, some as young as toddlers, were living in squalor with no access to food, water, shelter or education.

A tip that finally lead authorities to this compound came from one of the women. She texted someone on the outside for money, adding that she and the children were starving and in need of help. A life-line to the outside world begging for assistance raises some questions:

  • Why did the women subject themselves to intolerable and abusive conditions?
  • How can any mother tolerate this abuse of a child, let alone her children?
  • Why didn’t the women and children just leave the premises?

Behavior analyst Ayaz Merchant offers insight. Having run training workshops for well-known life coach Tony Robbins, Ayaz shares how conditioning behavior leads to compliance in certain cultures.

  • Some cultures are still very formative in their development,

Review of A Politically Incorrect Feminist

Robert Brannon: “Phyllis Chesler’s new memoir, A Politically Incorrect Feminist (St. Martin's Press, 2018), spans almost fifty years of second-wave feminism. She names 100s of women, both famous and virtually unknown today who took part in the awakening and growing women’s movement, marching, sitting-in, writing and organizing since the 1960’s. It is the personal life story of one of the earliest feminist authors and political activists of the secondwave, the author of Women and Madness and 17 other books. Chelser discusses major issues of the time and provides an insider’s view of many of the feminism’s most significant public events. This big book contains some surprises and revelations, and is likely to be controversial.”

Review of A Politically Incorrect Feminist by Phyllis Chesler
by Robert Brannon at Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence 10/3/18

No social movement in history changed American culture so profoundly as the feminist movement which re-emerged in the late 1960’s and 1970’s. Although this new memoir is not meant as a book of history, I consider it to be the most extensive, richly-detailed and lucidly-written account of that historic movement yet to appear in print. It adds significantly to valuable earlier feminist movement histories by Susan Brownmiller, Ruth Rosen, Barbara Love, Flora Davis, Marcia Cohen, Judith Hennessee, Gail Collins, Judith Hole, and Ellen Levine.

This is a big, rich, detailed, often surprising memoir that is several things at once: the personal life-trajectory of one of the early central leaders of feminism, a brief discussion of many of the key issues and concepts of the movement, and an inside look at many major meetings, conferences, and events. Most of all, however, it is a loving, honest, and informative celebration of hundreds of women, “all the radical feminists who spent their salad years organizing, marching, sitting in, and writing articles and books that quite literally changed our world” (p. 101). Hundreds of women’s names are recorded here, each within a clear context. They include both well-known women and many who are now almost unknown, women in the U.S. and around the world. This memoir will be a treasure for serious historians of feminism, and for all students of modern American culture more generally.

Duchess Meghan and Duke Harry inspect U.S. Declaration of Independence (Sussex Declaration) in England

Duchess Meghan and Duke HarryMeghan Markle may now be part of the British royal family, but the former American actress' first visit to her new royal duchy began with a viewing of a copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence from the British crown.

Meghan married Queen Elizabeth's grandson Harry in May this year, and on Wednesday the couple visited the so-called Sussex Declaration one of only two known handwritten parchment copies of America’s formative text, at Edes House in Chichester.

The manuscript had been stored for more than 60 years in a strong-room among miles of documents in the West Sussex Record Office, until its significance was revealed by two Harvard University researchers last year.

The declaration cast Britain as a tyranny. “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States,” it says.

Measuring 24 by 30 inches (60 by 76 cm), the Sussex Declaration is thought to date to the 1780s and most likely was written in New York or Philadelphia, and while other copies and printed versions of the Declaration exist, the only other ceremonial parchment is the Matlack Declaration, which dates from 1776 and is kept at the National Archives in Washington.

The trip will also include a visit to the Royal Pavilion in Brighton as Harry and Meghan pay their first trip to Sussex since they were made Duke and Duchess of the southern English county.

They will also visit a charity for survivors of sexual abuse before discussing mental health and emotional well being with youth groups.

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump Lays Wreath At 'Emotional' Slave Castle In Ghana

U.S. First lady Melania TrumpU.S. First lady Melania Trump on Wednesday laid a wreath at a slave fortress on the coast of Ghana, vowing never to forget the place where Africans were held before being shipped away into further hardship, most across the Atlantic.

“It's very emotional… I will never forget (the) incredible experience and the stories that I heard,” she said after seeing the dungeons and walking through the 'door of no return', the castle's final exit toward the ocean.

She arrived in Ghana on the first stop of her first solo international trip as first lady, a tour of Africa, a continent her husband has been reported to have referred to derisively. She will also visit Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

President Donald Trump has not visited Africa since taking office in 2017. In January U.S. media reported widely that he described African states as “shithole countries” during a discussion with lawmakers about immigration. He has denied making the remark.

The 17th century Cape Coast castle, now a monument, has attracted world dignitaries including America's first black President Barack Obama and his family, who also shared their emotions at the site.

During her tour on Wednesday, Melania Trump walked slowly with a guide through various wings, asking questions. She passed a row of cannons and descended into a dungeon where male slaves were held in chains. “It's really, really touching,” she said. “The dungeons that I saw, it's really something that people should see and experience, and what happened so many years ago — it's really a tragedy.”

Before proceeding to the slave castle, she visited the palace of the head chief of the area and obtained royal approval to visit the fortress after presenting drinks to the chiefs. The ceremony took place in Obama hall at the Emintsimadze Palace, a hall that was renamed in Obama's honor after his visit to the area in 2009.

Suspected Ricin sent to Pentagon, suspicious letters to Trump, Ted Cruz office

US Defense Department personnel, wearing protective suits, screen mail at the Pentagon in Washington, DC on October 2, 2018.Mosheh Gains / NBC NewsImage: US Defense Department personnel, wearing protective suits, screen mail at the Pentagon in Washington, DC on October 2, 2018.Mosheh Gains / NBC News

A flurry of suspicious envelopes targeting high-profile figures — including President Trump, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Sen. Ted Cruz — were received in the past two days.

The Secret Service said in a Tuesday evening statement that it intercepted a “suspicious envelope” addressed to the president. The mail was intercepted at a location outside of the White House. The Secret Service provided no other details about the envelope.

“We can confirm that we are working jointly with our law enforcement partners to fully investigate this matter,” it said in a statement. “Further, all threats directed towards the President, or any Secret Service protectee, are treated seriously and fully investigated.”

Earlier Tuesday, two people were hospitalized in Houston after a “white powdery substance” was found in a letter addressed to the campaign headquarters of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Houston, law-enforcement sources said. The condition of the victims was not clear.

The Republican senator's spokeswoman, Catherine Frazier, said no Cruz staffers were taken to the hospital. Frazier added that the package was opened in the lobby, resulting in a temporary lockdown. The Houston Fire Department said in a tweet that the ninth floor of the Phoenix Tower was evacuated as a hazmat team worked to determine the nature of the substance. The Houston scare came to light hours after NBC News reported that two suspicious envelopes containing the deadly toxin ricin were mailed to a Department of Defense mail processing center. The envelopes were addressed to Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, a source familiar with the incident told NBC News. There were no indications anyone had been exposed to the suspicious substance, the source said.

The mail facility is on the Pentagon campus but not within the main building itself, said Pentagon spokesman Christopher Sherwood. Law enforcement officials said all four letters, including the two sent to the Pentagon, appear to have come from the same person.

Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesperson, said in a statement that on Monday the Pentagon Force Protection Agency “detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon's remote screening facility.”

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan says she had 'a very strange Jewish upbringing'

Supreme Court Justice Elena KaganSupreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, appearing at a Jewish day school in Brooklyn, spoke about her Jewish background and how her family jumped from synagogue to synagogue.

“I had a very strange Jewish upbringing actually,” Kagan, 58, told journalist Dahlia Lithwick, who moderated the Wednesday evening conversation. “You would think Lincoln Square Synagogue, she comes from a Modern Orthodox family. Actually my family didn’t really know what it was.”

Though Kagan had her bat mitzvah at that Modern Orthodox synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, she did not grow up in a strictly observant household, the associate justice told an audience of about 280 at the Hannah Senesh Community Day School.

Kagan said her mother grew up in “an extremely, extremely religious family,” but had abandoned many aspects of Jewish observance by the time she had children. “[We] kept a kosher home so that my grandparents would eat there, but otherwise we were the kind of Jews who kept a kosher home and then went out and ordered shrimp at the Chinese restaurant,” the jurist recalled.

Before Lincoln Square, the family were members of B’nai Jeshurun, which belonged to the Conservative movement (today the congregation is unaffiliated) and Congregation Rodeph Sholom, a Reform synagogue.

“My mother’s view was that everything depended on how good the rabbi was, and she would go from synagogue to synagogue to synagogue to find a rabbi she liked,” Kagan said.

Kagan said she “loved” attending Hebrew school at Lincoln Square, but hit a snag

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Paul Mccartney Says He Never Meant To Offend Jews With 'Hey Jude'

Paul MccartneyIn 1968, The Beatles put the title to their upcoming single, “Hey Jude,” on the front of their record label’s boutique store in London. The idea was to intrigue passersby before the release, Paul McCartney told GQ in a new interview.

However, the song’s name didn’t go over well with everyone. McCartney said a furious Jewish man called him up about the name (because this was the ’60s, when celebrities were apparently reachable by phone) and threatened to send his son over to beat the Beatle up.

The word “jude” (Jew in German) conjured up bad memories in the post-Nazi era, and Jews in London had enough to deal with, the man fumed. “I said ‘hey baby, let’s cool it down, nothing to do with that,’” McCartney said. “You’ll hear when you hear the record, it’s just a name in a song and it’s all cool.” The man relented.

McCartney explains in the video that the song was originally titled “Hey Jules,” a reference to John Lennon’s son Julian. McCartney was feeling bad for young Julian at the time, just after Lennon had divorced his first wife Cynthia Powell.

But in the end, he just liked the name Jude better.

These days, McCartney — who is about to start a tour after recently releasing his 18th solo album — sees the iconic tune, which he plays at every one of his concerts, as a way of bringing people together.

“In these times, when it’s a little dark and people are sort of separated by politics and stuff, it’s so fantastic just to see them all come together singing the end of ‘Hey Jude,’” he said.

How A Rabbi Got Caught Up In A Belgian Spy Scandal

Moshe Aryeh FriedmanMoshe Aryeh Friedman may be mild-mannered, but the Antwerp rabbi certainly has a knack for publicity. Friedman's daughter is a rising politician in Antwerp, is best friends with a woman whom authorities say is a spy serving Morocco.

An anti-Zionist activist from New York, Friedman, 47, has been accused — falsely, he has said — of denying the Holocaust during a 2006 conference organized by then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran.

He has since repeatedly riled the Jewish community of the Belgian city where he has lived with his family since 2011.

In 2013, Friedman got a judge to force a Jewish school for girls to admit two of his boys – a blow directed at a congregation that treats him like a pariah. This year he went after another communal soft spot, telling the media that Orthodox Judaism does allow the stunning of animals before they are slaughtered (despite a rabbinical near consensus to the contrary).

But even Friedman outdid himself this summer when he landed himself and his family in the middle of an international scandal involving suspected espionage by a young Moroccan woman whom the Belgian security service recommended deporting, saying she threatens national security.

The relationship between Friedman and 32-year-old Kaoutar Fal, who left Belgium on July 23 amid suspicions that she is a Moroccan spy, began several years ago when they met at various conferences about “achieving peace,” he told JTA. “We became good friends. Best friends,” he said. Friedman and his wife, Lea Rosenzweig, have been at the forefront of an effort to clear the name of Fal, who describes herself as an entrepreneur, women’s rights activist and journalist, and has denied gathering intelligence for any country, including Morocco.

The couple’s involvement began on July 11, when Rosenzweig called police to report that Fal had been abducted in front of the European Parliament in Brussels.

In reality, Fal had been taken for interrogation by security services, according to VRT 

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