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.

Glenn Beck: THIS is why Biden nominated Merrick Garland as attorney general

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Many will remember President Biden's attorney general nominee Merrick Garland as the man Republicans refused to hold a Supreme Court confirmation hearing for back in 2016. So, was Garland's AG nomination just meant to be a slap in the face to Republicans? Glenn Beck thinks there's a lot more to it.

Given how focused Democrats are on rooting out vaguely defined "right-wing extremism," Garland's work in supervising the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing suspects gives us a hint, Glenn suggested on radio this week. He said he's "all for" stopping dangerous extremists, but couldn't help noticing how Garland isn't talking about any of the destruction that happened over the summer.

"I am all for justice. I am all for making sure we catch the bad guys, as long as the bad guys are not defined to be on only one side," Glenn said. "Merrick Garland said [Monday] that there was no comparison between what happened on January 6th and what happened over the summer. That is because the Washington elites see themselves as better than somebody who owns a taco stand. I don't. The Constitution doesn't. They are the same crime."

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"All rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference," said holy anointed billionaire Bill Gates. Green activism has been around for decades. But what used to be wacky has now worked its way into the world's power structure. You must believe the science. You cannot question the science.

The Texas power failure provided America with a disturbing and deadly preview of the Great Reset. But Bill Gates, AOC, and other Democrats say this only proves we need to enforce MORE green policies.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck reveals how deep the Great Reset tentacles reach into government and business to strangle freedom and their efforts to control every aspect of your private life.

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Why are we letting criminals out of prison while putting pastors in? Pastor James Coates of Canada's GraceLife Church was recently fined, arrested, and put in maximum security prison for violating lockdown rules.

Rebel News founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to discuss the story. Ezra said he's noticed a trend of government officials "picking on" Christians as "lockdownism" becomes almost a new kind of religion, and warned this might be just the start of more persecution to come.

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As politicians and the mainstream media continue to insist that America is divided and at each other's throats, Dr. Ben Carson has a different message. He joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to discuss his time in the Trump administration and how we move forward and heal America. Overall, he says, we must realize "Americans are NOT each other's enemies."

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