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Foreign Holding of U.S. Gov Debt Passes $6 Trillion

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(CNSNews.com) – For the first time in the nation’s history, foreign interests now own more than $6 trillion in U.S. government debt, according to the most recent Treasury Department report on major foreign holders of the debt, which includes the numbers through the end of June.

As of the end of June, foreign owners held $6,013,200,000,000 in U.S. Treasury securities, up from $5,976,500,000,000 as of the end of May.

Thirteen years ago, at the end of June 2001, the foreign-held U.S. government debt was $983,300,000,000—and had been trending downward for four months. Since then, it has grown more than six-fold.

Of the $6,013,200,000,000 in U.S. government debt held by foreign interests, $4,108,200,000,000 was categorized by the Treasury as “foreign official” debt holdings—meaning it was owned by institutions controlled by foreign governments. Continue Reading

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Steven Sotloff ‘beheaded by ISIS Barbarians

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An ISIS militant with a man purported to be US journalist Steven Sotloff, in a still from the group’s video

18.40 White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, told reporters in a briefing that if there is such a video, it would be analysed very carefully, adding that the administration’s thoughts and prayers were with Sotloff’s family.

18.37 David Cameron has said: “I’ve just seen the news. It’s an absolutely disgusting and despicable act and I will be making a statement later.”

18.31 A masked figure in the video also issued a threat against a British hostage.

18.26 The White House said that it had yet to authenticate the footage, which SITE said showed 31-year-old freelance writer Steven Sotloff on his knees beside an IS fighter with a knife.

18.25 The video warns governments to back off “this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State”.

Sotloff, 31, disappeared while reporting in Syria in August 2013. His apparent kidnap was not widely reported until he appeared on a video released last month by the ISIS.

In the footage a masked militant beheads US reporter James Foley then parades Mr Sotloff, warning he will meet the same fate unless US President Barack Obama ends air strikes against the group in Iraq.

18.20 Hello, this is our live coverage of the release by Islamic State of a second video, apparently showing the beheading of American journalist Steve Sotloff.

American hostage Steven Sotloff has reportedly been executed by jihadist terrorists. There was no immediate confirmation of the video.

Some US government officials believe that Mr Sotloff was likely killed immediately after Mr Foley in August, and that militants delayed the release to heighten the impact of the video.

19.43 In the video, the killer states:

I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings and … on Mosul Dam, despite our serious warnings.
So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.

In the video, Sotloff describes himself a “paying the price” for the US intervention in Iraq with his life.

Commentary: This is another sad day for America, our condolences go out to the Sotloff family, and this is one more reminder that life of any age or gender has no value to ISIS and groups like them. What more proof do we need to show us the barbarians are at the gate, we must act to squash this group ASAP?
(Vic Maggio)

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ISIS Threatening to Execute British Citizen

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In the video of Steven Sotloff’s execution released today (which you will NOT find here). ISIL shows off a third prisoner, this time of British origin.

The militant in the video shows off a new hostage who they claim is of British citizenship named David Cawthorne Haines.

In the video, the hostage taker claims more will be executed if America does not cease it’s campaign against ISIL in Iraq.

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CDC Director: Ebola Outbreak ‘Spiraling Out Of Control’.

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta/AP) — The director for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says that the Ebola outbreak is going to get worse.

Speaking to “CBS This Morning” following his trip to the West African countries dealing with the outbreak, Dr. Tom Frieden explained that they have to act now to try to get Ebola under control.

“It is the world’s first Ebola epidemic and it is spiraling out of control. It’s bad now and it’s going to get worse in the very near future,” Frieden told CBS News. “There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down, but that window is closing. We really have to act now.”

Frieden, who visited Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, will tell Washington tomorrow that the Ebola outbreak is “spiraling upward.” The CDC director explained that these countries still need help to deal with the deadly outbreak.

“We need to support countries with resources, with technical experts and with cooperation. Too many places are sealing off these countries,” Frieden told CBS News. “If we do that, paradoxically, it’s going to reduce safety everywhere else. Whether we like it or not, we’re all connected and it’s in our interest to help them tamp this down and control it.”

Frieden said that they cannot wait for vaccines to deal with the disease.

“Vaccines and treatments may come along, but right now what we have are tried and true methods that we have to scale up. They have worked in prior outbreaks but we are not getting to scale,” Frieden told “CBS This Morning.” “The epidemic is going faster than we are. We need to scale up our response. We can hope for new tools and maybe they’ll come, but we can’t count on them.”

During a CDC briefing Monday afternoon, Frieden reiterated his comments to CBS News and said that the outbreak is “now increasing rapidly.”

“This is not just a problem for West Africa, not just a problem for Africa, it’s a problem for the world and the world needs to respond,” Frieden said.

He added: “We need help now. We know how to stop it.”

An experimental drug, ZMapp, recently healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa — once more of it can be made.

The monkeys were given the drug three to five days after they were infected with the virus and when most were showing symptoms. That is several days later than any other experimental Ebola treatment tested so far. Continue Reading

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Remembering the Children of the Beslan Massacre

10 years ago today- The Beslan School Siege and Massacre
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Lining up the dead children in Beslan.

It was the first day of school.

A group of 32 armed Chechen separatists and Islamic fundamentalists, including one Saudi national, took more than 1,200 schoolchildren and adults hostage at School Number One (SNO) in the town of Beslan, North Ossetia-Alania.
334 died in the massacre.

Little did the children and parents know what the next 56 hours would bring.

Blogger KC the Kat put together this beautiful tribute to the children of Beslan.
(Warning: This will break your heart

Guns, wires, and bombs.

During the siege the terrorists separated young girls from the other children and took them out of the gym to be raped. The Islamists forced their hostages to clean up blood off the floors from the dead children and adults. It was so hot the children were forced to strip off their new clothes. They drank their own urine to stay alive. They were not allowed to move. After the explosions in the gym one boy dragged his younger brother through the halls. He pulled his limp body through a broken window.

The boy from Beslan…
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One of the most striking images coming from the Beslan School gymnasium during the early hours after the siege was this shot of a terrified young Beslan boy sitting in the gymnasium where he was being held by the Chechen terrorists.

The attack ended Sept. 3 when Russian forces stormed the school after explosions were heard inside.

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When the school blew up, one of the children was blown outside. The child (pictured above) climbed back into the school to be with her teacher.

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Shortly after that the roof collapsed

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A tiny cross in the hand of one of the children of Beslan. Mothers weep in Beslan.

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The children were so hot and thirsty they stripped down to their underwear. They were forced to drink urine.

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On the first anniversary at School No. 1′s gymnasium, where more than 1,100 people mostly children endured nearly three days of heat, thirst, hunger and fear the children gathered at the school. Color photographs of the victims hung on bullet-scarred walls alongside faded graffiti begging victims’ forgiveness.

Family and friends of those killed and injured joined former hostages at the charred, crumbling shell of School Number One, a year after the attack.

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They brought flowers and candles to the sports hall where more than 1,300 people were held captive for three days and where armed extremists strung bombs from the basketball hoops. The gym was papered with photographs of those who died there – children, teachers and parents and those killed trying to save them.

The BBC did a follow-up video on the terrified young Beslan boy one year after the tragedy- He was out riding his bike.

The trial for the lone surviving Beslan terrorist was held in 2005 in North Ossetia.

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Grandparents of Boris Dzhibilov, 9, who was killed in the school hostage taking, cry at their grandson’s gravestone at the cemetery in Beslan, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005. (AP)

Today, Pope Francis sent a letter to Beslan residents on the ten year anniversary of the massacre.
Ria Novosti reported:

Pope Francis has written a letter to the residents of the town of Beslan in North Ossetia who are marking ten years since the Beslan school massacre, Italian media reported Monday.

Abbot Paolo De Carli, who sheltered 60 Beslan residents for two months at his monastery in the Trentino province in Italy in 2004, will take Pope Francis’s letter, the contents of which are not disclosed, to North Ossetia, the press service of the Honorary Consulate of the Russian Federation in Bolzano told RIA Novosti.

Paolo De Carli will also take part in the mourning ceremonies that will be organized by the consulate in the coming days.

The Beslan school massacre occurred on September 1, 2004 in the southern Russian republic of North Ossetia, when Islamic insurgents attacked Secondary School No. 1, taking more than 1,100 school children, their teachers and relatives hostage.

Commentary: Take time today to please stop and take a moment to remember the 334 innocent children murdered in their school in Beslan by Radical Islamists 10 years ago today. We as a nation must not allow our government to fail us, due to a lack of imagination; the unthinkable is the agenda of these radical Islamist barbarians. With rise of radical Islam growing all over the world, we must remain aware of the impending danger we as a society and a free nation must inevitably confront in the near future, Where ever these maniacs attempt to attack us, we must be prepared to fight them and kill them where they stand, in order to protect our children from them, even if it means giving our own lives in the process. ( Vic Maggio)

A special thanks to Glenn Reynolds, Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and Michelle Malkin for being there these last ten years to report the truth on radical Islam.
Never Forget.

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Unions Planning Fast Food Disobedience

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McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience in 150 U.S. cities that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the fast-food industry’s workers.

Kendall Fells, an organizing director for Fast Food Forward, said workers in a few dozen cities were trained to peacefully engage in civil disobedience ahead of this week’s planned protests.

Fells declined to say what exactly is in store for the protests, but workers involved in the movement recently cited sit-ins as an example of strategies they could use to intensify their push for higher pay and unionization. Past protests have targeted a couple of restaurants in each city for a limited time, in many cases posing little disruption to operations.

The “Fight for $15″ campaign has gained national attention at a time when growing income disparities have become a hot political issue. President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage at a Labor Day appearance in Milwaukee.

Many fast-food workers do not make much more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. That equates to around $15,000 a year for 40 hours a week. But workers are often subject to unpredictable schedules and don’t know how many hours they’ll be given from week to week, since restaurants are careful to avoid paying overtime.

The fast-food campaign is designed to bring attention to such hardships, which few customers think about when buying burgers and fries, said Catherine Fisk, a professor of labor law at the University of California in Irvine. Over time, she said that could help “change the mindset” about fast-food jobs, which have historically been seen as difficult to unionize.

“The goal is to persuade workers that it doesn’t have to be this way. The goal is to persuade consumers that it doesn’t have to be this way,” she said. “This is about getting attention to the issue.”
Fisk noted that mining and manufacturing jobs were also once considered low-wage jobs with dim prospects. That changed in the 1930s, however, after legal protections for unionizing and actions by fed-up workers helped transform the jobs into more middle-class professions.

The fast-food protests are attempts by unions “to boost their dwindling membership,” according to a statement from the National Restaurant Association. The industry lobbying group said it hopes organizers will be respectful to customers and workers during the protests this week. Continue Reading

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ISIS Activity in “Infidel World”

This map records ISIS activity. Some of the pins reflect the locations where ISIS members may have come from such as Douglas MacArthur McCain, who gets a pin for San Diego, although his “activity” was in Iraq and Syria. It is important still to note the areas from whence they came as they could be helpful to revealing pockets of radicalism.

Click on the pins to see what kind of activity is related to that area. You can also click on the white key in the top left hand corner to scroll through all the possible activity.

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Chicago Shootings Now Average 40 a Week

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Chicago residents are constantly reminded by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and the local media who provides their cover, that the crime rate for the city is down. However, the Chicago Police Department’s own accounting shows shooting incidents are now up 3% for 2014.

HeyJackass.com, a website that compiles real-time crime data in Chicago from various sources including local media and the Chicago Police Department, reports there have been 1451 shootings this year. That number equates to 41 shootings per week and 181 per month.

Chicago Crime Data Week 33 2014

August has been horrendous thus far, with 41 shot and killed, out of 46 total homicides with 221 shootings. Sadly, the month isn’t behind us yet, as we are on the heels of another long weekend.

There were 11 people killed and over 60 shot during Independence Day weekend in July.

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Ukraine says: Russian Tanks Flatten Town of Novosvitlivka

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(Reuters) – Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signaled on Saturday they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, attending an EU summit in Brussels, said he was hoping for progress in finding a political solution, but told journalists there were now thousands of foreign troops in his country.

Russia has repeatedly dismissed accusations from Kiev and Western powers that it has sent soldiers into its neighbor, or supported pro-Russian rebels fighting a five-month-old separatist war in Ukraine’s east.

But Ukraine military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told journalists in Kiev that Russian tanks had entered the small Ukrainian town of Novosvitlivka on the border with Russia and fired on every house.

“We have information that virtually every house has been destroyed,” Lysenko added, without giving details on when the reported attack took place. Ukraine’s daily military briefings typically cover the previous 24 hours.

Lysenko said the rebels had made new gains just east of the border city of Luhansk, one of the rebels’ main strongholds, after opening up a new front in another area last week.

“Direct military aggression by the Russian Federation in the east of Ukraine is continuing. The Russians are continuing to send military equipment and ‘mercenaries’,” Ukraine’s defense and security council said in a separate Twitter post.

Kiev and Western countries say recent rebel gains were the result of the arrival of armored columns of Russian troops, sent by Russian President Vladimir Putin to prop up a separatist rebellion that would otherwise have been near collapse.

There was no immediate fresh comment from Russia on Saturday. Putin on Friday compared Kiev’s drive to regain control of its rebellious eastern cities to the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in World War Two. Continue Reading

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Cameron Confronts Radical Islam Head On


Commentary: Only Benjamin Netanyahu could have articulated the case against Radical Islam any better, Cameron took the words of what millions of minds have been thinking since and 911 and the July 7th 2005 London Bombings; our president should take a look at this video and use it as a teachable moment.

British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to confront radical Islam “at home and abroad” and the United Kingdom raised its terror level to “severe” in the wake of new revelations about Islamic State’s butchery in Syria and Iraq.

Cameron, speaking from 10 Downing Street, said Britain’s problem with homegrown radical jihadists joining the bloody battle engulfing the Middle East and threatening attacks on the west must be addressed with tough action.

“This is not some foreign conflict thousands of miles away that we can hope to ignore,” the Conservative Party leader said. “The ambition to create an extremist caliphate in the heart of Iraq and Syria is a threat to our own security here in the UK. And that is in addition to the many other Al Qaeda-inspired terrorist groups that exist in that region. The first ISIL terrorist attacks on the continent of Europe have already taken place.”

“We cannot appease this ideology,” the Conservative Party leader said. “We have to confront it at home and abroad. To do this we need a tough, intelligent, patient, comprehensive approach to defeat the terrorist threat at its source Continue Reading

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Gang of Pakistani Men Raped Young White Girls

Commentary: It Looks as though multiculturalism in Europe is becoming TOXIC because the people they hoped would assimilate into a civilized society have ignored this expectation. These Barbarians that come to prey on these kids and commit these type of crimes against children, should be deported right back to the shithole society they came from. The same people in power that praise multiculturalism and diversity are the same people ignoring the deviant behavior by these Foreign Barbarians. SHAME ON THEM because they didn’t have the stomach to violate the so called rights of these animals they put into these towns. So they just turned a blind eye and let it continue for 16 years.

Rotherham England: Vicky counts herself as one of the lucky ones. Stalked from the age of 15, plied with drink and slipped drugs until she became estranged from her despairing parents; ferried at night by strangers twice her age to unknown male-only parties; on one occasion locked in a house, her only escape through a window.

She was bullied and pestered constantly for sex, but unlike some of her friends she was never raped. In modern day Rotherham, that is seen as good fortune.

Vicky, now 27 and training to be a paramedic, is one of the countless youngsters groomed by the predatory gangs of Pakistani men allowed to roam the South Yorkshire town with near impunity for so long.

She recalls being picked up at night in taxis in the town center at the bottom of Ship Hill, where drunken crowds gather around takeaways and under-age white girls are seen as easy pickings.

“We would come for a night out and they would be sat around waiting in their cars,” says Vicky. “My friends had met them before me and said they had got beer and stuff like that. We would be taken to these big houses in Rotherham and Sheffield and they were always trying to give us drink and drugs.

“I was spiked a few times; they gave me ecstasy and cocaine. I knew what they wanted from me. I still remember being called a dirty gori [Pakistani slang for a white woman] which is what they always used to say to us.

“Once I was spiked with something and ended up in a right state. I was 15 and had tried to walk home but couldn’t get in the door. My dad threw cold coffee over me to try and wake me up.

“After that I ran away for two weeks. One of my friends went with a man to the pub and ended up being taken away for a few days and raped. She reported it to the police but nothing ever got done about it.”

There are two stark sides to post-industrial Rotherham. Mary Portas chose the town for her government-backed high street regeneration plans and the resulting pop-up vintage shops and smart cafés attract leisurely customers. At the top of Ship Hill, less than 100 yards from where the girls were picked up by their abusers, is the gleaming white town hall. The main police station is a short walk away.

But these civic pillars were never there to support the young victims, who were regarded by their attackers, and seemingly those supposed to protect them, as worthless. While some 1,400 children — a conservative estimate — were picked up, groomed, raped and abused between 1997 and 2013, the authorities simply looked the other way. Continue Reading

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Shootings Leave Residents Scared to Go Out

CHICAGO: When the weather is nice, Ehrick Harper likes to sit outside of the Chatham Great Choice apparel store where he works.
Harper, 38, knows the store is on a particularly violent stretch of East 79th Street, but says he makes the two-hour commute from the West Side because he needs work.

“I have to feel safe — it’s my job,” Harper says with a smile as he glances over his right shoulder at his co-worker.
The store closes at 7 p.m., and residents say the bustling commercial strip near Cottage Grove changes for the worse at night, just in time for Harper’s bus trip home.

“You put too many people in a [bad] situation and it reaches a boiling point,” Harper said. “When there is no economic structure for people, they tend to stray or they try and make something out of nothing. That means violence, or whatever they need to do to get it cracking, as they say on 79th.”

The store is in the middle of 2 1/2-mile stretch that divides the Avalon Park, Chatham, Greater Grand Crossing, South Chicago and South Shore communities.

The stretch has had nine homicides since the start of 2013. Two other 79th Street slayings in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood make it the street with the most killings since the start of 2013, according to data from the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Robert Tracy, Chicago Police chief of crime control strategies, noted that 79th Street is a busy transportation hub that goes through several neighborhoods and gang conflict territories. Continue Reading

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Polygamy Decriminalized in Utah

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Kody Brown poses with his four wives, back Janelle and Christine, front Meri and Robyn, who appear in the TLC reality TV show ‘Sister Wives’. A judge has ruled that banning of polygamy in their home state of Utah is unconstitutional; this is clearly a planned destruction of cultural norms’

UTAH: A judge has ruled that parts of Utah’s law banning polygamy are unconstitutional, effectively decriminalizing the practice, in a victory for the family that appears in the reality TV show ‘Sister Wives’.

Kody Brown, who stars in the TLC reality show with his four wives, filed a lawsuit against the state after leaving Utah fearing prosecution after the program aired.

Now a federal judge has issued his final ruling in the case that strikes down parts of the state’s anti-polygamy law.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups has ruled that a provision of Utah’s law forbidding cohabitation violated the Browns’ freedom of religion.

He ruled in favor of the family in December and has now said that Mr Brown and his wives can collect attorneys’ fees.
It caps a landmark decision for the family that sued Utah in 2011 after a county prosecutor threatened to charge them following the premiere of the TV show.

The Emmy-nominated series had brought Mr Brown and his wives Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn to the attention of the authorities in their home town of Lehi, and police were considering a bigamy charge.

It wasn’t immediately clear how much the Browns could collect in attorneys’ fees.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said in February he intended to appeal the ruling once it was made final. Continue Reading
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Imminent Terror Threat at Southern US Border

FLASHBACK: WSB Actiion 2 News out of Atlanta aired a report back in 2010 on Islamic terrorists sneaking into the US through Mexico.

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Farida Goolam Mahamed Ahmed, 48, of South Africa, is taken from the federal courthouse in Houston in this August 20 2004 file photo. (Brett Coomer, AP)

On September 27, 2004, Forty-eight-year-old Farida Goolam Mahomed Ahmed from South Africa pleaded guilty in Federal Court for illegally entering the US:

A warning bulletin for an imminent terror attack on the border was issued to federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources. Judicial Watch reported:

Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED).

High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.

Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.

Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to “carry out an attack on the border,” according to one JW source. “It’s coming very soon,” according to this high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as “ISIS and Al Qaeda.” An attack is so imminent that the commanding general at Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, is being briefed, another source confirms. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information.

The disturbing inside intelligence comes on the heels of news reports revealing that U.S. intelligence has picked up increased chatter among Islamist terror networks approaching the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. While these terrorists reportedly plan their attack just outside the U.S., President Obama admits that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to combat ISIS. “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” the commander-in-chief said this week during a White House press briefing. “I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggest that folks are getting a little further ahead of what we’re at than what we currently are.” Continue Reading

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ISIS trying to Develop Biological Weapon

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Shocking plans to develop weaponized bubonic plague have been found on a laptop captured from Isis, with a document on the machine claiming that ‘casualties can be huge’.

The computer was recovered from an Isis hideout in Syria by a moderate rebel commander called Abu Ali.

He said that Isis fled from the building before his men stormed it. A dusty laptop was found inside, which was then handed over to a pair of investigative journalists.

They trawled through the computer’s files and discovered a disturbing 19-page document containing instructions for making weaponized bubonic plague (biological name Yersinias pestis), including the steps needed for testing it.

‘The advantage of biological weapons is that they do not cost a lot of money, while the human casualties can be huge,’ the document states, according to Foreignpolicy.com. Continue Reading

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Muslim Girls Arrested Over Suicide Bomb Plot

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Two teenage French girls, arrested last week in a crackdown on citizens who consider traveling to other countries to join “jihad,” were planning to attack a synagogue in Lyon with a suicide bomb, French media revealed Friday.

The two, 15 and 17 years old, were detained and interrogated last week in Venissieux, a suburb of Lyon in southeastern France, and Tarbes, a town in the south, after French authorities uncovered a plan to bomb the Great Synagogue of Lyon. They were charged for conspiracy to commit terrorism.

Two had never met but communicated via social media, the investigation revealed.

“These girls were part of a network of young Islamists who were being monitored by security services,” an unnamed security source was quoted by Newsweek as saying.

They’re neither the first adolescents nor the first females arrested in France. Some after returning from Syria or picked up by the families at the Turkish border.

The girls are among some 60 people being investigated in France for criminal association in relation with a terrorist enterprise, in one example of how France is taking judicial action against citizens suspected of seeking careers as foreign fighters, even if they have yet to leave French soil. Thousands of European citizens have made the trip to Syrian battlegrounds, but there is no unified plan of action in Europe. Continue Reading

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FBI Ignores Islamist Terrorism

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Internal report labels white supremacists, black separatists, militias, abortion extremists main domestic extremists

The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans.

Instead, the internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published this month that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movements—none motivated by radical Islam.

They include anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with “sovereign citizen” nationalists, and anarchists. Other domestic threat groups outlined by the FBI assessment include violent animal rights and environmentalist extremists, black separatists, anti- and pro-abortion activists, and Puerto Rican nationalists.

“Domestic extremist violence continues to be unpredictable and, at times, severe,” the report states.

A copy of the unclassified, 60-page National Threat Assessment for Domestic Extremism, dated Aug. 14, was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. It warns that the threat of domestic-origin extremism was moderate in 2013 and will remain so for this year.

“Domestic extremists collectively presented a medium-level threat to the United States in 2013; the FBI assesses the 2014 threat will remain close to this level,” the report said.

On black separatists, the report warned that “high-profile racially charged crimes or events” could lead to an expansion of black separatist groups. The report identified three such groups as the New Black Panther Party, the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ, and the Black Hebrew Israelite group as extremists under FBI scrutiny.

An alternative assessment section in the report warned that radical black activists could “reinitiate violence at the historically high levels seen for the movement during the 1970s, when bombings, assassinations, hijackings, and hostage-takings occurred.”

“Such a scenario could occur as an extreme response to perceptions of devolving racial equality or perceptions of racially-motivated police brutality, or racially-biased injustice, oppression, or judicial rulings,” the report said.
“Indicators include increased weapons procurement, reports of sophisticated plots, and development of an explosives capability.”

Black extremist groups may also seek “stronger ties to foreign governments in exchange for financial resources,” the report said.

The report was written before the racial unrest in Ferguson, Mo. However, it mentions that black separatist extremists stepped up threats against law enforcement officers, the U.S. government, and non-blacks following the Trayvon Martin shooting in 2012. Continue Reading

Article Org: freebeacon.com

Terror Chatter Increases as 911 Anniversary Nears

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The U.S. intelligence community has observed a “significant increase” in chatter among terrorist organizations as the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks nears.

“We’ve noticed a significant increase in chatter among Islamic terrorist organizations overseas both on the Internet and phone lines,” a U.S. government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Blaze.

While the intelligence community cannot pinpoint whether or not an attack is planned, the official said that agencies “did see this kind of increase in chatter before the September 11 attacks.”

Deciphering chatter is more difficult than in previous years because of the rise of the Islamic State group, which threatens to drain al Qaeda of resources as it asserts dominance Iraq and Syria. Like al Qaeda, Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has openly declared its intent to bring terror to American interests around the globe. Continue Reading

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Google X Fleet of Delivery Drones Coming Soon

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A Queensland farm on the Darling Downs has become the unlikely testing ground of one of the most technologically advanced Google projects that could see autonomous drones deliver anything from chocolate to life-saving medicines.

Google X, a division of the US-based technology company dedicated to making major technological advancements, tested Project Wing near Warwick earlier this month, the first time “non-Googlers” had been involved.

Google X director Astro Teller said Project Wing’s goal was ultimately to build a system for delivering small and medium sized packages within minutes to anyone, using self-flying vehicles.

“There’s no reason we should all have a power drill in our garage when, at any one time, the world is using one hundredth of a per cent of its power drills,” he said from the company’s headquarters in California.

“Also, there are situations like emergency response after a flood, or an earthquake, or a tornado, where bringing medicine or other supplies to people who are in need can be very valuable and time can be of the essence.

“We’re looking at the whole spectrum of value that can be delivered using self-flying vehicles.”

The prototype drone used in Queensland was a “tailsitter”, which allowed for vertical take-offs and landings and high speeds during flight – up to about 90km/h.

The first person in the world to receive a delivery from a Google drone was Warwick farmer Neil Parfitt, who took possession of a precious cargo of Cherry Ripes.

“When it all happened, they came down and did a delivery and said ‘Neil, do you realise you’re the first person in the whole world that we’ve delivered something to?’ and I’ve just gone ‘wow!’ “he said.

“It was amazing at first, because I hadn’t seen it. Continue Reading

Article Org: smh.com.au

U.N. Syrian Children Forced to Watch ISIS Public Executions

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A photograph in an ISIS publication purports to show two men accused of theft under shari’a, about to be executed in an ISIS-controlled area of Aleppo province in Syria. (Photo: Islamic State News)

(CNSNews.com) – The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant commonly carries out public executions in its Syrian stronghold on Fridays, forcing children to watch as victims are beheaded or shot at close range. Corpses are then displayed on crucifixes and decapitated heads exhibited on sticks for days afterwards.

The gruesome details are recorded in a new report released Wednesday by a U.N.-appointed independent panel investigating the Syrian conflict, now being described as “the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.”

Amputations, the stoning to death of women by “ISIS-sanctioned” mobs, lashings with cables, and the recruitment of children as young as 10 to fight are among other abuses committed by ISIS, said the report, which is based on almost 500 interviews and documentary material, and focuses on the six-month period up to Jul. 15.

It also documented rights violations by the Assad regime, including murder, rape, torture, and the dropping of “barrel bombs” containing chlorine gas on civilian areas on at least eight separate occasions last April.

“Executions in public spaces have become a common spectacle on Fridays in Ar Raqqah and ISIS-controlled areas of Aleppo governorate,” the report stated, saying ISIS did this publicly to instill terror and ensure submission to its authority.

Victims, whose “crimes” are recited aloud before the killing, are accused of violating ISIS laws, affiliating with other groups, including the mainstream opposition Syrian National Coalition, or spying for the regime.

“ISIS justifies its executions by religious law,” it said. Continue Reading

Article Org: cnsnews.com