ISIS 'Cyber Caliphate' attack on military spouses turns out to be Russians

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February 10, 2015… the Facebook message got straight to the point:

“Dear Angela – Bloody Valentine's Day! In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, under the flag of the Islamic State, CyberCaliphate continues its Cyber Jihad. While your president and your husband are killing our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, we're coming for you. You think you're safe but the IS is already here, CyberCaliphate got into your PC and smartphone. We know everything about you, your husband and your children. We're much closer than you can even imagine."

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That was the message received by Army wife Angela Ricketts. She didn't know it yet, but she was part of a small group of military spouses who received death threats from the 'Cyber Caliphate' on the same day.

Also that day, the Cyber Caliphate hacked the Twitter account of a charity called Military Spouses of Strength, run by the wife of a U.S. Marine named Liz Snell. The hackers started tweeting threats to Snell, her family, other military spouses and even Michelle Obama.


It was pretty unnerving for those families at the time. And a lot of media coverage ensued about the cyber war capabilities of ISIS.

Now it turns out it wasn't ISIS at all. The Associated Press reported yesterday that the 'Cyber Caliphate' is actually a group you may recall from other similar hacking games, that goes by the name 'Fancy Bear.' That's right, it was the same Russian government-sponsored hacking group that stole emails from John Podesta and the DNC and meddled in the election.

Somewhere, in a dingy basement in Russia, some nerdy hackers are laughing their butts off.

Why did Russian hackers target American military spouses? No one knows yet for sure (or if they do, they're not talking). Angela Ricketts' theory is that perhaps it was a test run, just to see where they could create the most chaos. She said, “Not only did we play right into their hands by freaking out, but the media played right into it. We reacted in a way that was probably exactly what they were hoping for."

You could say the same thing about our reaction to the 2016 presidential election and the never-ending drama that has played out since – it was exactly what they were hoping for.

Somewhere, in a dingy basement in Russia, some nerdy hackers are laughing their butts off.

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Protests following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr quickly devolved into violence, rioting, and looting in Philadelphia, and BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer was there to document what the mainstream media won't. But while filming the carnage inside a Five Below on Tuesday, Elijah was surrounded and attacked by looters.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to detail his experience and to explain why mainstream media efforts to downplay the violence just show that independent media has never been more important.

"Unfortunately, [the attack] escalated from one person to about a dozen very quickly," Elijah explained. "I'm actually really happy to be alive. Because in that same shopping center, right there, there was a 15-year-old girl who was shot, according to reports. And I heard multiple gunshots throughout the night. Another individual is reported to have heard a gunshot as well, so we try to confirm. I watched people get pummeled beyond belief."

Glenn asked Elijah to respond to mainstream media claims that conservatives are exaggerating the looting and violence in Philadelphia.

"It's so funny to hear people that aren't there try to counter what we're reporting," Elijah replied.

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In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

"I keep explaining to people, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, they're some of the most secular places on earth. And we've reduced everyone to a tweet, that we disagree with," he added.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

Megyn also discussed how she would have covered the recent stories about Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged corruption. Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:


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