France Deploys New Force To Take Down Drones – Birds Of Prey

Eagles seem to be the most effective way to intercept drones in cities.

The drones being targeted are small, weighing less than 2kg, and are readily available on the commercial market. Nevertheless, their use in sensitive zones – including during demonstrations and around airports – has led to accidents that prompted France and other countries to introduce restrictions on unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs.

The French army is using birds of prey to take down drones to protect its air bases as well as to secure public airspace in case a drone poses a threat.

Eagles were first used by the Dutch police force to intercept drones used by criminals and terrorists. Inspired by this success, the French military began training eagles for military programmes.

The pilot programme started last spring at Mont de Marsan air base in southwestern France with a team of four raptors – three females and one male. They are taught from a very young age until they become fully-trained at around 8 months, when they reach full maturity. The eagles used in France are bred using artificial insemination since eagles are a protected species and harvesting wild eggs is strictly forbidden.

Part of the training involves familiarising the eagles with the sight of drones. Even before they hatch, the eagles are surrounded by drones so they become part of their natural environment. Eventually they are taught to associate drones with being fed.

“A drone means food for these birds,” Gerald Machoukow, the military base’s falconer, told FRANCE 24’s Fanny Allard. “Now they automatically go after them.”  France24

Videos:

Dutch police use eagles to hunt illegal drones (last year)

Eagles trained to take down drones, BBC News

Federally-funded Refugee Resettlement Contractor, HIAS, Organized NY Rally Against The Trump Administration

A featured speaker was Congressman Keith Ellison, Congress’ first Muslim representative.

Aaron Klein at Breitbart.

A Jewish group that organized a “Jewish Rally for Refugees” in New York on Sunday was massively funded by the federal government under the Obama administration to resettle refugees.

In attendance at the rally was Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who used the platform to compare the Trump administration to the Third Reich. [….]

The New York rally was organized by the nonprofit HIAS, which describes itself as standing “for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and freedom.”

Unmentioned in much of the news media coverage about the rally is that HIAS has taken in large sums of federal grants to help resettle refugees. [….]

RefugeeResettlementWatch

The Jerusalem Post described the organization as a “global Jewish nonprofit organization that works to protect refugees.”

Local Fox 5 simply labeled HIAS as “the global Jewish nonprofit.”

HIAS is more than that, as this reporter previously documented.

HIAS specializes in refugee resettlement and in 2015 received 65.3 percent of its annual $25 million budget from government grants.

Annual grants include funds from the State Department and the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Department of Health and Human Services. Another major donor is the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

In 2015, the State Department provided $17,663,704 and the Department of Health and Human Services gave another $2,765,195.

So why did they drop the word “Hebrew?”

(No matter what their official line is, I’ll bet a buck that many Muslim refugees refused to be resettled by a “Hebrew” organization!)  RefugeeResettlementWatch

Video:  Tucker Carlson takes on Mark Hetfield, HIAS president and CEO

Video: Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban Review Of 2016 And Looking Ahead To 2017

One of the best speeches by a European political leader.

Mr. Orbán talks frankly and lucidly about the major crises that are currently bedeviling Europe, including the “refugee” crisis and the heavy-handed behavior of the European Union towards the nations of Europe — which it considers its vassal states. The prime minister focuses on the primary overarching issue, which is the attempt by trans-national organizations to impose global governance on nation states. He describes the current “populist revolt” that has arisen to resist the globalists, with Brexit and the election of Donald Trump being the most recent major examples. Gates of Vienna

PM Orban:

Respected [former] President Pál Schmitt and his dear wife,  Dear Mrs. Dalma, [former] Prime Minister Peter Boros,  everyone who invited me, ladies and gentlemen. It is good to see you all again,  it is the 19th time — that is way too much, even from dumplings —

I would like to evoke the words of István Szabó, our greatly respected bishop,  in his little story, where two little boys are listening to the mass… “This is boring,”  says the smaller one, then the older boy answers: “Well, this is how supposed to be.” …

Well, dear audience, today we do not have to be afraid of that. The year 2016 was not boring, not the least bit. And the year 2017 looks rather interesting too. We had — and we will have — excitement, surprise, scratching of heads, wiping of foreheads and rubbing of eyes.

We will ask of each other: it is really possible, what unfolds before our eyes,  and takes shape? Who would have thought — just a couple of years ago — that history  would defy the prophecies, and laughingly show the fig sign to the prophets of liberal politics, and would likely show an “up yours!” to the beneficiaries and protectors of the international order: the globalists and liberals, to influential people, living in their ivory tower palaces and sitting in their television studios.  To the army of media locusts and their masters. To everybody who believed, taught and spread,  who enjoyed its gains and absorbed its revenues, that the global liberal world order is unalterable.


If the dissatisfied ones do not keep their mouths shut, or if the media fail to inhibit their voice, then they will be denounced, stigmatized and disinherited. And in this, there is no mercy, even for the new American President.  No wonder then, that the high pressure became permanent in the European Union. The valves sooner or later will seize up and stop working, and the people, lacking any other options, will revolt.

That is, they are kicking it out with their votes,
tossing out the liberal elite. This is how the world works now, respected ladies and gentlemen, respected [former] President, in the wintertime of 2017.

Full Transcript at Gates of Vienna

A Tale Of Two Talks

Free speech in the U.S.

The proximity of these two events, the difference in the arguments and the vast chasm of difference between the outrage and violence against one, and the great silence and complicity with the other, tells us much about what we need to know about the state of free speech — and academia — in America today.

Milo Yiannopoulos – The riots at Berkeley caused national and international headlines.

On the first day of the month, the conservative activist and writer Milo Yiannopoulos was due to speak at the University of California, Berkeley. To the surprise of absolutely no one, some of the new anti-free speech brigades attempted to prevent the event from happening. But to the surprise of almost everyone, the groups who wish to prevent everyone but themselves from speaking went farther even than they have tended to of late. Before the event could even start, Yiannopoulos was evacuated by security for his own safety. A mob of 150 people proceeded to riot, smash and set fire to the campus, causing more than $100,000 of damage and otherwise asserting their revised version of Voltaire’s maxim: “I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to your death my right to shut you up.”

Jonathan A.C. Brown – NO  outrage.  Few headlines.

On February 7, at the University of Georgetown, Jonathan A.C. Brown, the director of the entirely impartial Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown, gave a 90-minute talk entitled “Islam and the Problem of Slavery”. Except that the white convert to Islam, Jonathan Brown, apparently did not think that there is a particular problem with slavery — at least not when it comes wrapped in Islam.

During the talk (which Brown himself subsequently uploaded onto YouTube) the lecturer condemned slavery when it took place historically in America, Britain and other Western countries, but praised the practice of slavery in Muslim societies. Brown explained how Muslim slaves lived “a pretty good life”, claimed that they were protected by “sharia” and claimed that it is “not immoral for one human to own another human.” Regarding the vexed matter of whether it is right or wrong to have sex with one of your slaves, Brown said that “consent isn’t necessary for lawful sex” and that marital rape is not a legitimate concept within Islam. Concepts such as “autonomy” and “consent”, in the view of the Director of the Alwaleed Center at Georgetown, turned out to be Western “obsessions”.

Of course, Jonathan Brown’s views on Islam are by no means uncommon.

Online:  GateStoneInstitute

A Shameful Shout-Down At Columbia University

Protesters at Columbia University, Monday evening disrupted a lecture by Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon with chants calling for the elimination of Israel.

  • “From Palestine to Mexico, border walls have got to go.“
  • “1, 2, 3, 4, occupation no more, 5, 6, 7, 8, Israel is an apartheid state.”
  •  “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Must Be Free”

What was actually accomplished by protesting and disrupting this event? If the Students for Justice in Palestine & Co want to see their ideas aired, and Danon’s ideas challenged, why not agree to host a debate with pro-Israel students? But SJP’s policy of anti-normalization—non-engagement with Zionists—precludes such an event.

Beyond that though, solving the conflict is not their intention; the only so-called solution these students would accept is a world in which Israel does not exist. Whether they acknowledge it out loud or not, they know this “solution” will never be reached by diplomatic methods—Israel will never sign its own death warrant. So what’s left to do? Cheerlead; disrupt; yell; prove that they’re the loudest.

Being loud and being effective are not synonymous, and in fact, one often comes at the expense of the other. Consider what happened last night. After one of the seven interruptions which Danon stoically endured, he asked the protestors if one cohort might remain in the room for the duration of his speech so that he could hear their questions and debate with them during Q&A. “Maybe you’ll convince me,” he said to them, a grace note that earned laughter from the audience.

Instead of heeding Danon’s request, the protestors continued to scream, chant, and disrupt, and were continually escorted out: noise, not action. CommentaryMag

House Intel Committee Launches Investigation Of Leaks

Why were the phone calls recorded?  Who leaked for political advantage?

Nunes told the Washington Post he is more concerned “that you have an American citizen who had his phone calls recorded.” Nunes will investigate how the story was exposed, he told CNN on Tuesday.

The Washington Post first reported details of the conversation, which the New York Times said stemmed from a wiretap of the Russian diplomat.

Nunes told CNN the panel won’t look into President Donald Trump’s knowledge of the situation due to executive privilege. TheHill

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee [Devin Nunes, R-Calif.]  said Tuesday that the most significant question posed by the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn is why intelligence officials eavesdropped on his calls with the Russian ambassador and later leaked information on those calls to the press.

“I expect for the FBI to tell me what is going on, and they better have a good answer,” said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which is conducting a review of Russian activities to influence the election. “The big problem I see here is that you have an American citizen who had his phone calls recorded.”..

Nunes said he was dismayed that those recordings had leaked, citing a complex process for tapping communications involving U.S. citizens and then “unmasking” it for intelligence use.  DailyCaller

Washington effort to destroy Trump’s inner circle?

‘There does appear to be a well orchestrated effort to attack Flynn and others in the administration,’ Nunes told the Bloomberg View columnist.

‘From the leaking of phone calls between the president and foreign leaders to what appears to be high-level FISA Court [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ] information, to the leaking of American citizens being denied security clearances, it looks like a pattern,’ Nunes said…

On Friday, one of Flynn’s top deputies, Robin Townley, was denied a security clearance from the CIA, Politico reported, citing two unnamed sources, which prevented Townley from serving on the National Security Council.  DailyMail

Robin Townley

On Friday, one of Flynn’s closest deputies on the NSC, senior director for Africa Robin Townley, was informed that the Central Intelligence Agency had rejected his request for an elite security clearance required for service on the NSC, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.

That forced Townley, a former Marine intelligence officer who had long maintained a top secret-level security clearance, out of his NSC post, explained the sources, who requested anonymity to discuss sensitive personnel matters.  Politico

Loose lips sink ships. President Trump is trying to implement what the people voted for and getting rocks and mud thrown at him by anti-American leftist globalists, the media, militant leftist, sore losers, the political establishment, and the intelligence community floods of leaks, all fighting to regain and hold onto power. The ship that sinks will be the eroding our rights as citizens and our democratic system.