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  • 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...
  • DIA: North Korea Planned Attacks on US Nuclear Plants

    12/18/2014 8:11:16 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 49 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Dec 18, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Five commando units trained for strikes, sabotage North Korea dispatched covert commando teams to the United States in the 1990s to attack nuclear power plants and major cities in a conflict, according to a declassified Defense Intelligence Agency report. The DIA report, dated Sept. 13, 2004, reveals that five units of covert commandos were trained for the attacks inside the country. According to the report, the “Reconnaissance Bureau, North Korea, had agents in place to attack American nuclear power plants.” The document states that the North Korean Ministry of People’s Armed Forces, the ministry in charge of the military, “established...
  • Three Years Ago This Week: A Symbol of a Failed Presidency

    04/09/2017 11:28:08 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 11 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | Christopher W. Holton
    Can there be anything more symbolic of the Obama administration’s failure to combat the global Jihad than Boko Haram’s kidnapping of hundreds of Christian school girls in Nigeria three years ago? Especially given the fact that Boko Haram subsequently became an Islamic State affiliate. That’s right, one side-effect of the Obama administration allowing the Islamic State to form and metastasize was the joining of forces with the organization that then-first lady Michelle Obama so infamously “attacked” with her hashtag counterterrorism program. This week marks the third anniversary of the mass abduction
  • Cleric in radical Pakistan mosque killed (Abdul Rashid Ghazi, public face of pro-Taliban Red Mosque)

    07/10/2007 9:30:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 845+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/10/07 | Zarar Khan - ap
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A radical cleric whose besieged mosque sought to impose strict Islamic morality on the Pakistani capital was killed Tuesday after refusing to respond to troops who demanded his surrender, officials said. About 50 militants and eight soldiers died when the military stormed the sprawling Red Mosque compound. Abdul Rashid Ghazi, the public face of the pro-Taliban mosque that challenged the government's writ in Islamabad, had vowed to die rather than give himself up. An army official said Ghazi had received bullet wounds and when he was told to surrender, he gave no reply. Commandos then fired another...
  • Three Ways ISIS Gets Its Money

    11/19/2015 2:14:11 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 11-19-15 | Caroline Nyce, National Journal
    Kidnappings, antiquities trafficking, and private donations. Those are three, though certainly not the only three, of the ways that the Islamic State, or “ISIS,” the terrorist organization responsible for the attacks in Paris, funds its violent operation. While much of its funding comes from oil sales, the group has also resorted to capturing individuals in an attempt to extract payment for their safe return. The group has kidnapped Americans and others, and in cases when payment was not made, gruesomely murdered them and released the videos on the Internet. ISIS has kidnapped “multihundreds, if not thousands of victims,” John Cassara,...
  • Abdul Kadir Arrested in JFK Plot (Guyana news source)

    06/03/2007 4:09:32 PM PDT · by Shermy · 33 replies · 2,150+ views
    Starbroek News, Guyana ^ | June 3, 2007 | Heppilena Ferguson
    Four men including former PNCR Member of Parliament Abdul Kadir were yesterday charged by United States law enforcement officials with allegedly conspiring to blow up the John F Kennedy International airport as well as tanks storing aviation fuel and underground fuel pipelines. Those charged with Kadir are former JFK worker Russell Defreitas, a Guyanese-born US citizen; Kareem Ibrahim, an imam from Trinidad; and Guyanese Abdel Nur. Kadir and Ibrahim were arrested in Trinidad, while Defreitas was held in New York. Up to press time, however, Nur had not been apprehended and was thought to be still at large in Trinidad....
  • Sen. Corker: White House Meeting...‘One Of The Most Bizarre I’ve Attended’

    05/24/2014 7:59:34 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    CBS-DC ^ | 5-23-14
    White House officials have been holding private meetings this week aimed at soothing lawmakers’ concerns over the U.S. posture in Syria, the future of the American military presence in Afghanistan and defense spending. The meetings come as a frustrated White House seeks to push back at criticism of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. But the White House outreach appeared to be having little effect on some lawmakers’ concerns. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, described Tuesday night’s White House meeting with chief of staff Denis McDonough and national security adviser Susan Rice as...
  • Armed (and under-employed) groups raid South Sudan school, abduct 89 children, U.N. says

    02/21/2015 11:56:20 AM PST · by Mean Daddy · 59 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb. 21, 2015 | Faith Karimi
    (CNN)Armed groups raided a South Sudanese school and seized 89 children who were taking their exams, the United Nations said Saturday. It pointed out that boys were among those taken. The abduction occurred near Malakal, where thousands of people have taken refuge following months of violence in the nation. Kidnappers gathered around a community and conducted house-to-house searches, according to the U.N. children's agency. It said boys over age 12 were taken away by force. U.N. officials warned the abductors that they're violating international law. "The recruitment and use of children by armed forces destroys families and communities," said Jonathan...
  • Modern Day Slavery Still Rampant in Niger

    09/03/2014 12:54:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    For 20 years, Tamazrat Ousame had to clean, cook and even bear children for her masters. One day she managed to escape, but hundreds of others are still enslaved in Niger.Maradi, southern Niger. Soldiers supposed to protect foreign journalists are dozing on plastic chairs in the shade in front of the hotel. Besides the hotel entrance, an old man on a woobly wooden table is arranging his souvenirs for sale: Colorful pearl necklaces, bronze giraffes and knitted handbags. An old rusty metal necklace is lying nearby. It was used as a necklace to hold slaves, the old man says with...
  • LAPD Hopes Public Can Help Them Identify Alleged Kidnap Victim

    01/11/2015 9:48:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a woman they say was kidnapped. Authorities said the unidentifed woman walked into a business in the 5600 block of York Boulevard in the early morning hours of December 20, 2014. Witnesses said the woman had just gotten out of a gray or silver SUV. The woman ordered a coffee and began texting or emailing someone using her cell phone. Around 5:55 a.m., the woman left the business wearing her black coat and walked toward Avenue 56. Less than a minute later, the...
  • In Nigeria, New Boko Haram Suicide Bomber Tactic: ‘It’s a Little Girl’

    01/11/2015 5:52:59 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/10/2015 | ADAM NOSSITER
    DAKAR, Senegal — A girl perhaps no more than 10 years old detonated powerful explosives concealed under her veil at a crowded northern Nigeria market on Saturday, killing as many as 20 people and wounding many more. The blast inflicted devastating damage on shoppers at the Monday Market in Maiduguri, the shopping hub in a city that is at the heart of the Boko Haram insurgency. The explosion, witnessed by dozens of people, represented a new tactic in the Islamists’ campaign with their decision to use perhaps their youngest-ever suicide bomber. The terrorist group has increasingly employed women as suicide...
  • Inside the Mexican College Where 43 Students Vanished After a Violent Encounter With Police

    10/22/2014 1:54:55 PM PDT · by BBell · 25 replies
    vice.com ^ | 10/06/14 | Melissa del Pozo
    The minute they heard their son was one of the missing normalista students believed to have been killed by police in Mexico, Manuel and Hilda González got on a bus and traveled nine hours to make it here, the Raul Isidro Burgos Ayotzinapa Normal School, in the southern state of Guerrero. Their son, César Manuel González Hernández, is 19 and a second-year teaching student at Ayotzinapa, a Revolutionary-era rural teachers college known nationally for the ardently leftist politics that guide everything the students do and study. César is now among the 43 normalista students missing since September 26, when a...
  • Fatah Threatens to Kidnap Soldiers

    08/12/2014 1:30:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 8/12/2014, 6:15 AM | Dalit Halevy and Elad Benari
    The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the “military wing” of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, has threatened to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel, including the kidnapping of IDF soldiers. […] Abbas’s Fatah faction has called for the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Israel, and declared “open war” on Israel late last month. On Monday, Palestinian Media Watch released a translated statement from Fatah, in which the movement boasted of having murdered 11,000 Israelis. …
  • Center Field: Obama’s callousness toward the ‘kidnapped’ kids… and Israel

    07/04/2014 7:50:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/01/2014 22:18 | Gil Troy
    … Yes, I remain disgusted by the Hamas terrorists and by Palestinians’ nihilistic political culture that repeatedly chooses violence over negotiations. But as an American—and a presidential historian—I am also furious at President Barack Obama. His seemingly heartfelt comments when the boys were found dead came two weeks too late. His aloofness from the three families during the search exposed a callousness toward Israel which goes far beyond the episodic Netanyahu-Barack follies. Just as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s quick condemnation of the kidnapping meant a lot positively, Obama’s emotional miserliness meant a lot, negatively. […] Of course, Obama and...
  • Watch: 'Traitor' MK Zoabi Gets Kicked Out of a Restaurant

    06/24/2014 3:14:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/6/14
    Knesset Chairman MK Yuli Edelstein (Likud) may have said Monday that he can't dismiss Arab MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) from the Knesset for her shocking comments justifying the abduction of three Israeli teenagers - but one plucky restaurant owner decided to dismiss her from his establishment. In a video filmed on a cell phone, the Arab MK can be seen being kicked out by the owner, who called her "traitor" several times in the course of the interchange. Video At the start of the video, the owner can be heard asking Zoabi sarcastically if they don't have his restaurant in...
  • The Indomitable Jewish Spirit

    06/23/2014 12:52:33 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 8 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 6/23/2014 | Michael Freund
    This past Sunday, a woman named Racheli Fraenkel gave one of the most remarkable and moving pleas ever delivered by an anxious mother. In remarks that spanned just 90 seconds, Fraenkel, whose 16-year-old son Naphtali was one of the three Israeli teens kidnapped last week by Palestinian terrorists, exemplified the virtuousness and inner strength of the entire Jewish people. "I came out to say thank you," she began, before graciously praising others for their help and support. There were no words of anger or rage, no hatred or calls for revenge. Indeed, from the outset, this woman, who had surely...
  • 12 Ukrainians Kidnapped/Secretly Held by Russians as Pro-Kiev Councilman Found Floating in River

    04/23/2014 9:30:58 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 23 April 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Imagine your country being invaded by a frightening combination of stealthy military force and mafia/street thugs carrying advanced, high-tech weaponry... yet refusing to wear insignia, produce ID, or even tell the truth re. who they are, where they came from, or what they are doing there. And nobody does anything to stop them, either inside or outside the country. Then the few patriots that do dare to speak-out against the invader's lies and territorial aggression begin to simply disappear... Kiev Post:  Twelve persons, including journalists (and one American), have been kidnapped over the past week in the eastern Ukrainian cities...
  • Hamas Threatens to Kidnap More Soldiers

    10/19/2013 3:51:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 10/18/2013, 10:52 PM | Elad Benari
    Hamas issued a threat to Israel on Friday, warning that it will kidnap more Israeli soldiers in order to bring about the release of all Palestinian Authority Arab prisoners. The terror group which controls Gaza made the threats in a statement posted on its website on the second anniversary of the release of Gilad Shalit. … In the two years that have passed since Shalit’s release, many of the terrorists who were freed in the deal have been re-arrested when they were discovered to have resumed terrorist activities. …
  • Prosecutors to offer life without parole plus 1,000 years in Cleveland kidnappings plea deal

    07/25/2013 8:41:09 PM PDT · by Jeff Winston · 26 replies
    NBC News ^ | Jul 25, 2013 | Kate Snow, Richard Esposito and Erin McClam, NBC News
    Ohio prosecutors Thursday were close to reaching a plea deal with Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man accused of kidnapping three women and holding them captive for a decade. That deal, which he is expected to accept, is life without parole with an additional 1,000 years, NBC News has learned.
  • Mexican Cartel Kidnapped Man in US, Smuggled Across Border, Feared Dead

    07/09/2013 12:32:41 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/09/2013 | Brandon Darby
    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the agents of the Gulf cartel claimed to be a police officer and handcuffed the man. The victim’s wife thought police had taken her husband, but when she called the local Texas authorities, she discovered that they had not arrested her husband. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the victim was beaten, blindfolded, gagged, and bound in duct tape. He was taken by the agents of the Gulf cartel to a nearby ranch on U.S. soil. Only then, say authorities, did the kidnappers realize they had taken an innocent man and that the victim was...