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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Evan Kohlmann
A Facebook image of a team of Syrian rebel fighters called the al-Aqsa Islamic Brigades that shows them masked, armed and marching from a burning U.S. Capitol leads intelligence analysts to ponder: Perhaps the anti-Bashar Assad forces are also anti-American.
Two weeks after the Boston Marathon bombings, the debate still rages as to whether the two men accused of orchestrating the attack acted alone, particularly among members of Congress who say they see too much evidence of planning for an isolated operation.
A Minnesota man recently traveled to Somalia to join al-Shabab, a spokesman for his family said, renewing fears that the terror group is continuing to recruit Somalis living in the U.S. to return to their homeland to fight.
"As a group that claims affiliations to the generally pro-Western Free Syrian Army, it is difficult to reconcile the fact that is has plastered such a lurid anti-American image as the banner on its own official Facebook page," said Evan Kohlmann, a senior partner with the security firm Flashpoint Intelligence, to NBC.
"We don't really know how effective the encryption is or isn't, because nobody at an official level has publicly disclosed that," said Evan Kohlmann, a terrorism analyst with NBC. "However, based on our research, it is likely that U.S. intelligence agencies do have the capability to break that encryption when needed."