Growth of ISIS makes Edward Snowdon look not so heroic.

NYT reports that in Yemen, the Houthis, allied to ISIS, take over much of Saga Province, including the capital Sana.
“….after the disclosures by Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, officials say it has become much harder for spy agencies to monitor what terrorists are saying and plotting, as militants have moved to couriers or communication networks the N.S.A. has yet to crack.

“We have less and less insight into terrorist planning because of the spread of encryption technology and the shrinking opportunity for human intelligence sources when it comes to troubled spots,” Nicholas J. Rasmussen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said in a speech last month.”

The evacuation of Special Operations advisers from Yemen is the latest blow to the Obama administration’s counterterrorism campaign, which is already struggling with significant setbacks in the region, officials said Sunday.|By ERIC SCHMITT

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David Lindsay is the author of "The Tay Son Rebellion, Historical Fiction of Eighteenth- Century Vietnam," that covers a bloody civil war from 1770 to 1802. Find more about it at, also known as, David Lindsay is currently writing about Climate Change and the Sixth Extinction., as well as singing and performing a "folk concert" on Climate Change and the Sixth Extinction. He can be reached at daljr37(at)
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