Next up, Estonia? An Estonian state security officer was kidnapped and spirited away into Russia at gunpoint—48 hours after President Obama gave a speech in Estonia saying if Russia tried its tricks there, it might trigger war with the US and NATO. The kidnapping occurred in the midst of some "cross-border crime" and the Russian side used smoke grenades and jammed Estonian police radios before kidnapping the officer.
US Announces "Core Coalition" to Fight ISIS/ISIL: Secretary of State John Kerry says no "boots on the ground... We need to attack them in ways that prevent them from taking over territory, to bolster the Iraqi security forces and others in the region who are prepared to take them on, without committing troops of our own." The Obama administration has had a lot of practice at waging quiet, "sanitized" warfare from above—let's see how this pans out. (If we can see—who are going to be the journalists willing to sit between the beheaders of ISIS/ISIL and US airstrikes?)
Where'd I Put Those M16s? KUOW finds that some Washington law-enforcement agencies have been suspended from program 1033, which helps militarize police departments by supplying them with free surplus military gear (the only cost is shipping), for losing track of high-powered rifles.
More on the Tacoma Police Department's StingRay Cell Phone Tracker: Some city council members say they were briefed before TPD bought it, but only vaguely (one said he was told it was just a device to "solve crimes"). A council resolution claimed the StingRay was for the "'prevention, protection response and recovery' of improvised explosive devices." What they actually do is indiscriminately suck up cell phone location data within a certain radius. The TPD has told reporters it can't answer many questions "because of the nondisclosure agreement it signed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a condition of receiving the equipment." (SPD has denied having or using such equipment.)