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  • What's up with Dick Durbin's and Pete Sessions's secret junket to Venezuela?

    04/06/2018 11:52:32 AM PDT · by detective · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 6, 2018 | Monica Showalter
    Claiming he was just trying to free Josh Holt, a devout young Mormon from Utah held hostage by Venezuela's Maduro regime on phony charges, left-wing Illinois Democratic senator Dick Durbin isn't exactly credible about his real mission in his secret visit to Caracas this past week. Rep. Pete Sessions, a Dallas-based Republican, isn't exactly believable, either, given that he called his secret trip with Durbin "a peace mission" to Caracas last week.
  • 2 separate terror incidents in France; 2 dead, about a dozen wounded

    03/23/2018 6:46:02 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    French counterterrorism prosecutors are taking charge of an investigation into the shooting of a police officer in southern France and a hostage-taking incident at a supermarket in a neighboring town. The Paris prosecutor’s office said counterterrorism investigators are taking over the probe into the ongoing hostage-taking incident Friday in the town of Trebes, but did not provide details. The assailant reportedly claimed connections to the Islamic State terror group. .....
  • Pastor Pleads for Trump’s Help to Rescue U.S. Missionary Jerry Krause and Return Home

    03/11/2018 8:40:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2018 | Bethany Blankley
    In April 2015, Iowa Pastor Terry Amann met privately with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. In less than one year from becoming president, Trump successfully helped release Pastor Saeed who had been languishing in an Iranian prison, keeping his promise to a request Amann made when they first met. Last fall, Amann again asked for Trump’s help to find a missing U.S. missionary who was kidnapped in Africa in 2013. Newsmax published an open letter he wrote to President Trump on September 7, 2017. Over a month later Amann received a letter from the U.S. State Department. Then, in November, the Krause family...
  • Gunman, 3 hostages reported dead at California veterans home [Yountville]

    03/09/2018 12:22:13 PM PST · by MeganC · 89 replies
    FOX News ^ | 3/9/2018 | FOX News
    An armed man took three hostages during an "active shooter situation" at a California veterans home Friday afternoon, a fire official said. Earlier, it emerged the veterans home was on lockdown after reports of shots fired. The Napa County Sheriff’s Office said officers responded to the Veterans Home of California in Yountville around 10:45 a.m. local time and a shelter-in-place order was issued.
  • Ukraine Kidnappers Free Bitcoin Analyst After $1m Ransom Paid

    01/05/2018 11:32:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Gulf News ^ | January 6, 2018
    Pavel Lerner, a blockchain expert, was taken hostage by masked gunmen on December 26Kiev: Kidnappers in Ukraine have released an employee at a United Kingdom-registered cryptocurrency exchange after getting more than $1 million (Dh3.67 million) in bitcoins as ransom, an adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister told Reuters on Friday. Pavel Lerner, a leading analyst and blockchain expert, was abducted by unknown masked people on December 26, according to a statement by his company, EXMO Finance, on its website. “This is the first such case in Ukraine linked to bitcoins,” Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, said...
  • Mr. Trudeau’s judgment, and the company he keeps [Joshua Boyle]

    01/04/2018 6:39:36 PM PST · by BlackAdderess · 9 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 1/4/18 | MARGARET WENTE
    Among the hazards of public life are the photo ops that come back to haunt you. Our snap-happy Prime Minister is a case in point. Since the tropical vacation with his old friend, the Aga Khan, that cheery photo of the two of them on Parliament Hill has been rerun a thousand times. Whenever people see the picture they remember the private island, and thus it will ever be. Now there's the Boyle family. If you didn't know the backstory, the photos of their meeting with Justin Trudeau are positively heartwarming. After all, these are the hostages who were dramatically...
  • Judicial Watch: State Department Asked Hillary Clinton Lawyers to Delete Specific Classified...

    02/10/2016 11:00:45 AM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 10, 2016
    Full title: Judicial Watch: State Department Asked Hillary Clinton Lawyers to Delete Specific Classified Records, Return Paper Copies (Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch today released a letter from the Department of State to Hillary Clinton's lawyers that includes a list of classified records to be either deleted or returned to the State Department. The documents were produced under court order in a FOIA lawsuit for all of Clinton emails and for records about her email practices ( Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00687)). The June 30, 2015, letter from Secretary of State for Management Patrick F....
  • Turkey Has Imprisoned an American Pastor for One Year

    10/06/2017 5:14:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2017 | Senator James Lankford
    October 7, 2016. It’s been almost one year since Dr. Andrew Brunson was unjustly imprisoned without charges in Turkey. Imagine spending a year in a Turkish prison as a hostage. Unfortunately, most Americans have no idea what is really happening in Turkey. Turkey has long been an ally of the United States, but has chosen to complicate and weaken its relationship with the United States and other free nations of the world through its increasingly oppressive policies. On August 25, 2017, the Turkish government issued two new emergency decrees. Article 74 of decree 694 states that “with the exclusion of...
  • North Korea Releases Canadian Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim

    08/09/2017 12:33:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    SEOUL/TORONTO — North Korea freed a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence on humanitarian grounds, the official KCNA news agency said on Wednesday, just hours after the United States warned it would counter any threat from the North with "fire and fury." There was no clear connection between the release of Hyeon Soo Lim and the heightened rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang. Canadian officials said on Tuesday a delegation led by the country's national security adviser had gone to North Korea to discuss Lim's case. Lim, who served in one of the largest churches in Canada, had been sentenced to...
  • Winning - Women burn burqas and men shave ..celebrate escape from ISIS stronghold in Syria

    07/23/2017 10:49:48 AM PDT · by TianaHighrider · 26 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 23 JUL 2017 | by Kara O'Neill
    Women are burning their burqas and men shaving off their beards in a show of defiance against ISIS after escaping from the terrorist group's stronghold in Syria. Civilians in Raqqa tore off their traditional dress and set it alight after being liberated from the city on Thursday. And some of the men immediately began shaving off their facial hair in a move to 'spite' Islamic State. Strict dress codes were implemented by ISIS, requiring women to wear long, black robes over their dresses and cover their faces almost entirely with black burqas. One woman, who had exposed her face, refusing...
  • Details Emerge Of ISIS' Mass Abduction Of Christians In Syria

    07/08/2017 3:15:59 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Le Figaro (English addition World Crunch) ^ | 7-5-2017 | Joseph Yacoub and Thierry Oberle
    Christian Assyrians have been targeted repeatedly through history — and found themselves under attack again by ISIS forces in Syria. "They're coming! They're coming!" On that day, Feb. 23, 2015, a new page in the tragedy of the Middle East's Christians was written on the banks of the Khabur River, in northeastern Syria. Armed with heavy weaponry and armored vehicles, ISIS fighters swept down from the Mount Abdulaziz region and stormed local Assyrian Christian villages, sending panic-stricken residents fleeing for their lives. Thousands sought shelter in the area's major cities, Al-Hassakeh and Al-Qamishli. The fighting lasted several hours. Two local...
  • President Trump: We Will Handle North Korea For What They Did To Otto Warmbier

    06/20/2017 8:35:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    When 22-year-old American student Otto Warmbier was released from North Korean captivity last week after being held as a war criminal for 17-months, his family praised President Trump for getting him out. "When Otto was first taken we were advised by the past administration to take a low profile while they worked to obtain his release. We did so without result," Otto's father, Fred Warmbier, said during a press conference in Ohio last week. "Earlier this year, Cindy and I decided the time for strategic patience was over. It is my understanding that Ambassador Yun and his team, at the...
  • Otto Warmbier, American student detained in North Korea for 17 months, dies

    06/19/2017 1:42:52 PM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 56 replies
    ABC News ^ | 6/19/17 | Tara Fowler
    Otto Warmbier, the American student who was imprisoned in North Korea for more than 17 months and was returned home to Ohio last week, has died, his family said Monday. "It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home," his family said in part in a statement. "Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m."
  • BREAKING NEWS: Holiday hotspot in Mali is stormed by gunman who have 'taken hostages in resort

    06/18/2017 11:40:57 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 57 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 6/18/17 | Paddy Dinham
    Full Title.................BREAKING NEWS: Holiday hotspot in Mali is stormed by gunman who have 'taken hostages in resort popular with Western tourists'.........An African holiday resort popular with Western tourists has reportedly been stormed by gunmen. Malian troops and soldiers from France's Bakhane counter-terrorist force headed to the Le Campement facility, on the edge of Bamako, where smoke was also seen billowed high into the air. It is not yet known if there are any casualties from the incident.
  • Did Dennis Rodman Help Release Otto Warmbier in North Korea?

    06/13/2017 1:10:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Heavy ^ | 06/13/2017 | By Jessica McBride
    Dennis Rodman lands in North Korea on June 13, the same day that the North Koreans suddenly free American college student Otto Warmbier. Coincidence? The State Department says so. A spokesman said that Rodman had nothing to do with Warmbier’s release. There’s no evidence that Rodman helped secure the release of Warmbier, a University of Virginia college student sentenced in 2016 to hard labor for ripping down a propaganda poster. The Secretary of State’s initial statement on Warmbier’s release made no mention of Rodman. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced June 13 that Warmbier was being released. Sadly, though,...
  • UVA Student Otto Warmbier Said to Be In Coma, Released from North Korea

    06/13/2017 8:23:39 AM PDT · by drewh · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 40 minutes ago
    – University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier has been medically evacuated from North Korea in a coma after being detained for 17 months, his parents told The Washington Post on Tuesday. Warmbier, 22, is due to arrive home in Cincinnati on Tuesday evening, having been evacuated through a U.S. military base in Sapporo, Japan. Warmbier has been in a coma for more than a year, since shortly after his last public appearance during his trial in Pyongyang in March 2016. His release was announced Tuesday morning in Washington by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Tillerson did not discuss Warmbier’s medical...
  • North Korea releases U.S. student, Secretary of State Tillerson says: AP

    06/13/2017 7:27:55 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 6/13/17 | ap
    North Korea has released Otto Warmbier, a U.S. university student who has been held captive there since January 2016, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
  • Aid Coordinator in Yemen Had Secret Job Overseeing U.S. Military Shipments

    06/06/2017 3:15:18 AM PDT · by blueplum · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 06 June 2017 | By ADAM GOLDMAN and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — An American kidnapped two years ago in Yemen while helping coordinate aid for Unicef and the Red Cross also had a second, secret role: He was shipping materials for elite military commandos under a clandestine contract his employer had with the Pentagon. The arrangement with Special Operations forces has never been made public. {snip} Mr. Darden’s work offers a rare look into the shadowy world of military contractors that operate in lawless war zones like Yemen, Somalia and Libya. But arrangements like the one Transoceanic had with Special Operations forces can cast suspicion over aid workers, potentially putting...
  • North Korea detains another American over alleged hostile acts

    05/07/2017 7:02:23 AM PDT · by PJBankard · 34 replies
    SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea has announced it detained another American citizen over unspecified hostile acts against the country. North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said Sunday that Kim Hak Song had worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology before he was held on Saturday. North Korea on Wednesday announced the detention of an accounting instructor at the same university, Kim Sang Dok, for "acts of hostility aimed at overthrowing the country." The KCNA didn't say whether the two cases are connected.
  • Wasserman Schultz IT Guy Threatened Kidnappings For Cash, Court Docs Say

    05/01/2017 4:47:44 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 30, 2017 | By Luke Rosiak
    A former congressional information technology (IT) aide allegedly threatened to have his stepmother’s Pakistani relatives kidnapped if she talked to U.S. law enforcement authorities, according to court documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s (TheDCNF) Investigative Group. “Imran Awan threatened that he is very powerful and if I ever call the police again, [he] will … kidnap my family members back in Pakistan,” Awan’s stepmother, Samina Gilani, claimed in the documents filed April 14 in Fairfax County, Va., in the case of Americo Financial Life and Annuity Insurance Company v. Abid A. Awan and Samina Ashraf Gilani. Imran Awan...