Thursday, September 4, 2014

Question for Holder: 40 FBI agents on Ferguson, how many on ISIS recruitment in Minneapolis?

Question for Holder: 40 FBI agents on Ferguson, how many on ISIS recruitment in Minneapolis?

On Tuesday night’s program, Fox News host Megyn Kelly focused on the “striking” number of Americans out of the Minneapolis area going to fight alongside Islamic State militants in the Middle East.
Kelly noted that Attorney General Eric Holder assigned 40 FBI agents to investigate the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., before asking how many agents are looking into would-be terrorists from this region.
She said even U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is calling on the Department of Justice to get more involved.
“When Al Franken is criticizing you for being soft on terrorism, you’ve got an issue,” said guest Tom Dupree.
The former deputy assistant attorney general said he hoped Holder would get more involved, like he did in Ferguson.
“I think ISIS poses a greater threat to the United States’ national security than the Ferguson police department does,” he said.”I trust the Justice Department will recognize that and I trust they will deploy sufficient resources to find out why Minneapolis and St. Paul have become a hotbed for ISIS and a fertile recruiting ground for jihadists.”
Kelly pointed to three Americans from the area who’ve joined with terrorists in the Middle East and Africa, including two killed recently fighting with ISIS who went to high school together.
“There’s something about Minneapolis and its community that is leading to this sort of radicalization,” she said. “What have we heard, if anything, from DOJ on this?”
“We haven’t heard much, Megyn,” Dupree replied, before adding that the FBI needs to focus on whether there are people on the ground “fomenting this sort of thing.”
See the full exchange here:
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A movement has been started by our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014. They are organizing themselves, but this can be done by all of us. The President, the Golfer in Chief, has made the Rules of Engagement (ROE) so difficult, that our troops are often killed before they can even get permission to fight. Nothing has been done to stop our troops from being murdered by the Afghanis they are training, either.

CALL TO ALL MILITARY PERSONNEL, ACTIVE AND FORMER

I hope anyone who has military background, or is an American, will forward this. If you are not a veteran send this to those that you know who are, or to those who may know veterans.thThe 2014 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested in this election. Get out and VOTE!!)

A movement has been started by our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014. They are organizing themselves, but this can be done by all of us. The President, the Golfer in Chief, has made the Rules of Engagement (ROE) so difficult, that our troops are often killed before they can even get permission to fight. Nothing has been done to stop our troops from being murdered by the Afghanis they are training, either.

Now, the President wants the US to sign on to the UNs International Criminal Court (ICC), which would allow the UN’s ICC to arrest and try US troops for War Crimes, without the legal protections guaranteed under US Law, and from which there is no appeal.

The President, with his Democratic control of the Senate, has nearly all the power. If the Non-Establishment Republicans, and Conservatives, can take back the Senate in 2014, our troops can once again be protected from unnecessary danger. Please consider this, and send it on to your mailing lists.

Thank You.

Interestingly enough, when GWB was president you heard about the military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan almost daily. With Obama in the White House, the mainstream media has been strangely quiet. — More than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the last 3 years. This is more than the combined total of the nine years before. Thirty have died in August. During the last month, over 50 additional NATO and US servicemen have been murdered, inside jobs by those who are hired to be a force for good in Afghanistan ..

A reinforced Marine battalion is +-1.000 men. 

The commander in chief is AWOL. Not a peep, although he ordered the White House flag flown at half-staff for the Sikhs that were killed. There is a deep disgust, a fury, growing in the ranks of the military against the indifferent incompetence of this president.

It has taken on a dangerous tone. No one knows what to do about him, but the anger runs deep as the deaths continue with no strategic end in sight to the idiocy of this war. Obama has had 5 years to end this futile insanity, during which time he has vacationed, golfed, campaigned, gone on countless taxpayer funded fund raisers, and generally ignored the plight of our men and women in uniform. But, there is now a movement afoot in the armed services to launch a massive get out the vote drive against this president.

Not just current active duty types, but the National Guard, Reserves, the retired, and all other prior service members. This is no small special interest group, but many millions of veterans who can have an enormous impact on the outcome of the November election if they all respond.

The one million military retirees in Florida alone could mean an overwhelming victory in that state if they all show up at the polls. It might not keep another one hundred U.S. troops from dying between now and November, but a turn out to vote by the military against this heart breaking lack of leadership can make a powerful statement that hastens a change to the indifference of this shallow little man who just lets our soldiers die.

Veterans: Please forward to your lists. High Priority!

Obama’s Gold – 94.6% Pure, Bomb Grade Plutonium 21,000 Lbs of Plutonium Was Sent to Japan. Where is it?

Obama’s Gold – 94.6% Pure, Bomb Grade Plutonium

21,000 Lbs of Plutonium Was Sent to Japan. Where is it?


By Bob Nichols


(San Francisco)  President Obama asked Duke Power Corporation in the States to test run some plutonium fuel rods (MOX) in three of their reactors. The physicists said No; but, the head boss of Duke Power said “Yes.” Obama’s test run failed miserably.
See this clip from the American TV Series “Newsroom” from Gordon Duff’s YouTube site.
As a result, the country very nearly lost the state of South Carolina. Those deadly  Plutonium cores were jerked out of those three big Duke Power reactors so fast it would make your head spin.
Undaunted, unbowed and too ignorant to be afraid, the President of the United  States asked the President of a Japanese utility, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO,) to run the “test” of the Plutonium fuel.
Now, what are you going to do when the President of the US asks you for a favor?
The test was slated immediately for the MOX fuel rods, of course. That is 21,000 lbs of 94.6% pure bomb grade Plutonium 239 (Pu 239) down blended and mixed with Uranium to form MOX 6% Pu 239 nuclear fuel rods.
Here’s what happened, perhaps as a result of President Obama’s political dabbling  in real life-or-death physics. This stuff gets real serious real fast.
These “brave” characters inhabiting an imaginary newsroom on the set of “THE NEWSROOM,” an American TV series are closer to the reality of Japan’s sabotaged reactors than their real life news reader counterparts will ever be.  Five hundred eighteen days into the continuous reactor meltdowns and global dispersion of reactor cores; it’s a direct choice for “Gruesome Death” made by the pro-nukers. The deed is done and cannot be reversed.
MOX stands for Mixed Oxide Fuel. The very poisonous bomb grade Pu 239 is taken from Hydrogen Bombs and mixed with Uranium to form pellets for fuel rods for nuclear  reactors. The fuel rods are about five (5) meters or 16 ft long and as big around as a person’s thumb.
Pu 239 is very hard for bomb makers to work with and tends to go off by itself, which makes for a really bad day. The manufacturing of Hydrogen Bombs is a very nasty business in any country. Putting extra Pu 239 in nuclear reactors to boil water for steam is insane.
LETHAL DOSES
How many Lethal Doses of radiation from radioactive particles are in our air just from Fukushima Daiichi’s trashed reactors? As of Jun 29, 2012 Dr. Paolo Scampa, a noted physicist stated:
“… [about Fukushima reactors exploding]  … occasioning a prodigious explosion of radioactivity and radiotoxicity which over time, is several times the amount needed to kill by internal contamination the whole human race.” - Dr Paolo Scampa, PhD., Nuclear Physicist.
What hath Obama wrought?
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Sources and Notes.
“The Newsroom,” HBO TV Series, Alan Sorkin, Creator, “Bullies.” Episode 6, Jul 26, 2012 centered on the explosion,  meltdown and continued poisoning of the Earth by the trashed reactors at Fukushima Daiichi, Japan. (above)
“Fukushima’s Melted Reactors 500 Days On, ” Bob Nichols, VeteransToday, Jul 29, 2012,
“sabotaged generators,” Bob Nichols, VeteransToday, Jun 9, 2012, “Kill One Kill Twelve Kill Millions Kill Billions”
Calculate duration between two dates
From and including: Friday, March 11, 2011
To and including: Wednesday, August 9, 2012
It is 518 days from the start date to the end date, end date included
Or 1 year, 4 months, 30 days including the end date
 
October 28th, 2011 (Fri)
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Lessons Learned From Fukushima Dai-ichi – Report & Movie

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Whoa: You’ll never guess who John McCain conspired with to create Islamic State

By The Right Scoop

Did you know that John McCain conspired with someone to create the new Islamic State? I didn’t either. But according to Cuban leader Fidel Castro, McCain conspired with Israel’s very own intelligence agency Mossad to create the group Islamic State:
JPOST – Writing for official Cuban state media, Castro alleged that Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad, and US Senator John McCain conspired to create the Islamic State.
The remarks were reported and translated into English by the Russia Today news agency.

Castro alleged that McCain, “together with [Mossad, conspired] in the creation of the Islamic State, which today controls a considerable and vital portion of Iraq and reportedly one-third of Syria as well.”
Cuba is struggling to move on from his half-century rule and as many of his policies are reconsidered under the leadership of his younger brother Raul.
So Israel helped create the Islamic State with John McCain. It’s a good thing Castro chimed in on this. Otherwise I might have thought that ISIS was more a bastard child of Turkey.
This is so silly…let’s just make this an open thread.

proof mc cain is anit american John McCain defends Hillary Clinton aide accused of links to Muslim Brotherhood John McCain yesterday rushed to the defence of one of Hillary Clinton's top aides, lashing out at fellow Republicans who accused the Muslim staffer of having links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

John McCain defends Hillary Clinton aide accused of links to Muslim Brotherhood

John McCain yesterday rushed to the defence of one of Hillary Clinton's top aides, lashing out at fellow Republicans who accused the Muslim staffer of having links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Why making finger quote marks may cost your credibility
John McCain stepped in to defend a Hillary Clinton aide Photo: Reuters
Breaking ranks with his party, the veteran Republican took to the Senate floor to condemn the "sinister accusations" made by Michelle Bachmann and others against Huma Adebin, Mrs Clinton's Deputy Chief of Staff.
He called the allegations "an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant".
Mrs Bachmann, the former Republican presidential hopeful, and four other House members had written to the State Department claiming that America's foreign policy was being influenced by the supporters of the Islamist group.
In a letter that drew comparisons to the McCarthyite anti-Communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the group demanded an investigation into possible Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the State Department and called for anyone found with links to the group to be made to "publicly condemn and disclaim" its goals.
They also singled out Ms Adebin, a Muslim born in Michigan, claiming that her father, mother and brother had been "connected" to the Brotherhood. As evidence they cited a document produced by the Centre for Security Policy, a controversial ultra-conservative think tank.
Ms Adebin has been at Mrs Clinton's side for more than a decade, and regularly travels with the Secretary of State on diplomatic missions around the world. Mrs Clinton has described the Arabic and Urdu speaker as a "second daughter".
Last year Ms Adebin's husband, the Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner, was forced to resign after admitting sending naked pictures of himself to other women.
Yesterday, Mr McCain condemned the insinuations, saying: "These sinister accusations rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family, none of which have been shown to harm or threaten the United States in any way. These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis, and no merit. And they need to stop now."
He added: "When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it."
His brief speech in defence of a Democrat evoked a time of more genteel Senate traditions and won praise from both sides of the aisle even as Congress remained hopelessly deadlocked on issues from immigration to the budget deficit.
Mrs Bachmann, defended her letter yesterday in the face of an attack from a member of her own party saying her intentions had been "distorted".
"The intention of the letters was to outline the serious national security concerns I had and ask for answers to questions regarding the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical groups' access to top Obama administration officials ," she said in a statement.

McCain Daughter Dons Islamic Terror Scarf!

McCain Daughter Dons Islamic Terror Scarf!

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McCain Daughter Dons Islamic Terror Scarf!
An email tipster discovered John McCain's family blog has been infiltrated at the deepest level by enemies of America. Meghan McCain, daughter of the Republican presidential candidate, is really into the keffiyeh, scarf of Middle Eastern Precious Freedoms Haters, and even wears it on the so-called Straight Talk Express, and also in the presence of her apparent sympathizer mom Cindy McCain! Republicans of course will murder McCain for this horrifying development, because they are fashion whores who know the keffiyeh is so over. Two more shots of Meghan "Mullah" McCain after the jump.
McCain Daughter Dons Islamic Terror Scarf!
McCain Daughter Dons Islamic Terror Scarf!
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GET VIRAL ASAP: Senate Wants To Limit First Amendment to Just “Professional Journalists”

GET VIRAL ASAP: Senate Wants To Limit First Amendment to Just “Professional Journalists”

by Voice of Reason
I am going to parse my words carefully, because what I am thinking may not go over well with some in power and I might end up in place I cannot get out of. The Disciples of the One True God – Obama – otherwise known as Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin have come to the conclusion that they should be the arbiters of what constitutes an “Authorized Journalist.” Authorized Journalists presumably will still have free speech (or some assemblence they deem appropriate) but the rest of us common folk will lose our rights to free speech.  
Do I need to say what my thoughts are? Let’s not even go there. When will it be enough? When will these utter pieces of human waste have dismantled the Constitution enough to where they are finally happy?
Should we all have one arm in the air saluting, “Hail Obama!”
I want to know where the line is going to be drawn by We the People. From what I gather, if the vote were held today the measure would pass by a vote of 13-5. WHO ARE THESE 13? WHY THE HELL ARE THEY IN ELECTED OFFICE? I’m glad we have 1 million truckers showing up in DC to shut the city down October 11-13th. I hope they get at least 1 million truckers. I really hope support does not falter down the stretch. It appears the million bikers didn’t even get noticed… or if it did, the warning was not headed. I want to know at what point does this pot boil over? Anyone reading this should know what I am talking about. At what point is a full scale revolution going to begin to take shape?
You take away my first Amendment…. well… that’s a game changer. I don’t know what that means, but the day I wake up without the 1st Amendment, I’ll be living in a very very dangerous and different world than I grew up in. Who knows what We the People are capable of. I suspect the Anointed ones will find out. 

Advancing their quest for “common sense press control,” the Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to define who the government will consider to be an “Authorized Journalist,” meaning if the measure becomes law, they will also be able to declare who is not. Voting 13-5 on “a compromise worked out by Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin in coordination with news organizations … the overall bill will … would codify many of the regulations proposed earlier this year by Attorney General Eric Holder,” Fox News reported.
Defining “covered journalists” as those who are “an employee, independent contractor or agent of an entity that disseminates news or information,” the bill would also “extend to student journalists,” the report continues, meaning it will also codify who is an “Authorized Student.” That opens itself to other questions, for instance, what if an activist blogger is also just a part-time online university attendee, and what institutional accreditation is required? Will the student’s major factor in, does it mean they have to work for the school paper, or what?
That this particular triumvirate sees itself as the arbiters of not just government declaring who merits elite “more equal than others” recognition, but as vested with legitimate Constitutional powers to make such a determination backed by force of law in the first damn place, is hardly surprising. After all, the Second Amendment isn’t safe around them either, so why would people think other freedoms would be?
In this case, Schumer is acting as bagman for the White House, Feinstein views the First Amendment as a “special privilege” to grant (loyal) “real reporters,” andDurbin is left scheming over how he can work the obsolescence of quill pens and the English Common Press to his advantage.
That they would be doing this in “coordination” with establishment media is also hardly a surprise. With many searching for workable business models and foundering due to a reduced demand to pay for dead tree media and competition by new upstart online rivals, with the loss of gatekeeper status due to alternative information providers, and with the erosion of trust their transparent agenda-driven offenses of commission and omission have earned them, it only makes sense they’d want government to stack the deck in their favor. Besides, quid pro quo makes the world go ‘round, and it’s not like they’re not on the same team anyway, at least the influential ones who have cushy administration gigs waiting for them, or that the door doesn’t swing both ways.
Add to that the natural inclination for what Joe Biden calls “legitimate media” to look down their collectivi … uh… collective noses at someone the great Juan Williams would dismiss as #justablogger, and it’s understandable why they would be happy to form a “public/private partnership,” which you have to admit sounds a lot warmer than terms like “economic fascism.”
Besides, get on their good side, and the possibilities are limitless, such as a proposed “progressive energy tax” (don’t you just love the word “progressive”?) that would “make the technologies that overproduce information more expensive and less widespread.” Hey, no less of an authority than John Roberts tells us as long as it’s a tax, government can practically do whatever it wants.
As for the issue that brings readers to this column, just forget the fact that for the most part, the media is almost universally hostile to gun rights, and universallyignorant or deceptive about how they report, and importantly, on what they choose to ignore.
That last link — and I go to the trouble to embed them for a reason – will segue us into a story that regular readers of this column are more than familiar with and just knew I’d be bringing up, the Fast and Furious government “gunwalking” criminal enterprise. No wonder Eric Holder is the one proposing the regs Chucky, DiFi and Dick (Heh!) are midwifing. Aside from the fact that his boss admittedly “hates” internet media
Go ahead and open that link too, and look around and explore some of the other rooms it opens into, and see what was left to a pair of “bloggers” to uncover, report and then throw every light and beat every pot and pan they could get their hands on to get Congress and the media to notice.
Then understand that the proposed new law does not affect me — at least as long as I can show I’m an “agent” of someone else, such as the fine folks at FMG Publications, who allow me to pen the monthly “Rights Watch” column in GUNS Magazine, and this website. But I take it personally, for several reasons.
Regular readers will also be familiar with the genesis of the term “Authorized Journalist,” which originated before my current professional affiliations were established, As editor and publisher of a local grassroots gun rights newsletter, while trying to cover a public press conference on guns at a public park by my Congressional representative and Sarah Brady, I was told by a law enforcement official that I was not allowed to ask a question because those were reserved for the press.
Over the years further “official” attempts at chilling “unauthorized journalism” were reported at the War on Guns blog, such as ATF threatening an FFL they were trying to close down with harassment charges for blogging about what they were doing to him. That particular story morphed into a legal threat from a United States Marshal for my coverage.
But even though I could probably count on an exemption for myself, at least until the law is amended to remove any “loopholes” that will certainly emerge once it’s accepted that this is an area government has authority to occupy, it’s not something any American with a shred of integrity and respect for equal protection under the law would have anything to do with. Plus, what kind of idiot would give government that kind of power?
And it’s still personal. See, I’m proud to be friends with Mike Vanderboegh of the Sipsey Street Irregulars blog, and I’m appreciative of the work we’ve done together. Not being anyone’s agent, he properly assesses he won’t be covered by the “shield” Eric Holder and his Congressional co-conspirators have in mind.
Having worked closely with Mike, not only on Fast and Furious, but on numerous other projects where he has enlisted trusted confidential sources to uncover stories no one else has, and seeing the corruption he has exposed, I’ll tell you right now this guy is more of a real journalist than any number of “professional” frauds the establishment rewards with recognition, fortune and awards. Knowing firsthand what a thorn he remains in the side of those relying on “legitimate media” to either ignore or make excuses for them, the threat of prosecuting bloggers for not revealing a source would intimidate many from coming forward.
I say this without hyperbole. A guy like Mike would die before betraying a confidence. I know this to be true. People can trust him with their lives. Some have.
There’s something I’ve known but not talked about, because protecting our sources has always been the paramount and sacred trust that explains in part why we have been able to secure information others with organizational resources have not. I’ll relate it now, in very general terms, so that you’ll understand some of the considerations we have been forced to contemplate while working on some of the developments we have made public over the years.
More than one confidential source has acknowledged they were in fear for their lives, and credit the lights and noise generated by mere bloggers with helping to keep them safe. Literally. Understanding that I will not flesh this out with further detail, think for a moment what that means, and how that also weighed on those they trusted, with personal and family concerns of their own.
You’re damn right I take this personally.
Drudge is right. This latest offensive power grab where government presumes approval over journalists is “disgusting” and it’s “fascist.”
It is, in fact, an “Intolerable Act.”
No “real American” will stand for it.

Three Senior Hamas Commanders Killed in Pre-Dawn Airstrike

Three Senior Hamas Commanders Killed in Pre-Dawn Airstrike

In major blow to terror group's military wing, two most senior commanders in southern Gaza eliminated in IDF strike.
By Uzi Baruch
First Publish: 8/21/2014, 9:01 AM / Last Update: 8/21/2014, 10:11 AM

Attar (circled) seen with kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit
Attar (circled) seen with kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit
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The armed wing of Hamas announced Thursday that three of its senior commanders were killed in a pre-dawn Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades in a statement identified the leaders as Mohammed Abu Shamalah, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhum. Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said eight people were killed in the strike.
Witnesses said a four-storey family home was completely destroyed in a series of air strikes.
The airstrike was carried out based on intelligence provided by the Shabak (Israel Security Agency), which led to the identification of two central Hamas figures.
Most senior commanders in southern Gaza
Mohammed Abu Shamalah, 40, was the most senior Hamas commander in southern Gaza, classified by security services as the head of the "Southern Command" of Hamas. Abu Shamalah was responsible for the areas of Rafiah and Khan Younis, and is a longtime friend and associate of Ezzedine al-Qassam's elusive leader, Mohammed Deif, who was himself targeted in an IDF strike yesterday - a strike he is believed to have survived.
He was also a close associate of Raed al-Atar, another leading Hamas commander eliminated in this morning's strike.
Together, they have been involved in dozens of deadly terrorist attacks since the 1990s. Most famously, the pair planned and coordinated the 2006 attack on the Kerem Shalom crossing with Gaza in which two IDF soldiers were killed and Gilad Shalit was taken hostage.
Abu Shamalah was also behind a major attack on the same crossing in 2008 involving booby-trapped jeeps, which injured 13 soldiers.
During Operation Protective Edge Abu Shamalah was active in coordinating operations against the IDF, and was behind an infiltration by 13 terrorists via a terror tunnel from Gaza into Israel on July 17.
Raed al-Attar, also 40 years old, was the Brigade Commander of Hamas's southern command in Gaza, and one of the most senior figures within its "military wing".
Attar was the mastermind of the Shalit abduction, and was also one of the key architects of Hamas's "terror tunnel" network in southern Gaza. He is said to have played an important role in coordinating the construction of tunnels elsewhere in Gaza as well.
Attar is also believed to have coordinated the attack in Rafah earlier this month in which IDF officer Hadar Goldin was killed and his body abducted, in breach of a 24-hour ceasefire in force at the time.
Together, the two men represented the very top echelons of Hamas's presence in southern Gaza.
The third terrorist, Mohammed Barhum, was a less senior Ezzedine al-Qassam commander. He was not the intended target of the operation but was killed while meeting with Attar and Abu Shamalah.
The strike comes just one day after Ezzedine al-Qassam's leader, Mohammed Deif, was targeted in an assassination attempt. Deif's wife and son were killed in that air strike, but Hamas says Deif himself is still alive - although it has not released details on his precise condition.
A Hamas spokesperson further claimed that an alleged "death certificate" purporting to show the death of the terrorist mastermind is a forgery.
Tuesday saw 170 rockets fired at Israel by Gazan terrorists, although Tuesday night was markedly quieter, with just one rocket launched at the southern Israeli town of Ofakim. At least one rocket was also fired this morning into southern Israel, falling in an open field in the Eshkol Region.
Prior to this morning's elimination of three Hamas commanders, the IDF said it struck 20 terror targets overnight, which Gaza medical sources claimed killed four people.

War Crimes Indictment Filed Against Hamas Head at ICC

War Crimes Indictment Filed Against Hamas Head at ICC

Screen shot 2014-09-03 at 2.16.39 PMShurat Hadin civil rights group turns to International Criminal Court over Hamas’s summary executions of dozens of ‘collaborators’. What? Didn’t hear about this in your major media source? Me neither……

Ari Soffer 9-3-14  The Shurat Hadin civil rights group has announced it has submitted a criminal indictment against Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal at the International Criminal Court in the Hague (ICC).

Shurat Hadin, which prosecutes international terrorist groups and their supporters, said the indictment was in response to the summary execution of 38 Palestinians in Gaza during the final days of Operation Protective Edge. Such executions without any legal due process is a clear violations of international humanitarian law, the NGO pointed out.

The men were shot dead – some of them publicly – after being accused of cooperating with Israel, following the assassination of three senior Hamas military leaders and the attempted assassination of the terrorist group’s military chief Mohammed Deif.

But rights groups say the charges of “collaboration” with Israel were simply used as an excuse for Hamas to kill off several high-profile political opponents, including members of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party.

img69488Hamas terrorists prepare condemned men for execution Reuters

The indictment noted that Mashaal run’s Hamas’s “murderous rule” of Gaza, and thereby is responsible for the executions. Indeed, Mashaal is Hamas’s most senior political figure, and as chief of the group’s “political bureau” has direct control over affairs in the Gaza Strip.

Shurat Hadin founder and chairwoman attorney Nitzana Darshan-Leitner noted that Mashaal is a Jordanian citizen, and can therefore be prosecuted by the ICC because Jordan is a party to the Rome Statute. Despite that, Jordan has never requested Mashaal’s extradition from his base in Qatar, nor has it sought to fulfill its legal obligations to prosecute other Hamas leaders with Jordanian citizenship over war crimes or terrorism charges.

Hamas proudly took responsibility for the executions, and celebrated them as a “victory for the resistance”. Footage aired by CNN shows Hamas executioners publicly reading out the verdict against some of the condemned men in a Gaza mosque.

The Islamist group received harsh condemnation as a result of the killings, including from leftist NGOs which are usually sparing in their criticism of Palestinian terrorist groups. The brutal executions also sparked parallels between Hamas and the Islamic State terrorist group (formerly ISIS) in Iraq, coming at roughly the same time as the jihadi group aired footage of the beheading of US journalist James Foley.

Russia warns NATO, U.S. over Ukraine before summit

Russia warns NATO, U.S. over Ukraine before summit

MOSCOW Thu Sep 4, 2014 9:48am BST

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) welcomes OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ilkka Kanerva before their meeting in Moscow, September 4, 2014.  REUTERS-Maxim Zmeyev
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) welcomes Secretary-General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland before their meeting in Moscow, September 4, 2014.  REUTERS-Maxim Zmeyev
1 of 2. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) welcomes OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ilkka Kanerva before their meeting in Moscow, September 4, 2014.
Credit: Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev

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(Reuters) - Russia's foreign minister warned NATO not to offer Ukraine membership of the alliance as it gathered for a summit on Thursday and told the United States not to try to impose its will on the former Soviet republic.
Sergei Lavrov also urged Kiev and pro-Russian rebels fighting Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine to back peace moves outlined by President Vladimir Putin and avert what he said could be a large-scale crisis in the heart of Europe.
Putin unveiled the seven-point plan on Wednesday, the eve of a NATO summit at which the crisis in Ukraine will be discussed.
"It is precisely at such a moment when a chance has emerged to start solving specific problems between Kiev and the militias that some sections of the Kiev authorities make demands for Ukraine to drop its non-aligned status and start joining NATO," Lavrov said at talks with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a rights and security group.
"It's a blatant attempt to derail all efforts aimed at initiating a dialogue on ensuring national reconciliation."
Moscow has long said it will regard NATO membership for Ukraine as a national security threat.
Underlining Moscow's concerns about U.S. influence on Kiev, Lavrov said: "Some of our Western partners, including unfortunately the most influential players - the United States - want victory for NATO and a situation where America dictates its will to everyone."
"This concept of exclusivity, which President (Barack) Obama has repeatedly declared, can lead to no good and has so far led to no good," he said.
Lavrov promised Russia would take "practical steps" to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine and urged Kiev and rebel leaders to accept Putin's proposals for a ceasefire.
(Reporting by Katya Golubkova, Writing by Timothy Heritage, editing by Elizabeth Piper)
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Obama: The head of the ISIS snake Exclusive: Erik Rush calls BHO 'a well-placed saboteur representing malignant interests'

Last week, I detailed the conflicting signals and statements to which Americans were being exposed by the press and government officials relative to the threat posed by the so-called Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS). This week, the news cycle has been dominated by the Obama administration’s unfathomable lack of resolve with respect to ISIS, particularly the president’s laconic admission last week that the White House did not have a strategy to combat the terror group.
One of the criticisms the administration has faced is the president having been highly dismissive of ISIS, at one point calling them the “JV team” among terrorist groups. Outrage on the part of Americans and world leaders came to a head on Aug. 19 when American journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS. Video footage of the murder was widely distributed by the group.
Then, on Sept. 2, new video was released by ISIS; Steven Sotloff, an American journalist being held by the terror group since last year, was shown being beheaded by a black-robed militant. As in response to nearly all of the disturbing advances, threats and atrocities concerning Islamic terrorists, once again, Obama’s response was as tepid as ever.
As worldwide concern over ISIS has grown, experts and world leaders have admonished one another as well as America that ISIS is currently the greatest threat to peace globally, and possibly one of the greatest threats to peace the world has ever seen. This week, the British government raised the country’s terror threat level to “Severe,” the second-highest of five potential levels. In a speech to the British House of Commons, Prime Minister David Cameron proposed sweeping new anti-terror legislation to mitigate the threat to Britain from ISIS.
Now we have learned (as reported Tuesday by Fox News) that President Obama was given “detailed and specific intelligence” about the rise of ISIS as part of his daily briefing for at least a year before the group seized vast swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq this summer.
According to the Fox News source, there was no mistaking the signals, or the fact that the threat posed by ISIS was building toward that which we are now witnessing.
To add insult to injury, after this latest atrocity, Americans were treated to Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s mealymouthed claims that ISIS is a group the administration had been “looking at for a long time” and State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki’s reluctance to “put any labels” on Steve Sotloff’s beheading.
This would be comical if not for the real human suffering involved.
Republican lawmakers and assorted conservative pundits continue to refer to President Obama as “disengaged,” “ineffectual,” or “in denial,” and California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein recently deemed him possibly “too cautious” regarding ISIS. These lukewarm estimations and face-saving maneuvers have become tedious.
It is high time that those in government who have any desire whatsoever to preserve this nation as an ongoing concern take stock of the abundance of evidence which proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the individual representing himself as Barack Hussein Obama is responsible for the resurgence of Islamic militancy in the Middle East, and ISIS in particular.
As uncomfortable for them as it may be, they must come to grips with the fact that Obama is a well-placed saboteur representing malignant interests, enemies both foreign and domestic, that have been strategizing the downfall of the United States for decades.
In May of this year, Obama named the Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico a federally designated monument. Setting aside this land with an executive order under the Antiquities Act of 1906, the nearly half million acres bordering the Mexican state of Chihuahua is now off-limits to all but foot traffic. Potential for the incursion of malefactors in that area is enormous; not just an efficient and effective route for small bands of drug smugglers or gangs, it now amounts to a protected access for potentially large sorties onto the U.S. soil.
In the context of what I have postulated here, why might Obama do this?
Let’s forget for a moment the possibility of a terror cell executing a Nairobi mall-style attack or detonating a dirty bomb somewhere in Middle America. Picture 100 malls or elementary schools across the U.S. laid siege simultaneously, two or more full-fledged thermonuclear devices detonated in American cities, or a few high-sensitivity military bases taken over by terrorists. Consider that these forces would have the training and weaponry to suit the job, as well as the intelligence necessary to give them a far better than even chance of success – all provided by our own government.
Bear in mind that the Desert Peaks phenomenon is but one instance in which Obama has left America vulnerable; there are others we’ve been made aware of, and probably still others we don’t yet know about.
If this sounds preposterous, just remember that those of us who warned against the rise of an Islamist caliphate were mocked only a year ago, and now one exists, courtesy of Barack Hussein Obama.
Whether Obama intends to seize absolute power via martial law after a comprehensive White House-orchestrated terrorist strike or use his jihadi army to aid in pacifying an unsuspecting American populace matters little. The bottom line is that the decisive measures needed to defeat ISIS and to protect American citizens from them will never be taken by this president, and it should be obvious as to why. This nation now faces extreme and unprecedented crises, and apart from an Act of God, they will only be resolved through extreme and unprecedented measures.
The removal of the Obama regime, extrication of Islamists from our government, the closure of our southern border, drastically heightened security procedures and the summary expulsion or prosecution of anyone who even remotely resembles an Islamist or who supports that worldview are now absolute imperatives.
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Top CIA officer in Benghazi delayed response to terrorist attack, US security team members claim

Top CIA officer in Benghazi delayed response to terrorist attack, US security team members claim


A U.S. security team in Benghazi was held back from immediately responding to the attack on the American diplomatic mission on orders of the top CIA officer there, three of those involved told Fox News’ Bret Baier.
Their account gives a dramatic new turn to what the Obama administration and its allies would like to dismiss as an “old story” – the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
Speaking out publicly for the first time, the three were security operators at the secret CIA annex in Benghazi – in effect, the first-responders to any attack on the diplomatic compound. Their first-hand account will be told in a Fox News special, airing Friday night at 10 p.m. (EDT).
Based on the new book "13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi" by Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team, the special sets aside the political spin that has freighted the Benghazi issue for the last two years, presenting a vivid, compelling narrative of events from the perspective of the men who wore the “boots on the ground.”
The security contractors -- Kris (“Tanto”) Paronto,  Mark (“Oz”) Geist, and John (“Tig”) Tiegen -- spoke exclusively, and at length, to Fox News about what they saw and did that night. Baier, Fox News’ Chief Political Anchor, asked them about one of the most controversial questions arising from the events in Benghazi: Was help delayed?
Word of the attack on the diplomatic compound reached the CIA annex just after 9:30 p.m. Within five minutes, the security team at the annex was geared up for battle, and ready to move to the compound, a mile away.
“Five minutes, we're ready,” said Paronto, a former Army Ranger. “It was thumbs up, thumbs up, we're ready to go.”
But the team was held back. According to the security operators, they were delayed from responding to the attack by the top CIA officer in Benghazi, whom they refer to only as “Bob.”
“It had probably been 15 minutes I think, and … I just said, ‘Hey, you know, we gotta-- we need to get over there, we're losing the initiative,’” said Tiegen. “And Bob just looks straight at me and said, ‘Stand down, you need to wait.’”
“We're starting to get calls from the State Department guys saying, ‘Hey, we're taking fire, we need you guys here, we need help,’” said Paronto.
After a delay of nearly 30 minutes, the security team headed to the besieged consulate without orders. They asked their CIA superiors to call for armed air support, which never came.
Now, looking back, the security team said they believed that if they had not been delayed for nearly half an hour, or if the air support had come, things might have turned out differently.
“Ambassador Stevens and Sean [Smith], yeah, they would still be alive, my gut is yes,” Paronto said. Tiegen concurred.
“I strongly believe if we'd left immediately, they'd still be alive today,” he added.
In a statement to Fox News, a senior intelligence official insisted that,  “There were no orders to anybody to stand down in providing support.”
Baier put that assertion directly to the operators.
“You use the words ‘stand down,’” Baier noted. “A number of people now, including the House Intelligence Committee  insist no one was hindered from responding to the situation at the compound…so what do you say to that?”
“No, it happened,” said Tiegen.
“It happened on the ground-- all I can talk about is what happened on that ground that night,” added Paronto. “To us. To myself, twice, and to-- to Tig, once. It happened that night. We were told to wait, stand-- and stand down.  We were delayed three times.”
In a statement to Fox News, a senior intelligence official did allow that the security team was delayed from responding while the CIA’s top officer in Benghazi tried to rally local support.
In the special, Baier also asks about the infamous YouTube video that was blamed for the violence in Benghazi.
Paronto laughed at the suggestion that the video played any role in the events of that night, saying he did not even know of the video until he was out of Libya and on his way home. “I didn't know about the video ‘till I got to Germany,” he said. “(I had) no idea about any video, no. No, sir.”
The full, first-hand account of what really happened in Benghazi can be seen when Fox News airs 13 hours at Benghazi: The Inside Story Friday night 10 p.m. (EDT), Saturday at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. (EDT), and Sunday at 9 p.m. (EDT)

No NATO Action Against Russia or Islamic State

No NATO Action Against Russia or Islamic State

This story has been updated. 
A day after President Barack Obama said that the United States has no plan for countering the Islamic State, that it would not confront the Islamist militant group in Syria alone, and that it doesn't intend anything stronger than fiscal sanctions to punish Russia for invading Ukraine, sources within NATO said that the alliance is also unlikely to act directly.
Instead, European Union leaders, who are meeting in Brussels on Saturday, Aug. 30, are likely to issue a new round of sanctions in retaliation for Russia's most recent incursion into Ukraine. A NATO source familiar with discussions on the EU's response to Russia told Foreign Policy that the new sanctions could be levied as early as Saturday.
"It's obvious at this point that there are going to be new sanctions," the source said. "All of this was decided before what happened yesterday."
According to a British report obtained by Bloomberg, the United Kingdom will recommend banning Russia's access to the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT, a key avenue through which Russia acccesses the international financial system.
The source was referring to comments Obama made Thursday, which included his plan to build a coalition of countries willing to take the fight to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, in Syria.
Obama -- who will also attend the NATO summit in Wales next week -- tapped Secretary of State John Kerry to lead the diplomatic effort to get allies on board against the Sunni militant group that has seized wide swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria.
"The violence that's been taking place in Syria has obviously given ISIL a safe haven there in ungoverned spaces, and in order for us to degrade ISIL over the long term, we're going to have to build a regional strategy," Obama said during Thursday's White House news conference.
"As I've said, rooting out a cancer like ISIL will not be quick or easy, but I'm confident that we can and we will, working closely with our allies and our partners," the president added.
The source also reaffirmed Obama's assertion that there would be no immediate military response to Russia's opening of a third front in its incurious into eastern Ukraine, which came about six months after it first drew Western ire for annexing Crimea in March.
"We don't expect to have a major resolution coming from NATO. This is going to be the work of individual allies, very likely this weekend," the source said. "Where we're going to be a week from now is anyone's guess. We're going to be bound by the limitations built in the [NATO] treaty. We're not going to intervene militarily."
This source also said that NATO is not likely to act as an umbrella for any coordinated action against the Islamic State in Syria or Iraq.
"There's going to be a lot of discussion about what allies can do," the source said. "What NATO can do is more of a question. There is no intention of having a NATO multinational operation in Iraq or Syria."
The source indicated that NATO could be involved in training or supplying Iraqi troops. However, "for anything large scale, you would need to have boots on the ground, which we're not going to have."
In an interview with Foreign Policy, NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow confirmed that the alliance wouldn't undertake coordinated action in Ukraine. He said that the alliance would continue "capacity building, but it's not direct security assistance. NATO simply doesn't do that. This is a question for each of the nations to decide what they can do."
On the threat posed by the Islamic State, Vershbow said that NATO could assist Iraqi forces through a training program that has been shelved since the end of the Iraq war. But he added, "There's reluctance to make a commitment [to the program] before [Iraqi politicians] get their act together."
"We have been paying more and more attention and stepping up intelligence sharing on the threat," he added. "But at this point, no one is proposing any direct military action by NATO."
These comments reinforce what Obama said Thursday. Throughout the week, multiple reports of imminent airstrikes in Syria ratcheted up expectations of impending action. However, Obama said that any action in Syria would be done only in consultation with allies. He said that he and Kerry would meet with NATO allies next week and that then Kerry would meet with cooperative leaders in the Middle East to develop a strategy to confront the group.
All this comes as Ukraine is making a new push to join NATO. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced Friday that he would introduce a bill canceling his country's status as a nonaligned country and restoring "its aspirations to become a NATO member."
"This law will prohibit the Ukrainian state to become part of any other economic, political or military alliances that would hinder the main goal of accession to the EU," Yatsenyuk later wrote on Facebook.
Vershbow noted that Ukraine began the formal process of gaining NATO membership in 2008. He said it is up to Kiev to meet the standards needed to join the alliance.
"It's their choice. It's sort of the principle that every nation has the right to secure its security arrangements," he said. "Clearly, this is a very sensitive issue with the Russians."
"Ukraine's potential membership in NATO, in light of [Russia's] aggression -- many people in NATO wouldn't be surprised that they started to talk up the … option again."
New sanctions against Russia by the European Union would be a significant escalation. Since the Ukraine crisis began, Europe, led by Germany, had been reluctant to punish Russia severely, fearing collateral damage to European economies. But after pro-Russian separatists shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the severity of European sanctions were increased, and countersanctions targeting European and American agricultural products were issued by Moscow.
Now, with Russian troops fighting along three fronts in Ukraine, it appears as if harsher sanctions are on the way. Speaking ahead of the summit, and without specifying what the new punishments would be, European foreign ministers said that they have no choice but to levy new penalties.
"The European Union should be ready to move forward with possible new measures against Russia because the situation is still getting worse," the Associated Press quoted Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet as saying.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin remained defiant, comparing Ukraine to Nazi Germany.
"Sad as it might seem, this reminds me of the events of World War II, when the German Nazi occupants surrounded our cities, like Leningrad, and directly shelled those cities and their inhabitants," Putin said, according to state-controlled RT.
He also called on Russian-backed separatists to create a "humanitarian corridor for Ukrainian service members who have been surrounded, so as to avoid any needless loss of life, giving them the opportunity to leave the combat area unimpeded and reunite with their families, to return them to their mothers, wives, and children, and to quickly provide medical assistance to those who were injured in the course of the military operation."
Any new sanctions would have to be approved by the entire European Union. When the crisis began, the German public and business community, as well as some in the German political establishment, were reluctant to punish Putin. However, according to Ulrich Speck, visiting scholar at the Carnegie Europe think tank in Brussels, Putin's latest incursion gives German Chancellor Angela Merkel no choice but to impose harsher penalties.
"There is no other game; there is no plan B," Speck told Foreign Policy. "Neither the EU nor the U.S. is going to go to war. The only hope now is to really increase the pressure so that Putin at least will limit his recent incursion.
"This is the failure of more than half a year of really tough efforts, especially on the German side," Ulrich added. "All these meetings, all this diplomacy has really been exhausted and it failed. There is no other way to stop Putin."
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NATO planning 'rapid-deployment force' of 10,000 troops to counter Russia

NATO planning 'rapid-deployment force' of 10,000 troops to counter Russia

Published time: August 30, 2014 01:12
Edited time: September 02, 2014 12:32
German troops who are part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) (Reuters / Omar Sobhani)
German troops who are part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) (Reuters / Omar Sobhani)
NATO is reportedly working towards the creation of an expeditionary force composed of 10,000 troops from seven different member states as a result of escalating tensions with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.
According to the Financial Times, the force’s creation will be spearheaded by Britain and involve contributions from Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, and the Netherlands. Canada is also interested in joining the group, but it’s not known what its final decision will be.
Although no formal announcement has been made, British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to declare its formation at the upcoming NATO summit in Wales on September 4th.
Many specifics have yet to be worked out or announced, but planners are reportedly implementing ways to increase the number of soldiers involved even more if necessary. Air and naval units will be integrated into the group, as well as ground troops led by British commanders.
As noted by the Times, the creation of the force comes as a response to Russia’s involvement in the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, with the ultimate goal being to “create a fully functioning, division-sized force for rapid deployment and regular, frequent exercises.” NATO has accused Russia of deploying more than 1,000 troops into Ukraine to bolster militia in the eastern part of the country.
Russia, however, insists that it does not have troops operating inside of Ukraine and has dismissed NATO’s assertions.
Despite the fact that NATO has opted not to act militarily in Ukraine – unnamed sources told Foreign Policy on Friday that there are no plans to confront Russia with anything more than stronger sanctions – Jonathan Eyal of the London-based Royal United Services Institute said the group needs to demonstrate that its eastern European members are just as integral to the alliance as other states.
“We need to end the idea of different zones of security in Europe,” he told the Financial Times. “We need to be talking about prepositioning, regular rotation of troops and making it very clear that we do not accept that the eastern Europeans are in some different category of membership of NATO.”
The revelation also arrives just a few days after NATO’s Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen expressed interest in forming “a more visible presence” in Eastern Europe in the form of facilities capable of rapidly receiving “response forces” needed to counter Russia.
For his part, Russia’s envoy to NATO, Aleksandr Grushko, said any attempt to stretch further into the region would impact Moscow’s own security planning.