• US military community divided over Trump, see why

    07/Aug/2016 // 333 Viewers

     

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Robin Starck is a retired submarine commander who still lives in the shadow of America's largest naval base, and he's heard all the shouting about Donald Trump and his tangle with the parents of a U.S. Army officer killed in Iraq.

    Doesn't matter. He's still for Trump.

    "Trump goes to the extreme," said Starck, 79. "Sometimes he goes off the wall." But he added, "I don't see myself changing my mind."

    The Hampton Roads area of Virginia — home not only to Naval Station Norfolk, but a vast collection of defense contractors, including the shipyards that build America's aircraft carriers — has been a Trump stronghold. The New York billionaire won most of the counties that make up the area along the James River in Virginia's March 1 primary.

    It's the sort of place where Trump's days of criticism of Khizr and Ghazala Khan, a Muslim-American family whose son, Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed while serving in Iraq in 2004, might be expected to alienate people, many with deep and personal ties to the military.

    But Starck is one of several interviewed by The Associated Press this past week who said they have other concerns that are keeping them loyal to Trump, among them picking a conservative Supreme Court justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia and getting rid of President Barack Obama's health care law, which Hillary Clinton pledges to defend.

    The fight with the Khans was a "big mistake," Starck said, but it was also blown out of "proportion."

    The feud was set off when Khizr Khan, his wife silent at his side, denounced Trump from the stage of the Democratic National Convention for his views about Muslims. Trump responded angrily and would not back down even as many Republicans expressed revulsion that he would fight with the family of a slain soldier.

    Jacob Jeske, 28, a commercial diver from Portsmouth, said the episode was not a "big deal to me."

    "He means well," Jeske said. "He's just going by his emotions. He's not sitting there and thinking about it."

    Jeske believes a Trump presidency would mean more work for him, given the candidate's promises to invest deeply in the military. As a diver, Jeske often makes his living by helping to maintain Navy ships.

    "Trump knows that the military comes first, before any refugees or anyone else," he said.

    Richard Cormier, 61, a civilian doctor on a Navy supply ship, agrees.

    "If he's going to build a strong military, all the other issues go away," said Cormier, who is stationed in Norfolk. "That directly bears on my job. I don't even watch the news anymore, because it's all mudslinging and people getting shot."

    Not all said they could look past Trump's fight with the Khans, joining with the many senior Republicans who condemned his remarks and urged him to apologize. Republican Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL who is running for Congress in Hampton Roads, is one.

    "Donald Trump's back and forth engagements with the Khans are counterproductive," Taylor said this past week in a statement. "I encourage him to sincerely apologize to them and to end this issue now."

    Another is James Atticus Bowden, a retired Army officer and the president of a defense consulting company, who said Trump was "classless to fuss at a Gold Star family" and should "just keep his mouth shut."

    But Bowden, who supported Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Virginia's primary and is still undecided about whom to vote for in November, said his bigger concern is Trump's lack of military service. Trump received five draft deferments during the Vietnam era, one of which stemmed from temporary bone spurs in his feet.

    "He was a draft dodger when he could have served and should have served," said Bowden, who lives in Poquoson, Virginia.

    Carolyn Hersh, 52, a psychotherapist from Portsmouth, said she can no longer vote for Trump after the Khan controversy.

    "He shouldn't have taken it personally," said Hersh, whose husband is a former Navy doctor. "Coming from a military community, that was just (too much)."

    But voting for Clinton is not an option for Hersh. She said she has too many concerns about the economy, which include government spending on entitlement programs, to cast her ballot for the Democratic nominee.

    "I would have voted for him a couple weeks ago — not happily, but I would have," Hersh said of Trump. "I've never not voted. But that's something that's on the table."


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  • Don't drag us into your coup attempt - US warns Turkey

    07/Aug/2016 // 639 Viewers

     

    The United States’ ambassador to Turkey has again said his country played no rule in last month’s failed coup attempt, showing exasperation with persistent accusations to the contrary, local media reported on Saturday.

    “I just want to say again, as I’ve said before and as we’ve said from Washington, the United States government did not plan, direct, support or have any advance knowledge of any of the illegal activities that occurred the night of July 15 and into July 16. Full stop,” US ambassador John Bass said in remarks published in English daily Hurriyet Daily News.

    He added that he was “deeply disturbed and offended by the accusations” targeting his country.

    The July 15 military action blamed by Ankara on US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen has rattled Turkey’s relations with the United States, with Ankara warning Washington that ties will suffer if it fails to extradite Pennyslvania-based Gulen.
     
    Erdogan has also described the failed military action as a “scenario written from outside” in an allusion to foreign involvement.

    Shortly after the coup attempt, Labour Minister Suleyman Soylu went even further to say “the United States is behind the coup.”

    And this week, Turkey’s former army chief, Ilker Basbug, claimed that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was also behind it.

    “Frankly, if we would have had knowledge we would have told the Turkish government about it immediately,” Bass said.

    He said the US wants to see a “strong, prosperous, democratic, confident Turkey.

    “Anyone who thinks that the United States somehow profits from Turkey being divided and destabilised I think is misreading history to a profound degree.”

    Bass on July 18 rebutted claims his country supported the putsch as “untrue” and “harmful.”

    Meanwhile, a US citizen of Turkish origin was arrested in southern Hatay province as part of a probe into the failed coup, state-run Anadolu news agency reported Friday, quoting a local governor.

    Acting on a tip-off that he was a member of Gulen movement, police detained 36-year-old Serkan Golge, who said he was visiting his family in Hatay, governor Ercan Topaca said.

    He was later remanded in custody by a local court.

    The governor added that Golge studied at a Gulen-linked school in Turkey and then moved to the United States for higher education and worked at NASA.

    A German national has also been caught up in the purge, Berlin said Friday, after books were found at her home suggesting she had links with the Gulen movement or was a member of it.

    A senior Turkish official said Turkey’s intelligence found that two encrypted messaging apps, ByLock and Eagle, were used by FETO operatives to communicate messages and receive information from cells.

    FETO is the name Ankara gives to the movement it claims is running a “parallel state.”

    “We are prepared to confirm that the organisation continues to communicate using Eagle at this time,” the official added.

    Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Saturday chaired a security summit of justice, foreign, interior and defence ministers as well as army chief of staff Hulusi Akar and spy chief Hakan Fidan.

    Erdogan’s government is readying for a “Democracy and Martyrs” rally in Istanbul’s Yenikapi square on Sunday, which hundreds of thousands of people are expected to join.

    Other rallies will also be held across the country.

    The main Istanbul rally, set to be attended by opposition leaders save for those from Kurdish parties, will be the last of a series held daily since people first took to the streets to answer Erdogan’s appeal for support immediately following the coup.


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  • Islamic State (IS) group USA jihad Americas ‘ISIS in America’: New study looks at the US jihad problem

    07/Dec/2015 // 723 Viewers

     

    © Program on extremism, George Washington University | Mohammad Oda Dakhalla and Jaelyn Delshaun Young wanted to spend their honeymoon in Syria.

    A US study published in early December attempts to profile Islamic State (IS) group sympathisers in America, from those who merely post messages of support on Twitter to those planning an actual terrorist attack.

    No one would have guessed that Mohammad and Jaelyn had secretly prepared for a honeymoon in Syria. Mohammad, 22, the son of a local imam, was about to graduate from Mississippi State University. Jaelyn, 19, a policeman’s daughter and former cheerleader, was studying chemistry. Yet these young Americans were dreaming of moving to the so-called caliphate proclaimed by the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

    Beginning earlier this year, their tweets had alerted the FBI. For four months, agents posing as jihadist sympathisers exchanged messages with the couple. Jaelyn, who goes by the alias “Aaminah al-Amriki”, boasts of her skills in maths and chemistry and says that her future husband wants “to join the mujahideen". They vow to travel to Syria after their wedding: “Our story will be that we are newlyweds on our honeymoon.” On August 8, they left letters for their families and prepared to board a flight. They were apprehended at a small airport in Mississippi.

    Their story made the headlines in the United States. Along with dozens of others, it was selected for a study by George Washington University that was published in early December and entitled "ISIS in America: From Retweets to Raqqa". About eight researchers, led by Lorenzo Vidino and Seamus Hughes, looked into the rise of support for the Islamic State group in the United States, a phenomenon they said was "unprecedented”.

    The group’s support has far exceeded that of al Qaeda, according to officials. FBI Director James Comey said in May that the group had hundreds, perhaps thousands, of supporters within the United States. The agency has already launched about 900 investigations into these potential recruits.

    As of the fall of 2015, US authorities speak of some 250 Americans who have travelled or attempted to travel to Syria or Iraq to join the Islamic State group. And a record 71 US citizens or residents were convicted in connection with having ties with the Islamic State group since March 2014, including 56 in 2015 alone.

    More isolated ‘jihadist scene’

    "As in Europe, it is an extremely diverse group,” Lorenzo Vidino told FRANCE 24. “I would even say that this is more true in the US, and includes men, women, teenagers, 40-year-olds, petty offenders, doctoral students... "

    The researcher notes two major differences between the United States and Europe. "The American 'jihadist scene’, if it exists, is not only a lot smaller, but also more isolated. Those who are radicalised, online or in small groups, have trouble making an actual connection with ISIS, either for geographical reasons or because there aren't the same recruitment networks that there are in Europe."

    The case of Alex, 23, is typical. This resident of rural Washington, who dropped out of school, was raised as a Christian by her grandparents. She says she lives "in the middle of nowhere" and had no connection to Islam. But in the summer of 2014, the filmed beheading of American hostage James Foley sparked a "horrified curiosity" in her.

    After a few months, she began exchanging emails and communicating via Skype with members of the Islamic State group. Her new friends sent her money, gift cards and even chocolates. The young woman eventually embraced the ideology of the jihadist group. She announced her conversion on the Internet, and within a few hours her number of followers had doubled. She then tweeted: "I actually have brothers and sisters. I am crying." While living this secret life she continued to teach in the family church on Sundays. When her grandmother learned of her conversion, Alex promised to stop. But the researchers are sceptical.

    IS group exploits #BlackLivesMatter

    Vidino’s team has identified 300 cases like Alex’s on Twitter. Many users attach a profile photo of their dead or arrested compatriots. And in a bizarre mix of genres, some use the image of the Detroit Lions football team, "combining a distinctly American pride in an NFL (National Football League) team and the popular Islamic symbol for bravery very frequently used by ISIS supporters".

    Opposition to any Western intervention in Syria and the rejection of consumer society are the most common motivations, the researchers say. The Islamic State group also doesn’t hesitate to exploit popular hashtags expressing discontent in the United States. The organisation has tried to win the support of Muslim African Americans by using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, which sprung up on Twitter after the deaths of several unarmed men at the hands of police. But according to Vidoni, there is "absolutely no evidence" that this approach has been effective.

    In contrast, there are a small number of cases that become “very politicised and opposed to American society”, Vidoni said. “Either because they believe it is racist – in Islam they find a message of brotherhood, a community where colour does not matter – or because they are anti-capitalist: environmentalists or activists from the Occupy movement."

                                                      Moner Abu Salha

    Moner Abu Salha expressed this rejection in a more sentimental manner. The Floridian was, at 22, the first American killed in a suicide attack in Syria.
     
    "I lived in America,” he explained in a video in 2014. “I know how it is. You have all the fancy amusement parks and the restaurants and the food and all this crap and the cars. You think you're happy. You're not happy. You're never happy. I was never happy. I was always sad and depressed. Life sucked."
     
    And then there are the people who are searching for meaning. Raised in a poor evangelical family, Ariel Bradley was in a "perpetual quest for meaning", said a friend. "It was like, when I first met her she was a Christian, and then she was a socialist, and then she was an atheist, and then a Muslim.”
     
    Bradley fell in love with the owner of a pizzeria where she worked and converted to Islam to please him. The relationship did not last. In August 2011 she met an Iraqi man, and marriage and a child soon followed. In 2014 she went to Syria. Today she is still active on Twitter and Instagram, where she posted her support for the July attack in Chattanooga, her hometown, where a Kuwaiti-born gunman opened fire at two military sites killing four US Marines and injuring three others.
     
    Agent provocateur
     
    So how should the authorities react? One method that has seen some success is that of using an agent provocateur. This type of operation, which involves inciting a crime in order to catch a suspect in the act, is heavily criticised by some in the American Muslim community. Vidino said such operations had led to a significant number of criminal charges.
     
    After Christopher Lee Cornell’s conversion to Islam, he increasingly isolated himself and developed an alter ego online, that of Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah. He made many virtual contacts, one of which was an undercover FBI agent. Cornell informs him of his intention to attack the US Capitol building in Washington. He is arrested in January 2015 after purchasing several semi-automatic rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition during an operation mounted by the FBI.
     
    But it is often difficult for investigators to distinguish between cases that pose a real threat and those that do not. Two months before an attack in Garland, Texas, in which two gunmen were killed, Elton Simpson – an American who had converted to Islam and who was well known in jihadist circles – became very active on social media. One of his contacts, Mujahid Miski, tweeted 10 days before the attack about a contest on caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed planned in Garland: "The brothers from the Charlie Hebdo attack did their part. It’s time for brothers in the #US to do their part," he wrote.
     
    Using his Twitter account Shariah Is Light, Simpson responded publicly to that call. On May 3, 2015, just minutes before the killing, he tweeted one last time using the hashtag #texasattack.
     

    Screenshot of the 'Shariah is Light' Twitter account © Program on Terrorism, George Washington University
    But even arrests will not be enough to counter the threat, Vidino said. "Moreover, many supporters of ISIS have not violated any law,” he added, “especially in the United States, with the First Amendment protecting freedom of expression".

    A more nuanced but hopefully more effective strategy must be put in place, he said. "We must involve communities, civil society, families, to prevent radicalisation from the start."

    To dissuade new recruits, Vidino said the testimonies of those would-be jihadists who have returned, disappointed, from Syria or Iraq could be helpful. Their stories, the study concludes, would likely resonate better with other aspiring jihadists than would any counter-propaganda coming from Uncle Sam.

     

    This article has been translated from French

     

    Source: France24

     

    Disclaimer: Views expressed in any article we publish are entirely the author's and do no reflect or represent the editorial policy of DailyGlobeWatch


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  • Breaking News! OBAMA maybe stripped of Nobel Peace Prize - Geir Lundestad

    07/Dec/2016 // 606 Viewers

                                     Obama Accepting The Award In 2008


    Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, but according to a committee member that has now come forward, it was only given to him so that he might keep his campaign promises. The committee recognizes that it was a total failure.

    The Blaze was quick to report:

    “A regretful Geir Lundestad, onetime secretary of the Nobel committee, told the Associated Press that he hoped the award would strengthen Obama. But it didn’t, according to the group, despite the White House’s belief that the president “lived up to the standard that he has set for himself” regarding the prize.


    Instead of being an encouraging sign, the award was met with palpable indignation, particularly among conservatives who believed Obama should have done something rather than spoken something to receive the lofty prize.

    “No Nobel Peace Prize ever elicited more attention than the 2009 prize to Barack Obama,” Lundestad, who is working on his memoir, reportedly wrote in the forthcoming book. “Even many of Obama’s supporters believed that the prize was a mistake. In that sense, the committee didn’t achieve what it had hoped for.”
    It was odd when Obama received the prize originally, because there isn’t anything he has done in particular. Experts at the time questioned the committee’s decision and demanded an explanation, though none was given.

    Furthermore, Lundestad confirmed that Obama was planning on skipping the award ceremony, but his closest advisers made him for the sake of his public image—a total disgrace.

    And now, at the end of Obama’s presidency, we find out that he was never even “supposed” to get the award in the first place.

     


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  • Breaking: Muslims watch in blank stare as President-elect Donald Trump makes another important appointment

    07/Dec/2016 // 2088 Viewers

     

    President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly to run the Department of Homeland Security, turning to a blunt-spoken border security hawk who clashed with the Obama administration over women in combat and plans to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, according to people familiar with the decision.

    Kelly, who retired in February as chief of U.S. Southern Command, would inherit a massive and often troubled department responsible for overseeing perhaps the most controversial part of Trump’s agenda: his proposed crackdown on illegal immigration. DHS is the third-largest Cabinet department, with more than 240,000 employees who do everything from fight terrorism to protect the president and enforce immigration laws.

    Kelly, 66, is a widely-respected military officer who served for more than 40 years, and he is not expected to face difficulty winning Senate confirmation. Trump’s team was drawn to him because of his southwest border expertise, people familiar with the transition said. Like the president-elect Kelly has sounded the alarm about drugs, terrorism and other cross-border threats he seems as emanating from Central and South America.

    Yet Kelly’s nomination could raise questions about what critics see as Trump’s tendency to surround himself with too many military figures. Trump has also selected retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis for defense secretary and retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn as national security adviser, while retired Army Gen. David Petraeus is under consideration for secretary of state.

    Kelly, a Boston native, was chosen over an array of other candidates who also met with Trump after his surprise election victory last month. Those in contention included Frances Townsend, a top homeland security and counterterrorism official in the George W. Bush administration; Milwaukee County sheriff David Clarke and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Clarke and Kobach are vocal Trump backers, with Kobach being nationally known for his strong views on restricting illegal immigration.

    In the end, people familiar with the transition said, the choice came down to Kelly and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. McCaul was considered an early favorite, but his chances were hurt by opposition from some conservatives who found him insufficiently tough on border security, the people said.

    Known inside the Pentagon as a thoughtful man who continued serving his country even after his son was killed in combat, Kelly has talked in stark terms — much like Trump -- about the threats America faces in the Middle East and beyond. In speeches, he has expressed frustration with what he calls the “bureaucrats” in Washington, and he described the military’s counterterrorism operations abroad as a war against a “savage” enemy who would gladly launch more deadly attacks.

    “Given the opportunity to do another 9/11, our vicious enemy would do it today, tomorrow and everyday thereafter,” Kelly said in a 2013 Memorial Day address in Texas. “I don’t know why they hate us, and I frankly don’t care, but they do hate us and are driven irrationally to our destruction.”

    His blunt manner led to conflicts within the Obama administration, where he served more than three years as Southern Command chief — overseeing military operations across Central and South America — and as senior military adviser to defense secretaries Robert M. Gates and Leon E. Panetta.

    Kelly opposed Obama’s failed plans to close Guantanamo, people familiar with his views say, and he has strongly defended how the military handles detainees. In a 2014 interview, he told The Washington Post that criticism of their treatment by human rights groups and others was “foolishness.’’

    He also publicly expressed concerns over the Pentagon’s order in December that for the first time opened all jobs in combat units to women, including the most elite forces such as the Navy SEALs. “They’re saying we are not going to change any standards,” Kelly told reporters at the Pentagon. “There will be great pressure, whether it’s 12 months from now, four years from now, because the question will be asked whether we’ve let women into these other roles, why aren’t they staying in those other roles?’’


    On the personal side, Kelly learned firsthand the pain and loss suffered by many military families. His son, 2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly, died in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban in 2010. Four days later, the general delivered a passionate and at times angry speech about the military’s sacrifices and its troops’ growing sense of isolation from society.

    “Their struggle is your struggle,” he told a crowd of former Marines and business people in St. Louis. “If anyone thinks you can somehow thank them for their service, and not support the cause for which they fight - our country - these people are lying to themselves. . . . More important, they are slighting our warriors and mocking their commitment to this nation.”

    He never mentioned his son by name. The speech has been passed around the Internet ever since.

    As DHS secretary, Kelly would take on what is considered to be one of Washington’s most challenging jobs, in part because of the agency’s persistent management problems and employee morale that is among the federal government’s lowest.

    Although DHS was created after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks primarily to coordinate the battle against terrorism, it is now perhaps equally known for its immigration role. Trump has pledged a crackdown on illegal immigration that would require an expensive and logistically difficult operation to remove millions from the country.

    That work would be overseen by DHS components such as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which Trump has proposed to beef up by tripling the number of agents. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, also part of DHS, is also likely to come under increased pressure in the Trump administration to better secure the Southwest border.

    Perhaps Kelly’s most visible role would be to help oversee Trump’s signature campaign promise: a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out illegal immigrants. Trump has said the construction will be easy, but experts say the structure would face numerous obstacles, such as environmental and engineering problems and fights with ranchers and others who would resist giving up their land.


    The president-elect and his homeland security secretary appear to be in synch on cross-border threats.

    In congressional testimony last year, Kelly said the Southern Command was “just barely” able to keep on the “pilot light of U.S. military engagement” in the border region, and he warned that existing smuggling routes into the United States could be used by terrorist groups.

    “Despite the heroic efforts of our law enforcement colleagues, criminal organizations are constantly adapting their methods for trafficking across our borders,” Kelly told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “While there is not yet any indication that the criminal networks involved in human and drug trafficking are interested in supporting the efforts of terrorist groups, these networks could unwittingly, or even wittingly, facilitate the movement of terrorist operatives or weapons of mass destruction toward our borders.’’

    Kelly’s thoughts on other controversial issues, however, have been markedly more measured than Trump’s. While the president-elect once called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, Kelly has said U.S. troops “respect and even fight for the right of your neighbor to venerate any God he or she damn well pleases.”

    He has also has stressed the importance of enforcing human rights, and told military commanders in Latin America that they revert to the past and overthrow civilian leaders with whom they disagree.

    “Since 1945, no one in the U.S. military has liked the end result of the military conflicts we’ve been in: Vietnam, Korea, certainly Iraq, and probably Afghanistan,” Kelly said in a 2015 discussion at the Pacific Council on International Policy. “But in a democracy, you salute. You suck it up. . .You cannot act.’’

    Earlier in his career, Kelly served as the assistant commander of the 1st Marine Division under Mattis during the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003. He returned there again in 2004, and a third time in 2008, when he was named the top U.S. commander in western Iraq. Before becoming a general, Kelly served as a special assistant to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s supreme allied commander for Europe, working from Belgium.


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  • JUST IN: True identity of FORT LAUDERDALE AIRPORT shooter revealed, FBI issues statement

    07/Jan/2017 // 1528 Viewers

     


    PARIS, JANUARY 7, 2017: (DGW) IT was a scene of confusion on Friday as a gunman took a gun out of his checked luggage and opened fire in a crowded baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale Airport killing as many as five people being overpowered by security agents and taken into custody, Reuters reports.

    The gunman, FBI revealed, an Iraq war veteran killed five and left eight persons wounded in the shooting rampage which sent panicked travelers running for cover inside the terminal and onto the tarmac.

    According to the report, the gunman was identified as Esteban Santiago, 26, who was carrying U.S. military identification, according to a spokesman for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, citing officials at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

    An aunt said he came back from his deployment "a different person," MSNBC reported. In November, Santiago told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that his mind was being controlled and agents sent him to a mental hospital, said a federal law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    Santiago served from 2007 to 2016 in the Puerto Rico National Guard and Alaska National Guard including a deployment to Iraq from 2010 to 2011, according to the Pentagon.

    A private first class and combat engineer, he received half a dozen medals before being transferred to the inactive ready reserve in August last year.

    The shooter arrived on a flight to Fort Lauderdale with a checked gun in his bag, and upon claiming the luggage went to the bathroom to load the gun, Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca said on Twitter. He came out firing, LaMarca said, and witnesses told MSNBC television he only stopped after running out of ammunition, at which point he surrendered to police.

    Cellphone video posted on social media showed travelers kneeling and treating victims on the floor next to a carousel. At least two victims had pools of blood from apparent head wounds.

    Flying with firearms is routine and legal in the United States as long as the guns are kept in a locked, hard-sided container as checked baggage only, under TSA rules. Ammunition is prohibited in carry-on bags but is allowed in checked luggage.

    The suspect was unharmed as law enforcement officers never fired a shot, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters at the airport, adding it was too early to assign a motive.

    "At this point, it looks like he acted alone," Israel said while police continued to search the airport.

    The gunman, who wore a "Star Wars" T-shirt, said nothing as he fired, witnesses told MSNBC. He appeared to use a 9 mm handgun, which he tossed aside once it was empty, MSNBC reported.

    "This is a senseless act of evil," Florida Governor Rick Scott told reporters.

    A White House spokesman said President Barack Obama had spoken to Scott and Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief and had extended his condolences to the loved ones of the victims.

    FBI SENT SHOOTER TO MENTAL HOSPITAL

    The attack was the latest in a series of mass shootings that have plagued the United States in recent years, some inspired by militants with an extreme view of Islam, others carried out by loners or the mentally disturbed.

    A federal law enforcement official told Reuters that in November Santiago turned up at a FBI office in Anchorage and told agents that his mind was being controlled by a U.S. intelligence agency, which was ordering him to watch Islamic State videos.

    Santiago was sent by the FBI to a mental hospital and a subsequent investigation turned up no evidence that he had connections to any foreign terrorist organization, the source said.

    John Schlicher, who told MSNBC he saw the attack, said the shooter was "directly firing at us" while passengers waited for their bags. His wife gave first aid to a victim who had been shot in the head, and his mother-in-law used her sweater to tend to another victim but it turned out that person was already dead, he said.

    Mark Lea, another eyewitness, told MSNBC, "He didn't say anything; he was quiet the whole time."

    Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is the second largest in South Florida, serving as an intercontinental gateway.

    Nearly two months ago a former Southwest Airlines worker killed an employee of the company at Oklahoma City's airport in what police called a premeditated act.

    The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place last June, when a gunman apparently inspired by Islamic State killed 49 people and wounded 53 at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.


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  • Donald Trump must be scrutinized: Obama

    07/May/2016 // 753 Viewers

     

    US President Barack Obama has called for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his past record to be scrutinized.
     
    Obama, speaking Friday during his first public comments about Trump since his rivals ended their presidential campaigns, censured the billionaire businessman, saying that the US presidency was not a "reality show."
     
    “He has a long record that needs to be examined and I think it’s important for us to take seriously the statements he’s made in the past,” Obama emphasized.
     
    "I think I just want to emphasize the degree to which we are in serious times and this is a really serious job. This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show. This is a contest for the presidency of the United States," Obama told reporters on Friday.
     
    “Every candidate, every nominee, needs to be subject to exacting standards and genuine scrutiny,” the president added.
     
    After Trump's commanding victory in Indiana's primary on Tuesday, his remaining challengers, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, both suspended their presidential bids, leaving him on an uncontested path to the nomination.
     
    Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump points to supporters following his speech at the Charleston
    Civic Center on May 5, 2016 in Charleston, West Virginia. (AFP Photo)
     

    Trump won more than 60 percent of the votes and won all of the 57 available delegates, raising his total delegates to 1,047, according to an AP count.

    Obama also called on the media to play a role in vetting the candidates' policies and avoid focusing on the "circus."

    "If they take a position on international issues that could threaten war, or has the potential of upending our critical relationships with other countries, or would potentially break the financial system, that needs to be reported on," he said.

    Obama, a Democrat himself, has appeared as a vocal critic of Trump in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election along with many others even from the Republican Party.

    Last time, the president targeted Trump during his Saturday speech at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

    “Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald? What could he possibly be doing instead? Is he at home eating a Trump steak? Tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel? What’s he doing?" Obama asked.

    Despite all the attacks on Trump for his hate speech, the front runner has been marching towards nomination of the GOP, which will be finalized in the 2016 Republican National Convention, set to be held in Cleveland, Ohio at the Quicken Loans Arena from July 18 to 21.- Press TV

     
     

     


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  • BREAKING NEWS!: Federal Agents just confirmed HILLARY killed VINCE FOSTER after their secret affair

    07/Nov/2016 // 1720 Viewers

     Is This The Missing Clue?


    The Clintons are the most vile, disgusting, and corrupt family to ever hold political office. Major revelations disseminated by WikiLeaks have allowed millions of people to see that Hillary and Bill have been far more corrupt than we ever have imagined.

    Just one day before the election, we can see that Hillary Clinton is wounded while Donald Trump is gaining strength.

    WikiLeaks has been on a nonstop campaign to release as much information as they can before the election on Tuesday, including a bombshell email chain indicating that top federal intelligence agents admitted that Hillary Clinton killed Vince Foster and Ron Brown.

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    Intelligence agents are discussing how Hillary Clinton not only killed Vince Foster, but possibly Ron Brown, too.

    Hillary Clinton was having an affair with longtime ally and lawyer Vince Foster.

    Jeff Rovin, long-time Clinton “fixer,” was forced to help scrub Foster’s office after his death. After he was forced to help scrub it clean, he was then ordered by Hillary to “distract the media” while the Clinton team rummaged through Foster’s office to remove all damaging evidence.

    On top of that, Rovin indicated that Hillary hired Jerry Parks, an Arkansas investigator, to spy on Bill. Hillary wanted Bill’s “sluts” to be quiet and keep their mouth shut so that their political careers could not be damaged.

    Two months after Vince Foster was found murdered, Parks was found shot nine times at a stoplight in his SUV in Little Rock, Arkansas. Rovin said, “Parks had to die because he knew everything.”

    Do We Have Proof Hillary Had Him Murdered?


    Many have forgotten about Ron Brown, sadly.

    Brown was the Commerce Secretary for the Clinton administration. In a November 14th, 1996 report from CNN, it was revealed that Brown was under investigation for corruption shortly before his death aboard U.S. Air Force CT-43, which crashed in Croatia, killing all the passengers.

    Brown was the only individual on the plane of 35 to sustain a “serious head contusion.” The White House refused to run an autopsy on his body, and he was reported to have had a bullet hole in the back of his head at the scene of the crash.

    Following his death, the corruption probe was closed, and all governmental evidence of the case went “missing.” Hillary Clinton ruins everything she puts her hands on; literally.

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  • White House accuses Israel of betraying trust

    07/Oct/2016 // 421 Viewers

     

    Washington (AFP) - The White House accused Israel of a betrayal of trust, in an unusually sharp rebuke over its plans to build hundreds of new settlement homes deep in the West Bank.

    Days after President Barack Obama approved a $38 billion Israeli military aid package and attended former president Shimon Peres's funeral in Jerusalem, the White House railed at the construction of 300 housing units on land "far closer to Jordan than Israel."

    Warning that the decision jeopardizes the already distant prospect of Middle East peace as well as Israel's own security, press secretary Josh Earnest said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's word had been called into question.

    "We did receive public assurances from the Israeli government that contradict this announcement," he said.

    "I guess when we're talking about how good friends treat one another, that's a source of serious concern as well."

    The sharper-than-normal comments come as the White House weighs a last-ditch effort to get the peace process back on its feet before Obama leaves office in January.

    While serious talks seem unlikely, US officials are weighing the possibility of a major speech outlining the parameters for peace.

    Peace efforts have been comatose since a US-led initiative collapsed in April 2014.

    A sharper tone over settlements now could help put Israel on notice that future ties are at risk and give Washington more credibility with Palestinians and their Arab allies.

    - 'Perpetual occupation' -

    In a similarly strong-worded statement, the State Department said building the units "is another step toward cementing a one-state reality of perpetual occupation."

    The plan not only undermines hopes for peace with the Palestinians but "is fundamentally inconsistent with Israel's future as a Jewish and democratic state," spokesman Mark Toner said.

    Washington has long opposed Israel's policy of building Jewish settlements on land in the West Bank that would be claimed by the Palestinians in any negotiated two-state peace deal.

    US officials have adopted a more forceful tone with Netanyahu's government in recent weeks, accusing it of recklessly accelerating construction despite international concern.

    The Middle East Quartet -- a contact group comprising the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations -- issued a report in July calling on Israel to halt settlement building.

    But the practice has only accelerated since then, Washington says, with new housing blocks being approved, local administrative boundaries moved and unauthorised outposts retroactively approved.

    The 300 units the White House was referring to would constitute a new settlement in the heart of the West Bank, roughly halfway between the Palestinian cities of Ramallah and Nablus, according to settlement watchdog Peace Now.

    Plans for 98 of the 300 units have so far been advanced, the group said.

    The Israeli foreign ministry denied that the planned units amounted to a new settlement, insisting they were to be located in an existing one, although Peace Now said the site was around a kilometre (more than half a mile) away.

    "Israel remains committed to a solution of two states for two peoples, in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes the Jewish state of Israel," the ministry said.

    Washington has condemned a recent deadly wave of Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians and police, urging Palestinian leaders to refrain from incitement or provocative language.

    Obama and Netanyahu have had an extremely difficult relationship during the last eight years.

    The White House was apoplectic when the Israeli leader agreed to address the Republican-controlled Congress to lobby against Obama's signature nuclear deal with Iran.

    There were fresh tensions when Netanyahu -- seeking reelection at the time -- said that Palestinians would never get their own state on his watch.

    Some considered that pandering to right-wing voters, others said it was Netanyahu showing his true colors.

    At last week's funeral for Peres, Obama pointedly spoke of the "unfinished business of peace."

    "He believed that the Zionist idea would be best protected when Palestinians, too, had a state of their own," he said of the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

    "Of course, we gather here in the knowledge that Shimon never saw his dream of peace fulfilled."


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  • Edo poll: Ize-Iyamu leads PDP’s protest, vows to reclaim mandate

    07/Oct/2016 // 493 Viewers

     

    Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Friday, led other PDP leaders and supporters in the state in a street protest against the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress  (APC) as winner of the September 28 election in the state.
     
    The PDP candidate, who had vowed to lead the Friday protest, made good his promise, and was joined by his running mate, John Yakubu, Edo PDP chairman Dan Orbih, a social activist, Rev Olu Martins, and some other Edo PDP leaders in a road march.
     
    The protesters started at Akpakpava Road and took their street demonstrations to many parts of the Benin metropolis such as 2nd East Circular Road, New Lagos Road, Mission Road, Dawson Road and the Ring Road.

    In his address before they embarked on the street protests, Ize-Iyamu encouraged his supporters to be long suffering because the journey to recovering the stolen mandate will be a long one from the electoral tribunal to the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court, expressing confidence that they shall prevail at the end.

    He pointed out that he was certain of victory because he won the election and that God has told him not to walk away but to “pursue and recover” his mandate that the INEC and the APC robbed him and his party.

    He called for the arrest of one Osakpamwan Eriyo, alias Nomoless, pointing out that the individual, seeing that he had lost election in his unit and ward, proceeded to the ward collation centre at George Idah Primary School in Benin and disrupted proceeding and ensured that the result of the unit was cancelled.

    He said, “We want to put the police on notice that if they do not arrest him  (Osakpamwan) in the next few days, we want to tell them that we have the capacity to arrest their thugs.

    “Edo is in a state of mourning like a graveyard because the people’s mandate has been taken and the people have been robbed.

    “But let me assure you that that at the end of the day we will win, because God has said so. We will win because Edo people voted for us and we won the election”.

    Also speaking the state PDP chairman, Dan Orbih, called on the INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu and INEC commissioner to resign because of the way the Edo governorship election was conducted, adding that the PDP will explore every legal means to reclaim the mandate.

    The protest tagged, “Mother of all Protests”, was coordinated by the Centre for Patriotic Leadership Initiative (CPLI), a leadership and rights advocacy NGO, led by Saint Moses Eromonsele and a coalition of civil society groups led by Messrs Kola Edopkayi and Olu Martins.


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