ISIS in Possession of Submarines, Libya Becoming Major Drug Hub

In April of 2013, Abreu Report published an article -- Narco-subs, Terror-drones, and the Coming Drone Curtain -- where we wrote: 

"The cartels in Central America are paying close attention to developments in the drone arena because they hold the potential for risk-free international transportation. I met a guy in a coffee shop here in Amsterdam who did time in Colombia with a guy who was caught building a narco-sub. Narco-subs are small, hard-to-detect, and cost a meager 3 million dollars. A two man crew operating a narco-sub can rake 150 million. Narco-subs are the safest bet for anyone who has the money, and according to my source there was often a North Korean guy working with his friend in prison. The North Koreans have developed a good relationship with some friends in Colombia, and have been building up their reserve of Benjamins by selling their submarine technology."

Flash-forward to 2016, and NATO officials are just getting around to announcing that the Islamic State is in development of a "navy." What these NATO officials fail to acknowledge, however, is that ISIS, as the Islamic State is commonly known, has already developed what could be considered a crude navy. 

As a result of Russian bombardment in Syria and Kurdish advances in Iraq, ISIS has seen its oil revenue threatened. As a result, it is escalating its hunt for other sources of financing, chiefly among these: the sale of illegal narcotics. 

As was widely reported in November of last year, ISIS fighters are often hooked on captagon, "a combination of two drugs, theophylline and amphetamine," which can keep them going for days, especially when on a suicide mission. It has been described by some as the Four Loko of martyrdom.

As ISIS expands in Afghanistan to the extent that the Afghan government is alleging to having killed dozens during some missions, followed by dozens more killed during a radio station bombing, the terror army has come across another martyrdom drug: opium. Opium has the power to provide the Caliphate with riches "beyond the wildest dreams of avarice," especially because of its strategic assets on the Mediterranean, particularly in Libya.

Abreu Report has learned that ISIS has already developed a strategic plan to smuggle opium from its Afghanistan province to its Libyan affiliate with the assistance of Pakistan. The New York Times in its article -- Pakistan's Hand in the Rise of International Jihad -- reported that "there are reports that Pakistan had a role in the rise of the Islamic State" and that Pakistan encouraged fighters to travel to Syria and join ISIS by traversing "along well-worn smuggling routes from Pakistan through Iran and Iraq."
 
Islamic State fighter walks on Mediterranean sand
The Pakistani intelligence agency, the ISI, in its quest to enrich itself, is allowing the Islamic State to smuggle opium from ships leaving its coastal cities. Using knowledge acquired through Colombian intermediaries, ISIS is shipping heroin into Europe from Libya using what were previously termed "narco-subs," but have now become "narco-terror-subs."

ISIS is earning up to 150 million euros per narco-sub shipment, thus making the loss of its oil earnings negligible in the face of an aggressive international bombing campaign. Spain just recently caught 7 individuals suspected of involvement in ISIS' massive international arm, cash, and drug trafficking conspiracy, but the real threat will come from under the ocean. 

Islamic State fighters from Libya in mini-subs are regularly approaching Southern Europe, and it's not just opium and captagon that they are bringing with them. They will bring weapons and destruction on a scale that we cannot imagine.

Death of Indian Man in Meteorite "Mishap" May Have Been Space Weapon Test

Just yesterday, Abreu Reported that American legislators "who may have at first been shocked to learn of the NSA's pervasive global espionage capabilities, have gone silent upon learning that these powers are shared by many other governments around the world, and NSA spokesmen have in private, according to a source, told lawmakers that US law was keeping the US behind rival signals intelligence agencies. In light of this new Global Espionage Race, the United States is seeking to expand its capabilities in a place where developing nations cannot easily rival: in space."

If it's one thing we've learned at Abreu Report it's that our "source" often doesn't privy us to privileged information, but rather drops hints about what's coming in the following days or months. It was no coincidence that we wrote yesterday about revelations proving that Pakistan's secretive Inter-Services Agency (ISI) was seeking to "tap worldwide internet traffic via underwater cables that would have given the country a digital espionage capacity to rival the US."

Over the past month, our source has made us aware of certain governments using cloaked Facebook accounts to track activist, which we reported on the 21st of January and was confirmed by the large-circulation Israeli daily Haaretz two days ago. 

If there's one thing you should know about South Asian politics is that if Pakistan is developing a formidable weapon, India is not too far behind. The two nuclear powerhouses are mortal enemies, and regularly engage in low-intensity kinetic border skirmishes over disputed Kashmir.

Just yesterday, the National reported that India was close to developing its own global-positioning satellite system, thus becoming "the fourth country in the world to operate its own satellite navigation system, giving it a strategic advantage over its neighbors, including Pakistan... The civilian service, which can be licensed out to companies, will be only slightly more accurate than GPS. Scientists have promised accuracy levels of within 10 meters on the ground and within 20 meters on the ocean. "  

Make no mistake about it, the Pakistanis see any forays by the Indians into space as a potential threat, and they're feeling cornered right now; if the Indians develop a space nuclear shield, it would take away the strategic edge that nuclear weapons confer on Pakistan and may give a future Indian Prime Minister incentive to risk all-out nuclear war between the two archenemies.

What did the bus driver overhear?
In light of recent Indian technological space progress, the Pakistanis are closely analyzing yesterday's death of a "bus driver of the Bharathidasan Engineering College" who became the first man in recorded civilization to be killed by a "meteorite." 

The Hindu reported that the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu said on Sunday that "a mishap occurred yesterday when a meteorite fell on the campus of a private engineering college" and that compensation from a state fund would be made available to the victims.

One thing is certain in this whole affair: Pakistani bloggers already suspect that this death was a space weapons test, and that suspicion alone may spur a space arms race between the two countries. Another thing is certain: the Generals in the United States Pentagon don't want to be left behind, and the X-37B sub-orbital vehicle will be paying close attention to developments on the Indian subcontinent.

The NSA Plot to Hack Every Satellite

Not content to tap into nearly every communications cable on planet earth, and dissatisfied with building a data center in Utah with enough data-storage capacity to store the entire world's communications, the United States National Security Agency has begun setting its sights on outer space. In 2013, The Guardian reported:

"Brewster Kahle, a co-founder of the Internet Archive, a San Francisco-based non-profit that hoovers up knowledge in a digital equivalent of the library of Alexandria, said technology facilitated near-ubiquitous snooping. 'If one had the opportunity to collect all the voice traffic in the US it would cost less than the Pentagon spends on paperclips. Storage these days is trivial, it's not a problem.'"

In the same manner that storing the entire world's communications is "trivial," gaining access to the cables through which is is transmitted is likewise trivial. In fact, accumulating every bit of data that passes through the earth's cables is something that even Pakistan's secretive Inter-Services Agency (ISI) is currently doing.

The Guardian reported in 2015 that the ISI "sought to tap worldwide internet traffic via underwater cables that would have given the country a digital espionage capacity to rival the US, according to a report by Privacy International. The report says the country’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency hired intermediary companies to acquire spying toolkits from western and Chinese firms for domestic surveillance."

In light of this, the Snowden disclosures haven't scandalized the world as much as many thought would happen because the NSA had capabilities that inspired mostly envy, not primarily rage. Even American lawmakers who may have at first been shocked to learn of the NSA's pervasive global espionage capabilities, have gone silent upon learning that these powers are shared by many other governments around the world, and NSA spokesmen have in private, according to a source, told lawmakers that US law was keeping the US behind rival signals intelligence agencies.

In light of this new Global Espionage Race, the United States is seeking to expand its capabilities in a place where developing nations cannot easily rival: in space. Intercepting satellite traffic first requires knowing the nature of the traffic, and the inability of the NSA to intercept laser communications between two satellites left the United States feeling as if there was a giant gap in its signals intelligence capabilities.

Experts have proposed that an N-slit laser interferometer  "where the laser signal takes the form of an interferometric pattern" could be used to send extremely secure communications. In 2015, Laser Focus World rated this as one of the top technologies, and wrote: "Space-to-space communications, where there is little or no propagation-path distortion and interaction with the carrier quanta, is an ideal application of the coupled concepts of optical communications and quantum cryptography."

So far, there has been only one instance of researchers finding a flaw in quantum cryptography, and this involved the two parties using traditional light sources, not photon sources. The NSA has known for over a decade that rival nations have been developing this technology, and that its days of being able to intercept really important data are limited.

This technology is not science fiction; in December of 2014, the US space agency, NASA, announced that it had successfully established "an optical communications link when its laser locked onto a ground beacon emitted by the Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory's ground station at JPL's Table Mountain Observatory in Wrightwood, California."

America's deadly new space espionage weapon?

In fear of losing its signals interception capabilities, the United Sates embarked on the creation of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which has been described by Space Daily as a "robot space shuttle." However, this orbital vehicle is not under the purview of the civilian-headed NASA, but under the development of the Pentagon; it is by every definition a weapon of war, and a third of Space.com readers believe just as much.

The three X-37B missions have so far logged nearly 1,400 days in space and during that time the US Air Force has continued assisting the National Security Agency in developing the Pentagon's next big espionage tool. Regular communications satellites have already been compromised, and when laser communications satellites begin transmitting unhackable data to Earth, the X-37B will be waiting, and the satellite will be simply blown to bits by a kinetic weapon, or be accessed physically by one of the satellite hacking space-robots that the US is surely developing.

Israel's Yamam Implicated in Rash of Sniper Killings

The civil war in Syria may be one of those things that some sinister Israeli historians will say was a "blessing for Israel" because it fully legitimized its taking of the Golan Heights from Syria, with even many of the Druze residents of the Golan glad not to be in the line of fire of Syrian rebels or regime forces. The New York Times reported that as Syria "reels," Israel is fully solidifying its hold on the Golan by expanding settlements.

While some Israelis rejoice at the chaos in Syria, others look with dread towards the water, and not because of empty Hamas threats to push the "Jews to the sea." This time around, an adversary threatens to keep Jews from the sea. 

The Israeli intelligence community is working overtime to assess the threat that the Islamic State branch in Libya is increasingly poses to the safety of Israeli shipping in the Mediterranean. According to an expert familiar with the Israeli intelligence community, Yamam agents are not only likely just closely watching the situation on the ground in Libya, but also actively attempting to prevent threats to Israeli ships. 

As Abreu Reported in September of 2014 in our article -- Israel's Counter-terrorism Police to Operate "Anywhere the Government of Israel Sees Fit" -- the Netanyahu government authorized the Yamam, Israel's special police unit, to not only carry out operations abroad, but to also "take command over military units when conducting certain 'sensitive' operations."

According to a document leaked by renegade whistleblower Edward Snowden, Israel special forces were behind the sniper killing of "a senior Syrian military official who was a close adviser to President Bashar al-Assad." The operation was carried out in Tartus, where Russia has kept a naval base since its USSR days.

Although operations may be carried out on the ground by Israeli Special Forces, it is the Yamam that is tasked with undertaking undercover police work. Further, the Yamam was designed to counter the exact kind of ship kidnapping scenario that the Islamic State is planning against Israeli cruise ships, and thus individuals in Libya involved in the planning or promotion of anti-Israel plots are threatened to be systematically taken out by Yamam snipers.

General S; ordering the execution of IS militants in Libya?
The fact that the Yamam is known in Israel for its secrecy, with even the identity of its top officer clouded in mystery -- identified by the Israeli daily Haaretz only as "Brigadier General S" -- has also helped it solidify its reputation with the Islamic State as a fearsome, unpredictable unit. 

Though it was the Mossad that would have been suspected by previous radical Jihadist organizations of involvement in every single bombing or suspicious death of a high-ranking terror operative, the Islamic State as of late is on the lookout for undercover Yamam operatives. Even Israeli observers have gone as far as to label the Yamam as a brutal "paramilitary organization in the service of the police."

As Jews News reported on the 31st of January, there is a sniper taking out ISIS operatives in Libya, and "online discussion has centered on the theory that the sniper is a lone gunman from the nearby city of Misrata."

These sniper attacks may indeed be the work of a "lone gunman" from Misrata, but the facts on the ground are that Israel has been preparing to carry out undercover operations in Libya since it authorized the Yamam in 2014 to carry out operations abroad with impunity. 

As ISIS continues solidifying its hold on the Mediterranean coastline with an eye on blowing up Israeli ships and kidnapping cruise ships full of Israelis, the Yamam will have plans for them. Barack Obama is currently being pressured by his aides to take military action in Libya, but the political chaos in the nation and absence of a plural government means that there's no legitimate authority to invite foreign troops.

Obama doesn't want to embroil the United States in what could be perceived as yet another military intervention by US troops in a Muslim country, and the Italians and Germans are merely training soldiers in nearby Tunisia; an operation which, like the CIA Syrian rebel training program, will take time to put into motion and could even be an abysmal failure. Israel may feel that it has no option but to take stealth action in Libya in order to protect its national security, otherwise hundreds of Israelis may end up captive on an ISIS-boarded cruise ship.