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New Study: Online "Cyberlockers" Facilitating Piracy

Happy "International Talk Like a Pirate Day," which can make for a bit of harmless office fun on a Friday.

Unfortunately, real piracy of the online variety is no laughing matter.  It costs the American economy billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs each year, and even threatens life and health through such things as counterfeit drugs.

This week, a new report was released highlighting the role played by online "cyberlockers" in facilitating worldwide piracy.  Entitled "Behind the Cyberlocker Door:  A Report on How Shadowy Cyberlocker Businesses Use Credit Card Companies to Make Millions," the report from Digital Citizens Alliance cogently introduces and explains the nature of this problem:

Rogue 'cyberlocker' operators peddling stolen content are making nearly $100 million…[more]

September 19, 2014 • 02:49 pm

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On the Moral Imperative of Defeating ISIS:
 
 

"Testifying on Wednesday to the Senate, Kerry issued a stern declaration: 'ISIL must be defeated. Period. End of story.' Not the most wisely crafted of declarations: The punctuational emphasis carried unfortunate echoes of Obama’s promise about health-care plans, and the word 'must' carried similar echoes of Obama’s assertions that Bashar al-Assad had to go. 

But Kerry’s statement remains true for strategic and even moral reasons. But especially because when the enemy deliberately brings you into combat, it is all the more imperative to show the world that he made a big mistake."

 
 
— Charles Krauthammer, Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Charles Krauthammer, Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Posted September 19, 2014 • 08:27 am
 
 
On the President's Year of Action:
 
 

"Americans are afraid. The White House is afraid. Democrats are afraid. 

"President Obama's 'Year of Action' has turned into a Year of Fear. The country seems mired in dread. And that could have mortal consequences for midterm Democrats. 

"New polls out this week betray a rattled public, one that is jittery about war, security, and the economy -- and one that is increasingly looking to the GOP, not the party in power. Even as the White House has sought to reassure Americans that the campaign in Iraq will be limited, that the president isn't going to act alone on immigration in the near future, and that the economy is doing better, the damage appears to be done. 

"Obama and his aides have been caught between messages: that the country wasn't going to war, until it was (sort of). That the president couldn't act on immigration, until he could, until he wouldn't (yet). That the economy had turned the corner, but not quite. (Wait.)"

 
 
— James Oliphant, National Journal White House Correspondent
— James Oliphant, National Journal White House Correspondent
Posted September 18, 2014 • 07:54 am
 
 
On President Obama’s ISIS Strategy:
 
 

"For Obama, a successful counterterrorism strategy is one that simply saves him from having to talk about terrorism. That’s the approach that led to the rise of the Islamic State. As for the 'success' in Yemen, on Monday the Wall Street Journal reported: 'Scores of al-Qaeda militants have moved into Yemen’s capital Sanaa in an attempt to exploit swelling political unrest and destabilize the government.' 

"No wonder a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds that 62 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s actions against the Islamic State, but 68 percent have very little or just some confidence it will succeed. 

"With so little confidence in the commander-in-chief, shouldn’t the president call in political reinforcements? What about the last decade should lead any American, Republican or Democrat, to trust Washington to get something like this right in a hurry? I’m rarely on the side of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, but it’s right to want a clear, stand-alone vote on war. It’s debatable whether the president needs one constitutionally (I think he does), but politically it’s a no-brainer."

 
 
— Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online Editor-at-Large
— Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online Editor-at-Large
Posted September 17, 2014 • 07:46 am
 
 
On Declaring War Against ISIS:
 
 

"We have as close to a national consensus as possible in the war against ISIS. Polls show the public wants strong measures. ... 

"And yet Congress can’t bring itself to vote to authorize military action. President Obama doesn’t want to ask for an authorization and Congress doesn’t want to be asked. 

"Who says that no one can get along in Washington? When it comes to evading democratic accountability, the consensus is broad and deep. ... 

"So the president rummages around his desk drawers searching for a legal basis for his war, while Congress mumbles and looks at its shoes. Such are the exertions of the nation’s political branches as they embark on a long fight against an enemy of the United States."

 
 
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
Posted September 16, 2014 • 08:09 am
 
 
On Allegations of After-Hours Benghazi Document Review:
 
 

"As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to 'separate' damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. 

"According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is the first time Maxwell has publicly come forward with the story."

 
 
— Sharyl Attkisson, Investigative Journalist and The Daily Signal Contributor
— Sharyl Attkisson, Investigative Journalist and The Daily Signal Contributor
Posted September 15, 2014 • 08:07 am
 
 
On Predicting the 2014 Mid-Terms:
 
 

"Barring a dramatic surprise, the basic contours of this year’s Senate races are pretty much set. They will be defined by President Obama’s extraordinarily low 40 percent approval rating, a stagnant economy for those in the middle class, and the White House’s inability to tout any policy success stories that voters care about. That said, Republicans have clearly decided to play it safe and not put forward a national reform agenda similar to the 1994 'Contract with America.' If the GOP’s performance this fall is only good — as opposed to 'a wave' — one reason could be that Republicans decided to copy the Democrats’ decision to avoid controversy by not injecting ideas into the campaign."

 
 
— John Fund, National Review Online National-Affairs Columnist
— John Fund, National Review Online National-Affairs Columnist
Posted September 12, 2014 • 07:54 am
 
 
On the President's Prime-time Address to the Nation Regarding ISIS:
 
 

"In his prime-time address to the American people Wednesday night, President Obama declared he would 'degrade and ultimately destroy' the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

"The goal is a sound one. And it was good to hear the commander-in-chief define a 'core principle' of his presidency this way: 'If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.' At some points, the president sounded as though he was channeling his inner Dick Cheney. ... 

"President Obama has seldom had trouble delivering a stirring speech or drawing a bright red line. But recall his own defense secretary revealed in his memoirs his horror when he realized President Obama didn’t really believe in his own strategy for Afghanistan.

"So the day after perhaps the most important speech of his presidency, the fundamental question remains unanswered: Does Barack Obama have the stomach to see his own strategy through?"

 
 
— The New York Post Editorial Board
— The New York Post Editorial Board
Posted September 11, 2014 • 07:56 am
 
 
On the Jihadists' Eternal Plan:
 
 

"Here's the first and last rule of Islamic jihad: If at first you don't succeed, plot, plot again.

"9/11 wasn't the first. 9/11 won't be the last. It's not 'fear-mongering' to face reality. These head-chopping, throat-slitting, bloodthirsty hijackers -- of planes, freedom and civilization -- have conspired for decades to inflict modern mass murder on the West. ... 

"Never forget: Eternal Muslim hatred of infidels didn't start with George W. Bush. Or George Herbert Walker Bush. Or Ronald Reagan. Or the creation of Gitmo. Or the birth of Israel. Or the Twin Towers. Or the Khobar Towers. Or Lockerbie. Or the U.S.S. Cole. Or Fort Hood. Or the Beirut Marine barracks bombings. Or the bombings of the U.S. embassy in Africa, the bombing of U.S. military headquarters in Riyadh and the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi.  ... 

"Jihadist hijackers and head-choppers don't quit. Appeasement and empty threats are no deterrence. They will not stop trying to outdo 9/11 -- unless, through our deadly adherence to political correctness, apathy, amnesia, open borders and sloth, we do ourselves in first."

 
 
— Michelle Malkin, Syndicated Columnist
— Michelle Malkin, Syndicated Columnist
Posted September 10, 2014 • 07:55 am
 
 
On the President's Chronic Untruthfulness:
 
 

"Obama’s prevaricating has lost him any thought of a legacy, all the more so because for years as a candidate and as president he pontificated about his new transparency and the need for executive candor — itself an untruth at best, and at worst a cynical ploy to provide cover for a deliberate effort to enact policies that could not be honestly presented to the American people. 

"The two fuels that run Untruth, Inc., are, first, a realization that most of the president’s policies, whether deliberately or as a result of indifference and laziness, run counter to what most Americans support, and, second, a media establishment so invested in his agenda that it will not call the administration to account. So the engine of lying keeps humming. On any given day the president of the United States can step up to the teleprompter amid the latest disaster and swear that he did not do what he just did, or insist that someone else, not he, did the dastardly deed, or simply skip over recent history and make things up. The press at first quibbles, then nods in agreement, and Obama is empowered to do it again and again. We have not seen such a disingenuous president since Richard Nixon — but he, at least, was countered rather than enabled by the media."

 
 
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Posted September 09, 2014 • 07:46 am
 
 
On Congress and the U.S. Economic Recovery:
 
 

"This week, as summer comes to a close, members of the House and Senate will return to Washington. But perhaps only one legislative body can accurately claim to be returning to work. While Democrats in the Senate have been dragging their feet this Congress, the House of Representatives has been busy proposing and passing solutions to America’s most pressing problems. 

"In the last year and a half, the House has passed more than 40 bills aimed at creating jobs, supporting wage earners, and easing the financial pains that working families all over America are suffering with in President Obama’s economy. Where are these bills now? They are stuck in the Senate. Why they are stuck, is a question for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid."

 
 
— House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
— House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
Posted September 08, 2014 • 07:45 am
 
Question of the Week   
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"Testifying on Wednesday to the Senate, Kerry issued a stern declaration: 'ISIL must be defeated. Period. End of story.' Not the most wisely crafted of declarations: The punctuational emphasis carried unfortunate echoes of Obama’s promise about health-care plans, and the word 'must' carried similar echoes of Obama’s assertions that Bashar al-Assad had to go.  But Kerry’s statement…[more]
 
 
—Charles Krauthammer, Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Charles Krauthammer, Nationally Syndicated Columnist
 
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