Exclusive: 50 Spies Say ISIS Intelligence Was Cooked -The Daily Beast

“It’s being called a ‘revolt’ by intelligence pros who are paid to give their honest assessment of the ISIS war—but are instead seeing their reports turned into happy talk.
More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military’s Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned.

The complaints spurred the Pentagon’s inspector general to open an investigation into the alleged manipulation of intelligence. The fact that so many people complained suggests there are deep-rooted, systemic problems in how the U.S. military command charged with the war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State assesses intelligence.”

This after the “intelligence” “failures” prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.


The Refugee Road -Various


The images of 3 year old Aylan Kurdi’s body washing up on a Greek beach has caused many to wonder how his family could have taken such a risk: Surely there must have been a safer way? No matter what path refugees take to escape the Syrian (and Libyan) violence, there is a great deal of risk and uncertainty. Below are a set of links that should provide a glimpse into the harrowing trip refugees have to brave.

The first two articles describe the process and dangers associated with dealing with people smugglers:

The precarious road to Europe
One Migrant’s Encounter with Death
The next two are interactive articles which allow the reader to pretend they are the refugee trying to get to Europe. At each step, the reader is given a choice that leads to uncertainty, danger and perhaps ultimately, safety:

The refugee challenge: can you break into Fortress Europe? – interactive http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/ng-interactive/2014/jan/refugee-choices-interactive

Syrian Journey: Choose your own escape route http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32057601