Melania Trump Blacklisted, Google Fights ISIS
After the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, released an inspirational message to troops in Mosul last week, insider accounts are saying that the man has become increasingly paranoid and insecure. Currently, U.S.-backed Iraqi forces are closing into the ISIS hub in Mosul, where al-Baghdadi is supposedly living in an underground bunker. The same insider is saying that al-Baghdadi refuses to emerge and continuously wears his suicide vest. He has cut down on all movements and reaches any destinations via a series of tunnels. The insider accounts were sent to Iraqi troops and released to Reuters.
Meanwhile, Google is discovering new ways to lead an attack on ISIS. The Google think tank Jigsaw is piloting a project dubbed Redirect. It will “redirect” all web users looking to find ISIS recruiting information and sites to somewhat disguised anti-ISIS propaganda.
“There are people interested in ISIS’ message on one side and there are videos that undermine ISIS’ message on the other hand. We are using targeted advertising to marry the two,” said Yasmin Green, head of research and development, Jigsaw. As any internet user knows, search for a particular product and you’ll soon see similar items pop up in ads on just about every site you visit after. The same thing will happen to those targeted by the Redirect project, except ads will offer videos detailing the danger and downsides to joining ISIS.
“So, if you were looking for, let’s say, material on the social welfare system in the so-called caliphate, you would click on the ad and see the truth about what’s happening in Syria and Iraq. The long food lines, the devastated suffering, the failure of the Islamic State,” added Green. During the program’s pilot stage, it targeted mored than 300,000 individuals looking for more information on joining ISIS.
The FBI is concerned that ISIS may attempt to target the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade later in the week. More specifically, the Bureau is watching out for homegrown terrorists who may try to target the parade and other crowded events over the holiday weekend using guns or IEDs. Feds ask family members and friends to look for any possible warning signs from potential instigators, from increasing isolation to lifestyle changes to encrypted means of communication.
Sophie Theallet, a designer who found fame after dressing Michelle Obama, has released a statement on Twitter saying she will not be dressing Melania Trump. “As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom and respect for all lifestyles, I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next First Lady. The rhetoric of racism, sexism and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by,” said Theallet. “As an immigrant in this country, I have been blessed with the opportunity to pursue my dreams in the USA. Dressing the First Lady Michelle Obama for the past eight years has been a highlight and an honor. She has contributed to having our name recognized and respected worldwide.” Theallet is also encouraging other designers to join her in refusing to dress Melania. The future first lady’s fashion choices have already stirred up attention, particularly when she wore a pricey Gucci p***y-bow top to one of the presidential debates.
An Ohio man is facing up to five years in prison for threatening Donald Trump’s life on Twitter. Zachary Benson, 24, of Cleveland, tweeted out “My life goal is to assassinate Trump. Don’t care if I serve infinite sentences. That man deserves to decease [sic] existing.” While Benson later deleted the tweet, admitting that he went too far, the damage was already done. Now, the young man faces a federal grand jury.
Mike Pence confirmed yesterday that Mitt Romney was indeed under “active consideration” to become secretary of state. Romney met with Trump on Saturday. “They had a good meeting. It was a warm and substantive exchange and I know he is under active consideration to be the secretary of state of the United States along with some other very distinguished Americans,” said Pence. Other individuals up for the job include Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.